PROUD2BE LGBTQ2S+ Support
Everyone should feel safe, supported, and fully at home in our community. Whether you identify as queer, trans, non-binary, two-spirit, and/or questioning, or you’re the parent of a queer, trans, non-binary, two-spirit, and/or questioning child or youth, we have programs and services to support you.
PROUD2BE Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Conference
Each fall we typically host the annual PROUD2BE conference, presented in partnership with West Vancouver Youth Services. This province-wide event brings together youth, parents, and service providers for activities, panel discussions, workshops, entertainment, and clinical services. It’s a thoughtful weekend designed to support and connect our diverse LGBTQ2S+, gender-diverse and allied communities, and is open to children, youth, families and professionals.
Please note that the 2024 PROUD2BE conference will return to an in-person event.
PROUD2BE Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Events
Our PROUD2BE events feature speakers with lived experience, professional panel discussions, workshops and support for gender-diverse, gender-questioning, and LGBTQ2S+ children, youth, their families and professionals. It’s a community where you can learn, ask questions, get support and connect with LGBTQ2S+ folks, families and allied communities.
LGBTQ2S+ All-Bodies Rec Night with West Vancouver Youth Services and Family Services of the North Shore
Join us Saturday, August 12, 2023, 5:00 – 8:30 pm at the West Vancouver Community Centre for a fun evening of dinner, snacks, and prizes along with gymnastics, badminton and other games in the sports gym and a mosiac-making workshop. Youth, young adults and allies 13-24 years old are welcome. Click here to register.
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PROUD2BE Yourself Drop-in Groups for Youth (in-person)
If you’re aged 16-24 and identify as queer, trans, non-binary, two-spirit, and/or questioning, please join us for this free, weekly drop-in group. You’ll connect with other North Shore and Metro Vancouver youth in discussions led by an experienced master’s level counsellor. Share your experiences, ask questions, and explore your identity among people who are here to support you. Drop-in and join us Wednesdays, from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Family Services of the North Shore office (203-1111 Lonsdale Avenue). Take the elevator to the second floor and watch for the multi-coloured heart on our glass doors. For more question, or more information, please contact Amara at 236-992-9754 or email BeYourself@familyservices.bc.ca. We look forward to you joining us.
September 2023 Group Dates and Topics:
- Wednesday, September 6 – Movie night
- Wednesday, September 13 – Civic plaza summer market outing – meet at Family Services of the North Shore office at 5:30 pm
- Wednesday, September 20 – Art-based activity
- Wednesday, September 27 – Games night
PROUD2BE Drop-in Groups for Parents (virtual)
Join other parents of gender-diverse youth for safe, judgment-free discussions co-facilitated by two experienced counsellors. This free, weekly drop-in group is a welcoming place for you to connect, ask questions, and learn more about how to support your queer, trans, non-binary, two-spirit, gender diverse and/or gender-questioning child or teen. We meet via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm. To learn more click here, and to receive the virtual meeting link, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to you joining us.
Counselling Support (virtual and in-person)
Our highly-trained and experienced therapists offer counselling support for adults, youth, children, and families.