The 519 is a city agency committed to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ community. Through our innovative model of Service, Space and Leadership, The 519 strives to make a real difference in people’s lives, while working to promote broader inclusion, understanding and respect.
Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services facilitates access to a wide variety of programs including primary healthcare, social, settlement, youth and LGBTQ services for immigrants, refugees and the communities they live in. We work to improve health outcomes, engage in community-based research on issues related to the social determinants of health, and ensure that Toronto’s diverse communities can achieve health with dignity.
The Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) is the only organization in the GTA that provides supports for those living with HIV and self-identify as South Asian. Our vision is a world where South Asian communities have the access and means to determine their health and well-being. Our programs and services are delivered in culturally appropriate ways while simultaneously challenging the discomfort many have in talking about sexuality and sexual health.
CFMDC has been a worldwide leader in distribution services getting independent artist film seen and on screens everywhere since 1967. We are a full service, non-exclusive distributor with over 3700 titles in our catalogue including some of Canada’s most original and well respected works of art on film. We distribute all genres of independent film in all formats from celluloid to digital media by more than 1000 members. CFMDC is a critical resource for curators, programmers, educational institutions, festivals and museums and broadcasters. We remit 70% gross royalties to artists.
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By collecting and caring for important historical records, personal papers, unpublished documents, publications, audio-visual material, works of art, photographs, posters, and other artifacts, the CLGA is a trusted guardian of LGBTQ+ histories now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.
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, the Festival is now a charitable organization and presents a diverse range of programs throughout the community.
David Kelley Services provides professional individual, couple and family counselling to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or queer, or who are questioning their gender identity and/or sexual orientation. We also provide services to persons living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. This year David Kelley LGBTQ & HIV/AIDS Counselling Services is celebrating its 20 year anniversary as a program of Family Service Toronto.
Fife House was founded in 1988 by a group of concerned individuals who had seen their friend, George Fife, at risk of losing his housing while he (unsuccessfully) battled AIDS. Fife House provides services exclusively to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Greater Toronto Area, who need secure, affordable supportive housing and/or support services. We serve a diverse population, including transgendered persons, people of colour, Aboriginal people, and those with physical disabilities.
Now celebrating our 19th season, Forte - Toronto Gay Men’s Chorus is one of Canada's premier male choral ensembles with a membership proudly drawn from Toronto's diverse LGTBQ+ community. Through our pursuit of musical excellence, brotherhood, community and inclusion, Forte has evolved through a range of performance styles and repertoires into our latest seasons which include annual holiday and Pride affiliate summer shows and an on-going cabaret series at Buddies in Bad Times. We've also appeared at a variety of community milestone events including the Candlelight AIDS Vigil, Pride and Remembrance run, Toronto Pride flag raising ceremony, Inspire Awards, The Imperial Court of Toronto coronation and the Toronto Mr. Leatherman competition. (What can we say? We like to get around.)
FrancoQueer is a non-profit grassroots organization, by and for the Francophone LGBTQIA+ community in Toronto and in Ontario. Its mission is to offer a safe space where French-speaking people who identify as LGBTQIA+ can find support, services and programs that are culturally adapted to them. We provide a platform that connects LGBTQIA+ people who speak French or are interested in the French language and culture. FrancoQueer also runs a settlement and integration program that helps newcomers access appropriate services and allows them to express their identity freely.
Our Franco Fierté festival is the only Francophone Pride festival in Toronto and Ontario. Every year in June, it is a unique opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the Francophone LGBTQIA+ community and its artistic creation.
Ismaili Queers: Advocates for Pluralism is an LGBTQI 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 3 successful 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.
Toronto Muddy York is a progressive, ALL-INCLUSIVE rugby club in the Greater Toronto Area providing the sport of rugby to the gay community and their friends. Established in 2003, we primarily compete against teams in the Toronto Rugby Union. We also travel for exhibition matches against other teams, and host our annual Beaver Bowl Tournament, when we invite other IGR (International Gay Rugby) and regional clubs to join us in Toronto over the Labour Day weekend.
The mission of the Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club is to provide a safe and positive space for women and trans people to explore the sport of boxing. The women's program is tailored to members. Individuals come into the program with their own goals, it may be to get into better shape with no desire to get into the ring or it may be to become the next Laila Ali. We work with members to help them achieve their goals. For all members, the program offers a cardiovascular workout with technique in all areas of boxing- grounding, offense, defense, footwork and strategy.
The Ontario Positive Asians (OPA+) Network aims to connect Asians living with HIV/AIDS across Ontario to collectively identify and act on issues most relevant to our well-being and to promote solidarity among Asians living with HIV/AIDS with allies and supporters. Formed in 2015, OPA+ is jointly supported by Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) and the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP).
