OK2BME is a set of support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) kids and teens in the Waterloo Region.
Youth Group: TBD (age 12-14)
Youth Group: Queer Sex Ed (age 15-18)
Staff from SHORE will join us to talk about sexual health for LGBTQ+ folks.
Supporting LGBTQ+ Families, including Bill 89
This workshop will explore the key practices in supporting LGBTQ+ families, with a specific focus on parents and siblings of transgender youth.
Youth Group: Rainbow Yoga (age 15-18)
This is an LGBTQ+ friendly yoga night to learn about the benefits of yoga and try it together. All levels of experience are welcome! It is a good idea to wear comfortable clothes that you can move around in.
Youth Group: Swimming at Forest Heights (age 12-18)
A drop in Swim Night for LGBTQ+ youth 12-18 at Forest Heights Pool.
Please Note: Parental Consent Forms Required
Coming Out Day 2018
It was founded in 1988 and it recognizes members of the LGBTQ+ community and the process of coming out.
Key Mental Health Considerations for LGBTQ+ Seniors
This workshop will focus on the unique needs and experiences of LGBTQ+ older adults when accessing mental health care.
Youth Group: How to Support a Friend (age 12-18)
The OK2BME Youth Leadership Group will join us to talk about peer support. Youth will learn about how to support a friend or fellow youth, balance, and boundaries.
Youth Group: Religion and Spirituality: LGBTQ+ Perspectives (age 12-14)
Local LGBTQ+ folks will come to share their experiences with religion, spirituality and identity. Youth will have a chance to ask questions and hear about real stories from guests.
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2018
The Transgender Day of Remembrance is held each November 20th to memorialize those people whose lives have been lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.
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Call For 2019 Workshop Presenters
We’re busily planning the 2019 Gender and Sexuality Awareness Conference and we are looking for workshop presenters!
On May 29, 2018, an event was held at the Crosswalk at which Mayor Berry Vrbanovic; Michael May, Deputy CAO of the City of Kitchener; Leslie Josling, Executive Director of KW Counselling Services; Haley Haegens, a member of the OK2BME Youth Leadership Group; Sunna Murphy of SPECTRUM; and a representative of tri-Pride spoke.
How to be an Ally
On our fabulous definition page you might read the words, “An Ally is a person who considers themselves a friend to the LGBTQ+ community.”