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December 19th 2022

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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

The Trial of Julie Berman

The 519 was present today as the jury returned their verdict of guilty for second degree murder in the trial of the murder of Julie Berman. Julie, beloved community member, trans-activist and former The 519 staff member, was tragically killed on December 22, 2019. We attended the trial this month to honour Julie, bear witness with our communities, and to monitor for transphobia and gender stereotyping in the court proceedings.

During the trial, we successfully advocated for the utilization of gender-neutral language in the presentation of DNA evidence and came to better understand the systems-failures evident in the circumstances leading to Julie’s death. The jury’s verdict confirms the sad facts that Julie’s life ended as a victim of a tragic murder. Our hearts are saddened by Julie’s death as we continue to mourn her loss, seek justice for Julie, as well as comfort for her family and loved ones.

The 519 will continue to monitor this case through the sentencing process. We are committed to advocating for affirming and respectful language within court proceedings and documentation, providing supports to those impacted by violence, and working with community on transforming systems that are inherently violent towards, 2 spirit, queer, and trans communities.

For those affected by Julie’s death and the trial outcome, The 519 will be offering counselling starting January 2023. Please contact: avi@the519.org to be placed on our waitlist or for information on Drop-in Counselling supports.

For immediate support, please contact:
Gerstein Centre (24/7): (416) 929-5200, http://gersteincentre.org ;
Toronto Distress Centre (24/7): 416-408-4357 or text 741741 (2am-2pm daily for text) https://dcogt.com/ ; or
• Trans Lifeline (10am – 5am EST): (877) 330-6366, https://translifeline.org/hotline/. Call us if you need someone trans to talk to, even if you’re not in crisis or if you’re not sure you’re trans.

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