Saturday June 23, 2018
10 A.M. - Toronto
The most fun run of the summer

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Beneficiary Spotlight: Canadian Lesbian Gay Archives

Toronto, Ontario (May 22, 2018)
Project: Digital Hub

The CLGA currently has 15 separate databases which are used for cataloguing and describing different the different types of materials stored in the archives. The software does not provide validation controls to ensure consistent data entry, making searching, reporting, and data entry cumbersome and inefficient. With our current system we are not able to make our collection database available to the public for in-house or on-line searching – only our staff and volunteers have access.

Digital Hub will be a new search interface to the records describing the diverse collections housed at the CLGA, as well as the full text of significant newspapers and documents such as The Body Politic which have already been digitized. This search portal will allow researcher anywhere in the world to delve into the collections, see connections between items, request more information from the CLGA, and add their own comments and feedback. The behind the scenes administrative database management system will also be upgraded to comply with current national descriptive standards for each material type, and to improve consistency of subject and naming conventions.

About CLGA
Since 1973, the Canadian Lesbian Gay Archives acquires, preserves and provides public access to material on the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer committees in Canada. The CLGA is the largest independent LGBTQ+ archive in the world.

The Archives were established in 1973 by The Body Politic’s editorial collective (also known as the Pink Triangle Press). Originally named the Canadian Gay Liberation Movement Archives, the organization became the Canadian Gay Archives in 1975; established a separate collective in 1976; incorporated in 1980; received Charitable status in 1981; formed a board of directors in 1992; and adopted its current name in 1993.

Beneficiary Spotlight: LGBT Youth Line

Toronto, Ontario (May 14, 2018)
Project: LGBT Youth-Connect

LGBT Youth Connect will create a centralized hub that supports networking, skill-sharing, and collaborations among 2SLGBTQ grassroots youth groups and youth leaders across Ontario.

A dedicated section on the website will further support youth with resources and tools on how to organize community-driven spaces with a focus on building more anti-oppressive, accessible spaces while increasing their understanding of the unique needs of individuals identifying as Trans, Non-binary, Two-Spirit, Asexual, and Intersex.

About LGBT Youth Line
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. We do this by:

  • Providing anonymous peer support and referrals;
  • Training youth to provide support to other youth; and
  • Providing resources so youth can make informed decisions.

The first organizing meeting of the Lesbian Gay Bi Youth Line was held in June 1993, and included representatives from other queer youth organizations in Toronto. Through the hard work of volunteers and the support and endorsement of community agencies, including the Kid’s Help Phone, the Children’s Aid Society of Metropolitan Toronto, and Distress Centres Ontario, the phone lines opened on May 2, 1994. Over the next two years, the service grew to provide peer support and information to over 400 young people per month. The organization officially changed its name to Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line in 2005 to better reflect the community it represents.

Fly Around The World Giveaway!!

Toronto, Ontario (May 12, 2018)

The Pride and Remembrance Run, with the support of Air Canada, is giving away two (2) economy class tickets (with return) for travel to any of Air Canada’s 220+ Worldwide Destinations!

Announced at Pride Run’s annual Launch Party, registered Pride Run runners will be granted one (1) automatic entry for every $250 of donations raised for the Pride and Remembrance Run’s 2018 Beneficiaries. For example, if a runner fundraises $500, they are automatically granted two entries into the giveaway. Cut-off date for entry into the giveaway is Noon on Friday, June 22, 2018, and the prize winner will be drawn from a hat at the end of the Pride Run After Party in Barbara Hall Park. 

If you have any questions regarding the giveaway, please contact


Beneficiary Spotlight: Women’s College Hospital

Toronto, Ontario (May 4, 2018)

Project: Transition-Related Surgery Compassionate Fund

The Transition-Related Surgery Compassionate Fund at Women’s College Hospital will help offset the cost of select transition-related surgeries (TRS) not covered by OHIP for eligible patients. At this time, funds may be used for chest contouring/masculinization, breast augmentation, and travel expenses incurred for those having TRS at Women’s College Hospital. The out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of these surgeries can often have a devastating impact on people who may be already facing socioeconomic challenges. The goal of this fund is to provide better access and support to trans people undergoing their transition-related surgeries at Women’s College Hospital.

“My patients, by and large, have had negative experiences with hospitals and the healthcare system, and I give them the care they deserve. I didn’t by chance land upon this specialty, I chose it as a way to not only perform surgery, but also as a way to serve social justice. With barriers recently removed for patient evaluation and referral in our province, we are now able to perform transition related surgeries at Women’s College Hospital – it is our goal to be able to offer the first vaginoplasties in Toronto by the end of 2018. Additional funding offered by the Transition Related Surgery Compassionate Fund, supported by the Pride and Remembrance Run, will further alleviate the financial burden of transition-related expenses, ensuring patients have access to comprehensive care regardless of their socio-economic background.”

Dr. Yonas Krakowski, Gender Reassignment Surgeon at Women’s College Hospital

About Women’s College
Women’s College Hospital is Canada’s only fully independent, academic, ambulatory hospital focused on revolutionizing healthcare for women and advancing health equity for all. Through groundbreaking research, innovations in patient care and a focus on developing new solutions that address the greatest challenges facing the health system today, WCH is leading the way in building a stronger, more equitable future for all Canadians.

