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Statement of Solidarity with Orlando and the LGBTQ Community

The Self-Help Resource Centre is shocked and saddened by the loss of queer and trans lives, and the injury of many more, on Sunday June 12 in Orlando LGBTQ club, Pulse. The impact of the events of that evening has been felt in many communities, but particularly in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer (LGBTQ) and Latinx communities of whom most of the victims were a part.

We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ and Latinx communities both in Orlando, Florida, and closer to home in Ontario, Canada. This was an attack on the freedom and human rights of communities that already face the threat of violence, erasure and discrimination on a daily basis.

We stand against any response that further adds to a culture of hate, denigration or violence.

We stand against any response that erases the identities of the lives taken and injured.

We stand against any response that is rooted in homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia or racism.

We stand against any response that assumes, labels, stigmatizes or others people with mental health challenges.

We encourage a response of compassion, kindness, thoughtfulness, and companionship.

We encourage a response where we reach out and check-in on friends, community members, loved ones to see how we can support each other.

We encourage a response where we listen and support, while being mindful of our own self-care.

We encourage communities to continue to gather in solidarity and support.

We say their names:

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

For anyone affected by the tragic events in Orlando, please consider the following supports and resources:

Gerstein Centre Crisis Line & Mobile Team: 416-929-5200 (24/7)
Krasman Centre Warm Line (non-crisis): 1-888-777-0979 (24/7)
Progress Place Warm Line (non-crisis): 416-960-9276 (8pm-12am)
519 Community Centre, 519 Church Street, Toronto: 416-392-6874

A full list of resources can be found here: http://www.selfhelp.on.ca/site/wp-content/uploads/Resources-Handout.pdf

You can also search our online database of over 800 peer support groups in the Greater Toronto Area: http://www.selfhelp.on.ca/find-a-group-in-toronto/

Downloadable full statement of solidarity here.

Sherbourne Health Centre – LGBTQ Parenting Network

Group Name: Sherbourne Health Centre – LGBTQ Parenting Network

Description: Like the unique mosaic at our front door, Sherbourne was shaped by our communities. As with our programs and services, when the pieces are put together, the different colours and textures form something inviting, vibrant and relevant to the people we serve. We work closely with our partners and community members. Our primary care and chronic disease management services, health promotion and education, outreach and social supports, and mental health services work together to provide transformative care and support.

The LGBT Parenting Network was founded by The Family Service Association of Toronto (FSA) in 2001 (now Family Service Toronto – FST). With new funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in March 2006, the LGBT Parenting Network was moved from FSA to the Sherbourne Health Centre in March 2007 and added the Q, becoming the LGBTQ Parenting Network. The LGBTQ Parenting Network supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer parenting through training, research, resource development and community organizing. We work with individuals, organizations, and communities from the local to the international.

Where: 333 Sherbourne Street | Toronto, ON M5A 2S5

Contact: Rachel Epstein 416-324-4100 Ext. 5219 | parentingnetwork@sherbourne.on.ca | www.lgbtqpn.ca

Planned Parenthood Toronto – Support for LGBTQ Youth

Group Name: Planned Parenthood Toronto – Support for LGBTQ Youth

Description: Planned Parenthood Toronto is a community-based, pro-choice agency committed to the principles of equity and to providing accessible and inclusive services which promote healthy sexuality and informed decision-making to the people of the City of Toronto. Our vision is a future of sexual and reproductive choice, freedom and possibilities.

It’s difficult to take pride in your identity when it is ignored, silenced or treated with stigma and shame.
We speak to LGBTQ youth regularly, and what we’ve heard – loud and clear – is that you’re unhappy with your experiences with sexual health education in schools. We’ve heard that you encounter problems when attempting to access sexual health services. At PPT, we do more than listen – we address your concerns, we support you, and we provide access to relevant information and services designed with your unique needs in mind. We work tirelessly to provide sexual health education that is inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations. We promote self-care, informed decision-making, healthy sexuality and healthy relationships, so you can take pride in who you are, and who you will grow to become.

Where: 36B Prince Arthur Avenue | Toronto, ON M5R 1A9

Contact: 416-961-0113 | ppt@ppt.on.ca | www.ppt.on.ca

The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Transition Support

Group Name: The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Transition Support

Description: The 519 is the hub of community life in Toronto’s diverse Church and Wellesley Village. For over 35 years, The 519 has been working with our neighbours and our lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities to build healthy, welcoming spaces to meet, participate and celebrate together. With the support of our staff team, our communities identify and implement solutions to emerging issues through award-winning programs and services, and with the leadership of volunteers, over 80 community-led programs provide peer support, social, recreational, arts and cultural opportunities in our public meeting spaces.

