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Gender Journeys - peer support groups

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  • Peer Support Peer Support
  • Social groups and networking  Social groups and networking
  • Support groups Support groups
  • Information and referrals Information and referrals
  • Free Free
  • Youth  Youth
  • 2S/LGBTQ+ Affirming 2S/LGBTQ+ Affirming
  • Trans Affirming Trans Affirming
  • LGBQ+ Affirming  LGBQ+ Affirming

Gender Journeys offers weekly peer support groups for transgender, Two Spirit, nonbinary, gender diverse, and questioning adults (18+) and youth (12-17) in Nanaimo, BC. We also will be offering a monthly peer support group for parents and caregivers of gender diverse youth.

We offer a safe space to explore, learn, connect, and build community. No matter where you are in your journey with gender, you are welcome here!

Want to learn more about this service’s work with Two-Spirit, trans, LGBQ+ people?

We invite all service providers listed on MindMapBC  to answer the following questions. These questions were developed in collaboration with community members, researchers, and mental health and other service providers. They're intended to help us understand what a service provider or organization is doing to affirm and support sexual and gender diverse service users.

See below for responses for this listing.

Want to learn more about our screening questions and filters?

Are the forms used in your practice inclusive of various sexual orientations and gender identities (e.g., opportunities to fill in pronouns, etc.)?


Do you collect and use preferred names (rather than legal names) for all communications?


Do you and your colleagues have experience providing services that support clients with navigating gender dysphoria*?

*TransCareBC describes gender dysphoria as a term "intended to describe the distress some trans people experience with relation to their gender identity, particularly if they would like to transition but have not yet done so".


Please tell us how equipped you feel to support a client in determining if/when their mental health symptoms are related to their gender-related experiences or other factors? Please describe your response choice below.

—Somewhat confident

As a peer support facilitator, we do not offer a therapeutic space, and I’m not a registered mental health professional. However, I have had some counsellor training and experience with mental health, and am able to offer connections mental health resources as applicable.

Do you/your colleagues understand the difference between gender dysphoria and mental health conditions/symptoms that are unrelated to gender dysphoria or distress?


Do you and your colleagues have experience working with people who identify as living with a disability or chronic illness? Please tell us more about your experience and any training you have received.


Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for Two-Spirit, queer, or trans Indigenous individuals accessing your services?

—Yes, to some extent

This is an area of learning that we are working on.

Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for LGBQ individuals accessing your services?


Are you and your colleagues comfortable asking relevant questions about gender identity and sexual orientation?


Do you offer Indigenous 2S/LGBTQ+ specific resources, for example Indigenous Elders or Knowledge Keepers?


This is something that we are working on.

Do you and your colleagues ask clients about pronouns and use them appropriately?


Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for trans individuals accessing your services?


Does your practice have gender-neutral washrooms?


Are there clear anti-discrimination policies that include gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation in your organization or practice?


Are all individuals involved in service provision actively engaged in decolonizing their practices and/or organization? If yes, please type below what actions you and/or your organization are taking.


Are all individuals involved in service provision actively engaged in anti-racist practices, policies, and systems in their care model?



1070 Townsite Rd
Nanaimo, BC
V9S 1M6


Services available in these languages

  • English

Last updated: April 17, 2023
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