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August 21st 2019

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June 2024

MEDIA ADVISORY: Communities to honour Torontonians lost to AIDS at the 40th AIDS Candlelight Vigil on June 25

Green Space Festival 2024: Accessibility

Neighbourhood Information: Green Space Festival 2024

May 2024

The 519 Pride Events Calendar 2024

April 2024

MEDIA ADVISORY: The 519 joins Rainbow Week of Action to march for LGBTQ+ refugee rights

November 2023

TDoR 2023: Statement from 2Spirit, trans, and non-binary youth / Déclaration des jeunes bispirituels, trans et non-binaires

September 2023

The 519 Board of Management Candidates 2023/24

July 2023

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2023

Call for Nominations – The 519 Annual General Meeting 2023

May 2023

[Media Advisory] The 519 Presents 'Enough is Enough!' a panel discussion addressing anti-2SLGBTQ+ hate

Pride 2023 at The 519: Upcoming Programs and Events

Green Space Festival 2023: Neighbourhood Information

[Media Advisory] Toronto’s queer and trans communities to protest against anti-2SLGBTQ+ hate on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBT)

March 2023

Trans Day of Visibility: How can we commit to being visible allies?

[Press Release] The 519 to Honour Esteemed Author John Irving with Ally Award

International Women's Day 2023: Women, Life, Freedom

February 2023

Re: Sentencing of Colin Harnack in murder of Julie Berman

December 2022

The Trial of Julie Berman

In Solidarity with Ontario's Drag Performers

November 2022

City of Toronto, The 519, and Homes First Society announce Toronto’s first dedicated shelter for 2SLGBTQ+ adults

In Solidarity; A Community Vigil Honouring Colorado Victims and Survivors 

In Solidarity with Club Q

Public Statement on Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR) 2022

September 2022

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Status For All: Letter to PM Justin Trudeau and Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Sean Fraser

The 519 Board of Management Candidates 2022/23

Public Statement: In response to the Launch of 2019 Health and Physical Education Curriculum

The voices and actions of our youth, families, teachers, activists, and our communities working together and presenting a clear unified position helped prevent the elimination of critical topics like gender identity and sexual orientation in the recently announced Health and Physical Education Curriculum (2019). We want to thank our communities, especially youth, who joined our campaign, We Have Your Back Ontario, to advocate for inclusive education and policies. 

However, we must also recognize that the expectation that all Ontario School Boards are required to create a policy allowing parents to exempt their children from instruction of human development and sexual health education components is a step backwards that will significantly impact the safety of Ontario’s children and youth – especially queer, trans or questioning youth. We know that schools remain unsafe spaces for queer and trans youth who are at a 3-times higher risk of suicide than non-LGBTQ2S youth. This exemption policy will impact some of the most vulnerable children and youth in Ontario schools. This policy also circumvents existing pathways that parents and guardians can use when engaging with educators and schools.

At a time where social and systemic homophobia and transphobia persist, and our youth remain vulnerable to violence, discrimination and mental health issues, we need to make further progress towards a curriculum that meets the needs of our children. We will continue to advocate for meaningful change and for the safety and wellbeing of our children and youth. To everyone starting school soon, remember, we have your back.

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