Media Contact

Soofia Mahmood
Manager, Communications & Fund Development
416-392-6874 |

Expert Commentary on LGBTQ Issues

The 519 has been at the centre of the LGBTQ community in Toronto and across Canada since 1976. Our team has developed expertise in a wide range of LGBTQ and community development  issues and is available for media research and commentary. 

About The 519

The 519 is a city agency committed to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ community. Through our innovative model of Service, Space and Leadership, The 519 strives to make a real difference in people’s lives, while working to promote broader inclusion, understanding and respect.

Direct Service

We provide direct service to members of the LGBTQ community, from counselling services and queer parenting resources to Coming Out groups, trans programming and senior’s support.

Accessible Space

We provide free, accommodating and non-judgemental space where individuals, organizations and non-profit groups can meet, organize and work towards their goals.

Community Leadership

We advocate for progress by sharing the knowledge and insight we gather on the ground through consulting and workshop services, research and public engagement campaigns.

Media Reference Guide

Download our Media Reference Guide - Discussing trans and gender-diverse people 

Download Media Tip Sheet 

This document provides a guideline for media, and outlines how to share information and stories about trans and gender-diverse people in an accurate and respectful way. It also provides examples of disrespectful and dehumanizing language that should be avoided.

Quick Facts

Church and Wellesley Village, Toronto
Over 60 programs and services ranging from support groups to daycare
City Agency with a volunteer Board of Directors
Registered Charity

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