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March 31st 2023


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

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

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

March 31 is the Trans Day of Visibility (TDoV). It is an occasion to honour 2 Spirit, trans, and non-binary lives, and celebrate their leadership and contributions. It is also a reminder to commit to protecting trans futures and advocating for trans rights through more visible and actionable allyship. A celebratory sibling to Trans Day of Remembrance, TDoV was created by activist Rachel Crandall in 2009. 

Throughout Canada’s history, trans communities have led the way with wisdom, joy, excellence, and resilience and made strides through collective organizing, protesting and activism, education, the creation of art, the sharing of ideas, and so much more.  

In 2017, gender identity and gender expression were written into the Canadian Human Rights Act. In 2021, conversion therapy was made illegal in Canada. Last year Canada became the first country to record trans and non-binary people in the census. Grassroots efforts have led to greater inclusion for trans people in the shelter system, children’s aid, healthcare, and other public services — but there is still work to do. 

While TDoV presents us with the opportunity to work towards creating spaces where trans visibility is celebrated, it’s hard to ignore the onslaught of hateful rhetoric and continued misinformation levelled against trans communities. We see the painful and heavy toll of daily lies, online abuse, and misrepresentation in the media on our communities, in addition to the base-level realities of navigating the world as a trans person. We also recognize how some trans folks might not feel ready or safe yet to be visible, and that doesn’t make them any less valid. We see you. We love you. And we will continue to fight for and with you. 

Trans people deserve to live safe and authentic lives, and to participate fully in society. They deserve access to affirming healthcare. Trans rights are human rights, and trans rights are not up for debate.  

Visibility saves lives, but it can come at a cost of harassment or violence, and the public debate it sparks can be dehumanizing. Many trans people just want to live their lives with access to affirming healthcare, equal employment, food and shelter, affirmation, love, and dignity. 

This isn’t too much to ask, but this work cannot be done alone. We need our policymakers and politicians to dismantle hate and confront anti-trans bills and laws. Each of us needs to name and address conscious and unconscious transphobia, internal and otherwise. It is up to us all to visibly confront transphobia every day. 

Last weekend, at our Trans Care Fair, prominent trans activist and staff member Susan Gapka asked what the audience planned to do after they left, so that when TDoV rolls around next year, things will be better. It’s an important question, and one we should all be asking ourselves. 

At this critical moment, we need to be intentional about how we support and celebrate 2 Spirit, trans and non-binary people, so that we can continue to celebrate many more trans futures to come. Whether it’s in your community, online, among your friend groups, at your job, at school, or in your family, how can you celebrate and uplift trans joy and excellence every day?

2323 – TDoV by The519

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