Friends of Ruby – a welcoming space for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth

We support two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and all gender non-conforming youth (aged 16-29) by providing free counselling, housing and social services.

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    We have compiled information from public health authorities—including Toronto Public Health, Public Health Ontario, and the office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health—along with the most recent news reports and published scientific research. The information on this page is meant to help people in our community understand what’s going on, what to look for, and where to get care. We’re keeping an eye out for reliable sources and updating this information regularly.

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 2SLGBTQIA+ space.

Our Impact

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

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The Friends of Ruby Home is a one-of-a-kind, custom-designed transitional house for 2SLGBTQIA+ 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 2SLGBTQIA+ 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 2SLGBTQIA+ youth. We acknowledge that working against anti-Black racism is an active lifelong journey and will continue engage in this work.

Friends of Ruby is grateful to our corporate, foundation, and government partners that share our vision for Canada where all 2SLGBTQIA+ youth are validated, engaged, and empowered to lead better lives.

Get Involved

Friends of Ruby relies on a network of supporters, donors, volunteers and partners to support 2SLGBTQIA+ youth. We welcome you to the circle!

About Us

Friends of Ruby supports 2SLGBTQIA+ 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 2SLGBTQIA+ 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 2SLGBTQIA+ 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 2SLGBTQIA+ 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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