Young and Proud is a safe and affirming support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, 2-spirit, pansexual, asexual (LGBTQ) and allied youth aged 11-25. We promote the health and wellbeing, and empowerment of LGBTQ youth in Windsor-Essex. We believe in the strengths and assets of LGBTQ young people and encourage youth to gain leadership skills and contribute to both the LGBTQ community and the larger Chatham Kent community.
We meet on the first and third Thursday of every month from 6-8pm at the AIDS Committee of Windsor – Chatham office, 67 Adelaide St. S in Chatham. Our program includes open forum discussions with topics ranging from sexual health, relationships, coming out and the media. It also incorporates educational presentations from community members, social nights, as well as internship and volunteer opportunities.
If you have any questions about our programming contact SteffArmstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 519-973-0222 x117. If you feel nervous or scared to come to Young and Proud and would like a tour of our facilities or to meet our facilitator first please also contact Steff Armstrong.
“Young and Proud has changed my life for the better” – Chris
This video depicts the story of a transgender youth in our community, his story is similar to those of many other LGBTQ youth. Young and Proud is here to offer support and resources to youth like Alex in hopes of changing the typical LGBTQ youth’s story. The following video may be triggering for some audiences. If you feel triggered and need to talk to someone please see the resources listed below.
“Young and Proud is an amazing support group that was there to listen when I needed someone” – Jessica
Young and Proud understands that being a parent, guardian or family member of an LGBTQ youth can be challenging at times. For parents and families who want to be involved we are also beginning a series of workshops on topics such as coming out, sexual health, and creating safe spaces. Contact our office for more information.
Another great resource for education and support is Rainbow Health Ontario. This is a province-wide program designed to improve access to services and to promote the health of Ontario’s LGBTQ communities. To learn more, please visit Rainbow Health Ontario.
Project Red is a University of Windsor (U of W) student club that was formed in January of 2013. The club aims to bring awareness to the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS on campus through the engagement of students in dialogue about their sexual health, in addition to the distribution of safe sex materials. Project Red is an initiative led by youth for youth, with the guidance of the AIDS Committee of Windsor.
To find out more about Project Red and how you can get involved go to uwindsor.ca/projectred