Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services


We at iSMSS are committed to working with communities and stakeholders to build a more inclusive, diverse, and respectful society. All of our programs are evidence-informed and research-based. Our primary goal is to help LGBTQ2S+ youth grow into healthy, happy, and resilient adults. By bringing together research, teaching, service, and community outreach, we are able to create and support innovative and award-winning programs. 

Camp fYrefly

A national leadership and wellness camp for 2SLGBTQ+ youth that focuses on their individual needs, socialization, health, and wellness as well as ways to help youth grow into resilience.


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fyrefly in Schools


An anti-homo/bi/transphobia peer-to-peer education program for all students, teachers and staff in K-12 schools. We also offer this professional development to not-for-profits and businesses. 


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Where the Rivers Meet 

A project that grew out of the need to address systemic discrimination and create specialized programming catering to the lived realities of Two-Spirit, and LGBTQ+ Indigenous youth. It focuses on developing and providing leadership workshops designed to combat homophobia and transphobia in K-12 schools. 

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C.H.E.W Project YEG 

Development and delivery of research-informed, age-appropriate, non-judgmental comprehensive health education for 2SLGBTQ+ youth who are in care, homeless and/or sex-work involved. CHEW currently has over 170 registered youth and serves and see average of 15-20 per day

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Family Resilience Project 

It utilizes a holistic model to provide mental health support to 2SLGBTQ+ youth and their families and caregivers by offering free therapy with registers psychologists as well as integrated supports and services. In 2019, FRP served 38 clients and their family members. In 2020, we moved from one full-time psychologist to a model of contracting hourly services from three psychologists and two QTBIPOC focused counselling services.

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Alberta GSA Network 

The Alberta Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Students Alliance (GSA) Network provides support to students & teachers to start, strengthen, and sustain GSA clubs (also known as gay-straight alliances, gender & sexual orientation alliances, queer-straight alliances, pride clubs, rainbow alliances, and many other names) in Alberta’s K-12 schools. 

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Professional Development

iSMSS offers evidence-informed presentations and individualized case consultations for K-12 schools, government, non-profit, and community-based agencies who would like to build their professional capacity to effectively support the health, mental health, education, safety, and socialization needs of sexual and gender minority children, youth, and families. All sessions are research-based and customized to your specific context and needs.
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