The LGBTQ movement has changed the face of Toronto and the world at large for over 50 years, and in that time the various minorities, subcultures and countercultures that make up the LGBTQ+ community have gained considerable recognition and made momentous victories in the name of social justice. Yet even today the rich history of that movement—the people, the places, the pamphlets and posters—is at risk of being forgotten.

Ryerson University has its place in the history of this movement, starting in 1977 with the creation of the Ryerson Homophile Foundation, which would later become RyePRIDE. Ryerson began building a reputation for a socially progressive institution, intent on protecting the rights of minorities in its student body and beyond. These are values that should be continued and honoured.


This website aims to help researchers and students at Ryerson connect with the historical context of the LGBTQ movement in Toronto, to help build bridges between communities and to facilitate the study of this major social movement.

On this site you can locate community resources within Toronto as well as academic literature and projects, covering the history of the LGBTQ movement and queerness as it relates to sociological theory. If you need more assistance locating resources, please ask the Research Help Desk in the Library, use the Ask a Librarian feature online, or email Kevin Manuel, the Sociology Librarian (