Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services improves health outcomes for the most vulnerable, at three locations across Toronto. We provide primary health care, nutrition and mental health counselling, settlement services, women’s and youth programs, a resource centre, as well as volunteer and research opportunities. We create safe spaces to foster healthy, culturally sensitive, language-accessible services for newcomers. www.accessalliance.ca
alu Cine Latin Film +Media Arts Festival will be heating up Toronto for 10 days in April 2015 with a vibrant and festive explosion of Latin-American culture! aluCine is a Latin, Canadian and International festival showcasing the world’s best in short film, video and media art with a strong focus on works made by Latino/Latina artists living in Canada and abroad. aluCine’s festival creates platforms of communication aimed at fostering a critical discourse among film/video makers, media artists, curators and audiences in Canada, Latin America and the world, through screenings, touring exhibitions, installations, performances, artist talks and CLOSE GAP workshops. All films are screened with English subtitles. www.alucinefestival.com
The Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) offers health promotion, care and support for South Asians living with, at risk of, or affected by HIV/AIDS and work with diverse communities on prevention education. Our programs and services are delivered in culturally appropriate ways while simultaneously challenging the discomfort many have in talking about sexuality and sexual health. We acknowledge the many social determinants of health and our work often overlaps with issues of racism, homophobia, gender equity, housing, violence, immigration, mental health and employment. Our vision is a world where South Asian communities have the access and means to determine their health and well-being. www.asaap.ca
For over 30 years, the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) has delivered innovative programs and services that promote the dignity, health and well-being of individuals and communities living with, affected by and at risk for HIV/AIDS in Toronto. Visit www.actoronto.org for more information.
Founded in 1994, Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) is a charitable, non-profit, community-based organization located in Toronto. We provide safer sex education and services to the East and Southeast Asian communities, and support services to persons living with HIV/AIDS and members of the LGBTQ communities. Our programs are based on a proactive and holistic approach to HIV/AIDS and are provided in a collaborative, empowering and non- discriminatory manner. Join us in celebrating ACAS’s 20th anniversary! www.acas.org
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre creates vital Canadian theatre by developing and presenting voices that question sexual and cultural norms. Built on principles of queer liberation, Buddies supports artists and works that reflect and advance these values. As the world’s longest-running and largest queer theatre, Buddies is positioned to develop, promote and preserve stories and perspectives that are challenging and alternative. Buddies achieves artistic excellence through its mainstage season programming, artist-residency program and youth-based initiatives. www.buddiesinbadtimes.com
The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network promotes the human rights of people living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, in Canada and internationally, through research and analysis, advocacy and litigation, public education and community mobilization. www.aidslaw.ca
Casey House is the first freestanding HIV/AIDS facility in Canada. We are a specialty hospital offering inpatient care, home nursing care and outreach clinics for people living with advanced HIV/AIDS. Our commitment is to provide exemplary treatment, support and palliative care for people affected by HIV/AIDS, in collaboration with our communities. www.caseyhouse.com
CANADIAN FILMMAKERS DISTRIBUTION CENTRE is Canada’s foremost non-commercial distributor for artists and independent film. Since 1967, CFMDC has dedicated its resources to the promotion and dissemination of unique works, including its excellent queer collection. With over 3,000 titles in distribution, CFMDC is a critical resource for festivals, curators, programmers, educational institutions, galleries, museums and exhibitors worldwide. For more information on distributing your work through CFMDC or to access our online catalogue, please visit www.cfmdc.org
The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) is the largest independent LGBTQ+ archives in the world. With a focus on Canadian content, the CLGA acquires, preserves and provides public access to information and archival materials in any medium. By collecting and caring for important historical records, personal papers, unpublished documents, publications, audio-visual material, works of art, photographs, posters, and other artifacts, the CLGA is a trusted guardian of LGBTQ+ histories now and for generations to come. www.clga.ca
Cinéfranco is the most important international Francophone film festival in English Canada. Founded in 1997 by Marcelle Lean, it became an essential spring event for movie lovers and French-film enthusiasts. Cinéfranco promotes the diversity and richness of Francophone movies in order to increase audience appreciation and give the films more exposure in an English-speaking environment. All films are screened in their original language with English subtitles. www.cinefranco.com
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is an annual event in May with well over 1500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1997 and now a charitable organization, the Festival is devoted to celebrating, and fostering the art and profession of photography, through a diverse range of programmes. www.scotiabankcontactphoto.com
David Kelley HIV/AIDS Counselling Service (a program of Family Service Association of Toronto - A United Way Member Agency) provides short- and long-term professional counselling to individuals, couples and families living with or affected by HIV/AIDS on issues such as loss, relationships, self-esteem, trauma, planning for healthy living, changing health status, self-care and impact on sexuality. Referrals, advocacy on behalf of our clients, and home, hospital or hospice visits are provided as required. There is no fee for service. For appointments: 416.595.9618 www.fsatoronto.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
David Kelley LGBTQ Counselling Services (a program of Family Service Association of Toronto - A United Way Member Agency) provides professional short-term individual, couple and family counselling and group services to individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or queer, on a broad range of issues including coming out, sexuality and identity, isolation, discrimination, relationship concerns, parenting, self-esteem and violence. For appointments: 416.595.9618 www.fsatoronto.com; email@example.com
The Toronto Dyke March is a grassroots event where women and trans people in LGBTTIQQ2SA communities take over the streets of Toronto. The Dyke March is a political demonstration of critical mass; a moment seized to revel in the strength, diversity and passion of LGBTTIQQ2SA women and trans folk. For information on our 2014 mission and on how to volunteer or march visit our website at www.dykemarchtoronto.wordpress.com
