Updated March 28, 2016
I’m a trans female thinking of moving out to Guelph. I was just wondering if there were good places to meet new people?
Thanks for asking about this.
Guelph is a fairly queer and trans-friendly town and there are lots of great ways to build connections here!
The first place that came to mind when I read your question was the PaTio; they offer confidential and non-judgmental support for trans, genderqueer and questioning folks and their SOFFAs (significant others, friends, families and allies). They usually offer support one-on-one, but they also do social events fairly regularly. If you have Facebook, I recommend joining their group on that platform, as it’s their most active web presence. Otherwise you can contact them at email@example.com for more information about their upcoming events.
Out on the Shelf can also be a good place to meet and connect with Guelph’s queer community; it’s a queer resource library and accessible, safe space located in downtown Guelph at 10 Carden St. Visit their website for current hours.
If you’re a U of G student or university-aged, you could also check out this post for great U of G resources that offer social opportunities for queer and trans folks. Another great resource at U of G that you might consider checking out is the CSA Bike Centre’s Women and Trans Night, held every Thursday evening starting at 5 pm. Contact the Bike Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you’re into the bar scene, Thursdays at the Albion Hotel are the unofficial gay night here in Guelph (colloquially known as ThursGays). Unfortunately their upstairs dance floor is only accessible by stairs, but they do have a nice lounge and bar area downstairs. FIERCE also hosts queer dance parties at the eBar (also inaccessible); check out their Facebook page here.
I hope that helps to give you a start! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to send us a message online. We’re on the chat everyday except Tuesdays from 5-10 pm at qlinks.ca/outline.
UPDATE: There’s a new monthly social meet-up for trans and non-binary folks. Gender Intersect meets the 3rd Monday of every month at the Red Brick Café, 8 Douglas St., at 7 pm.