Here are some organizations and resources within Toronto and beyond, devoted to LGBTQ+ health, awareness, and history.
519 Community Center
The 519 Community Centre is committed to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ community. 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.
AIDS Committee of Toronto
The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) provides support services that empower HIV positive individuals to achieve self-determination, independence, and overall well-being.
Canada’s Gay and Lesbian News
Daily Xtra has earned its readers’ respect for its in-depth coverage of the issues important to gays and lesbians and a commitment to exploring the many ways in which our diverse communities express themselves.
Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives
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By collecting and caring for important historical records, personal papers, unpublished documents, publications, audio-visual material, works of art, photographs, posters, and other artifacts, the CLGA is a trusted guardian of LGBTQ+ histories now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.
Community One Foundation
The Community One Foundation creates a strong, vibrant and diverse community by supporting individuals and groups that enhance the development of the LGBTTIQQ2S communities in the Greater Toronto Area including Durham, Halton, Peel and York Regions.
EGALE Canada (Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere)
Egale Canada Human Rights Trust, founded in 1955, is Canada’s only national charity promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) human rights through research, education and community engagement.
Glad Day Bookshop
Glad Day Bookshop is the world’s oldest lesbian, gay bi, trans and queer bookstore.
Hassle Free Clinic
The Hassle Free Clinic provides free medical counselling services in many areas of sexual health. This clinic has trans-identified clinics.
Inside Out is a not-for-profit registered charity that exists to challenge attitudes and change lives through the promotion, production and exhibition of film and video made by and about lebian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people of all ages, races and abilities.
For more than two decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto’s LGBT community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world. Through our annual Festivals in Toronto and Ottawa, our filmmaker initiatives, our youth engagement and our year-round events and screenings, Inside Out is engaged every day in challenging attitudes and changing lives.
It Gets Better Project
The It Gets Better Project‘s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.
PFLAG Canada is Canada’s only national organization that helps all Canadians with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. PFLAG Canada supports, educates and provides resources to all individuals with questions or concerns, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Pride Toronto is the not-for-profit organization that hosts an annual festival in downtown Toronto, which takes place each year during the last week of June.
Pride Week celebrates our diverse sexual and gender identities, histories, cultures, creativities, families, friends and lives. It includes a three-day street festival with over eight stages of live entertainment, an extensive street fair (including community booths, vendors, food stalls), a special Family Pride program, a politically charged Dyke March, a Trans March and the famous Pride Parade.
Queer and Trans Youth Arts Collective (QYAC) @ Delisle Youth Services
STARS (the Strong and Resilient program) provides a safe space whether you want to talk about sexuality, identity, substance use, coming out, or just chill. We offer a range of activities and workshops including expressive arts workshops, field trips, discussion groups and non-judgmental comprehensive drug education.
STARS takes place in The Studio where you can do all kinds of performance: acting, drag, drama, dance and theatre to name just a few.
Queer Asian Youth
QAY has been providing social spaces and peer support for LGBTQ+ East & Southeast Asian youth in Greater Toronto Area since 2000!
Sherbourne Health Centre
Sherbourne Health Centre offers a wide range of primary healthcare programs and services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirited, intersex, queer or questioning individuals. Our goal is to provide dignified, non-judgmental services to help clients feel better, cope better with day-to-day challenges and address specific LGBTQ health issues.
The Dignity Initiative
The Dignity Initiative is a network of organizations and individuals from across Canada interested in encouraging a stronger Canadian voice on human rights issues facing LGBTI communities around the world. The initiative has the twin objectives of strengthening both solidarity work by Canadian civil society groups and Canada’s foreign policy commitment to the realization of human rights for LGBTI people internationally.
The Rainbow Health Network
Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) is a province-wide program working to improve access to services and promote the health of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities.