Out and Proud

What is the Out and Proud Program?

The Out and Proud Program enables the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CAS Toronto) to ensure that its services are open, inclusive, safe, affirming and positive for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, two-spirit, intersex, gender non-conforming, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) children and youth  served by CAS Toronto, as well as LGBTQ families, employees, volunteers and care providers.

We celebrate diverse sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

We assist CAS Toronto to provide an environment that is free from homophobia, heterosexism, rigid gender expectations and transphobia. 

Out and Proud Affirmation Guidelines -- Practice Guidelines for Equity in Gender and Sexual Diversity (2012)

How do I know my practice with children, youth or families is actually LGBT2SQ-inclusive? How does our agency ensure that all that we do conveys respect and support for the full range of gender and sexual diversity, and moves us closer to equity?

The Children’s Aid Society of Toronto has produced a comprehensive manual outlining best and promising practices for serving

  • LGBT2SQ youth
  • Gender independent children – young people who do not conform to gender stereotypes and may be exploring their gender/sexual identity
  • Families with gender independent or LGBT2SQ children or youth
  • All children, youth and families – how we can challenge stereotypes and encourage open exploration of gender and sexual identity for everyone


Download Out and Proud Affirmation Guidelines

Download a free copy or to purchase a hard copy manual, email outandproud@torontocas.ca