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.

Latest Post

  • Partnership Announcement: Scotiabank
    We are excited to announce a new partnership with Scotiabank, especially during Pride as we celebrate the diversity and resilience of the youth we serve!

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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    Skills for Safer Living


    Mar 4, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

    Skills for Safer Living is an online group dedicated to helping you develop the tools and skills to identify and articulate areas of distress and live more safely. There are specific eligibility requirements for this group. If interested, please contact Claire at


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

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the land we are meeting on is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.

Land Acknowledgement Source: City of Toronto

Anti-Racism Statement

Friends of Ruby recognizes that Black LGBTQI2S youth face racism in all aspects of their lives.  As an organization we are committed to change this reality! We stand in support with the Black Community to remove systemic barriers and are prioritizing the well-being and mental health of our Black LGBTQI2S youth. We acknowledge that working against anti-Black racism is an active lifelong journey and will continue engage in this work.

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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