Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services

Community, Hope, Empowerment, Wellness Project

Provides intervention, outreach, resources, and supports to vulnerable and displaced sexual and gender minority youth and young adults, especially supporting persons who are homeless or street-involved.

Service provides:

  • frontline service provision, resources, and education for sexual and gender minority and 2-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans,, and queer (2SLGBTQ+) youth facing barriers to mental health, sexual health, addictions, homelessness, and other challenges
  • an intersection of four key program areas - community outreach, Indigenous peer support / liaison, mental health, and crisis intervention


  • Below the Belt (BTB) Project - support and resources for male identified individuals engaged in sex work or survival sex
  • counselling and mental health support
  • suicide intervention and crisis intervention
  • sexual health education that is inclusive and comprehensive
  • free, confidential, and inclusive STI testing
  • OUTpost - an outreach site where youth can access basic need supplies, harm reduction supplies, food, support and is a safe space
  • GLOW - workshops and events focused on empowerment and resilience for sexual and gender minority youth
  • accessibility to staff as needed
Affiliation: Partnered with Alberta Health Services, Edmonton Police Service, and Ministry of Children's Services.
Yes, Service targeted to youth who are:
  • sexual and gender minority (SGM) and 2-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans,, and queer (2SLGBTQ+)
  • ages 14 to 29
Application Process
Service Access: See below, To access service:
  • e-mail
  • call to speak to a CHEW member or leave a message
  • or visit website for more information
Limit to 10 youth at one time due to COVID-19. Can access basics like clothing, harm reduction supplies, food, hygiene items, and more. Hot take-away meal provided on Thursdays at 4:30 PM.Referral Process: No

Waiting Period: No,
Web Site
Fee: No
Fee Reduction: No
Membership Fee: No
Wheelchair access: Yes - Other disabled access: Yes - Includes:
  • accessible parking
  • ramps
  • automatic doors
  • elevators
  • accessible washrooms
Legal Status
Registered Not-For-Profit
Last Updated On
October 27, 2020