Here at YouthLine, staff started to prioritize talking about their thoughts, experiences, and feelings in regard to climate change once we realized how many of us were feeling anxiety about the earth. The term “climate despair” came up, so we wanted to unpack that a little bit, and offer some resources in case climate despair is something that’s been on your mind, or something you’ve been experiencing.
We thought that if so many of us were having big feels around what’s been happening with the climate, other 2SLGBTQ+ youth must be, too!
We’ve compiled these resources in the form of a webpage, which you can view here.
LGBT YouthLine’s first colouring book features beautiful, creative, and heartwarming artwork created by YouthLine staff, HelpLine volunteers, Youth Ambassadors, and some friends of YL. You can either:
So much love and care has been put into this project and we hope that you smile, giggle, and colour until your hands can’t colour no more!
The Prism Zine
The Prism Zine is a collaborative art zine focusing on the experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Brantford, Brant, and Six Nations of the Grand River. Youth submitted pieces based on their interpretation of the Pride flag’s colours’ meanings: red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunshine, green for nature, blue for magic, and purple for spirit. Destiny Pitters, the Youth Ambassador of PYAP 2020 who led the project and designed the zine, shared her thoughts on why she wanted to create The Prism Zine:
When I had learned about the flag’s symbolism myself, I knew it could make for a great art project that showcases and celebrates how 2SLGBTQ+ folks experience these things in our day-to-day lives, and I’m so happy the youth got the chance to do just that!
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The Affirmation Project Card Deck
PYAP’s 2020 North East cohort started The Affirmation Project because communities in the North are widespread and occasionally isolated. They wanted to address those feelings of isolation and not having community by creating something tangible that could easily be given out – a reminder to 2SLGBTQ+ youth that they are not alone and that they are loved. The cohort created a survey to collect affirmations from North Eastern (Ontario) 2SLGBTQ+ youth, which were then printed into cards to form a deck for 2SLGBTQ+ youth. This project serves as a tangible reminder that 2SLGBTQ+ youth are not alone.
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After much anticipation, we are excited to announce the release of “Do Better: 2SLGBTQ+ Youth Recommendations for Change in Ontario.” This report draws from LGBT YouthLine’s Needs Assessment, “We’re Here: 2SLGBTQ+ Youth across Ontario Assert Needs and Experiences,” where almost 1,200 2SLGBTQ+ youth from across Ontario shared their experiences, dreams, and demands for change (view below).
The report details seven recommendations calling on organizations, government, service providers, educators, health care professionals, and community leaders in Ontario to #DoBetter to support 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Ontario.
For more details about each of these recommendations and how you can take action, visit dobetter.youthline.ca.
We’re Here: 2SLGBTQ+ Youth across Ontario Assert Needs and Experiences
LGBT YouthLine’s Provincial Youth Ambassador Project (PYAP) brought together 18 2SLGBTQ+ Youth Ambassadors from across Ontario to lead an assessment about the experiences and needs of 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Ontario. Check out the Summary Report and 5 Snapshot Reports below.
All Report covers illustrated by Melisse Watson @coyotewatson, featuring work by:
Graphic design by Anchor Points Design @anchorpoints.design
Lead Research Consultant: Anu Radha Verma
Created by 2SLGBTQ+ youth from the Grey-Bruce region of Southern Ontario as part of the Provincial Youth Ambassador Project. Approximately 10 youth participated in creating messages of love and support to other rural youth from Grey-Bruce, and beyond.
Interested in receiving a copy? Email us at email@example.com.
Created by 2SLGBTQ+ youth from Northern regions across Ontario in 2019 as part of the Provincial Youth Ambassador Project. Approximately 50 youth participated in creating messages of love and support to other northern youth
In 2019, YouthOrganize launched as an online platform to support 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Ontario to build skills and support each other to better organize in their communities. 2SLGBTQ+ youth in partnership with LGBT YouthLine created resources to support youth looking to start something new for the first time as an organizer in their communities. Check out the resources below!