Love & Intimacy

Many of us experience love. We may love our Mum or Dad. We may love our pet rabbit. We may also have a crush on a pop star or a movie star.

We hear a lot about love when it comes to dating and relationships. But how is loving a boyfriend, girlfriend, or partner different from loving our Mum or Dad? How is it the same? Is loving a partner the same as having sex with them? Is it different? Is a crush the same thing as love?

And what does intimacy mean? Does ‘being intimate’ with someone always mean having sex with them? Are there other ways people can show love to each other, or be intimate with each other? What’s scary about love and intimacy? What’s great about it?

Let’s have a conversation!


How Do You Support Your Partner and Show Them Love?

If we’ve never had a romantic partner, we often think about all the things we might GET if we find one: love, affection, friendship, sex, support… But having a partner also means GIVING a lot of things to them. A good partner won’t expect you to give them lots of money or fancy gifts. More often partners give each other support and love. In this video, different people talk about how they support their partner and show them love.


VCHA Guide to Supporting Sexual Health and Intimacy in Care Facilities

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority published a pocket guide detailing how to support the sexuality of folks living in care facilities.

Talking to People With Learning Disabilities About Sex

For a while now people have been asking for a short pamphlet on this topic for families and staff.


A sexuality and relationships website for teens and emerging adults.


A website with animated sex-ed videos on lots of crucial topics.

Let’s Get Real

Dating group for people with cognitive disabilities in Greater Vancouver.


Major Sexual Health Website Features Couple With Down Syndrome

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Smart Sex Resource is a sexual health info website operated by the BC Center for Disease Control.



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