Pride and Prejudice is a social and informational group for LGBT2Q+ youth to get together and interact with their peers and trained LGBT2Q+ facilitators. This group encourages and supports LGBT2Q+ youth to develop leadership skills, share their knowledge and experiences, and become actively engaged in strengthening their health and well-being through fun and creative activities.
Pride & Prejudice has three goals:
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The Peer Experience & Relational Support (PEARS) program was started to connect people in our communities together.
PEARS is a flexible program for LGBT2Q+ people, their loved ones and close friends. The program works in a few different ways: connecting LGBT2Q+ people to each other, connecting people who are connected to LGBT2Q+ people (eg parents of an LGBT2Q+ child, partner of a newly identified LGBT2Q+ person), and connecting people who are not LGBT2Q+ with people who are. The program also aims to connect people with different generational experiences. There is a lot of flexibility as to how the pairs are made – for details, keep reading. This program is limited to individuals 18 years or older.
If you are already convinced you would like to get involved, fill out this quick and easy online intake form. If you would like the form in a different format, please get in touch with us.
The program is flexible, and we are very happy to work with you to find a ‘pear’ that meets your needs.
We match LGBT2Q+ people based on three categories, and in our matching, we also consider age. You can let us know if you would like to be an older or younger person within your match. This program is limited to individuals 18 years or older.
There is also a category for loved ones and close friends of LGBT2Q+ people. We will match people who have a similar experience together, with the goal of providing individuals with someone to talk to who understands the experience firsthand. Matches may also be made to LGBT2Q+ people. For example, if you are the partner or spouse of someone who comes out, you may be matched with another person whose partner came out to them, or you may be matched with someone who shares your partner’s identity. You can let us know what kind of match will be most helpful, and we will do our best to accommodate it.
PEARS is designed to be flexible and to work around your schedule and commitments. We ask that you meet within a month of being matched with your partner, and at that point, the two of you can discuss how often you would like to meet. We will do our best to match people with similar expectations.
A few times per year, PEARS participants will all be invited to join Out On The Shelf for group programming and events. This will be an opportunity to meet other people in the PEARS program as well as get connected to local programming.