We need your help!

It is with a combination of sadness and optimism that we write to you today.

With the recent provincial elections and changes in governments across Canada, the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity has suffered significant financial cuts. We need your help to ensure that we can continue to offer FREE programming to schools & youth communities across Canada.

For as little as $5 per month, you can make a difference in a young queer or trans person’s life.

Please sign up below to become a monthly donor or make a one-time donation to support our work. 

This year, we will host 94 daylong queer & trans youth forums, over 3000 workshops in schools and communities, and the Canadian GSA Youth Leadership Forum. We are the home of Canada’s 2SLGBTQIA+ Service Providers Network, the Canadian Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Program, the national Pozitivity Campaign, Ontario’s Sports Inclusion project, and the International Day of Pink, and we are building North America’s first 2SLGBTQIA+ Museum.

All of our programs, services, & resources are offered at no cost, with the exception of two: our Educators Conference, which is subsidized by 50% along with free spots for some educators,  and the 2SLGBTQIA+ Service Providers Network Conference, which  offers scholarships for travel, accommodation, & registration.

Over the past 14 years, the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity has principally worked with government, corporate funders, and foundations to offer resources and programming  to empower gender and sexual minorities, as well as provide those tools to wider populations to build allyship.

Today, we need your help. We need to grow our base of individual donors so that we can ensure the continuance of this essential work.

This week, almost 100 queer and trans youth from across Canada are participating in our Canadian GSA Leadership Forum. These youth are learning how to create change and create safer spaces for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth. As one said: “This programming is not a want, it is a need. It is a lifeline and the only chance I get to connect to my community, culture, and history. This training helps me make my school safer for queer & trans youth.”

To say thank you for your donation, Sunwing is donating a flight for two anywhere they fly. Making a donation or signing up as a donor will get you entered into this incredible draw, and monthly donors will get additional perks starting this month, including tickets to movie screenings, advance copies of CCGSD resources, tickets to our events,  and more!

Please sign up as a monthly donor, or make a one-time donation to support queer and trans youth across the country.  

Please also share with friends and family, and let’s show queer & trans youth that we support them,

Your truly,

Calla Barnett, President; Kaitlin Bardswich, Board Member & Cameron Aitken, Executive Director

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