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March 8th 2023

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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

August 2022

Notice of The 519 Annual General Meeting 2022-23

[Press Release] 2SLGBTQ+ communities release Media Reference Guide as a tool for more inclusive journalism

June 2022

Call for Nominations – The 519 Annual General Meeting 2022-23

World Refugee Day: Support LGBTQ+ Refugees Every Day

Green Space Festival 2022: Neighbourhood Information

Green Space Festival announces 2022 lineup: a Pride-weekend party in support of 2SLGBTQ+ communities

Pride 2022 at The 519: Upcoming Programs and Events

April 2022

Lifting the Blood Ban: A Step in the Right Direction

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

International Women’s Day (IWD) is not just a celebration, it is a reminder. Of the work, rage, power, and dedication still required to achieve gender equity and to advocate for the rights of all women and girls. Today, women and allies are aligned in expressing fury about the oppression and violence we continue to face across the world, and how our systems fail to disrupt these harmful realities and protect all women and girls. If you weren’t doing so already, now is the time to listen to the calls of leaders seeking gender equity and take up action.

IWD invites us to actively reexamine systems, processes, relationships, and policies that create barriers for women every day. It calls us to address misogyny, patriarchy, sexism, gender-based violence, and toxic gender-based power dynamics at play in our institutions, workplaces, educational systems and spaces, communities, neighbourhoods, and homes. 

IWD reminds us to always challenge regressive cisgender and heteronormative ideologies that hamper 2SLBTQ+ women from living safe and authentic lives. It is a celebration of womanhood in its beautiful diversity – and it reminds us to challenge trans-exclusionary radical feminism and take up feminism that is truly rooted in the inclusion of ALL women.  

We honour the brilliance and labour of Black and Indigenous women, women of colour, and trans women. We honour Mahsa Amini, and the women of Iran who are fighting for the most fundamental human rights while grieving Mahsa’s loss. We honour the many ways in which women continue to show up, mobilize, organize, and both lead and occupy the frontlines of our movements, not just in our city and country, but the world round. 

IWD is a call to action to honour women’s autonomy. A call for women to freely make decisions impacting our lives, free from prejudice, risk of violence, or coercion. IWD reminds us of the imperative for women to have control of their bodies, their reproductive rights, and their sexual pleasure and well-being. For women to be free from religious bigotry. For women to know true safety and have meaningful platforms to be heard in the face of violence, and to have a voice at decision-making tables when it comes to seeking justice. 

Finally, IWD represents that ongoing dream – a dream of living in a world where women do not struggle to access opportunity or seek refuge from violence, poverty, or trauma. It is a world that celebrates all women with warmth and without question or judgment.  

Don’t give us flowers and wish us a Happy Women’s Day today. Instead, commit to making this a safer, just, joyful, and more equitable world for all women every single day.

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