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Groups and Drop-Ins

Groups are where the SOY community really comes together. We work to make all SOY groups welcoming places of respect, connection and fun. In groups, there’s lots of time for art, discussion, games and even field trips. Groups are places where you can make friends and also get the support and information you need.

SOY runs many different groups and some are for youth who identify in certain ways and others are for youth who share a specific interest.

All SOY groups provide a snack or meal and TTC tokens for those who need them. Groups take place in a wheelchair accessible space and some groups have ASL interpretation. For additional accessibility information, please contact the group facilitators directly.

  • Alphabet Soup

    *NOTE: SOY Alphabet Soup will be on a pause until March 2018.* Alphabet Soup is a drop-in group for queer and trans spectrum youth under 20 to connect with community. The group offers art activities, workshops, movies, games, guest speakers and outings in the city.

  • Black Queer Youth

    Black Queer Youth (BQY) is a weekly drop-in group where we celebrate Black queer and trans spectrum people’s trials and accomplishments.

  • Essence

    Essence is a group where we uncover, discover and recover our deeper selves. Come earn, socialize and share wisdom through workshops, guest speakers and discussions about different non-denominational and queer and trans positive ideas and practices of spirituality, faith and community.

  • Express

    Express is a weekly drop-in group where newcomer and immigrant queer and trans youth from across the globe gather, share ideas and have fun. Express also provides direct support to youth to assist with immigration and refugee claims.

  • FLAME & FruitLoopz

    FLAME (Fruit Loopz Artist Mentorship ProjEct) is a series of free art programs rooted in self-care, collaboration and community. FLAME is a free performance mentorship program for LGBTQ youth and prepares performers for SOY's Youth Stage, FruitLoopz, at Pride!

  • Fluid

    At Fluid, we come together to explore themes around bisexuality and fluidity through group discussions, art, games and fun.

  • Gender Play

    Starting July 21, 2017! GENDER PLAY is a space for LGBTQ youth 29 years and under to talk, play and explore gender through art and performance.

  • Get Out

    Get Out is a free outdoor activity group that provides adventures both in Toronto and in the Ontario wilderness. Activities include rock climbing, camping, skiing and more!

  • Monday Night Drop-In

    Monday Night Drop-In is a weekly drop-in for youth who are underhoused or experiencing homelessness. The drop-in is part of the CLICK Mentoring Program and it’s where youth and adult mentors come together to share home-cooked meal.

  • Our Mad Selves

    Our Mad Selves is a 10 week group for exploring issues surrounding mental health.

  • SOY H.E.A.T.

    SOY H.E.A.T. brings together emerging youth leaders who are interested in social justice. Youth complete an intensive training program and then have the option of joining the H.E.A.T. speakers bureau.

  • Trans Fusion Crew

    Trans Fusion Crew (TFC) is a weekly drop-in group to explore, learn about and share experiences of gender and everything else. TFC is a welcoming and supportive space for all trans and non-binary gender experiences.

  • Writing Our Futures (formerly Pink Ink)

    Writing Our Futures is an informal creative writing drop-in for queer and trans spectrum youth aged 14-29.

  • Young Women's Group

    The Young Women's Group provides LGBTQ+ young women (trans, trans feminine and cis) a space to come
    together, make new friends, find information and resources, and build community.