Affirming Resources

Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble works for the full inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the United Church of Canada and in society.


This page is filled with resources you may find helpful as you explore the concept of gender identities and sexual orientations, as well as the importance of acceptance, inclusion, welcoming and affirmation within the church and our larger community. We acknowledge that this is by no means a complete list of all resources available, we attempted to include a wide array of various resources, from educational videos to community websites to lists of films and books on subjects related to understanding and affirming people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. We hope these resources help you on your journey. We know they have been, and continue to be, helpful to us!

We start off with this video produced by Affirm United & Affirming Connections about why it’s important for us to work towards being Public, Intentional and Explicit in our welcome, affirming and inclusion of all people. 

Affirming PIE Video, Affirm United, Affirming Connections from Affirming Connections on Vimeo.



Affirm United
Celebrating Gender Diversity (United Church of Canada Resources)
Pride Education Network
Qmunity (BC’s Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit Resource Centre)  
Two-Spirit Information
Transgender Health Information Program
Intersex Resources
SHER Vancouver (LGBTQ South Asians and Friends)
Rainbow Refugee
Rainbow Railroad

Educational Videos & Articles

August 18, 2018  60th anniversary of

History of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Rights in Canada 

Hear more about a Canadian moment in history for the LGBTQ2 community when activist Jim Egan publicly challenged the Government of Canada to receive spousal benefits for his life partner, Jack Nesbit. 

What is Allyship?

Allyship Circle
(from UBC CampOut!)

Queer Terminology; A to Q

Out in Schools program reduces bullying in Vancouver schools

Handsome and Majestic – 12 min documentary on a trans teen in Prince George

Families Embracing Gender Variance in Children, MacLean’s

Experiencing transphobia while traveling. Hearing Sasha’s story.

What It’s Like to Be Intersex

30+ Examples of CisGender Privilege

Trudeau to offer formal apology for LGBTQ persecution

LGBT seniors fear going back into the closet when entering care homes

For Canada’s LGBT community, acceptance is still a work in progress

 Gay Straight Alliances in Schools Reduce Suicide Risk for ALL Students

Learn about the differences between Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Biological Sex

PBS First Person – 20 stories exploring queer and trans issues through short interviews.

Two Spirit – Injunuity

CBC Radio Unreserved episode – Celebrating the two spirit community
Things Not to Say to a Non-Binary Person. BBC Three Video:

Are you an Ally? Being an ally to trans, intersex, and two-spirit people


Iridesce, The Living Apology Project (UCC) –
Believe Out Loud
Generous Space Ministries   (great articles in the blog section)


Scripture and Sexuality lecture (historical context of passages often used to exclude/clobber LGBTQ people – warning, some explicit historical content)

Same-sex marriage: What does the bible really have to say?
ABC news article


By no means, a comprehensive list ….
*VPL = Vancouver Public Library

2010 – present
God’s Own Country (2017) – gay
Alex Strangelove (youth friendly) – gay/coming out
Love, Simon (youth friendly) – gay/coming out/youth
Word is Out – Stories of Some of Our Lives (VPL)
Wise Kids (youth friendly, VPL) – youth/faith (Christianity)/sexual orientation/identity
My Transgender Kid (youth friendly, Netflix) – transgender/kids/parents
Were the World Mine (youth friendly/VPL) – sexual orientation/coming out/gay/youth/musical comedy**
Geography Club (youth friendly/VPL) – sexual orientation/coming out/GSA
Mosquita Y Mari (youth, VPL) – sexual orientation/lesbian/coming out/Chicana
Growing Up Trans (VPL) – gender identity/kids/youth/parents
Tomboy (VPL) – gender identity/youth/french
The Way He Looks (VPL) – sexual orientation/coming out/gay/visually impaired
Pariah (VPL) – sexual orientation/lesbian/coming out/African-American
Carol (Netflix) – sexual orientation/lesbian
Call Me Kuchu (VPL) – sexual orientation/homophobia/Uganda
Saving Face (VPL) – sexual orientation/lesbian/Chinese-American/romantic comedy**
Reaching For the Moon (VPL) – sexual orientation/lesbian/Brazil
Boy Meets Girl (Netflix)  – gender identity/transitioning/romantic comedy**
Prayers for Bobby (VPL) – sexual orientation/gay/Christianity
Love Free or Die (VPL)  – sexual orientation/Christianity
Freeheld (VPL)  – sexual orientation/lesbian/LGBT rights
Love is strange (VPL) – sexual orientation/Christianity
Moonlight (Netflix)  – sexual orientation/gay/African-American
Intersexion – documentary/intersex
The Danish Girl (VPL) – gender identity/transitioning
Milk (VPL) – sexual orientation/LGBT rights
Boy Erased: A Memoir – sexual orientation/gay/conversion therapy
A Kid Like Jake – gender identity/gender expression/parenting
Naz & Malik (VPL, Netflix) – sexual orientation/coming out/gay/Muslim
Love Intersections – sexual orientation/gender identity/intersectionality
Front Cover (VPl, Netflix) – sexual orientation/gay/Chinese-American
Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things (Streaming download) – LGBT, Inuit, Two Spirit
Fire Song – Indigenous/sexual orientation
Campaign of Hate, Russia and Gay Propaganda (VPL) – sexual orientation/homophobia
The Fosters (Netflix) – LGBT parents/questioning youth/family series

