Emergency Assistance

If we are not available and you need immediate or emergency assistance, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the following organizations. They are available to provide support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.These organizations offer direct support for individuals who need immediate assistance.

The main mission ofATQ is to support trans and non-binary individuals and break isolation.

You can contact their 24/7 helpline at: 1-855-909-9038 #1  

 1-866-APPELLE (277-3553)

This organization’s social workers are there to guide and support you whether it’s you or a loved one who is experiencing suicidal thoughts. 


Interligne is a national and bilingual front-line listening centre that provides support and information to people who have questions about sexual orientation and gender identity. You can contact them at any time by email, phone, or chat with them on their website!

Baie-des-chaleurs' Local Community Service Centres (CLSCs) de la Baie-des-Chaleurs offer front-line services. They are available to answer your questions, refer you to the right resources, and ensure a follow-up. Contact a CLSC near you: 

Info-Santé 811 is a free and confidential telephone consultation service. Dialing 811 allows you to quickly reach a nurse in the event of a non-urgent health problem. The service is offered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Association

If you need individual support and/or referrals, you can reach us by phone.


We are available Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Resources for LGBT+ individuals

Have you recently moved to Baie-des-Chaleurs, Gaspésie, or Îles-de-la-Madeleine? Are you looking for resources near you? 

Here are the Facebook pages of other LGBT+ groups in Gaspésie and Îles-de-la-Madeleine, as well as a welcome service for newcomers.

LGBT+ Gaspé
LGBT Haute Gaspésie
Welcome service for newcomers 

Here are some general organizations that can help answer your questions!

Besides being a 24-hour help and support line, the ATQ offers workshops, organizes support groups for trans and non-binary individuals and their loved ones, and provides informative and educational resources.

Visit their website

AlterHéros is made up of a community of individuals dedicated to combating prejudice and demystifying sexual diversity and gender plurality. The organization empowers individuals to blossom in their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. It’s the perfect place to ask your questions and take part in workshops and conferences.

Visit their website

The Coalition des familles LGBT+ is a community organization that advocates for the social and legal recognition of sexually diverse and gender diverse families.

Visit their website

The Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida (COCQ-SIDA) strives to centralize different community actors to ensure efficient and pertinent community action for individuals living with HIV. On this website, you’ll find all the necessary information on community intervention in Quebec in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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The Réseau des AlliéEs des lesbiennes, gais, personnes bisexuelles, bispirituelles, transgenres et en questionnement de la Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine is made up of over 140 professionals and social workers who work among youth or adults in different industries. As part of their work, these allies identify as open-minded points of contact who are informed and sensitive to the issues, expectations, needs, and situations faced by LGBT and questioning individuals. These allies are guided by their respect for sexual diversity and feel called to fight against homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism.

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Information for Workplaces/Schools

Here are some LGBT+ organizations that offer workshops on a variety of subjects for workplaces and/or schools. 

Le Conseil québécois LGBT The Conseil québécois LGBT (CQ-LGBT) is Quebec’s main source for information on advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans individuals in the province. You can find support, information, and educational resources on their website.

Le GRIS the GRIS is a non-profit community organization that brings awareness to issues surrounding sexual orientations and gender identities by sharing testimonies in schools, as well as within community and professional organizations. The GRIS offers a neutral and safer space for youth who are sexually diverse and gender diverse, youth who are exploring their gender/questioning, and young allies. Through workshops and direct support, the organization assists individuals and organizations in becoming more inclusive of sexual and gender diversity.

L’alliance Arc en ciel de Québec mobilizes the population and brings awareness to the issues and concerns of individuals who are sexually diverse and gender diverse (Diversité sexuelle et pluralité des genres - DSPG), while ensuring their inclusion and advocating for their rights. The Alliance makes different educational resources accessible to learn about the rights and realities of sexually diverse and gender diverse individuals (DSPG). L’Alliance met à votre disposition différentes ressources d’information sur les droits et réalités des personnes de la diversité sexuelle et de la pluralité des genres (DSPG).

La Fondation Émergence works to educate, raise awareness, and inform the population about the lived experiences of people within a broad range of sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. Among other services, the foundation offers educational materials and different workshops.

Resources on specific issues concerning 2SLGBTQIA + realities

This guide was created by the association. It contains many written resources to make your workplace(s) and/or school(s) more inclusive with regard to sexual and gender diversity. 

