Resources

Below you will find a list of various resources available within the Kamloops region for members of the LGBTQ2S+ community.

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Know Your Rights

A Toolkit for 2SLGBTQIA+ Folks in Navigating Criminal Justice, Health Care and Youth Issues

Knowing Your Rights is a collaborative project between the Kamloops Pride Association and Pro Bono Students Canada, Thompson Rivers University Law School chapter.

Click the button below to access the Toolkit

TRU BursAry

Provides two awards annually to students who demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community, who has performed at least three hours of volunteer work with an LGBTQ2S+ organization (Kamloops Pride, TRUSU Pride, etc) within the last year. Please email info@kamloopspride.com expressing how you qualify for this award.

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396 Tranquille Rd

(250) 371-3086

Safe Spaces

A Safe place for LGBTQIAP2S+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, pansexual and Two Spirit) youth (ages 12-26) & their allies to meet and receive education and supports.

  • Drop-in and individual appointments

  • Weekly peer group meetings; workshops for community service providers and school groups on sexuality and gender

  • E-mail outreach and support

  • Resource and lending library

  • Referrals to other services

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433 Tranquille Rd

(250) 376-7558

Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30

Ask Wellness

The vision of ASK Wellness is to work towards a society that recognizes the value and dignity of every individual. Topics relating to issues such as HIV/HEP C, S.H.O.P., Housing & Outreach, Participation, and 2SLGBTQ+ people can be found by clicking on the link below. Resources include:

·     Housing Outreach
·     Substance use support
·     Overdose prevention and harm reduction
·     Health navigation (Including Blood Borne Infections and STIs)
·     For 2SLGBTQ+ support, contact Payton Hiebert (she/her): Health Educator at 250 377 5609 or p.hiebert@askwellness.ca

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653 Victoria Street

(250) 828-0446

admin@awayhomekamloops.com

A Way Home

A Way Home Kamloops Society is a grassroots charitable non-profit that procides housing and wraparound support services to youth at risk of, or experiencing homelessness.

  • Safe Suites

  • Scattered Sites

  • Employment and Education Programs

  • Youth Services Hub

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3200 Valleyview Dr #102

(250) 828-8080

Orchards Walk Medical Clinic

A family physician, nurse practitioner, social worker, and registered nurse work as a team to provide gender-affirming care for the LGBTQ2S+ community out of Orchards Walk Medical Clinic (OWC) in Kamloops. No referral required. Call 250-828-8080, option 5 to speak with the gender-care receptionist.

*Please note - we are unable to provide primary care (family doctor services). At this time we only have capacity to see patients for matters specifically related to gender-care.

 

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(778) 472-0388

Wade R. Alexander Counselling

Wade R. Alexander MACP, RCC, CCC, RMFT, MN (APRN-MH), RN is a queer, gender
affirming counsellor who provides online telehealth services that include e-counselling
of individual clients, couples, and families in Kamloops, BC, and the surrounding areas.
E-counselling may include the use of telephone or video-based platforms, which are
convenient, efficient, and effective ways for clients to access counselling services in
these surrounding areas. The focus is on each client’s concerns, issues, and goals,
including anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, complex trauma,
addiction, grief, loss, LGBTQ2S+ and gender identity/diversity, to name just a few, and
to improve every client’s mental health, self-awareness, and wellness.
Wade is a member of the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health
(CPATH) and he is able to provide adult (18+) hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
assessments across British Columbia and in other Canadian provinces.

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Toll-Free (877) 330-6366

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline is a new Transgender Crisis Hotline, which has recently opened up a toll-free line in Canada. Their goal is to assist anyone who may be struggling with their gender identity and connect them with services that can assist them in their journey.
Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive

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PFLAG Canada

PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Canada is a national non-profit organization which brings together family and friends of LGBT people in Canada. The Kamloops chapter, headed by Jim and Grace, will be meeting on the 3rd Thursday of every month. The time and location will be available through phone call or email. 

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TRUSU Pride Collective

Thompson Rivers University Student Union (TRUSU) Pride Collective was created in recognizing the need for advocacy and representation of LGBTQ2S+ students at Thompson Rivers University.
Kamloops Pride Bursary: Provides 2 awards annually to students who demonstrate financial need. Preference given to a member (or to a child of a member) of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Kamloops (GALA) who has performed 3 hours of volunteer work for a gay or lesbian cause in the TNRD. Applicaiton Method: General TRU Online Application.
To find out more or to get involved with the TRUSU Pride Collective, visit the Members’ Services Desk in the Students’ Union Building or contact the LGBTQ Representative at pride@trusu.ca. Even follow them on Facebook: TRUSU Pride Club

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805 TRU Way

Faculty of Student Development

Safety, inclusion and accessibility is a priority for all students. TRU is working towards advocacy and anti-discrimination efforts for the LGBTQ2S+ community on campus and beyond.

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255 Lawrence Ave, Kelowna BC

(778) 753-5830

menshealthinbc@gmail.com

Men's Health Initiative

The Men’s Health Initiative’s main goal is to increase supportive, community-based networks for guys-who-like-guys within Interior BC while raising attention to their health care needs and concerns. This includes, but not limited to: asexual, bisexual, cis, curious, gay, male, non-binary, queer, questioning, straight, trans, two-spirit, and all other guys-who-like-guys.

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Clinic Line (604) 707-5603

Get Checked Online

GetCheckedOnline is a new and easy way to test for sexually transmitted infections (STI) in British Columbia, Canada. In a few steps, you can print a lab form, then go to a participating LifeLabs site to give your samples and get your results online or over the phone.

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(866) 778-7736

My Health Is Sexy

If you do not feel comfortable visiting a local clinic, or asking your doctor for an HIV test, health outreach nurses are also available across the Interior Health region to provide discreet, confidential, and non-judgmental HIV testing.

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(604) 488-1001

310-1033 Davie St, Vancouver

office@checkinmout.ca

Health Initiative for Men

PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. PrEP is the act of taking a medicine before exposure to a virus or bacteria to prevent infection- in this case HIV. PrEP is a relatively new tool in HIV prevention and involves those of us who are HIV negative taking anti-HIV medications on a daily basis to reduce our risk of becoming poz. So far, only one prescription medication has been approved for PrEP- Truvada. Truvada is the medicine those of us who are HIV negative take before engaging in activities where there is a risk of HIV infection, making it harder for the HIV virus to establish itself in the body.

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(778) 470-6101

448 Tranquile Road

Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30

Kamloops Imigrant Services

Kamloops Immigrant Services is here to help you meet the challenges of immigration by offering a bridge of support along the way to establishing in our community.

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(250) 851-7300

519 Columbia Street

Interior Health

Public Health Centres are responsible for delivering core programs for public health that broadly cover the areas of health improvement, prevention of disease, disability and injury, health emergency management, and environmental health.

  • PRICK (STI Testing)

  • PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis)

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(250) 806-0455

Our Landing Place - Therapy Collective

We are a collective of LGBTQ2S+ identified counsellors offering sex-positive, affirming and competent online and phone counselling across Canada. We also provide diversity and inclusivity consulting and training services to individuals and organizations worldwide.