Community Building

We are committed to building our communities and connecting our GSD seniors with services and people who can support them in their later years. We understand the complex issues such as: isolation, dating and sex in latter years, coming out or transitioning as senior, building or losing a chosen family and much more. DSS works closely with community partners such as QMUNITY, WESN, HIM and others to support their existing seniors’ programming and fill identified service gaps.

Useful Community Resources

(Click on the green ‘link’ wording to connect to the resource website or information sheet)


West End Seniors Network (WESN)

Health Initiate for Men (HIM)

Whats On Queer BC - is not specific to seniors’ information, but may list some social events that you would like check out.

Senior Pride Network is based in Toronto, but provides some useful Canadian resources.

SAGE in the USA hosts the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. - a wealth of resources with a US focus.

‘Coming out’ and ‘Transitioning’ later in life

Making major life changes later in life is not unique to GSD seniors, but coming out or transitioning your gender has multiple challenges and exciting opportunities. DSS is committed to helping support seniors who are embarking on this new phase in their journey. Here are some stories and resources that many help as a starting point:

Derek ‘came out’ at 68 and tells his story in this BBC Video by journalist Jennifer Meierhans

An inside look at transitioning genders later in life- By Sheryl Ubelacker The Canadian Press

Senior’s Community Building Blogs