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March 28th 2024


March 2024

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

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

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

Toronto, Ontario: On April 4 – Refugee Rights Day – The 519 and Toronto Refugee Rights Day 2024 Committee, together with our communities and allies, will march to City Hall to amplify an urgent plea to support LGBTQ+ refugees. Over 1,500 people are expected to turn up in support. 

  • When: Thursday, April 4 (Refugee Rights Day) 
  • Time: 11:30am to 1:30pm 
  • Where: 
    • 11:00am to 12:30pm – Rally at Barbara Hall Park [519 Church St.] and march to Nathan Phillips Square [100 Queen St. W.] 
    • 12:30 to 1:30pm – Proclamation of Refugee Rights Day by Mayor Olivia Chow and speakers Lisa Duplessis (Director – Programs and Community Services, The 519) and Debbie Douglas (Executive Director, OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants) 

Click here for event details 


Why we are marching:  

  • We’ve seen the number of LGBTQ+ refugees seeking our services triple since 2023. Every day, LGBTQ+ people across the world who are forcefully displaced due to violent and hateful legislation are coming to Canada in search of safety. The demand for support is increasing but resources are few. 
  • Rights mean nothing without action. LGBTQ+ refugees contribute so much to our communities and country, and now’s the time to call for the urgent change needed to build opportunities for this vulnerable population. Better social services build a stronger community. 


Just the facts: 

  • Since 2023, over 8,000 LGBTQ+ refugees have come to The 519 for settlement support. 


The media is invited to join and amplify our call for support for LGBTQ+ refugees. Spokespersons will be available on the day of, or in advance by request. 


Media Contact:
Megan Poole (she/her)Manager, Community Relations and Communications • 647-471-7893 


About The 519:
The 519 is Canada’s largest 2SLGBTQ+ community centre and service provider, responding to the urgent and emerging needs of 2 Spirit, queer, and trans people since 1976. 


Supported by: Toronto Refugee Rights Day 2024 Committee including Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), Sojourn House Toronto, FCJ Refugee Centre, Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration, Toronto Metropolitan University, Margaret’s, and Rainbow Railroad 

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