LGBT Resources in Toronto

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519 Church St. Community Centre

Commonly known as “the 519,” this community centre strives to offer service and support to the LGBT community of greater Toronto. The 519 offers countless resources aimed at promoting community improvement, civic activism, volunteer events, and network opportunities within the local LGBT culture. The community centre has been in operation since 1975, and is certainly one of Toronto’s most visible beacons for the LGBT community.

Community One Foundation

The Community One Foundation is a non-profit organization which coordinates philanthropy and civic enrichment of Toronto’s several historically LGBT neighborhoods. Some of the foundation’s enrichment programs and philanthropic efforts include education, human rights, and arts outreach initiatives. The organization is supported almost exclusively by donations, and is a registered, legal charity.

Glad Day Bookshop

Glad Day Bookshop is an independently owned bookstore in the LGBT neighborhood of Church and Wellesley. Glad Day specializes in LGBT books and culture, but is also involved in charitable initiatives, such as book donations to local libraries and universities. In operation since 1970, Glad Day was the country’s first bookstore to specialize in LGBT culture, and is without question of Toronto’s most notable LGBT resources.

LGBTQ Parenting Network

The LGBTQ Parenting Network is a program of Sherbourne Health Centre. The Network promotes the rights and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer parents, prospective parents and their families through education, advocacy, research, social networking and community organizing.

Supporting Our Youth

Supporting Our Youth is another Toronto area community initiative which aims to enrich the lives of members of the LGBT community, with a special emphasis on youth programs. In addition to a mentoring program, which pairs LGBT youth with like-minded adults, Supporting Our Youth sponsors an annual scholarship for young people matriculating to post-secondary schools in Canada.

The Triangle Program

Similar to Supporting Our Youth, the Triangle Program is an educational facility for at-risk LGBT youth. Many students attend Triangle as a result of harmful social experiences or atmospheres at other schools. Opening its doors in 1996, the Triangle Program is the only school of its kind in the nation. The school works in concert with Supporting Our Youth to hold their annual prom during Toronto’s Gay Pride Week.

Rainbow Health Ontario

Rainbow Health Ontario is a coalition of physicians who are committed to expanding access to medical care for the province’s LGBT community. Many would-be LGBT patients are disadvantaged in terms of access to care, but Rainbow Health Ontario offers programs specifically designed for members of the community. Healthcare providers in Toronto who are members of Rainbow Health can be accessed via the website’s database, which contains over 170 physicians throughout the province.

Pride Week (Toronto Pride Parade)

Although LGBT community events are not unique to any one location, Toronto is the annual host to one of the world’s most extensive Gay Pride celebrations. Taking place over ten days, 22 blocks of the Church and Wellesley neighborhood are closed to traffic in order to accommodate one of the largest LGBT parades in the world. Numerous other events are held during the ten day festival, including dance parties and the Prism Festival.

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