Group photo of The 519 staff wearing Army of Lovers tshirts
An army of lovers shall not fail, quote by Rita Mae Brown. Logo of The 519. Illustration of two hands grabbing each other.

Our Approach

The 519

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.

Our Story

Our Army of Lovers Story

"My voice rings down through thousands of years,

To coil around your body and give you strength,

You who have wept in direct sunlight,

Who have hungered in invisible chains,

Tremble to the cadence of my legacy:

An army of lovers shall not fail."

By: Rita Mae Brown

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.



Join our army of lovers. Stand with us and speak out about how these cuts will be disastrous for LGBTQ2S communities.