Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

Ottawa’s Kind Space is a place where the 2SLGBTQ + community can connect and feel safe – a space created to celebrate and support who you are.

Founded in 1984 as Pink Triangle Services, it became “Kind” in 2015, and now focuses on parts of the community that are underrepresented or supported.

CEO Carling Miller says it’s a place where they encourage people to come as your entire complex self, offering a wide range of programs and a space to feel safe. She first became involved as a 16-year-old, looking for her own answers.

“People really underestimate the importance of having a place where you don’t feel like you have to pretend,” Miller said. “It’s a place where you can come and know people like you. I started coming here when I was 16 and it was a really important place for me. “

The pandemic has affected fundraising and has left the organization – which moved into a new and more functional space – with a lack of funds and equipment. Now hope the community will step up and help ensure that this friendly space can continue to offer the services and comfort that many trust.

Kind Space Ottawa

Amanda Jetté Knox, a writer and LGBTQ advocate, and her wife Zoe have just completed a fundraiser for Kind Space and raised over $ 2,500. They believe that Kind Space offers unique and important services to those who have nowhere else to turn.

“One of the good things about Kind Space is that it’s run by the community, for the community, and so who knows the needs better?” said Jetté Knox. “My wife and I have a child who came out as a trans in 2014, and when that happened, we started looking for local resources, and Kind Space was one of the resources that had support groups and mentors.”

Miller says that although the pandemic has been difficult for the organization to handle, it has had a silver line. Having to go online with many programs has opened up their services to a much wider community outside the city.

It has helped them expand their reach beyond their downtown Ottawa location to more of those in need.

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