[MEDIA ADVISORY] LGBTQ2S Community Vigil – to grieve, heal, and rise together

TORONTO, February 13, 2018 :  LGBTQ2S focused organizations have joined hands to organize a Community Vigil on February 13, 2018 at The 519 – to offer a safe space for community members to come together and grieve the LGBTQ lives lost to targeted violence. 
The vigil is being organized by The 519, Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP), Sherbourne Health Centre, LGBTQ Youth Line, Pride Toronto, Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA), Toronto HIV/AIDS Network (THN), Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, Planned Parenthood Toronto, Black CAP (Black Coalition For AIDS Prevention), Canadian Gay & Lesbian Archives (CLGA), Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, SanctuaryRainbow Railroad, and Unity Mosque
The issues surrounding vulnerabilities that LGBTQ2S communities face, compounded by vulnerabilities of race, and socio-economic standing, are not new. Homophobia and transphobia, intersecting with racism or classism, make our communities even more vulnerable to targeted violence, institutional discrimination, and misrepresentation in the public narrative. This Community Vigil will offer a platform for our diverse communities to stand together in grief and solidarity, heal together, and express themselves. The event will include a vigil in Barbara Hall Park, brief remarks and performances, and dinner for community members attending. 
Media are invited to attend the vigil at Barbara Hall Park. Spokespeople from many of the partner organizations will be available before the vigil (5 - 6pm). There will be a dedicated space for news cameras to capture the Vigil. The community members will also be provided spaces inside The 519 building, which will not be accessible to media. We request that media is respectful of the event and our communities at the vigil.  
February 13, 2018 - 06:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Barbara Hall Park
519 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 2C9
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2080699252214280/
Soofia Mahmood
Manager Communications & Fund Development, The 519

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