Women’s College Hospital was founded over 100 years ago to give women a place to study and practice medicine when no one else would let them in. Their legacy of innovation and leadership speaks volumes about their commitment to pioneering new healthcare solutions for women and their families.

Pride Run 2018: Fundraising Tips

Toronto, Ontario (April 27, 2018)

Wondering how you can supercharge your Pride Run fundraising this year (or get started for the first time)? Check out below how you can take your fundraising to the next level this spring!

Did you know? Every dollar you raise for this year’s Pride and Remembrance Run will go towards three amazing projects that benefit the local LGBTQ+ community:

• LGBT Youthline’s LGBT Youth-Connect project will create a centralized hub that supports networking, skill-sharing, and collaboration among 2SLGBTQ grassroots youth groups and youth leaders across Ontario.

• Women’s College Hospital Foundation’s Transition-Related Surgery Compassionate Fund will be used for selected transition-related surgeries (TRS) not covered by OHIP. The fund can prevent high out-of-pocket health care expenses that can have a devastating impact on people who may already be facing socioeconomic challenges.

• Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives’ Digital Hub project will bring the CLGA’s rich collection of LGBTQ+ history into the 21st century by allowing the CLGA to host digital exhibitions and better facilitate research into LGBTQ+ shared history.

Help support vital local initiatives with these fundraising tips:

1. Set a goal
Whether its $100, $500, or more – set a goal for yourself! This will help to motivate both you and the people you’re inviting to donate to your cause. Break your goal up into smaller pieces, and give yourself easy-to-reach targets.

2. Get motivated
Everything is more fun with friends! Create a team with a group of your friends or coworkers and help to motivate one another to meet your fundraising goals. More of a go-it-alone type? Why not invite a friend (or frenemy) to compete in a fundraising challenge? Loser treats for post-run drinks!

3. Make it personal
Why are you participating in the Pride and Remembrance Run? Let people know why this event is important to you, and how their donations can make a difference in Toronto’s LGBTQ+ community. Keep your supporters updated on your fundraising efforts, and your preparations as the run gets closer – whether it’s training up for the 5K, or turning out with your most fabulous athleisure look.

4. Start early
Let’s face it: people are busy! That means that they might not see your calls for donations, or remember to follow up after your first, second – or even fifth – ask. Starting early ensures you have enough time to get your message across and accomplish your goal.

5. Host an event
Talking to people face-to-face is by far the best way to inspire donations, and events are one of the best ways to find an opening. Whether it’s a low-key bakesale at your office, a spring picnic, or an upscale dinner party, events are a great way to raise awareness and enthusiasm.

6. Ask!
That old adage “nothing ventured, nothing gained” rings especially true when it comes to fundraising. You’ll probably be surprised by how many people are interested in supporting a good cause if given the chance. So get out there and give them that opportunity!

The Pride and Remembrance Run: 2018 Beneficiaries

Toronto, Ontario (March 12, 2018)

The Pride and Remembrance Run is proud to announce the following four organizations as beneficiaries of Toronto’s 23rd Pride and Remembrance Run: Women’s College Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Lesbian Gay Archives, the LGBT Youth Line, and the Pride and Remembrance Foundation. These organizations will receive 100% of funds raised through pledges and donations made by our 2018 runners and donors.

The Pride and Remembrance Run is an fun, annual community run promoting and fostering community spirit, goodwill and sportsmanship in the LGBTQ+ community. The 5km run or 3km walk will take place on Saturday, June 23th, 2018, during Toronto Pride Week. The Pride Run raises much needed funds for LGBTQ+ charities and initiatives. Over the past 22 years, the Pride and Remembrance Association has raised over $1.4 million for local charities that support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The 2018 Pride and Remembrance Run beneficiaries are:

Women’s College Hospital Foundation The Transition-Related Surgery Compassionate Fund
The Transition-Related Surgery Compassionate Fund will help offset the significant additional costs incurred by trans people as they complete their transitional surgeries at Women’s College Hospital.

LGBT Youth Line LGBT Youth-Connect
LGBT Youth Connect aims to address the lack of support and resources for 2SLGBTQ grassroots groups and youth leaders across Ontario, especially in rural and suburban areas, through a centralized web-based hub for peer networking, skill-sharing, collaborations, and resources.

Canadian Lesbian Gay Archives Digital Hub
The Digital Hub Project will address the currently outdated and inefficient cataloguing databases with one single digital database. This new database will enable researchers and members of the community to access the CLGA’s collections online and will provide new opportunities for exhibitions and greater access.

Pride and Remembrance Foundation
The Pride and Remembrance Foundation is the charitable foundation responsible for the distribution of funds raised by the annual Pride and Remembrance Run. The Foundation’s mandate is to provide financial support to registered charities that benefit the LGBT community. The Foundation accepts applications for financial assistance from registered charities throughout the year.

For more information regarding the Pride and Remembrance Association or the Pride and Remembrance Run, please contact Nikolas Tsirgielis

For more information on the Pride and Remembrance Foundation, please contact Alan Belaiche at

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