Trans Services Committee

SPECTRUM’s Trans Services Committee is responsible for ensuring that needed services and programs for trans individuals are in place in Waterloo Region and functioning well.

See below for information on our Trans Peer Support Group, other trans spaces in KW, and how to reach us!

Trans Peer Support Group

ALL ARE INVITED to be a part of creating this peer-support environment on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month from 7-9 PM at SPECTRUM.

The Trans Peer Support Group is an informal, discussion based, drop-in program. This group is a space for anyone that identifies within the trans/gender variant umbrella, including but not limited to: transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, gender fluid, non-binary, genderless, agender, non-gendered, third gender, two spirit, bigender, transman, transwoman, neutrois, questioning and beyond.

Participants are welcome to share space with other trans folks at all points in their transitions, with binary and non-binary people alike. Everyone is invited to share their thoughts and experiences if they wish, or simply listen and take in the experiences and perspectives of others.

Our meeting dates and locations are listed at the Clearinghouse for Rainbow Events.

Email Questions

Our Trans Services Committee is able to answer any questions by email that you might have about trans-related resources in the region.

If you have a trans-related question, please contact us at trans@ourspectrum.com

Other Trans Spaces in KW

Support (for ages 18+):

Another drop-in Peer-Support Group is run out of the Self Help Alliance in Kitchener. They meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 7-9pm. The Self Help Alliance is at the corner of King st and Frederick, kitty-corner from the Market Square building.

Gender Journeys is a 10-week program run in collaboration between ICCT and KW’s Community Health Centres. It is closed attendance and generally runs on Monday nights. It is most often run out of Lang’s Community Health Centre in Cambridge but is currently in session in Kitchener in partnership with the Downtown Community Health Centre. Email Al at ICCT for more information.

Social:

Good Laughs Trans and Allies Social runs monthly at the Symposium in Uptown Waterloo on the last Tuesday of every month from 7pm until midnight. Drop-in any time and say hi, have a bite to eat, or a beverage in a relaxed and trans-positive, all-ages, social environment. Check their facebook page for more details.

Activist:

The Gender Variant Working Group is a grassroots organization of trans folks working for the greater inclusion of transgender people and advancement of transgender rights in the KW community. They provide training by request to service providers of all stripes on improving organizational and personal treatment and inclusion of trans folks. If you are interested in the Working Group’s training, or joining the working group, they can be reached at wwgender.variant@gmail.com