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August 2nd 2022


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MEDIA ADVISORY: The 519 to march to Toronto City Hall for LGBTQ+ refugee rights on April  

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

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

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

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Re: Sentencing of Colin Harnack in murder of Julie Berman

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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

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

Toronto, ON, August 2, 2022: Together with 2 Spirit, queer, and trans communities, The 519 is thrilled to present a brand-new digital Media Reference Guide, a practical and actionable resource for inclusive storytelling.

Co-created by The 519 – Canada’s most prominent 2SLGBTQ+ community centre and service provider – along with community activists and leaders, the guide is informed by community conversations and is a living document that will support anyone who wants to produce better journalism, champion inclusion in their newsroom or organization, and expand their personal learning and allyship.

75,000+ people in Canada identify as trans or non-binary. 2 Spirit, queer, and trans people exist every day and everywhere, but it isn’t uncommon for them to feel left out, misrepresented, or have negative experiences while interacting with journalists, reporters, and media players.  This includes their voices being excluded from regular everyday stories that impact them just as much, being misgendered, being quoted out of context, or being sensationalized.

Recognizing the importance of a sustained and active relationship between community and the media, this guide is about how we can do better — together. Journalists can learn first-hand from a community lens what it means to create inclusive spaces through reporting. This can in turn help them foster mutually-beneficial relationships — where they can tell impactful stories, and our communities can have a share of voice in the media to highlight key issues.

Dedicated to providing current best practices to create respective, inclusive, and intersectional storytelling, the guide includes tips and resources related to: pronouns; reporting about 2 Spirit and gender-diverse people; covering queer and trans healthcare; reporting with dignity about crime, violence, and the law; consent in interviewing and photography; and learning and allyship in the media.

In addition, the guide invites media consumers (i.e. the audience) to connect with The 519 to ask questions, book education and training workshops, or flag an article that needs to do better in its coverage.

Through this guide, we hope to be able to create spaces — including digital ones — where everyone feels respected, represented, and welcome.

Questions? Write to

Media requests? Contact Dean Lobo (he/him) at

The 519 Media Reference Guide is a project by The 519, a City of Toronto agency and registered charity formed by local and 2SLGBTQ+ communities as a space where people come together to celebrate, organize, and create community. 

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