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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Back to School, Back to Fun!
Join us for our 5th Annual Back to School Bash 2021

Inviting our St. James and Church-Wellesley communities for a splendid day in the park. Let’s celebrate before we get set for the new school year. There's delicious food, groovy music, backpacks and school supplies for kids and youth attending, haircuts, a kiosk offering information about legal supports related to housing, immigration, wills and estate, family law, social assistance, and much more.

  • When: Saturday, August 28, 2021 • 12 to 4pm
  • Where: Barbara Hall Park & Splash Pad Area [519 Church St.]
All activities and resources are free. RSVP is optional but preferred.
Click here to RSVP

Folks are encouraged to bring along masks or other protective face coverings. Masks available, if needed.

Questions? Contact Shava at

Throwback to The 519 Back to School Bash 2019 at Moss Park...
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Program and Event Highlights

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EarlyON In-Person and Virtual Programming

  • Tuesday to Friday • Various Timings 
  • The 519 [519 Church St.]

The 519 EarlyON Child and Family Centre is now open for in-person (indoor and outdoor) programming with up to 25 people, including children, staff, and parents. Join us for Indoor/Outdoor Programming, Family Wellness Series, and our continuing Virtual Programming. All programs are free.

Registration required. Register Here
Questions? Contact

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Virtual Roommate Mixer for LGBTQ2S Communities

  • Wednesday, August 4 • 4pm

Looking for a roommate? Join us for our virtual monthly mixer to meet and connect with other LGBTQ2S folks who are looking for housing. Folks of all ages welcome.

Registration required. Register Here
Questions? Looking for Youth Housing Support?
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Upcoming New to Canada Programming:
Free webinars and programming prioritizing LGBTQ+ refugees and newcomers. Click on the links to find out more information about them.
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RentSmart Basics Course for First-Time Renters

  • Wednesday, August 11 • 3 to 6pm

RentSmart Basics prepares first-time and new renters to find housing and experience successful tenancies in Toronto. Open to LGBTQ2S folks of all ages.

Registration required. Register Here
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Kids and Youth Clothing Donation Drive (0 to 14 years)

Inviting donations of new and previously-loved clothing and footwear for infants - 14 years to support families in need as they return to school.
Click here to see what items are in demand.
Drop-off Dates: Saturday, August 7 and 14
Drop-off Times: 10am to 4pm

At The 519 [519 Church St.], south door, next to FABARNAK Café

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Kids Action and Arts Space (KAAS) / Youth Action and Arts Space (YAAS)

  • KAAS: Saturday, August 21 • 11am to 12:30pm
  • YAAS: Saturday, August 21 • 1 to 2:30pm

KAAS (for kids 6-9 years) and YAAS (for kids 10-14 years) offer a fun and affirming space to connect and meet friends and new peers.

Registration required. Register Here
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Anti-Violence Initiatives (AVI) Workshops

These workshops are for folks who have experienced violence or/and are living with trauma. Some workshops are for specific groups only. Click on the event link below for more details and registration information. Free, via zoom, registration required.

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Black Mental Health – Monthly Private Group Webinars
  • Thursday, August 26 • 7 to 8pm

Monthly private group webinars focussing on addressing various mental health concerns among Black communities. Inviting our Black community members to join us for these webinars in an affirming and judgement-free space. Via Zoom. 

Registration required. Register Here
Questions? Contact Obi:
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Kids and Youth Free Clothing Market (0 to 14 years)

Join us for a touch-free "shopping" experience. Each family will have their own volunteer personal shopper!

  • Friday, August 27 • 10am to 4pm
    Splash Pad/Room 100
  • Saturday, August 28 • 12 to 4pm
    during the 5th Annual Back to School Bash

Click here for more information

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Drop-in Community Programming
Join us for our drop-in community programming. Click on the links below to learn more.
View all Programs and Services
Note: All program and event timings are in Toronto local time.

Upcoming Virtual Training by The 519

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Fostering Queer and Trans-Inclusive Environments at Work and Home

  • Wednesday, August 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)
See other upcoming workshop dates

Register Now

The 519 Board of Nominations:
Call for Nominations

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"Serving on The 519 Board of Management is an incredibly rewarding experience because I can contribute to The 519's long-term strategy. We have the opportunity to discuss emerging issues impacting the organization's mission, and to help address the current and future needs of our diverse community, especially the most marginalized and underrepresented populations."

- Paul Jonathan Saguil,
Vice-Chair of The 519 Board of Management

The 519 Board of Management is seeking candidates for a minimum two-year term (September 2021 - September 2023) who possess a robust mix of skills, knowledge, and experience and reflect the diversity of the communities that The 519 works with.

If you are interested in becoming a Board member, we encourage you to review the criteria and application.
Click here to learn more

Grant a Wish: A New Way to Support The 519

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We have partnered with Unity Foundation and Kits for a Cause to launch our very own Essential Supplies Wishlist. Donate specific items from a curated list of supplies that will go to support our communities’ needs.

It's really easy. Picking an item from the wishlist, click on "Grant a Wish", and check out just as you would on any online shopping portal.
Click here to Grant a Wish
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