A community that values and supports people of all gender identities, expressions, and sexualities.
OUTSaskatoon builds community for LGBTQ2S+ people of all ages and backgrounds. We provide peer support and counselling, queer-specific education and resources, outreach, social gatherings and events, community referrals, and sexual health services. In addition, we operate Pride Home, a long-term home for LGBTQ2S+ youth ages 16-21. Through these programs OUTSaskatoon supports body, mind and spirit within a growing and changing community.
We are sustained by our dedicated volunteers, staff, and board members, as well as by partnerships with all levels of government, charitable organizations, community foundations, corporations, and individual stakeholders.
Acceptance: of all people exactly as they are
Respect: for others and ourselves by valuing our differences and treating all with dignity
Cultural Humility: through acknowledging the limits of our own cultural perspectives and being open to learning from the experiences and cultural expressions of others
Hospitality: through creating a welcoming, compassionate, and safe space for LGBTQ2S+ people, their families, and their allies
Harm Reduction: through non-judgemental services that respect the self-determination of those we serve
Equality: of all people. Valuing all regardless of gender identity, sexuality, sex, race, culture, ability, and socio-economic status
Social Justice: and advocacy for the equity of LGBTQ2S+ people
*A note on language: People use many different words to self-identify their sexual/romantic orientation and/or gender identity. Some are more familiar such as lesbian or gay, while others are newer such as Two Spirit, transgender, non-binary, or pansexual. The list also grows and changes every day, so in our work we use LGBTQ2S+ to refer to lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, asexual, genderqueer, transgender, intersex, Two Spirit, queer, and questioning individuals.