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The 519 mourns the passing of Kyle Scanlon

July 8, 2012

It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Kyle Scanlon, The 519's Education, Training and Research Coordinator.  Kyle committed suicide this week in his Toronto home.

Kyle has worked at The 519 for a decade and during that time helped to redefine the face of trans community services in Toronto and across Canada.  Projects like Trans Access, Trans Pulse and Project Open Door will continue to advance the rights, health and vibrancy of our trans communities and will serve as a legacy of Kyle's commitment and passion.

The entire 519 community mourns the loss of our dear friend and a remarkable community leader. Counselling and support services are being coordinated for staff of The 519 and a book of condolences will be placed in The Centre's lobby for signing beginning on Monday. We have been in touch with Kyle's family and close friends and a community memorial event has been planned. Click here for details.
Words cannot express the grief and loss our community is experiencing today. Our thoughts are with Kyle's friends and family as they cope with this difficult news.

For more information, contact:

Janet Rowe, Acting Executive Director
Direct: 416-355-6775 | Email:

Media inquiries should be directed to:

Matthew Cutler, Director of Development and Community Engagement
Mobile: 647-828-1653 | Email: