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SPECTRUM Resources

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Crisis Support Resources
including crisis support and wellness resources, coming out resources, fact sheets, and other educational resources.

Educational Resources
including wellness resources, coming out resources, parenting and ally resoureces, fact sheets, and other educational resources.

See below!

SPECTRUM's resource directories 
including our TransNav directory, online map of gender-neutral washrooms, and the SPECTRUM Rainbow Pages

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A LGBTQ2+ / Queer / Questioning Person

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Queer/Trans-Inclusive Services

TransNAV

TransNAV GPS, an online tool to help trans people locate service providers and resources in Waterloo Region and beyond. 

SPECTRUM is grateful to the Government of Canada's Emergency Community Support Fund as administered by the KW Community Foundation and Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation that allowed us to complete this project.

Map of Gender-Neutral Washrooms in Waterloo Region

Many public washrooms are labelled by gender. People who do not clearly conform to the gender with which they identify can encounter hostility when they use the washroom of their choice. This is why SPECTRUM has conducted a survey to create a map of gender-neutral washrooms in Waterloo Region.

Locations in GREEN: buildings where you are not expected to spend money (I.E. government buildings/offices, recreational centres, libraries, shopping malls, large health centres and hospitals)

Locations in BROWN: a few businesses where you may be expected to spend money – such as cafés and restaurants.

Know of a washroom that we left out? You can help us by letting us know of additional washrooms that can be used by the public. To submit a washroom, send us the name & address of the facility, number and type of gender-neutral washrooms (e.g. 2 one-stall washrooms) and their location in the building (if it is a large building).

Rainbow Pages

The Rainbow Pages – Waterloo-Wellington is a directory of Waterloo-Wellington resources of particular interest to the local LGBTQ+ communities.

You can download the current edition here.

Educational and Wellness Resources

SPECTRUM Resources:

General
  • What does the ... in LGBTQ2+ mean? A guide the complete initialism with definitions and basic concepts.
  • SPECTRUM's 2021 LGBTQ2+ Terminology Reference Guide covers a range of LGBTQ2+ topics – from 101 terms to use and terms to avoid to 301 discussions of more complex topics.
  • Infographic: Gender is more than Pink or Blue
  • How to respond to your child coming out: a guide on how to respond to your child coming out as not-straight or not-cisgender
  • Specific Topics

    The following resources are taken from a toolkit on trans mental wellness and suicide prevention in response to trans community needs and priorities. This toolkit was developed by Wisdom2Action in collaboration with SPECTRUM. 

    Fact Sheets

    Resources for Care and Service Providers

    Care and Service Provider Resources

    A best practices guideline (BPG) developed by the RNAO to promote 2SLGBTQ+ health equity. Evidence-based practice supports the excellence in service that health providers are committed to delivering every day.

    Someone Else

    To find...

    Parenting Resources

    SPECTRUM Resources

    Key Concepts
  • SPECTRUM: What does the ... in LGBTQ2+ mean? A guide the complete initialism with definitions and basic concepts.
  • SPECTRUM's 2021 LGBTQ2+ Terminology Reference Guide covers a range of LGBTQ2+ topics – from 101 terms to use and terms to avoid to 301 discussions of more complex topics.
  • SPECTRUM Infographic: Gender is more than Pink or Blue
  • HRC: Transgender Children and Youth - Understanding the Basics
  • How-To Guides
    Specific Topics

    The following resources are taken from a toolkit on trans mental wellness and suicide prevention in response to trans community needs and priorities. This toolkit was developed by Wisdom2Action in collaboration with SPECTRUM. 

  • Understanding Trans and Gender-Diverse Communities
  • Understanding Trans Mental Health
  • Understanding Pronouns
  • Understanding Trans Suicide
  • Beyond the Binary
  • Other Resources

    Other Educational Resources and Fact Sheets

    SPECTRUM Resources

    General
  • What does the ... in LGBTQ2+ mean? A guide the complete initialism with definitions and basic concepts.
  • SPECTRUM's 2021 LGBTQ2+ Terminology Reference Guide covers a range of LGBTQ2+ topics – from 101 terms to use and terms to avoid to 301 discussions of more complex topics.
  • Infographic: Gender is more than Pink or Blue
  • How to respond to your child coming out: a guide on how to respond to your child coming out as not-straight or not-cisgender
  • HRC: Transgender and Non-Binary People FAQ
  • HRC: Understanding the Intersex Community
  • Debunking Myths & Stereotypes
    Specific Topics

    The following resources are taken from a toolkit on trans mental wellness and suicide prevention in response to trans community needs and priorities. This toolkit was developed by Wisdom2Action in collaboration with SPECTRUM. 


    Other Resources

    Resources for Care and Service Providers

    Care and Service Provider Resources

    A best practices guideline (BPG) developed by the RNAO to promote 2SLGBTQ+ health equity. Evidence-based practice supports the excellence in service that health providers are committed to delivering every day.

    Not-LGBTQ2+

    Looking for...

    LGBTQ2+ Stories and Personal Stories

    SPECTRUM Resources:

    Other Resources

    • I'm From Driftwood: A site for queer and non-queer people to learn more about themselves and each other through the power of storytelling and story sharing.
    • It Gets Better Videos: thousands of It Gets Better Videos from a diverse community to inspire and empower.

    Parenting Resources

    Key Concepts
  • SPECTRUM: What does the ... in LGBTQ2+ mean? A guide the complete initialism with definitions and basic concepts.
  • SPECTRUM's 2021 LGBTQ2+ Terminology Reference Guide covers a range of LGBTQ2+ topics – from 101 terms to use and terms to avoid to 301 discussions of more complex topics.
  • SPECTRUM Infographic: Gender is more than Pink or Blue
  • HRC: Transgender Children and Youth - Understanding the Basics
  • Specific Topics

    The following resources are taken from a toolkit on trans mental wellness and suicide prevention in response to trans community needs and priorities. This toolkit was developed by Wisdom2Action in collaboration with SPECTRUM. 

    Other Topic-Specific Resources

    Resources for Care and Service Providers

    Care and Service Provider Resources

    A best practices guideline (BPG) developed by the RNAO to promote 2SLGBTQ+ health equity. Evidence-based practice supports the excellence in service that health providers are committed to delivering every day.

    Grand River Rainbow Historical Project

    Scan of Out! Vol 1 from December 1978
    Celebrating the lives and times of rainbow folk in Grand River countRy

    The goal of the Grand River Rainbow Historical Project is to document the history of the various rainbow communities in the Grand River region of Southwestern Ontario. The scope of the Project is intended to be inclusive of all rainbow communities, including, but not restricted to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, intersex, queer, questioning, fluid, and asexual communities.

    Geographically, the designation Grand River has been used to make it clear that the communities of Waterloo Region and Wellington County are both included, whilst leaving open some leeway to include communities in other areas of Ontario that are adjacent to the Grand River or some of its tributaries.

    Blog Posts

    October 18, 2021

    SPECTRUM Trans and Gender Diverse Mental Health, Wellness and Suicide Prevention Toolkit

    October 14, 2021

    Introducing the New Rainbow Pages!

    SPECTRUM offers a safe place where LGBTQ2+ individuals can be themselves and find community and supports.