Out & Out is a group of over 700 LGBTQ members, across a wide range of ages, backgrounds and interests. Each week, members run social activities that other members can choose to take part in. These could be things like skiing, hiking, camping, board games, sing-along movie nights, or potluck dinners. Plus, most months they have a larger club-run event as well – a dance, a party, a dinner with a guest speaker, or their amazing annual summer camp called Jamboree, where 250 members spend a week in cabins by a private lake near Haliburton.
Out & Out is a not-for-profit volunteer-run organization that's been around for over 35 years. Membership is $35/year, with free membership available for students and those in financial need. Most of their events are free or are run at cost. On the 3rd Tuesday of every month, they hold a free information session from 7:00 – 8:00 pm at The 519 (Community Centre at 519 Church Street in Toronto). It’s an easy way to meet some members and learn more about the club.
Out On Bay Street facilitates the professional development of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Ally (LGBTQA) students as they transition from school to career in order to build a national network within the LGBTQA community.
Toronto PFLAG offers support to Toronto's LGBTQ community and/or their families via one-on-one telephone support at 416-406-6378, and twice monthly support meetings; as well as presentations to schools and universities; and workshops for Toronto businesses and organizations wishing to explore diversity, empower allies and combat homophobia.
Planned Parenthood Toronto is a fully accredited community health centre that provides primary, sexual and mental health care services to youth between the ages of 13 and 29. PPT also offers health promotion programming, education, training, and research to improve the health and well-being of Toronto’s diverse communities. All PPT services are offered within a pro-choice, inclusive, youth-friendly, non-judgmental environment.
PPT provides award-winning LGBT-inclusive programming for youth, from our Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia (TEACH) program fighting homophobia in classrooms for over 20 years, to our newest LGBTQ Youth Initiative created in partnership with other community agencies all dedicated to making better, more accessible services available to LGBTQ youth in Toronto.
Pride at Work Canada is a non-profit organization with the mission to improve the climate of inclusiveness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified (LGBT) employees in workplaces across Canada. The organization provides consulting, programming events and networking opportunities for its Partners across the nation.
Pride Toronto is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to bring people together to celebrate the history, courage and diversity of our community.
Uniting and empowering people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions, the annual Pride Toronto festival has become a major Canadian arts and cultural event and the largest Pride celebration in North America. Pride showcases Toronto on the world stage with diversity, inclusion and vibrant creativity.
June 2016 features Toronto’s first-ever Pride Month, culminating with the 36th annual Pride Parade on Sunday, July 3.
Queer Asian Youth (QAY) provides social spaces for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, queer, curious, undecided, or questioning East and Southeast Asian youth and their friends. QAY is the Youth Program of Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) in Toronto, Canada.
QAY was established in 2000 and this year is QAY's Sweet 16th Anniversary! Events usually attract from 30 to 80 people, and there are always many new people who come for the first time!
Proudly diverse and intentionally inclusive, Ryerson University is committed to community engagement and action. The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion collaborates across campus to make Ryerson a truly inclusive place to learn and work. Ryerson is proud to be named one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2016.
Salaam: Queer Muslim Community is dedicated to creating space for people who identify as both Muslim and queer/trans. We acknowledge the diverse experiences of our community and support queer/trans people who identify with Islam* ritually, culturally, spiritually, or religiously. Salaam is a volunteer-run organization that advocates for social justice and addresses the intersecting issues around homophobia, transphobia, and Islamophobia/racism.
*Islamic identities may include Shia, Sunni, Ismaili, Ahmadi, Jafri, Sufi, and various cultural or national identities.
SLAM! (Sex, Love, Asian Men) is the gay/bi Asian Men’s program created by Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ACAS’ Men’s Program aims to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among Asian men who have sex with men by promoting safer sex practices, harm reduction behaviours and early intervention in culturally relevant ways. Interactions with community members through our outreach activities at bathhouses, bars, and other community events have indicated a gap in the sexual health information being provided to Asian gay/bi men. At S.L.A.M.!, we strive to provide current and accurate sexual health information in an empowering space so Asian gay/bi men can make sexual health-related decisions that best suit their needs.
SKETCH creates opportunities for young people (ages 16 to 29) living street involved, homeless or otherwise on the margins, to experience the transformative power of the arts; to build leadership and economic self-sufficiency in the arts; and to cultivate social and environmental change through the arts. SKETCH is proud to support the Toronto LGBT Film Festival.
The Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) is an organization dedicated to exploring and promoting the art of animation through production, screenings, workshops and exhibitions. As an artist-run production centre, TAIS provides affordable access to space and equipment; offering services for artists who make animated films within contemporary art practices.
Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA) engages people living with HIV/AIDS in enhancing their health and well-being through practical and therapeutic support services and broader social change, and we inspire them to live into their dreams and discoveries. Make a secure online gift today and make a +positive difference.