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[UPDATED] March 7, 2019

TORONTO, ONTARIO: Following the Ontario court’s decision to dismiss the legal challenge regarding the government’s sex-education curriculum repeal on February 28, The 519 is organizing a public and media event to talk about the increased vulnerability of queer and trans youth to gender-based violence. Attending the event will be youth, community leaders, activists, educators, and many others.


  • Mitzi Hunter, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (Scarborough—Guildwood)
  • Becky McFarlane: Senior Director Programs and Services at The 519, and co-applicant (in personal capacity) with CCLA on the legal action to fight the rollback of 2015 sex-ed curriculum
  • Suze Morrison Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (Toronto Centre).
  • Cara Zwibel: Lawyer and Director, Fundamental Freedoms Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and coordinator of CCLA’s work on the sex ed issue.
  • Noah Sparrow, a grade-10 trans identified student and activist who has filed a human rights complaint against the Ontario government over the removal of LGBTQ content from the health curriculum.
  • Roza Nozari, Anti-Violence Initiatives Coordinator at The 519,
  • Farrah Khan, the manager of Consent Comes First, Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education at Ryerson University,
  • and other youth activists associated with We Have Your Back campaign.


Date Time Location Note
Friday, March 8, 2019 Speeches: 9:00 AM (Sharp)

Breakfast and interviews: 9:30AM


The 519

519 Church Street Toronto, ON

M4Y 2C9

Media will have the opportunity to speak with youth, and other speakers after the speeches.



Soofia Mahmood, Manager Communications, The 519 | +1 416-355-6790


Canada’s largest LGBTQ2S community centre, a registered charity and a City of Toronto agency. More information about the organization:

Information about We Have Your Back, campaign against Sex-Ed repeal: