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Community Sponsors

Community Sponsors


For over 35 years, THE 519 has been at the centre of Toronto’s downtown and LGBTQ communities. Over 50,000 people enjoyed a meal in our restaurant, or attended a program, meeting or event at The Centre last year. Our renovated space and new and changing programs continue to make us the place where our communities meet, participate and celebrate. Find out more or become a member today. www.The519.org/My519


Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) is a charitable, non-profit, community-based organization that provides HIV/AIDS education, prevention, support services and LGBTQ programming to the East and Southeast Asian Canadian communities. Our programs are based on a pro-active and holistic approach to healthy sexuality, and are provided in a collaborative, empowering, and non-discriminatory manner. We aim to provide comprehensive and culturally appropriate support, education, and outreach services to Asians infected and affected by HIV/ AIDS, and to LGBTQ Asians, and to promote a supportive and safe environment for our community members. www.acas.org


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


Every day in Toronto, two people are newly infected with HIV, which is why the work of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) is far from over. ACT works with men, women andyouth who are living with HIV/AIDS to help them become well informed, healthy and independent. We provide information, counselling and support; programs aimed at reducing HIV transmission, and education and work opportunities for people with HIV/AIDS. Visit www.actoronto.org for more information.


Akimbo is Canada’s leading online resource for contemporary art information. Visit www.akimbo.ca to see exhibition and event listings, take a neighbourhood tour recommended by our knowledgeable local bloggers, or create a tour of your own. Check out Akimblog to read the latest art reviews and learn what’s happening across the country. Looking for job and submissions listings? We have those, too! Want to raise awareness of your organization and events? Akimbo users are your audience: 2 million+ page views and 76,000 unique visitors/mo; 8,500 email subscribers; 51,000 RSS downloads/mo; 2,300 mobile app users, and 10,000 social media followers.


alu Cine Latin Film +Media Arts Festival showcases and disseminates the work of emerging and established Latin artists living in Canada and the diaspora through an annual festival in March, year-round events and touring exhibitions in Latin America. aluCine is one of the largest Latin media arts festivals in North America, screening independent films of all genres along with new media installations, video performance and video art. In all of our endeavours, aluCine strives to transcend aesthetic, ideological and geographical borders and pre-established notions of representation as they pertain to Latin American culture in Canada. www.alucinefestival.com


Brazil Film Fest is a film festival dedicated to Brazilian cinema in Toronto. We showcase a selection of great movies from the new wave of Brazilian filmmaking. Among fiction features and documentaries, it is a chance to see some truly creative and audacious films—in both form and content. http://www.brazilfilmfest.net/


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


This year, marking our 25th anniversary, denotes Casey House as the first freestanding HIV/AIDS facility in Canada. Today 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 celebrating 40 years of keeping our stories alive! Established in 1973, the CLGA aids in the recovery and preservation of LGBT histories. Its mission: to acquire, preserve, organize, and give public access to information and materials in any medium, by and about LGBT people, primarily produced in or concerning Canada. Visit the Archives until June 1st to view the National Portrait Collection Exhibition, which provides an excellent opportunity to look back on significant moments that have helped define our important and growing histories. 34 Isabella Street


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; dks@familyservicetoronto.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. Fees are on a sliding scale based on income. For appointments: 416.595.9618 www.fsatoronto.com; dks@familyservicetoronto.org


The Toronto Dyke March organizes the Dyke March and its affiliated events leading up to and during the Pride Toronto Festival. Through community-driven and politically-engaged organizing, we work to create spaces and events that celebrate and demonstrate dykes of ALL types. Join us for the Dyke March, rally, and picnic on Saturday, June 29, 2013! For information on our 2013 mission and on how to volunteer or march visit our website at www.dykemarchtoronto.wordpress.com


Fondation Émergence , a partner of Gai Écoute, fights against prejudice and homophobia to promote the inclusion of LGBT members in society. The organization offers a variety of programs such as awareness for cultural communities and support to the LGBT elderly. We also launched the first International Day Against Homophobia, which is now held each year on May 17. More information is available at www.homophobiaday.org


FRANCOQUEER is a volunteer-based, non-profit association representing and serving French-speaking GLBT in Toronto. With partners, we host a monthly social event – the APERO, and provide an information service for Francophone newcomers over the phone, via Internet and face-to-face. Throughout the year, we organize different activities that bring together the community and raise awareness about LGBT issues, homophobia, sexual health and more. To keep in touch please visit our Facebook and web page www.francoqueer.ca or call 416.214.4862.


GET Out! offers Toronto’s LGBT community the ultimate in active living, local tourism and leisure recreation. Whether it’s a local brewery tour, taking a fencing lesson or breaking a sweat at one of our drop-in sports nights, we’ve got all kinds of social events so you can GET Out! and meet new people. Get your free membership at www.getoutcanada.com today!


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


For 27 years, Harbourfront Centre's World Stage has been innovating culture by redefining the possibilities of contemporary theatre, dance, and multidisciplinary performance. With a bold curatorial vision, World Stage brings some of the most boundary-pushing performance leaders from around the globe to share and develop contemporary viewpoints with Toronto audiences. With a continued commitment to supporting work that is both fearless and shameless in its innovation, World Stage is thrilled to support Inside Out, as the festival continues challenging attitudes and changing lives.Visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage for information on our upcoming season.


