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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Graphic with text: International Women's Day 2021: Call for Submissions Promoting Women, Non-Binary, and 2Spirit-owned Businesses
This International Women's Day, The 519 is celebrating local businesses owned and run by women, non-binary, and 2Spirit folks. COVID-19 has had devasting impacts on local businesses. Now is the time to celebrate your entrepreneurship, and promote your services.

To participate, submit:
  • A portrait of yourself (selfies are welcome)
  • A short blurb (100 words maximum) telling us about your business and what you offer
  • Your business website and social media handles
How to submit:
  • Email your submissions to Kay at no later than Thursday, March 4, 2021.
  • Mention “IWD 2021 Submission” as your Subject Line.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Upcoming Virtual Training by The 519

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Fostering Queer and Trans-Inclusive Environments at Work and Home

  • Monday, March 22 • 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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Online Self-Defense Sessions

  • Sunday, March 21 • 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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Private Group Mock Hearing Webinar for LGBTQ Refugee Claimants

  • Monday, March 29 • 5:30 to 8:30pm
Learn how the process of filing a refugee claim works, and observe a simulated IRB hearing in a private, confidential virtual set-up (all personal identifiers and cameras will be disabled). Limited capacity.

Registration required. Register here
Questions? Contact:
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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).
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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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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 programming in store for families, via Zoom.

Registration required. See all programs Questions? Contact Sharn:
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Note: Timings mentioned for all programs are in Toronto local time.

The 519 Black Collective: Call for Community Voices

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As part of our continued engagement, celebration, and support of Black communities - especially Black 2 Spirited, queer, and trans folks - The 519 Black Collective is calling on the Black community to share what their Blackness signifies for them.
  • Your prompt is “My Blackness is…” followed by a word/phrase/line of your choice that best signifies and celebrates your Blackness.
  • Send in your response as a voice note (no longer than 1 minute) to no later than Monday, March 8, 2021.
We will put these submissions together to share and uplift our communities.

City of Toronto's Community Engagement Process Review:
Call for Inputs

The City of Toronto is conducting a review of its Community Engagement Process for new shelters and services for folks experiencing homelessness in Toronto.

Residents and businesses can provide their inputs in 2 ways:

  1. Participate in an anonymous online survey
  2. Participate in a virtual focus group
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Our communities need us more than ever during this time. Support LGBTQ2S communities by supporting The 519.
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