The Fyrefly Institute has served 2SLGBTQ+ people for more than twenty years, fighting for queer rights since before marriage equality was achieved in Canada. Every year, we reach and support thousands of people throughout the province. To sustain our thriving programs and services, we are seeking $10,000 in funding. Please donate to the Fyrefly Institute fund. All donations are eligible for a charitable tax deduction receipt from the University of Alberta. 

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The Fyrefly Institute for Gender and Sexual Diversity (Formerly the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services; iSMSS) is a non-profit organization and research institute housed in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta.

Fyrefly provides programs and services to support the 2SLGBTQ+ community and its allies. Our work also involves partnerships with organizations such the Calgary Centre for Sexuality, Boyle Street Community Services, and the Pride Centre of Edmonton to provide direct services, including crisis intervention, mental health supports, and 2SLGBTQ+ education.

Our programs focus on community outreach, creating affirming spaces, and educational advancement specifically for the 2SLGBTQ+ community through our educational programs, research, advocacy and scholarship opportunities. The Fyrefly Institute works to create a society where all queer and trans people are free of discrimination.

We strive to:

  1. Empower the 2SLGBTQ+ community to thrive.
  2. Build leaders, particularly among youth.
  3. Build public awareness and allyship.
  4. Advance sexual and gender diversity studies to the forefront.
  5. Create hope

We are unique in that we utilize research to inform our services, and our services drive the direction of our research.

We believe:

  1. All queer and trans people deserve to be free of discrimination.
  2. Through nurturance and resiliency practices, all 2SLGBTQ+ people have potential to thrive.
  3. In the continued pursuit of knowledge as a tool to empower and build capacity.
  4. In grounding our practices in evidence-based research.
  5. We cannot achieve our goals alone but through collaboration 

Our reports provide an overview of our yearly activities and any new initiatives and major activities we have added within the specified year.












Support Fyrefly and show your pride with the UA Pride Collection!

UA Pride Collection

Events and Opportunities



Fruit Loop | Craft Beer Market | March 2, 8 PM - 2 AM | 18+

Support Fyrefly + Macewan's Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. Expect fabulous performances from Honey Dijon, Pepper, and Felicia Bonée with DJ Pengwen and DJ haha behind the decks. 



AB GSA Conference Streaming Fundraiser | Feb 24 | 7 AM - 6 PM* 




Volunteer with Camp fYrefly (AB North) | Apply by March 24 

Join as a Health Team Lead, Artist in Residence, Knowledge Keeper, or Youth Committee member! 

Youth Committee 




Fyrefly in the Media

Our Partners

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Contact Us

We'd be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can email us at or leave us a message at 780.492.0772.