The 519 is continuing to develop strategies and mobilization efforts that center the safety of all members of LGBTQ2S communities and respond effectively to any acts of targeted violence, hate, and discrimination.
The 519 Letter to Government Officials: Urgent Government Action Required to Save Toronto’s LGBTQ2S Village
The 519 is delivering essential services to vulnerable communities in the Church-Wellesley neighbourhood during the COVID-19 crisis. We are here every day serving takeaway meals, checking in on our communities, providing information and referrals, and providing critical services for LGBTQ2S communities including youth, seniors, and newcomers. But our much-needed community-based response is unfunded and we need your help.
OUR ARMY OF LOVERS STORY
The 519 is committed to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ2S communities. A City of Toronto agency with an innovative model of Service, Space and Leadership, we strive to make a real difference in people’s lives, while working to promote inclusion, understanding and respect.
We used Rita Mae’s iconic and inspiring words to name our advocacy campaign, which focuses on organizing around issues that impact the LGBTQ2S communities across Ontario.
Our history tells us that we get what we fight for, and that we get nothing without a fight. Today, LGBTQ2S communities are facing a rising backlash against the progress we have made towards a just world. Rising levels of hate crimes. A global resurgence in populism, motivated in part by homophobia and transphobia. Devastating reductions in government funding to programs and services LGBTQ2S folks rely on to live meaningful, affirming lives.
This is our commitment to fight with our communities for the world we want. From the classroom to the streets - and everywhere in between - we ask you to join us in standing up for the rights and dignities of LGBTQ2S people.
We Need your Help.
Join our army of lovers. Stand with us and fight for the well-being of our LGBTQ2S communities.