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Banner with a radiant sun art. Text: Black History 24.7.365

"Let us ask very prudent questions:
What is being celebrated as Black history, what is being recognized?
Is it our rich culture and history, or our continued struggle to survive?"

We hope this monthly update finds you and yours in good health.

February is here, a month that is traditionally observed as Black History Month. But this time, let us take the opportunity to ask important questions. The 519's newly-formed Black Collective has released its first public statement inviting us into reflection.

The Collective was formed in July of 2020 by the Black staff members of The 519 following the murder of George Floyd in the USA. They felt the need to take up space to confront and advocate against anti-Black racism, and promote equality and equity for all Black people, specifically Black 2 Spirited, queer, and trans communities.

Click to read the full statement

Remembering Sasha Hashi

Portraits of Sasha
With great sadness, we remember our dear staff member Sasha Hashi, who passed away suddenly over the weekend. Sasha was a beautiful soul and much beloved at The 519 and in the community.

We are all devastated by this loss, and 
we will miss Sasha very dearly.

Unity Mosque will host a virtual Salat al-Janazah, the Islamic funeral prayer, for Sasha on Friday, February 12, 1 pm ET. The 519 is also working on hosting a virtual celebration of Sasha's life. We will announce more details shortly on our social media

Read: In Loving Memory of Sasha

Upcoming Virtual Training by The 519

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Fostering Queer and Trans-Inclusive Environments at Work and Home

  • Tuesday, February 23 • 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: 84.75 CAD per person (all-inclusive)
Register here

Virtual Program and Event Highlights

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Active Minds for Older LGBTQ2S Adults

  • Fridays • 2 to 3:30pm
Join us for a weekly virtual social afternoon of fun, social gaming, and prizes.

Registration required. Register here
Questions? Contact Moji:

Part of the Older LGBTQ2S Program. Monday programming continues as per schedule, 2 to 4pm. For Monday sessions, register here.
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QueeReading Together

  • Sundays, February 14 - March 7 • 1 to 2:30pm
Four-session intergenerational virtual series. We will discuss chosen writings by LGBTQ2S authors and respond to them through our own art.

Registration required. Register here
Questions? Contact Jo:
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Love = Family: Virtual LGBTQ2S Family Celebration

  • Saturday, February 13 • 10:30am to 12pm
Join us with the little ones in your life to ring in the spirit of love, laughter, and family together.

Registration required. Register here
Questions? Contact:
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Baby Massage Virtual Workshops (0-12 months)

  • Fridays, February 12, 19, 26 • 10:30 to 11:30am
For parents and caregivers. Facilitated by students from the Centennial College Massage Therapy Program under the direction of a Registered Massage Therapist.

Registration required. Register here
Questions? Contact:

Part of The 519 EarlyON Virtual Programming. See other ongoing and upcoming EarlyON programs.
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Trans Youth Virtual One-on-One Mentoring

  • Wednesdays • 4 - 6pm
An affirming space for 2 Spirit, trans, and non-binary youth (16-29) to meet with our Coordinator, Trans Youth Mentorship Program, and chat and get individual support.

To request an appointment, contact Dani:

Upcoming: The 519 Tax Clinic

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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 required.

Registrations open February 22.
Contact: or call 416-392-6878 (ext. 4021).

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