Friends of Ruby – a welcoming space for LGBTQI2S youth

We support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and two-spirit youth (aged 16-29) through counselling, housing, practical assistance and multiple activities.

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What We Do

Programs & Services

From counselling and community to housing and healthcare, we make sure that no matter where you are on your personal journey, we’re here for you.


Read up on our mission, impact and the latest research in the LGBTQI2S space.

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Our Impact

We help over 300 youth every year, with around 15-20 new participants every month.

This Week’s Programs

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    QTBIPOC Art Therapy


    Dec 14, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

    Virtual art therapy group for LGBTQI2S youth who are Black, Indigenous and/or of Colour.

  • Winter Clothing Drive

    In person

    Dec 17, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Swing by to pick up jackets, coats and mitts at our Winter Clothing Drive. Send us an email to make your appointment:

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    Holiday Meal

    In-person (for takeaway)

    Dec 18, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

    Come by the Youth Centre (489 Queen St E, Lower Level) to grab a delicious holiday meal for takeaway! We will have meat and vegan options available. First come, first served. For more information, email

    No registration needed!

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The Friends of Ruby Home is a one-of-a-kind, custom-designed transitional house for LGBTQI2S youth.

Land Acknowledgement

Friends of Ruby acknowledgesthat the land we are meeting on has been the traditional territories of many sovereign Nations since time immemorial. We recognize that we are in the “Dish with One Spoon” treaty. This long-standing treaty is between the Anishinaabe and the Haudenashonee Confederacy, and was created to encourage the shared protection of the traditional land and all animals. We acknowledge the history of the Toronto purchase which took place in 1805 and recognize that the land was bought fraudulently by the Crown with hidden intentions. The strong willed and determined Mississaugas came together to fight the unlawful sale of their traditional lands against the Canadian Government and in 2010, won.

We acknowledge that not all are aware of the history between Indigenous peoples and Canada, and we encourage the discovery of their traditional culture and knowledge through community engagement. Friends of Ruby is a safe space for all Two-spirit and LGBTQI community members. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, unity and mutual respectand all hold specific responsibilities as outlined under treaties and the Dish with One Spoon covenant. We acknowledge that land acknowledgements are just one small step in the path to reconciliation with Indigenous Nations.

Get Involved

Friends of Ruby relies on a network of supporters, donors, volunteers and partners to support LGBTQI2S youth. We welcome you to the circle!

About Us

Friends of Ruby supports LGBTQI2S youth (aged 16-29) through mental health services, practical supports and housing. Our approach is comprehensive, involving mind, body and community – supporting young people wherever they are on their personal journey.

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When you give to Friends of Ruby, you directly support essential services for LGBTQI2S youth. We provide meals, groceries, community programming, practical supports and mental health services.  


Friends of Ruby has a passionate team whose personal and professional experiences strengthen our services. As a team member, you would partake in vital work with LGBTQI2S youth.


Friends of Ruby has a passionate team whose personal and professional experiences strengthen our services. As a team member, you would partake in vital work with LGBTQI 2S youth. We aim to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds and communities, recognizing their unique competencies, ideas and experiences.

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