Pride Toronto joins in solidarity with people, in Toronto and around the world, protesting anti-Black racism, systemic racism, police brutality, injustice, and inequality. As individuals, and together as an institution, we strongly reject racism and discrimination. We recognize the pain and anger felt by Black communities and the additional marginalization and hurt experienced by those who also identify as queer and/or trans.
Pride Toronto has a history of failing queer and trans-Black and BIPOC community members and of not being transparent enough with our actions and progress. On June 19, 2020, Pride Toronto posted an Anti-Black Racism Statement and today, we are taking further steps to ensure we take action behind our commitments to the Black community.
On Sunday, June 28 Pride Toronto will be moving the Virtual Parade to ensure our communities are able to attend the rally and teach-in at Nathan Phillips Square focusing on the defunding of the Police hosted by No Pride in Policing Coalition. This event is co-sponsored by Black Lives Matter Toronto, Blackness YES!, Showing Up For Racial Justice Toronto, No More Silence, Toronto Overdose Prevention Society, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, Queer Ontario. Pride Toronto will be supporting this event through funding ASL during the rally.
We understand that this will require logistical readjustments for all Parade participants as well as Pride Toronto’s artists, volunteers, community viewers, operation and production teams. We appreciate your understanding of the importance of why we have made this change. This is a teachable moment for all of us, and the beginning of a larger global change to support the Black and BIPOC communities.
The Virtual Pride Parade has been moved to Sunday, June 28th at 12:00-1:30 PM and can be watched online. We look forward to having you tune in! In solidarity, Pride Toronto
Founded in 1975, The 519 is Canada’s largest and most prominent LGBTQ2S service provider and community centre. In 2018/2019, they had over 103,000 visits to the programs led by The 519 staff, and they hosted over 5,400 meetings and events held by 226 community-led groups.
For 45 years, The 519 has served Toronto’s Downtown East and LGBTQ2S communities across the GTA and far beyond. The 519 is committed to the health, happiness, and full participation of the communities they serve through their programs, services, community engagement, capacity-building, and advocacy. They have an innovative model of Service, Space and Leadership, striving to make a real difference in people’s lives, while working to promote inclusion, understanding and respect.
The 519 staff remain on the frontlines 7 days a week, responding to the devastating social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis: they are providing essential services to vulnerable LGBTQ2S+ communities, including over 200 daily takeaway meals, phone check-ins, settlement supports, crisis counselling, tax and legal clinics, and eviction prevention. LGBTQ2S+ communities face unique health challenges and a history of stigma and discrimination, making them particularly vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.
The 519 is a proud City of Toronto agency and registered Canadian charity. Donation link here
Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Project is an organization run by and for local sex workers. We are founded on the reality that we as sex workers know what is best for our lives, and that our work is legitimate and valuable. Our vision is to create a just world wherein sex work is decriminalized, destigmatized, and regarded as a legitimate and valuable form of labour.
Our mission is to empower sex workers to live and work with safety and dignity, and to lead the fight for decriminalization and sex workers’ rights in Canada.
Maggie’s was founded in 1986 in response to the AIDS epidemic. Sex workers were highlight criminalized and facing stigma and discrimination. Maggie’s provides a safe space for sex workers to meet and create a community for support. We welcome workers of all genders from all areas of the sex trade – indoor and outdoor sex workers, exotic dancers, escorts, pornography actors, phone sex operators, professional dominants and submissives, erotic massage workers, webcam workers, and others – to join us in our fight to control our own bodies, sexuality and working lives.
For more information on Maggie’s please visit us online at www.maggiesto.org/donate