A registered charity, The 519 is at the centre of Toronto’s downtown and LGBTQ communities. With the support of our staff team, our communities identify and implement solutions to emerging issues through programs and services, and with the leadership of volunteers, over 80 community-led programs provide peer support, social, recreational, arts and cultural opportunities in our public meeting spaces. Our mission is to build healthy, welcoming spaces in which to meet, participate and celebrate. www.The519.org/My519
FrancoQueer is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based association of French-speaking LGBTQIA—Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Intersexual, Asexual and Allies in Toronto and Ontario. Our mission is to gather, represent our members, provide services, programs and activities, and celebrate our diversity, language, culture and community in French. For more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org To keep in touch please visit our Facebook and web page www.francoqueer.ca or call 416.214.4862.
Glad Day Bookshop is the world’s oldest LGBTQ bookstore. Located on Yonge Street in Toronto, Glad Day Bookshop has an epic selection of new and vintage books and films. With the addition of our new 3rd floor event space, we hope to further amplify creativity, desire and justice in our world. www.gladdaybookshop.com
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. Each year, the Festival presents a selection of more than 180 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe. Through its industry programs, Hot Docs also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. www.hotdocs.ca
Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. Each year, we publish more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries, generating extensive coverage in local and international media. With the leverage this brings, HRW meets with governments, the UN, regional groups like the African Union and the European Union, financial institutions, and corporations to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice around the world. www.hrw.org
Celebrating its 15th anniversary October 22-26, 2014, the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples who are at the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio and new media. Presenting a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from Canada and around the globe, these works reflect the diversity of the world’s Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media. Visit www.imaginenative.org for more information.
Ismaili Queers is an LGBTTQQ Muslim group that seeks to create internal supports for its growing membership as well as engage the wider queer and Muslim communities through its advocacy and outreach initiatives. IQ started in 2007 with informal conversations about creating visibility. Today, the group is comprised of 200+ members globally. IQ has marched in the Toronto Pride Parade and held two conferences, among other initiatives.
The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is an artist-run charitable organization dedicated to facilitating excellence in the moving image through media arts education and production resources. LIFT exists to provide support and encouragement for independent filmmakers and artists through affordable access to production, post-production and exhibition equipment; professional and creative development; workshops and courses; commissioning and exhibitions; artist residencies, and a variety of other services. Founded in 1981 by a small collective, LIFT has since grown to become one of the foremost centres of its kind globally. www.lift.ca
Let in the Light At Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, we envision our diverse Toronto communities achieving a healthy life with dignity. Through the power of storytelling, a group of newcomer immigrant youth will share their personal stories of the intersection of forced migration, gender, gender identity/expression and sexual orientation. By sharing their journeys, we hope to inspire people to join us in creating a fair world free of stigma and free of any forms of discrimination.
The National Film Board (NFB) is recognized as one of the world’s great creative laboratories. As Canada’s public producer and distributor, the NFB works in collaboration with emerging and established filmmakers, creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. Its international successes have garnered Canadian filmmaking unrivalled attention worldwide. Founded in 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards. The NFB offers free streaming of documentary and animated films as well as interactive stories. www.nfb.ca
The Notso Amazon Softball League (NASL) is a non-profit, volunteer organization that welcomes lesbians, bisexuals, queer positive women and trans individuals of all levels to play softball in a safe and inclusive environment. This is a recreational league and there are no tryouts, in order to foster fair play and friendly competition. www.notsoamazon.com
Since its inception, Out & Out has been entirely volunteer-run. Most of the hundreds of club activities each year are led by one or two volunteer leaders. A small group of elected members, called our Steering Committee, is responsible for the general operations of the club—handling membership applications and renewals, subsidies, marketing, communications and financial matters. The Steering Committee and their subcommittees also plan some of the club’s larger special events, such as the Spring Fling party, Jamboree, End-of-Summer picnic, and our Annual General Meeting. www.outandout.ca
Out On Bay Street provides resources and opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally (LGBTQA) students, young professionals and pro-LGBTQA organizations across Canada. Founded in 2007 by a group of dedicated MBA students, the organization gained non-profit status as of 2010 and now operates at a national level. Built upon the fundamentals of education, leadership, mentoring and networking, our name highlights Toronto’s Bay Street as the symbolic focal point of the economy in Canada while acknowledging how the LGBTQA community is working towards reshaping the way organizations operate in the marketplace by promoting change and openness. www.outonbayst.org
THE PRIDE & REMEMBRANCE RUN is a fundraising 5K run/3K walk organized and operated by the Pride and Remembrance Association—a leading non-profit volunteer-based organization supporting Toronto’s LGBTQ community. The Pride Run is the only annual athletic event held during Toronto’s Pride Week, promoting and fostering community spirit, goodwill, volunteerism and sportsmanship since 1996. This year’s run will take place on Saturday, June 28, 2014. www.priderun.org
RAINBOW HEALTH ONTARIO, A PROGRAM OF SHERBOURNE HEALTH CENTRE (RHO) is a province-wide program designed to improve access to services and to promote the health of Ontario’s LGBT communities through information and consultation, education and training, and research and policy. RHO is funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. www.RainbowHealthOntario.ca
The Student Association of George Brown College is the agency that represents the more than 24,000 full-time students of George Brown College. A student-led organization, the Student Association is committed to the struggle for student rights, the pursuit of quality education and the provision of services in a safe, accessible and equitable environment.
