LGBTIQ+ communities and individuals are extremely diverse and face a number of shared and distinct health and social inclusion issues. Hence, CEL understands that members of the LGBTIQ+ communities may need support when facing a wide range of potentially overwhelming circumstances and emotions.
From issues surrounding coming out and discrimination, to bullying, violence, anxiety, depression or other health concerns, abuse and other crises, CEL aspires to provide the support that LGBTIQ+ people need. Thus, through the Support Program, CEL works to ensure that LGBTI+ people have access to a safe and non-judgmental space, are understood and have access to psychosocial support and legal aid services including: one-onone support, support groups individual counseling, family and allies support groups, drop-in discussion groups, free legal aid, shelter and other community resources. In addition to its range of activities CEL within the support program, CEL provides affirming support and connects LGBTIQ+ people to build a support network for sharing experiences. Likewise, the support program acts as a pathway into many of CEL’s programs and initiatives.