Transition Support is a social and support group for transsexuals and transgendered people. The group is open to everyone on a trans spectrum but is mostly attended by MTF (male-to-female) individuals. Come join us to get support, give support, hang out or just listen. This is one place you can be yourself! We have posted a number of resources that provide information on trans issues. Please check our online resources page regularly for updates. This is a drop-in program that is free.

Where: 519 Church Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

When: The second and fourth Friday of each month from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Contact: 416-392-6874 | info@the519.org | www.the519.org

The 519 Church Street Community Centre – 50+ LGBT Services

Group Name: The 519 Church Street Community Centre – 50+ LGBT Services

Description: The 519 is the hub of community life in Toronto’s diverse Church and Wellesley Village. For over 35 years, The 519 has been working with our neighbours and our lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities to build healthy, welcoming spaces to meet, participate and celebrate together. With the support of our staff team, our communities identify and implement solutions to emerging issues through award-winning programs and services, and with the leadership of volunteers, over 80 community-led programs provide peer support, social, recreational, arts and cultural opportunities in our public meeting spaces.

The Older LGBT Program provides people with opportunities to make deeper connections with their peers by socializing and learning through special events, guest speakers and promoting related community resources. The Older LGBT Program offers a weekly Monday drop-in with programming for older LGBT people in our community. Everyone is invited, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. This is a drop-in program.

Where: 519 Church Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

When: Mondays from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Contact: Rosalyn Forrester 416-355-6783 | HBain@The519.org | www.the519.org

The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Sunday Drop-In

Group Name: The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Sunday Drop-In

Description: The 519 is the hub of community life in Toronto’s diverse Church and Wellesley Village. For over 35 years, The 519 has been working with our neighbours and our lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities to build healthy, welcoming spaces to meet, participate and celebrate together. With the support of our staff team, our communities identify and implement solutions to emerging issues through award-winning programs and services, and with the leadership of volunteers, over 80 community-led programs provide peer support, social, recreational, arts and cultural opportunities in our public meeting spaces.

Our Sunday Drop-In has evolved and changed over the years, adapting to the needs of the local community and the homeless and under-housed people who come to The Centre. The program will consist of a big Sunday breakfast shared together Room 106 of The Centre, starting at 10AM. Breakfast is followed by afternoon programs on a variety of programs and topics selected by participants and led by staff and volunteers. Lunch is served during afternoon programs and individuals who do not want to stay for programs can grab a meal-to-go before breakfast ends at 1. The 519’s Drop-In is unique in that it focuses on LGBTQ homeless and under-housed people and their allies. Everyone is welcome to attend the drop in as long as they contribute to ensuring a safe, positive space for LGBTQ people.

Where: 519 Church Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

When: Please call or e-mail for more detailed information.

Contact: Sawyer Pow 416-355-6789 Ext. 4015 | spow@the519.org | www.the519.org

The 519 Church Street Community Centre – LGBTQ Refugee Peer Support

Group Name: The 519 Church Street Community Centre – LGBTQ Refugee Peer Support

Description: The 519 is the hub of community life in Toronto’s diverse Church and Wellesley Village. For over 35 years, The 519 has been working with our neighbours and our lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities to build healthy, welcoming spaces to meet, participate and celebrate together. With the support of our staff team, our communities identify and implement solutions to emerging issues through award-winning programs and services, and with the leadership of volunteers, over 80 community-led programs provide peer support, social, recreational, arts and cultural opportunities in our public meeting spaces.

Among Friends LGBTQ Refugee Peer Support
The Among Friends is a weekly program for LGBTQ Refugee Claimants. Among Friends is a great way to meet friends, build community networks, and access information to help you with your settlement in Canada. Among Friends includes weekly presentations and information sessions on different topics such as immigration / refugee law, employment / finding a job, and accessing medical / healthcare.

A light meal is provided during Among Friends meetings.

Where: 519 Church Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

When: Please call or e-mail for more detailed information.

Contact: Karlene Williams-Clarke 416-392-6878 Ext. 4016 | kwilliamsclarke@the519.org | www.the519.org

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