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PROUD2BE LGBTQ2S+ Support

We created our PROUD2BE programs because we know that those of us who identify as LGBTQ2S+ need a safe place to talk about how that feels – and how hard it can be sometimes. We also offer help to parents and family members if they’re having a hard time, too.

Everyone should feel safe, supported, and fully at home in our community. Whether you identify as queer, transgender, two-spirited, and/or questioning, or you’re the parent of a gender-diverse child or youth, we have programs and services to support you.

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Our Intake Counsellor is here to learn what you need and how we can support you.

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PROUD2BE Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Conference (Virtual Event Series 2020-21)

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 non-conforming and allied community, and is open to children, youth, and families.

We recognize that not everyone can afford to attend a conference. For this reason, we have a limited number of bursaries available for families or individuals whose financial circumstances would otherwise prevent them from attending.

This year, 2020-2021, we have adapted our in-person conference to a Virtual Event Series.  On four dates through late 2020 and 2021, we are hosting a virtual event featuring topics, speakers, panel discussions, and experiences to continue to support and connect with families, youth, and service providers, until we are able to meet together in-person again.

Click here to review registration information and conference details or email proud2be@familyservices.bc.ca

PROUD2BE Yourself drop-in groups for youth (virtual)

If you’re aged 16-24 and identify as queer, transgender, two-spirited, 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 a safe space, with 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.  We meet virtually each week, via Zoom.  To learn more, and receive the Zoom link, please email Hal, proud2be@familyservices.bc.caWe look forward to you joining us. 

PROUD2BE drop-in groups for parents (virtual)

Join other North Shore and Metro Vancouver 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 child.  In response to government recommendations and direction from health officials relative to COVID-19 and social distancing, the Parents of Gender Diverse Youth Support Group is currently taking place virtually.  We meet via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm.  To learn more, and receive the Zoom link, please email proud2be@familyservices.bc.ca  We look forward to you joining us. 

This group is the thing I look forward to the most during the week. It’s a space where I truly belong and where I’m allowed to feel whatever I’m feeling and just be me.– PROUD2BE drop-in group participant