For the safety of our community, visitors to SPECTRUM will be required to wear masks until further notice.

SPECTRUM Groups

SPECTRUM has a number of support groups and social programs to help 2SLGBTQIA+ people form friendships and connections within the community in order to reduce the isolation that 2SLGBTQIA+ people experience and expand their network of support.

New to SPECTRUM groups? See our guidelines for groups participants.

During COVID, our groups are continuing to meet virtually.

SPECTRUM Support Groups

PFLAG

SPECTRUM provides administrative support for the local PFLAG Chapter’s Parents, Family & Friends Support Group, which focuses on topics of interest to parents, family and friends of 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals. This group generally meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 7-9 PM. (This group is 18+)

Transgender Support Groups

SPECTRUM offers a number of peer support groups for transgender and gender variant people, including but not limited to: transgender, non-binary, agender, Two Spirit, and beyond. Visit our Transgender Services page for details. (These groups are 18+)

Rainbow Newcomers Connect

A group where people from diverse cultures gather together at SPECTRUM to discuss what it is like to be 2SLGBTQIA+ across the world. We meet on the afternoon of the second Sunday of the month from 3 PM to 5 PM. (This group is 18+)

Youth (18-25) Peer Support Group

SPECTRUM offers a weekly group for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth aged 18-25. This is an opportunity for young people to connect for discussions, networking, and fun with a goal of increasing participants' sense of belonging and mental wellness. The group will meet on Thursdays at 7pm. We have free snacks! (This group is 18+)

Note: groups for youth 12-18 can be found at OK2BME here

SPECTRUM Ace Space

Ace Space meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 7-9pm. This group is for people in Waterloo Region who identify on the Asexual and/or Aromantic spectrum(s). Join us to connect with other Ace/Aro people and chat about whatever's on your mind. (This group is 18+)

Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Groups

SPECTRUM has monthly groups for Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer people in Waterloo Region. 

Rainbow Family Drop-In

How Does Learning Happen? Through Play! Join other 2SLGBTQIA+ children (aged 0-6), caring adults and families in play and exploration together! EarlyON facilitators are available to provide support and information around early learning topics, community resources, programs and referrals in a play-based environment. This takes place on the last Saturday of each month at EarlyON 161 Roger St, Waterloo, ON N2J 1B1.


This program requires pre-registration. Create your KEyON at https://www.keyon.ca/ and pre-register for each session. 

General Social Groups

Converse & Connect (on hold)

Whether you’re thinking about coming out, newly out, or out for ages, this group provides an opportunity to talk, share and connect with others in the 2SLGBTQ+ community aged 19+ in a safe, positive and supportive environment. Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month. (This group is 18+)

day5games

A chance for Waterloo Region queers to get together and play board games, card games, or solve jigsaw puzzles, as we meet up with old friends and make new. (This group is 18+)

Saturday Drop-Ins

This social drop-in event is a great opportunity to meet other people, to talk about whatever you currently have on your mind, and to make new friends! Come and hang out with us in a casual, relaxing atmosphere where you can just be yourself! This event is ideal for you if you just want to socialize in a 2SLGBTQ+ friendly setting. Note, this does not take place every week. (This group is 18+)

Targeted Social Groups

SPECTRUM Prime (ages 50+)

We see things differently as we age. Priorities shift. Social circles change. Please join us for a social and discussion group for older 2SLGBTQIA+ identified adults. This group meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

2SLGBTQIA+ Book Club

The 2SLGBTQIA+ Book Club will give participants the opportunity to discuss books by 2SLGBTQIA+ authors, or books that explore 2SLGBTQ+ experiences. Usually meets the last Monday of the month, bi-monthly. (This group is 18+)

Mindful Movement Group

This free group will meet bi-monthly to explore movement and dance, and how we can connect with others and with ourselves in an open and meaningful way. Participants will use movement and dance to support being present and exploring new ways to move more freely, while also focusing on having fun and enjoying dance together. With facilitator, Joscelyn Guindon RDMT (qualifying) MSW RSW. (This group is 18+). This group is for EVERY body. No technique or dance experience needed. Visit the calendar for details.

Queer Craft Circle

In partnership with Idea Exchange, we are pleased to offer Queer Craft Circle. This free group will meet monthly; alternating between virtual and in-person sessions at Idea Exchange Queen's Sq. Explore a variety of artistic mediums in this fun and casual group. (This group is 18+)


2SLGBTQIA+ Adults (18+) Multi-Sport Drop-In

This free group for 2SLGBTQIA+ adults aged 18+ is offered in partnership with the Stanley Park Community Association. Join us in the gym for an hour of basketball, volleyball, badminton, floor hockey, dodgeball and more! This will be a beginner friendly safe space for every BODY! Saturdays at the Stanley Park Community Centre. No registration required. Visit the calendar for details.

SPECTRUM Outings

SPECTRUM Outings is a monthly group that runs from 11am-12pm on the first Sunday of the month to walk or hike a trail in Waterloo Region. Join 2SLGBTQIA+ adults 18+ for some fresh air and socializing. Note: if there is precipitation in the forecast the group may be cancelled. Please visit our events calendar for the most up-to-date information. No registration required.

Rainbow Film Club

SPECTRUM and the Rainbow Coalition of Waterloo Region (RCWR) are pleased to partner with Apollo Cinema to present the Rainbow Film Club! Join us each month for a classic of queer cinema. You can also join us for a Queer Night Out discussion group in the week following each screening so we can discuss the film. Visit the calendar for details.

SPECTRUM offers a safe place where 2SLGBTQ+ individuals can be themselves and find community and supports.