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The 519 is committed to the health, happiness, and full participation of LGBTQ2S communities in Toronto and beyond. We would love for you to join us in this work.

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Increasing Access to Justice for Our Communities

LGBTQ2S communities experience barriers to accessing justice systems, including the lack of queer- and trans-competent services, and instances of homophobia, transphobia, racism, xenophobia, and other forms of discrimination.

Through our Access to Justice and Legal Initiatives, The 519 is supporting 2Spirit, queer, and trans communities, including folks who are street-involved, homeless, or under-housed, reducing barriers to accessing relevant legal services and education.

Close to 1500+ clients have received support through our various clinics. We are grateful for the funding support of The Law Foundation of Ontario and the dedication of our volunteer lawyers.

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Upcoming Virtual Training by The 519

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Fostering Queer and Trans-Inclusive Environments at Work and Home

  • Tuesday, May 25 • 5 to 7pm
Gain a deeper understanding of LGBTQ2S communities and what it means to create authentic spaces at work and at home. 2-hour, single-session online course delivered via Zoom.

Cost: CAD 84.75 per person (all-inclusive)
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Virtual Program and Event Highlights

 #IDAHOTB SPECIAL 
Older LGBTQ2S Adults Program: Aging and Dating
  • Monday, May 17 • 2 to 4pm
Join us on International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) for a fun, informative virtual session exploring LGBTQ2S-friendly dating sites. We will also share dating experiences, advice, and supports.

Registration required. Register Here
Questions? Contact Moji:
MShirazi@The519.org


Part of the Older LGBTQ2S Adults Program. 'Active Minds' continues as per schedule, Fridays, 2 to 3:30pm. Register here
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Online Self-Defense Sessions

  • Sunday, May 16 • 1 to 2pm
Join us for an hour of self-defense tips and related Q&A. Facilitated by martial artist and self-defense instructor Chris James.
Free. Open to folks aged 18+. All fitness levels welcome.

Registration required. Register here
Questions? Contact Kay: KMehrizi@The519.org

 Private Group Webinar  Mock Hearing for LGBTQ Refugee Claimants

  • Monday, May 31 • 5:30 to 8:30pm
Learn how the refugee hearing process works, and observe a simulated IRB hearing in a private, confidential virtual set-up (all personal identifiers and cameras will be disabled).

Registration required. Register here
Questions? Email us at:
MockHearingProgram@The519.org
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The 519 EarlyON Programming

  • Tuesdays to Saturdays • Various timings
Join our EarlyON team for loads of virutal programming and fun for the little ones (0-6 years).

 New and Upcoming Programs: 
Registration required. See all programs Questions? Contact Sharn: SPeters@The519.org

Trans Youth and Dragons: Online role-playing game for 2Spirit, trans, and non-binary youth

  • Wednesdays • 3 to 5pm
Come along on a virtual journey of imagination and escapism in a Dungeons and Dragons kind of setup. Together, we will design our own role-playing adventure and explore fantastic creatures and imaginary landscapes.

Registration required. Email Dani:
DAraya@The519.org
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Backside to the Drawing Board: Indigenous Web Art Series

  • On The 519's YouTube and IGTV channels
Step into the world of storytelling with Iyiniwok First Nation illustrator and comic book artist Callum Badger, and explore native myths and legends through Cal's art.

Catch all episodes here
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Note: Timings mentioned for all programs are in Toronto local time.

The 519 in the Media

Karlene Williams-Clarke, our Manager of Operations, talks to Breakfast Television about The 519’s ongoing support for our communities during these challenging times.

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As of May 3, The 519 Virtual Tax Clinic served 789 clients and completed 1,299 returns, resulting in over $1.9M in returns and benefits. New Canadian Media writes about our service this year.

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“To create food that reflects people’s identities is very important.”
Yasmeen Persad and Mariana Cortes of The 519 Trans People of Colour Project (TPOC) talk to Toronto Star about the new TPOC Cookbook.

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From our hearts to you...

Through our food security initiatives and your continued support, we are working hard to ensure there is #FoodForOurCommunities and #FoodForAll. Thanks for helping feed our communities.

Our communities need us more than ever during this time. Support LGBTQ2S communities by supporting The 519.
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