Heart of the Flag Federation Inc . (HOTF) is a notforprofit membership club that presents the Toronto Leather Pride Week, including the Mr. Leatherman Toronto, Ms. Leather Toronto, Bootblack Toronto and Mr. Rubber Toronto competitions; Leather Ball and Toronto Leather Pride Day in mid-August, and the Toronto Bound weekend in mid-February, which features the Toronto Puppy contest. In addition, we raise funds for our yearly charity of choice; present education workshops and demonstrations, and host various other events within Toronto’s sexual minorities’ community. For more information please visit our website @ www.torontoleatherpride.ca


Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For more than 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.


ICFF Italian Contemporary Film Festival , presented by IC Savings, is shaping up to be even more successful than the first edition. From June 26 to July 6, 2013, film lovers will find a rich, surprising and eclectic program, where emerging talent rubs shoulders with eminent guests. The screenings will be held in the prestigious TIFF Bell Lightbox, Royal Cinema and the AMC theatre in Vaughan. This international festival will select works from all over the world that bear a clear Italian footprint. The audience will be the soul of the Festival, as shown in the soldout 2012 evenings and the glamorous parties! www.icff.ca


Kulanu Toronto (“All of Us” in Hebrew) is a Jewish LGBT social, educational, and cultural organization. Our programming is geared towards people of all ages and to Jewish affiliations, from secular to traditional. Our events include Chanukah parties, Passover seders, pub nights, speed dating events, Holocaust Education Week programs, and marching in Toronto’s Pride Parade. Our annual membership fee is $36 or $18 for students with valid ID. Friends and allies are welcome at our events. For more information, please visit www.kulanutoronto.ca or email us at kulanutoronto@gmail.com


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


The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) was launched in 1999 and has evolved into one of the most exciting centres for contemporary art and culture in Toronto and beyond. MOCCA exhibits, researches, promotes and supports innovative ideas and artworks by Canadian and non-Canadian artists that engage and reflect themes and issues relevant to our times. MOCCA is propelled by a bold artistic vision and ambitious entrepreneurial spirit that will guide the institution toward achieving its objective of becoming one of Toronto and Canada’s major leaders in the field of contemporary art. www.mocca.ca


Founded in 1999, THE ONTARTIO GAY AND LESBIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (OGLCC) is a federally chartered, non-profit organization with the mission to promote and support the development of Ontario businesses and professionals within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and allied communities. As a chamber of commerce, the OGLCC strives to be a leading catalyst for fostering a cooperative and successful community for LGBTQ Ontarians, who represent over $35 billion in buying power. Full information and application forms are available at www.oglcc.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


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 29, 2013. 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


SISTERING helps some of the most vulnerable women in Toronto. These women are homeless, lonely, poor, and many struggle with physical and mental health conditions. Sistering offers a warm and friendly environment where women can have a hot meal, shower or do laundry. For more information visit www.sistering.org or contact Sheryl Lindsay, Executive Director at slindsay@sistering.org or call 416.926.9762.


The Stud Magazine is a non-profit online publication founded in Toronto, which is focused on providing information and resources to non-gender conforming females, with a focus on females of colour. Released quarterly, www.thestudmagazine.com takes a dynamic and comprehensive look at the topics, issues and the lifestyles of non-gender conforming females.


Toronto After Dark Film Festival is one of the world’s leading showcases of new Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Movies. The 8th Annual Edition runs this October 17-25, 2013, and is currently accepting film entries. Interested filmmakers and fans can get full details at the festival website:www.torontoafterdark.com


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


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 Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA) was established in 1987. Our mission is to engage people living with HIV/AIDS, enhancing health and well-being through practical and therapeutic support services and broader social change. Each year, we serve over 2,400 across the GTA. We offer services such as financial benefits, access to medications, food bank and nutritional support, complementary therapies, personal development workshops, prevention education and social programming. All of our programs target dual-diagnosis clients, and populations that are disenfranchised because of their HIV, socio-economic or legal status. www.pwatoronto.org


Toronto PFLAG is a volunteer-run registered charity. Through our 24/7 telephone line and monthly support meetings we help LGBTTQQ individuals during the ‘coming out’ and ‘living out’ process. We also offer support and education to help family members and friends become allies. We help people learn about sexual orientation and gender diversity through workshops for employee groups and conferences. We combat homophobic bullying through our presentations in Toronto schools, and work with students and staff to facilitate GSAs. Support: 416.406.6378 Admin.: 416.406.1727 Email: office@pflagtoronto.org Web: www.torontopflag.org Facebook: PFLAG Toronto, ON


The Trans Film Series is marking its 5th anniversary as a year-round festival featuring works by, for, about, and of interest to trans communities. We screen works that challenge dominant narratives; explore marginalized voices and under-represented stories, or otherwise celebrate the resiliency of, and the joy and art within, our communities. The series fosters both a social space and political space—a celebratory and critical resistance space. Connect with us through Facebook and Twitter @TRANSfilmseries. For more information on submitting your work contact: transfilmseries@gmail.com


Trans Pride Come and show your support for the Trans community! All trans identified people, their friends and allies are welcome at the rally. Trans women of colour and people with different abilities are encouraged to lead the gathering and set the pace for everyone else. Pride Toronto is very honoured to be supporting the Trans Pride with a rally in Norman Jewison Park on Friday, 28 June 2013. If you want to get involved, please email transpride@pridetoronto.com


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 maureen.smith@utoronto.ca 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