Aide aux Trans du Québec (ATQ)

Breaking the social isolation of trans people

Aide aux Trans du Québec (ATQ)’s primary mission is to support individuals who are on the trans-identity spectrum and break down their isolation. This includes those who are culturally diverse. Since 1980, this Quebec organization has contributed to the well-being and personal and professional development of these individuals. It supports them before, during and after their transitioning process. ATQ helps them find fulfillment, while also promoting equality within the LGBTQIA2S+ community and in society in general. These interventions enable all involved to increase their participation in the social, cultural and economic life of our communities, both urban and rural.

With a team of just three people, the organization must work extremely hard to meet the needs of its users. Aide aux Trans du Québec offers weekly group meetings, interventions with individuals and families, a 24/7 helpline and training sessions. It also provides a varied program of activities, including special options for those 50 and over.

ATQ has had to adapt its ways of doing things in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most notably, it had to transition from in-person to virtual services. The “good news” is that online access has enabled the organization to expand its reach. Since then, participation in support groups has been opened up to many more people. Thanks to grants from the Foundation of Greater Montréal – through the COVID-19 Collective Fund and the Collective Fund for Social Equity – ATQ has been able to recruit an additional intervenor specialized in psychosocial intervention. That addition has allowed the team to get back into a normal working rhythm, and maintain the quality of the services it provides.

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