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. The 519’s offers counselling, housing, mentorship, education, and programs for LGBT parents.


Since their founding in 2006, Rainbow Railroad has helped more than 500 individuals escape persecution for their identities and find a path to safety to start a new life. The Rainbow Railroad identifies people who need help through international networks of LGBTQ+ leaders, helps the individual arrive in Canada and other countries, and connects them with organizations that both grant them asylum and give them the resources and education to thrive.


LGBT Youth Line is a Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit* youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of youth (29 and under) across Ontario. They provide anonymous peer support and referrals, train youth to provide support to other youth, and provide resources so youth can make informed decisions. Originally started as a phone line in 1994, LGBT Youth Line now also has an online chat function and a chat function for youth in addition to their phone line.


Case House is Canada’s first and only stand-alone hospital for people with HIV/AIDS. When they first opened their doors, their first patient was delivered by a team of medics wearing hazmat suits. He was welcomed with a warm embrace. Through a multi-disciplinary approach to health and well-being, Casey House’s care is free to all patients and clients. They are passionate about breaking down barriers and removing stigmas that surround HIV and AIDS.


Egale works to improve the lives of LGBTQI2S people in Canada and to enhance the global response to LGBTQI2S issues. Egale achieves this by informing public policy, inspiring cultural change, and promoting human rights and inclusion through research, education and community engagement. Egale’s vision is a Canada, and ultimately a world without homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and all other forms of oppression so that every person can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias.