Connect from Home: Digital Resources
For many of us real life is looking and feeling a little different these days and it's hard not to feel cut off from our queer community and familiar supports.
We're not sure about you, but some of us are noticing we're spending too much time looking at the same old stuff online, so QE has put together a few ideas and suggestions to check out interesting resources, connect with virtual events and cool learning materials for everyone.
Social Connections: Virtual Events
As a community we are unable to physical share space for awhile and that's got a lot of us feeling a little disconnected, however, we do have options to connect with the LGBT2Q+ community.
Event organizers and community groups having being transitioning their regular programs online while also finding new and create ways to hold virtual events, meetups, support sessions and more specifically for the LGBT2Q+ community.
Upcoming Events tagged with Virtual
Ongoing Virtual Events
Supporting With Pride
A virtual support group for guys into guys!
Join ACCKWA every Thursday for the chance to meet and support other guys into guys (queer, gay, bisexual, trans men and other men who have sex with men) in Waterloo Region! This is a free, drop-in support group via Zoom where your confidentiality is guaranteed on Thursdays from 7-9 pm beginning July 2. We welcome all who are 18 years of age and older!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquires
Spectrum's Transgender Online Support Group
SPECTRUM's Transgender Online Support Group is a safe and supportive environment for Transgender identifying individuals and their allies to find community and discuss common challenges..
The group meets on the 1st & 3rd Thursday and the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month from 7-9 pm. This group is for folks 18+
Connect with Spectrum Community Space to request access.
Transgender, Trans & Non-Binary Peer Community Drop-in
Every Tuesday from 2-4pm ARCH (HIV/Aids Resources & Community Health) is holding their trans peer support program online using Zoom! This is a weekly Trans & GNC virtual drop-in for community based peer support, to be heard by people with lived experience, and get some help finding resources, info, or other support that they might need. Anyone can come by (trans people, their family members, partners, people looking to learn more) and connect with trans people who live and work in our community.
Speqtrum Hamilton Goes Virtual
speqtrum Hamilton is holding weekly events and peer support sessions online for youth.
speqtrum Hamilton is aiming to provide two peer support sessions a week and weekly online events. During peer support hours, speqtrum staff are available on FB, and on Instagram to chat, answer questions, and connect you with resources.
Drag King Bedtime Story
Canadian Drag King Titus Androgynous will be reading us all a queer bedtime story each evening on their instagram feed.
Cuddle up and let me read you a bedtime story. I’ll take you to a world where you can set your worries down, and find a bit of peace in these queer times.
House of Kings: Weekly Live Stream
House of Kings presents Weekly Live Drag Streams - we may not be able to get together in person but we can still get together online. Each Saturday will feature our favorite House of King performers and each Wednesday at 8pm will have a live stream Open Stage.
Missing your favorite performers and comedians? The good news is with all the different digital solutions available today, LGBT2Q+ performers are having virtual shows and hangouts. Look up your favorite performers on social media to see how they are passing the time in social isolation.
Cool Learning & Educational Resources
By The People Campaign at the Library of Congress
Take some of that free time and it turn it into a cool way to both learn and contribute by transcribing rare documents for the Library of Congress through the By the People Campaign. There are lots of interesting topics, individuals, events to choose from, this is a cool way to turn some of that screen time into something interesting and useful.
London Public Library Information Databases
As with many other Library networks, LPL have expanded access to their online resources and databases for people to use free of charge. There are lots of topics and helpful resources including learning databases, variety of magazine archives, book lists, digital media and much more so check out your local library’s website.
Check out NASA
Ok so while there is a lot of stressful stuff going on in the world and let’s face it there’s nothing all that new in our streams, take a break and check out Nasa's website, They’ve got amazing videos and imagery, virtual tours and awesome educational resources through NASA STEM Engagement for for all ages!! Some of those experiments look like a lot of fun.
National Film Board of Canada
NFB is a great resource for film selections, with over 4000 titles available to stream online for free across a range of topics and genres you'll find something new to watch and maybe even learn a little something. Be sure to check out the LGBTQ2+ and the Indigenous Voices & Reconciliation channels.
Learn an Indigenous Language
Anishinaabemowin Lessons from Ojibew.net
Ojibwe.net is dedicated to preserving and teaching Anishinaabemowin, their website offers among other resources Anishinaabemowin lessons, from beginners to advanced lessons there is something here for all of us to learn.
Anishinaabemowin Niwasa Language App
Created by Niwasa Kendaaswin Teg, an Indigenous organization created an Anishinaabemowin Language App which teaches Anishinaabemowin, the app also features a cultural database. Links to app - App Store & Google Play.
Cree Literacy Network - Stay home: Learn Cree
The Cree Literacy Network has started a blog series Stay home: Learn Cree where they release daily language-learning video from their existing teaching library.
Queer Knowledge: Online Educational Resources
QE Blogs & Recent Topics
Experiencing Illness & Chest Binding
We all know the three most important tips to remeber when binding
- 8 hours is the max! Binding for long periods of time can cause health issues.
- Never improvise, Get a binder! Be careful what type of materials are used to bind.
- Never at night! take off those binders before you sleep
Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to make sure you know what to do and what to avoid while binding. Check out the slideshow for helpful information and reminders for those who bind and may be experiencing illness.
Keep in mind although this is important with the current COVID epidemic, these are useful tips for a variety of illnesses.
Resources for Real Life...
Middlesex Health Unit
For the latest information about COVID-19 see the MLHU website. If you are experience symptoms or or have been in close contact with someone who has it, to use this COVID-19 self-assessment online tool to help determine if you need to seek further care. Note: Starting March 24th 2020, the MLHU is now located within Citi Plaza (355 Wellington Rd, London).
Find your local for health services in your region with Ontario.ca.
1-866-797-0000 if you’re experiencing symptoms coronavirus. PS - post pandemic, telehealth is a free to use community health service that we can all access anytime for any type of health inquiry.
PressProgress Landlord Investigations
For renters with greedy and unreasonable landlords PressProgress will be investigating Canadian landlords who are treating tenants poorly during this global pandemic. On pressprogress.ca there is an easy to use online form to share information and specifics.PressProgress.ca