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.
Please check the calendar for details on whether groups are happening in-person, virtually, or both!
Ask the group facilitator if you need a GRT card to help you travel to us.
SPECTRUM Support Groups
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 meets weekly on Tuesdays at 7pm. We have free snacks! (This group is 18+)
Note: groups for youth 12-18 can be found at OK2BME here
Young Adults (25-40) Discussion Group
SPECTRUM offers a monthly group for 2SLGBTQIA+ young adults aged 25-40. This is an informal group to meet with other queer adults for discussion and networking. The group meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 7pm. We have free snacks!
SPECTRUM Ace & Aro Space
Ace & Aro Space meets on the fourth Wednesday 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.
SPECTRUM Prime (ages 50+)
Spectrum Prime is a discussion group for 2SLGBTQIA+ adults aged 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
Join Rad Riot Books and Spectrum for a monthly book club highlighting works by queer and trans writers from around the world. We will meet on the last Monday of each month at 7pm at Spectrum (No meeting in August 2023, and December 2023 will be one week early). (This group is 18+)
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 on the Spectrum
A Social Group for queer and trans people in the autistic community! Waterloo Region Family Network and Spectrum present Spectrum on the Spectrum, a monthly drop-in group for queer and trans people in the autistic community who are 18+ in Waterloo Region. This is an opportunity to gather and enjoy activities including board games, crafts, colouring, and discussion in an accepting and welcoming space. Games and materials will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring in their own activity/art supplies if they would like.
Join us on the 4th Thursday of every month! Visit the calendar for details.