The Toronto Animated Image Society is an artist-run, charitable organization that explores and promotes the art of animation, and supports animators as artists. For the past 25 years, TAIS has encouraged the exchange of information, ideas and aesthetics within Toronto’s animation community through workshops, screenings, art exhibits and commissioned projects. TAIS provides affordable access to specialized animation equipment and studio space. www.tais.ca
TIFF Kids, one of the premier children’s film festivals in the world, offers a diverse slate of programming from Canada and around the globe.
Toronto Newsgirls is Canada’s first all-female and trans positive boxing club. The Newsgirls has been serving the queer community since 1996 and recently developed the first trans policy for a boxing gym in North America. The club runs a recreational program for people who want to use boxing as a form of fitness but have no desire to get punched in the nose. We also run an amateur program for people who would like to compete. Our third program, “Shape Your Life,” is a free boxing program for female, trans and genderqueer survivors of violence. www.torontonewsgirls.com
The mission of PWA (Toronto People With AIDS Foundation) is to engage people living with HIV/AIDS, enhancing health and well-being through practical and therapeutic support services and broader social change, and to inspire individuals to live out their dreams and discoveries. To explore the full range of our services available for people living with HIV and AIDS, please visit our website at www.pwatoronto.org or call 416.506.1400. Come visit our welcoming space at 200 Gerrard Street East, 2nd floor, daily, from 10am. PWA—changing the face of HIV one person at a time. www.pwatoronto.org
Toronto PFLAG is a fully volunteer-run registered charity whose mandate is Support and Education through Outreach. Our volunteers offer support to Toronto’s LGBTQ communities and to their families via one-on-one telephone support at 416.406.6378, and at monthly meetings in downtown Toronto. Toronto PFLAG delivers presentations in TDSB schools to students in grades 2 to 12 to help promote diversity, empower allies and combat homophobia. Our conference workshops and our Lunch & Learn sessions for Toronto businesses and organizations are popular, informative and speak to the diverse society in which we live.Support: 416.406.6378 Admin.: 416.406.1727 Email: email@example.com Web: www.torontopflag.org
Trans* Pride’s goal is to promote trans* education and awareness, within Pride Toronto events and beyond. Trans* Pride represents any person within the trans* spectrum, which refers to anyone whose gender identities do not match the bodies in which they were born. Pride Toronto’s trans* community spaces help promote trans-positive grassroots programs, as well as educational outreach activities to increase awareness on trans*-related topics.
A splendid Romanesque revival building located in University College, the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO ART CENTRE is at the heart of the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus. Exhibitions that embrace a range of media, art forms and time periods offer an engaging gallery experience that is complemented by lectures, gallery talks and symposia featuring internationally renowned artists, writers and academics. For information please contact Maureen Smith, Business and Program Coordinator at 416.946.7089 firstname.lastname@example.org www.utac.utoronto.ca
WorldPride 2014 Toronto (WP14TO) is an international celebration incorporating activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBTTIQQ2SA communities. Highlighting Canada’s continued progress in human rights, WP14TO also celebrates the diversity and dynamism of Toronto, one of the world’s most progressive and liveable cities. WP14TO is the first WorldPride celebration ever held in North America, and the 4th such festival in the world. WorldPride brings people together from around the world to honour our past, celebrate the present, and inspire a better future for LGBTTIQQ2SA communities everywhere. www.pridetoronto.com/worldpride2014
The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity focused on community support and development. Our aim is to provide every individual in our community with opportunities for personal growth, community involvement, and leadership. By making connections, collaborating, and mirroring our region’s diversity, we believe we can become the network that binds our many neighbourhoods into one city, one country and one world. www.ymcagta.org