I’m looking for youth trans resources in Montreal.


Hi there,
I’m a gender and sexualities educator for youth, and I was recently asked a couple of questions about Montreal resources that stumped me. One participant asked if I knew of any trans-friendly family doctors located in the West Island. Do you know of any resource lists of health professionals that I can direct them towards?
Another question was regarding youth-friendly sexual assault support group resources (and ideally LGBTQ2+ friendly as well!) – I initially referred them to SACOMSS but I’m wondering if there’s another one that might be specifically targeted towards youth?
Thank you so much for all the work you do!
Despina
 

Hi Despina!
Thank you so much for trusting us with your questions. I’m really glad to have the opportunity to build bridges with other gender and sexualities youth educators! (Thanks for your work, by the way!) If I understand right, you are looking for some trans-friendly family doctors located in the West Island of Montreal and for some resources for queer youth survivors of sexual violence.
First of all, do you know about the Institute of Sexual Minority Health? They manage a regularly updated Quebec Trans-affirmative Provider List. You can take a look at that list to see if there is any doctors located in the West Island.
Then, I would recommend to reach the West Island LGBTQ2+ Center to know if they know any trans-friendly family doctors in their area. They are honestly the best organization to reach out to about all trans and queer resources in the West Island.
Secondly, it can be really hard to find resources for survivors of sexual violence when you are part of the LGBTQ2S+ community, there is unfortunately support group especially for LGBTQ2S+ people. Here are my recommendations :
-As you said, the SACOMSS is a great resource for individuals who are 18+ and it’s also a LGBTQ+ friendly environment. It’s possible to contact them at this email : sacomssgroups@gmail.com. If someone is interested in joining a group, they can contact them directly by email. They will explain how group works and organize an initial meeting with them so they can meet the facilitators before groups and have a familiar face when they attend the first session if they decided to join. The meeting is also a way for them and the person to know if joining a support group is right for them and if not they can look together to find another resources that will fit them.
-For native people, please note that The First Peoples Justice Center of Montreal is starting a new support group program (healing circle) for people who have experienced violence (one group for women, one for men and for the LGBTQ2S+ community). All ages are welcome! If someone is interested, please contact Deseray at this email : deseray@justicemontreal.ca

-For lesbian or bisexual women (cisgender or transgender) and for non-binary folks, it’s possible to contact the Centre de solidarité lesbienne. They offer individual support for LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people who experience sexual or domestic violence.
-For gay or bisexual men (cisgender or transgender) and for non-binary folks, it’s possible to contact Rézo. They offer individual support and group support for men who experience violence in their intimate relationship.
-Finally, feel free to reach out with Project 10. Even if they don’t have a specific program for survivors, they offer a safer space for LGBTQ2S+ youth between 14 and 25 years old.
I hope it helps you with your questions. Feel free to reach out again if you have more questions. 🙂
Guillaume, for AlterHeros

About Guillaume Perrier

A social development student at the University of Quebec at Rimouski (UQAR), Guillaume is passionate about the representation of sexual diversity and gender plurality in the context of rurality. An activist defending the rights of sex workers and HIV prevention, he also loves to put his toes in the salt water of the sea and spend hours under his blankets every morning.

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