Apples and Oranges (kid friendly, VPL) – bullying/kids/school
Anyone and Everyone (kid friendly, VPL) – bullying/kids/school
Saved! (youth friendly, VPL) – youth/sexual orientation/Christianity**
Ready? OK!  (youth friendly, VPL ) – gender identity/youth/dramedy**
D.E.B.S. (youth friendly, romantic comedy) – coming out/sexual orientation/lesbian**
Our House – Kids of Gay and Lesbian Parents (VPL) – sexual orientation/multi-religious/parents
Two Spirits (2009) – Two Spirit/Indigenous/sexual orientation/ gender identity/documentary
Brokeback Mountain (VPL) – sexual orientation/gay/homophobia
Big Eden (Netflix, VPL) – gay romantic comedy
Imagine Me & You (VPL) – lesbian romantic comedy
I Can’t Think Straight (VPL) – lesbian romantic comedy
Nina’s Heavenly Delights (VPL) – lesbian romantic comedy/POC
The Laramie Project (VPL) – sexual orientation/gay/homophobia
Trembling before G-d  (itunes) – sexual orientation/gay/Judaism/documentary
TransAmerica (VPL) – gender identity/transitioning/parent
For the Bible Tells Me So (VPL) – sexual orientation/gay & lesbian/parents/ Christianity/documentary
Transgeneration (VPL)  – gender identity/transitioning
Call Me Malcolm – gender identity/trans/Christianity


*By no means, a comprehensive list…

23 of Our Most Anticipated LGBTQA YA Books of 2017

Faithful Families – Megan Rohrer (kids book)
A Family is a Family is a Family – Sara O’Leary (kids book)
A Tale of Two Daddies – Vanita Oelschlager (kids book)
Zak’s Safari – Christy Tyner (kids book)
Real Sisters – Megan Lambert (kids book, adoption/ same sex family)
Harriet Gets Carried Away – Jessie Sima (kids book, same sex family)
The Family Book – Todd Parr (kids book)
Transgender Children of God – Megan Rohrer (kids book)
Stella Bring the Family – Miriam Schiffer (kids book)
Mister Seahorse – Eric Carle (kids book)
Who are you? The kid’s guide to gender identity – Brook Pessin-Whedbee (kids book)
Mr. Grumpy Christian – Megan Rohrer (kids book)
Oliver Button Is a Sissy – Tomie de Paola (kids book)
Jacob’s New Dress – Sarah & Ian Hoffman (kids book)
And Tango Makes Three –  Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell (kids book)
Big Bob, Little Bob – (kids book)
Mommy, Mama and Me – Leslea Newman (kids book)
Daddy, Papa and Me – Leslea Newman (kids book)
I am Jazz – Jessica Herthel (kids book)
Molly’s Family – Nancy Garden (kids book)
One Dad, two Dads, Red Dad, Blue Dad – (kids book)
Are You a Boy or a Girl? – Sarah Savage + Fox Fisher (kids book)
Luna– Julie Ann Peters (young adult, trans)
Annie On My Mind– Nancy Garden (young adult, lesbian)
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out – Susan Kukhlin (young adult)
Keeping you a secret– Julie Anne Peters (young adult, lesbian)
It’s Not Like It’s A Secret – Misa Suguira (young adult, lesbian)
The Miseducation of Cameron Post –  Emily M. Danforth (young adult, lesbian)
George – Alex Gino (young adult)
If I was your girl– Meredith Russo (young adult, trans)
The God Box  – Alex Sanchez (young adult, gay)
So hard to say – Alex Sanchez (young adult, gay)
The Art of Being Normal –  Lisa Williamson (young adult, trans)
We Are Made of Molecules – Susin Nielson (young adult, gay, coming out)
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertelli (young adult, gay, coming out)
Leah on the Offbeat – Becky Albertelli (young adult, bisexual, coming out)
Dress Codes for Small Towns – Courtney Stevens (young adult)
Beautiful Music for Ugly children – Kirstin Cronn-Mills (young adult, trans)
Coming Out Young and Faithful – Leanne McCall Tigert & Maren C. Terabassi (young adult)
A Brief Guide to Ministry with LGBTQIA Youth – Cody Sanders
This is my body: hearing the theology of transgender Christians – Christina Beardsley and Michelle O’Brien
Microaggressions in Ministry: Confronting the Hidden Violence of Everyday Church – Cody J. Sanders and Angela Yarber
Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism – Deborah Jian Lee.
Intersex, Theology, and the Bible: Troubling Bodies in Church, Text, and Society – Susannah Cornwall (editor).
Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life & Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity  – Elizabeth Edman
I Love to Tell the Story: 100+ Stories of Justice, Inclusion, and Hope – Nancy Wilson
In Defense of All God’s Children: The Life and Ministry of Bishop Christopher Senyonjo –  Christopher Senyonjo
Writing The Walls Down:  A convergency of LGBTQ voices  – Helen Klonardis & Amir Rabiyah
Transgendering faith: Identity, sexuality and spirituality – Leanne McCall Tigert & Maren C. Terabassi
Science, Scripture &Homosexuality  –  Alice Ogden & & Terry L. Hufford
Daring to be United: including lesbians & gays in the UCC   –  Alyson C. Huntley
The First Stone :  Homosexuality & the United  Church  –   Michael Riordon
The Clothesline Swing – Ahmed Danny Ramadan
She’s Not There –  Jennifer Finley Boylan
A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder – Ma-Nee Checaby
Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latino/a LGBT Activism – Uriel Quesada (Editor), Letitia Gomez (Editor), Salvador Vidal-Ortiz (Editor)
Under the Udala Trees – Chinelo Okparanta
even this page is white – Vivek Shraya