If seeking a trans-friendly medical professional, please refer to our separate page. Sources below include support groups, social supports, nightclubs and restaurants, shopping and clothing, personal services, and trans-affirming faith congregations.
Alberta Trans Peer Support Group: Currently an online Yahoo Group only. This forum has been created as a safe haven for Trans related discussions. It is open to Alberta Transsexual, Transgendered, Intersexed, Two-Spirited and Questioning individuals at any point in transition.
(Yahoo Group direct link)
Edmonton Illusions Social Club: A safe, secure, and discreet support group for crossdressers and transgender individuals. (Yahoo Group direct link)
Reflections: A safe environment for transgender people and their significant others to discuss and support each other with their journeys in life. Cross-dressers, transsexuals, transgender individuals, their spouses/significant others are all welcome to attend the events. However, since there is the possibility of adult discussions, we request that attendees be of mature age. There are no professionals working with Reflections; it is purely peer support. Includes a Significant Others Support Group on the first Thursday of each month, a Social Group on the second Saturday of each month and a Fireside Chat on the last Thursday of each month. (Reflections' Yahoo Group)
TTIQ: TTIQ is a mixed gender support group for people who identify as transgender, transsexual, intersex or are questioning. In this space you can share information, educational resources and all things trans related. It is a place for discussion, support, struggles, celebrations and grief as it relates to your journey of gender discovery. Meets in Edmonton, second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 - 9:30 at the Pride Center (9540 - 111 Avenue), and with an $8 Brunch on the last Sunday of the month, 12:00 - 2:00 at Prism Bar and Grill (10524 - 101 Street, entry in back).
Transgender Support Groups Around The World - A comprehensive directory of trans support groups around the world.
Healthy Boundaries for LGBTQ* Youth Drop - In Education & Support Group. This free drop-in group is open to LGBTQ individuals age 18-30ish and their supports. As a drop in group, registration occurs on the first visit and participants can attend as many sessions as they choose.
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm Dates: Wednesday Evenings September 9 & 30, October 7 & 28, November 4 & 25, December 9, 2015 January 6 & 27, February 10, March 9 & 30, April 6 & 27, 2016 Location: Momentum Walk-In Counselling Second Floor, 9562-82 Ave (Whyte Ave), Edmonton Access: Bus service directly beside Momentum Walk-In Counselling, and free parking behind Momentum Walk-In Counselling Phone: 780-757-0900 Website: momentumcounselling.org
Social Supports and HousingEdit
DECSA: Transitions: A program designed to provide women and transgendered people with skills and program support to promote leaving the sex trade and living healthier and safer lifestyles through involvement in other programs, education or employment.
Edmonton Transgender Support Line: (780) 488-3234
Edmonton Police Service Hate and Bias Crime Unit: The City Police Service unit devoted to investigating violence, threats and other crimes levelled against our community simply because of who we are. There is also an established LGBTQ Liaison Committee that can be contacted if there are ever any issues or concerns about the EPS and/or the Hate Crimes Unit.
HIV Edmonton: A non-profit organization providing support, information, advocacy and health promotion related to HIV and AIDS.
OUTreach: A supportive space for LGBTQ students on the University of Alberta campus. (OUTreach's website)
PFLAG Canada Toll-Free Gender Question Line: 1-888-822-9494
Pride Center of Edmonton, The: Community based resource centre for Edmonton's GLBT communities. Includes news, resources and programs being offered.
Youth Understanding Youth: A support group providing a warm and friendly place for LGBT, questioning and straight youth (typically under 25) to have fun and learn about themselves in a safe, caring environment.
Youthsafe.net: a project formed to address the gaps in violence prevention services offered to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgendered and questioning youth in Alberta.
Nightclubs and RestaurantsEdit
Boston Pizza: Trans-friendly locations include the one at 10620 Jasper Avenue
Buddy's Pub (11725B Jasper Avenue): Trans-friendly gay bar.
Denny's Restaurant: Trans-friendly locations include the ones at 5011 - 25 Avenue and 10803 - 104 Avenue.
The Garage Burger Bar and Grill (10242 - 103 St.): A trans-friendly restaurant affiliated with Boots and Saddles.
Clothing and ShoppingEdit
Addition Elle (Mayfield Common - 2109, 8882-170 Street): Plus-sizes />Annex Hair Design (10113 - 81 Avenue, 435-5621)
The Breast Form Store: A web-based mail-order service located in Richmond B.C. which specializes in breast forms at decent prices, as well as pocketed bras.
Bryan's (West Edmonton Mall):
Dawn's Bratique (10507 Kingsway Avenue, 428-2727)
Fifth Avenue Jewellery: A web-based mail-order service located in Peace River.
MAC Cosmetics (West Edmonton Mall): contact Sherry -- the other staff have also been historically very good.
Nightshade Corsets (10832A 124 St.): Quality custom-made corsets and bustiers.
Ricki's (West Edmonton Mall):
Rodeo Drive (11528 - 89 St.): Fetish fashion and lingerie; contact Brenda Lee.
Rowena (10762-82 Avenue): Fetish wear.
Sanctuary Curio Shoppe (10310-81 Avenue): Goth and fetish clothing.
Stitchwitch Custom Corsets (11745 Jasper Avenue, 428-5847)
Tall Girl (West Edmonton Mall):
Transit Shoes (West Edmonton Mall):
Unique Boutique (14226 Stony Plain Road): High-end fashions; contact Heidi.
The Wig Boutique (10123 - 123 St.): excellent quality wigs and great service and advice; contact Pat -- the other staff have also been historically very good.
(Please use caution when seeking laser hair removal, and even electrolysis -- laser and electrology clinics are not regulated. For laser centers, look for a qualified dermasurgeon on staff, and for electrologists, look for a good number of years in business)
Glenrose Voice Clinic: requires a reference from your doctor.
Grey Nuns Voice Clinic: requires a reference from your doctor.
Groot DermaSurgery Centre (#200, 9670 - 142 Street): Dr. Nakatsui specializes in top-quality hair transplants.
Midwest Cosmetic and Laser Surgery Center (102, 9145 - 82 Avenue, 469-4704): The facililty does laser hair removal as well as laser surgery and skin rejuvanation. They have flexible hours, and a qualified surgeon. Marnie was very thorough, honest and forthright during consultation.