Feel free to write biartsfestival@gmail.com with corrections to this list or to suggest other resources. This list is mostly locally-based to the GTA (Greater Toronto Area, Canada) with the addition of online resources accessible anywhere.

Peer Support & Other Support Groups

Toronto Bi+ Network
Bi+ Women of Toronto
Bi+ Men of Toronto
These 3 groups all have their own website and Facebook groups people can join. They host monthly discussion meetings as well as a monthly social ‘bi brunch’.  http://www.torontobinet.org

The B Side a group runs through Sherbourne Health Centre for people who are exploring their attraction to more than one gender or struggling with what their bisexuality means to them and their lives. It provides a safe and supportive environment for exploring each person’s unique relationship to being attracted to more than one gender.  https://bsideshc.wixsite.com/bside or email bside.shc@gmail.com

LovePlus Collective is a monthly topic-based, peer led support group for the consensually non-monogamous. Our group centres queer+ experiences, and operates from an inclusive, anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and intersectional feminist framework.  https://www.facebook.com/LovePlusCollective

SOY/Supporting our Youth serves youth 13 to 29 with a variety of groups and services, including the group “FLUID” for bisexual, pansexual, omni, queer and questioning youth (this group is not currently active, but please contact them for up to date programs). Bi+ friendly and supportive staff. For current programs see: https://soytoronto.com/about/contact-2/

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Youthline offers confidential and non-judgemental peer support through our telephone, text and chat services. Get in touch with a peer support volunteer from Sunday to Friday, 4:00PM to 9:30 PM.  https://www.youthline.ca/

Community Centres

The 519 Community Centre
Responds to the evolving needs of the LGBTQ2S communities, from counselling services and queer parenting resources to coming out groups, trans programming, and senior’s support.  At the 519 you will find a number of different peer support groups on most nights of the week (although most are suspended during the pandemic / distancing). Not all who rent space at the 519 are bi+ friendly, so exercise caution, but the 519 as a whole has many bi+, pan and fluid staff members providing services. http://www.the519.org/

Social Events, Arts, Culture

Bi+ Arts Festival:  Celebrating bisexual lives and culture.  That is us!! https://www.biartsfestival.com/

Bi+ Book Club (a project of the bi+ arts festival):   Group for Toronto’s Bi+ Book Club – upcoming events, conversation about books & authors. Open to bisexual, pansexual, fluid and other non-monosexual folks.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1928438643840127/ (or search Bi+ Book Club (Toronto) on facebook)

Queers for Dinner is about creating new friendships based on a mutual love of good food and good conversation. Queers for dinner helps organize meals by picking delicious, local restaurants and invites awesome LGBTQ folks (and allies) to sign-up and hopefully meet some new amazing people! Confirmed as a bi+ friendly space. http://www.queersfordinner.com/

amBi – Toronto’s Bi Social Community seeks to build a vibrant and visible bisexual+ community worldwide. Friends and allies always welcome.  

Queer Slow Dance:  Slow dances taking place in both Montreal and Toronto that include “designated dancers” so everyone has someone to dance with.  http://janesheisaclerk.blogspot.ca/

Hot Damn It’s a Queer Slam is a collective that runs a multi-city/town/online queer poetry slam circuit that’s based out of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto/Tkaronto Ontario Canada. We do workshops and have a poetry slam series for 2SLGBTPIA+ spoken word artists. We also have an open mic. Bring anything under the rainbow to our stage. Currently online. Super bi+ and pansexual friendly. http://www.queerslam.com/

Comedy Bar “Bi-Pandemonium” happens on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, showcasing bi+, pan and sexually fluid comics.  http://www.comedybar.ca

Glad Day Bookshop is a bookstore, coffee shop, cocktail bar, event space and dance club.  Strong allies of the bi+ community, with occasional bi+ specific programming. Although the bi+ section / shelf is small and at the back, they are happy to order in copies of any bi+ book (currently in print) that you might desire. https://www.gladdaybookshop.com

Bricks and Glitter is an annual community arts festival, celebrating two-spirit, trans and queer talent, ingenuity, caring, anger, and abundance. http://http://bricks-glitter.com/

Health, Well-Being, Counselling

Phone Lines:

  • LGBT Youthline: 1-800-268-9688
  • Trans Lifeline (for trans and gender non-conforming folks, staffed by trans folks): 1-877-330-6366
  • Kids Help Phone (Under 20): 1-800-668-6868

Sherbourne Health Centre:  A dynamic provider of integrated health services, community programs and capacity-building initiatives that enable people and diverse communities to achieve wellness.  http://sherbourne.on.ca/

The David Kelley Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer (LGBTQ+) Counselling Program provides professional, short-term, individual, couple and family counselling to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or queer.  https://familyservicetoronto.org/our-services/programs-and-services/david-kelley-services

How to Support Bisexual Youth: Ways to Care for Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid, and Queer Youth Who are Attracted to More than One Gender is an introductory educational resource that covers a wide range of topics and best practices for supporting the bisexual youth in your life, which may include yourself! Educating ourselves is an ongoing practice, and how we define and express identity is an ongoing journey. We are all here to learn! DOWNLOAD FROM THEIR WEBSITE

Coming out as bisexual: the disclosure kit is a downloadable PDF, designed for bisexual women who want to tell the people who matter to them about our bisexuality. The first half of this kit is designed to help you decide what you want to say and plan how to share that information safely. The second half of this kit is for the person you’d like to tell about your bisexuality, to help them understand what you’re telling them and how they can support you. DOWNLOAD HERE

A Resource Guide to Coming Out as Bisexual  is a publication of American group HRC (2016) – a downloadable PDF available HERE.

Sexual Health and HIV

Planned Parenthood offers health services for youth (ages 13to 29), including primary health, sexual/ reproductive health, mental health, women’s/ men’s programming, young parents’ programming, community programming, teen health source, training/education, and research. Planned Parenthood has produced a number of bi+ initiatives over the years and are bi+ inclusive. http://www.ppt.on.ca

Hassle Free Clinic provides free medical and counselling services in many areas of sexual health in downtown Toronto. 66 Gerrard Street East, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5B 1G3. Service changes during COVID, see website for details: http://www.hasslefreeclinic.org

Sex Ed for Bi Guys is frank sex education focused on the needs bisexual, pansexual, and polysexual men (both cis and trans). Active on twitter, with articles on tumblr.

The Sex You Want – Getting from here to there looks different for everyone. The site has lots of information to help you figure out how to have the sex you want, and to help you and your partners think through the decisions that can impact your health. Includes a special section on sex, hooking up, and COVID. http://www.thesexyouwant.ca

With thanks to Adinne Schwartz and Toronto Bisexual+ Network for many of the resources on this list!

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