Chaire de recherche sur la diversité sexuelle et la pluralité des genres bridges governmental, community, and university bodies that wish to contribute to the recognition of the lived experiences of sexual and gender minorities. Their work involves deepening knowledge, then mobilizing this knowledge to elaborate, implement, and evaluate programs and methods of fighting against the different types of discrimination faced by LGBT+ individuals. They also work to dismantle the different forms of exclusion, depreciation, and belittlement of these individuals.

This website presents the research project Understanding Inclusion and Exclusion of LGBTQ People (UNIE-LGBTQ) (2016-2023), which strives to document the lived experiences of LGBT+ individuals in Canada and propose possible solutions to their concerns.

All out! is a global movement that fights so that no one has to sacrifice their family, freedom, safety, or dignity because of who they are or who they love.

ÉGALE: Anglophone organization whose mission is to improve the lives of 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals in Canada and to enhance the global response to 2SLGBTQIA+ issues. Egale is achieving this by informing public policy, inspiring cultural change, and promoting human rights and inclusion through research, education, awareness, and legal advocacy.

Rainbow Railroad: believes that all governments should adopt and put into legislation laws and policies that protect LGBTQ+ people and allow them to live freely and safely in their own country. Until this day comes, the organization’s foundation provides solutions to LGBTQ+ people who need immediate assistance because their lives and safety are at risk.


Person who defends the cause and rights of a marginalized community that they do not belong to. They are recognized as an ally by members of said community.

Used to describe Indigenous North Americans who identify as having both feminine and masculine spirits, or whose gender identity, sexual orientation, or spiritual identity is not limited by the masculine/feminine binary.  

This term is used to reflect the complexity of gender and sexuality among First Nations as well as the sexually diverse and gender diverse traditions that exist in Indigenous cultures. Therefore, a non-Indigenous person should not identify themselves using this term. 

A person whose gender identity corresponds to their gender assigned at birth.  

A person who is questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation.

To conceal one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. This cover can be passive, voluntary, or forced. A person can be in the closet in some situations but not in others, depending on how safe they feel.  

Gender can be expressed many ways - through behaviour, clothing, hairstyle, voice inflections, and body language. Someone’s gender expression is not necessarily linked to their gender identity.

Family where the parents are of the same gender.

A person whose gender identity or expression moves along the gender spectrum.

Fear or aversion that some people feel with regard to homosexuality or individuals who are homosexual, or toward people whose appearance or behaviour do not correspond to socially accepted expressions of masculinity or femininity.

A homosexual person (gay, lesbian) is sexually and/or romantically attracted to people of the same gender.

Often implicit cultural or social norms that assume everyone’s heterosexuality.

Heteronormativity results in the marginalization of sexual minorities. It relies on either the erasure of these minorities or the encouragement of heterosexuality, or both these premises.    

This is the gender that a person ascribes to, unrelated to the sex assigned at birth - it is a deep and intimate feeling. For this reason, only the person themselves can affirm their identity (self-identification) and undertake the appropriate transition, if applicable.

A person’s gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth. Gender identity is not necessarily apparent and is not linked to sexual orientation.

To attribute a gender to someone, whether intentionally or not, that does not correctly reflect their gender identity. Misgendering can mean using pronouns, vocabulary, or honorifics that do not correspond to the person’s gender identity.

When meeting a person for the first time, we should never assume their gender by looking at their gender expression. It’s always better to ask than to guess! 

A non-binary person’s gender identity does not fit in the man-woman binary. These people often prefer that we use neutral pronouns when referring to them. It’s an umbrella term that can include, among others, people who identify as being both a man and a woman, or people who fall outside these categories completely.

Sexual/romantic orientation refers to the sexual/romantic attraction felt toward men or women, or toward people who fall outside the binary categories. This spectrum spans from heterosexuality to homosexuality, and includes bisexuality, pansexuality, and asexuality.

A person who is sexually and/or romantically attracted to another person regardless of that person’s gender. 

This umbrella term includes any person whose gender does not correspond to the sex they were assigned at birth. This term can include or exclude non-binary people, depending on how they choose to identify.

Fear, disgust, or hostility felt toward trans people and identities, as well as the stereotypes that come with it.