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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Food for Our Communities, Food for All

18.5% of Toronto households are food insecure, a reality that has been exacerbated by COVID-19.

LGBTQ2S communities are among the most impacted by food insecurity. But we remain undeterred in our response efforts. We are still on the frontlines.

As of March 2021, we distributed 47,000+ hot and frozen meals prepared in-house to folks in need. In addition, we are continuing to check in on them during our meal service, addressing their needs for other essential items, referrals to our ongoing virtual programs, services, and other external supports.
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Support our food security initiatives by donating today.

All through this month on our social media, we are sharing stories of our work, and honouring the many people that are supporting our essential response to the pandemic.

Together, we are working to ensure there is #FoodForOurCommunities, #FoodForAll. Join us.

Upcoming Virtual Training by The 519

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Fostering Queer and Trans-Inclusive Environments at Work and Home

  • Tuesday, April 20 • 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)
See other upcoming workshop dates
Register here

Virtual Program and Event Highlights

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 NEW  Backside to the Drawing Board: Indigenous Web Art Series

  • Fridays • 2 pm ET
  • All-new episodes on April 23, and May 7 
  • On The 519's YouTube and IGTV channels
Explore native myths and discover the artist within, one sketch at a time. Step into the world of storytelling with Iyiniwok First Nation illustrator and comic book artist Callum Badger in this 4-part web series. Don't forget to follow Callum on Instagram!

Catch Episodes 1 and 2 here
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Online Self-Defense Sessions

  • Sunday, April 18 • 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:
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The 519 Tax Clinic: Virtual Support for LGBTQ2S Communities and Downtown East

For folks/families with earnings under CAD 40,000 who need help filing their income tax and benefit returns. Registration is open.

To register, email, or call 416-392-6878 (ext. 4021).
More Details
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Virtual EarlyON Programming at The 519

  • Tuesdays to Saturdays • Various timings
From programming for toddlers and pre-schoolers to special workshops and storytelling and art sessions, The 519 EarlyON team has loads of new programming in store for families, via Zoom.

New and Upcoming Programs include:
  • Fay and Fluffy Storytime
  • Caregiving with Care
  • Reading Together with Toronto Public Library, and more!
Registration required. See all programs Questions? Contact Sharn:
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Note: Timings mentioned for all programs are in Toronto local time.
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The 519 Legal Clinic is expanding!

In addition to our General Summary Advice Clinic, we are introducing rotating specialty legal clinics, which include:

  • Criminal Law Legal Clinic
  • Immigration and Refugee Legal Clinic
  • Trans ID Clinic
  • Housing Law Legal Clinic
  • Notary Clinic, and more

We are also hosting monthly Public Legal Education Workshops and Webinars.

Click Here for More Details

Have your got your copy of Cooking with Trans People of Colour?

Cooking with Trans People of Colour cookbook.

The 519 Trans People of Colour Project (TPOC) recently launched Cooking with Trans People of Colour, a special cookbook by and for trans folks of colour.

The cookbook contains meaningful recipes lovingly curated by our TPOC team, and some unique sections including cooking and eating on a budget, hormones and healthy eating for trans folks, and resources and sexual health promotion information to support racialized trans folks.  

Get your copy now!

Get a copy of the book at Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C6. You can also download the digital version of the book here.

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