Charities in this fund address the mental and physical health challenges of the LGBTQ+ community, from protecting people from persecution, providing health services, and promoting an inclusive community.
LGBT Youth Line supports LGBTQ+ youth in need by connecting them with LGBTQ+ volunteers. Through live chat, calls, and text, they address isolation and lack of information in the LGBTQ+ community. Last year, the Youth Line supported 4,721 youths with issues such as relationships with family and peers, questioning gender and sexuality, coming out, bullying, and isolation.www.youthline.ca
Health Initiative for Men (HIM), runs 5 clinics throughout Vancouver providing free testing and other services to self-identified GBQ men. Last year, they provided counselling to 200 individuals and medical testing services to 6,500 clients. HIM also runs community engagement programs around body image, grief and loss, substance use, gay elders.checkhimout.ca
Rainbow Railroad provides the global LGBTQ+ community with information and resources on seeking asylum in Canada. Once they arrive, they are connected with other organizations and resources to help them settle and transition to life in Canada. In 2020, they helped 503 individuals facing persecution and violence. Since January 2021, they have received over 2,500 requests for help.www.rainbowrailroad.com