It is a tragic time for the LGBTQ community, our neighbourhood, and the city. We are all grieving the lives lost as the recent tragedy impacting our community unfolds. We all remember the ones still missing.
LGBTQ community organizations have come together to organize a community vigil to offer a safe space for our communities to grieve and express their feelings.
The issues we face today are unfortunately not new and touch many marginalized and vulnerable communities. We welcome everyone to join us to grieve together, heal together, and rise together.
The 519, ASAAP, Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP), LGBT Youth Line, Pride Toronto, Sherbourne Health Centre,
Toronto People With AIDS Foundation, Toronto HIV/AIDS Network, The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives (CLGA) Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, Planned Parenthood Toronto, Sanctuary, Rainbow Railroad, El Tawhid Juma Circle Unity Mosques — Masajid El Tawhid (Masjid el-Tawhid — Toronto — Unity Mosque)
Thanks to Xtra for promoting the LGBTQ2S Community Vigil as a voluntary media partner.
-The vigil will be held at Barbara Hall Park. Some outdoor heaters will be available.
— Space for one-on-one and group support, and opportunities for community members to express will be available inside The 519.
— Food will be served at the event.
— Child minding will be available at The 519. Due to limited capacity, we request that you send us child minding request in advance by email: [email protected]
-ASL interpretation will be provided and washrooms are fully accessible.
— A limited number of chairs will be available. Please be mindful of different accessibility needs and offer your seat to those who may need it.
— The 519 will be open for folks to warm up and use the washrooms. Additional warming space and washrooms are available directly across the street at Progress Place.
-Media presence is expected at the vigil inside Barbara Hall Park. We will manage the presence on site to offer community members private space inside The 519.