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Featuring I Belong
Often faced with being a ‘minority within a minority’, the I Belong program aims to support the unique needs of LGBTQIA2+ immigrants. LGBTQIA2+ immigrants face barriers ranging from racism, homophobia, transphobia and isolation, to logistical issues such as finding resources and support services, safe housing and employment. The I Belong program aims to bridge this gap in understanding the unique needs of LGBTQIA2+ newcomers and to provide support by raising awareness and offering support groups.
I Belong Peer Support
Meet new people, make friends and participate in activities facilitated by LGBTQIA2+ volunteers. I Belong’s peer support group gives you a chance to learn about community resources, share experiences and information and build up your social connections. The Peer Support group is open to LGBTQIA2+ newcomers, regardless of immigration status.
Peer support groups meet the second Monday of every month, 5:30-7:30pm.
I Belong Group Counselling Support
Share your experiences with a registered clinical counsellor and explore opportunities to make positive changes in your life. Counselling sessions will address personal feelings, experiences, stress, trauma and the challenges of becoming part of a new community. Counselling support is open to LGBTQIA2+ newcomers, regardless of immigration status.
The Counselling Support Group meets the last Monday of every month, 6:30-8:30pm.
One-on-One Social Mentorship
LGBTQIA2+ immigrants can also participate in our Culture Connections Social Mentorship Program, to be paired up with a LGBTQIA2+ Social Mentor already integrated in the Vancouver community.
Trans Newcomers Resource Hub
The Trans Newcomers Resource Hub provides information and support to folks who identify as transgender, transsexual, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, two-spirited, agender, polygender, bigender, and many more gender identities and expressions that are different from expectations based on their sex assigned at birth. It is an online community where newcomer transgender folks (refugee claimants, refugees, protected persons, immigrants, work/study permit holders, and anyone who feels new to B.C.) can access settlement related information and resources, find peers and mentors, and build a network of support.
To register for any I Belong programs, please email or call Kiana Reyes at 604-254-9626.