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Friends of Ruby Summer 2023 Community Zine

Friends of Ruby Zine is where we shine a spotlight on the rich tapestry of 2SLGBTQIA+ narratives. Our zine is a jubilant ode to the ever-evolving spectrum of queerness, paying homage to its historical roots, embracing its current diversity, and envisioning the limitless possibilities of its future.

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Statement from Friends of Ruby Regarding Anti-Trans Protests Across Canada Today

As an organization, we stand in solidarity with our queer, trans, and non-binary community, as well as our allies, in promoting love, inclusion, and belonging. We acknowledge the challenges and heartbreak that may arise from witnessing protests spreading hate against members of our community.

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Cadillac Fairview Creates the Blue Zen Relax Zone & the ultimate safe-space hangout for 2SLGBTQIA+ Youth at the Ruby Gala

Friends of Ruby is pleased to announce the inaugural Ruby Gala for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth, aged 16-29 on Saturday, June 17, 2023, at Artscape Daniels Launch Pad.

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Virgin Plus – The Ruby Gala Red-Carpet Sponsor

Friends of Ruby is grateful for the support of Red-Carpet Sponsor, Virgin Plus. Without their generous contribution, the inaugural Ruby Gala would not have been possible.

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The Ruby Gala: Cadillac Fairview is the Blue Zen Relax Zone Sponsor

Friends of Ruby is pleased to announce the inaugural Ruby Gala for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth, aged 16-29 on Saturday, June 17, 2023, at Artscape Daniels Launch Pad.

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The Ruby Gala: Virgin Plus is the Red-Carpet Presenting Sponsor

Friends of Ruby is pleased to announce the inaugural Ruby Gala for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth, aged 16-29 on Saturday, June 17, 2023, at Artscape Daniels Launch Pad.

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RBC Future Launch

We are excited to announce our partnership with the RBC Foundation in support of RBC Future Launch to better support 2SLGBTQIA+ youth waiting for mental health supports from Friends of Ruby.

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Corporate Engagement Opportunities

Friends of Ruby, has created several unique opportunities to help organizations increase the impact and success of their fundraising efforts to support the 2SLGBTQIA+ youth.

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Funder Spotlight: TD Bank

Friends of Ruby is pleased to announce our newest and transformational funding from TD Bank Group as Lead Supporter at Friends of Ruby – Transitional Housing for 2SLGBTQIA+ programs.

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PrideTO 2023 Charity of Choice

Friends of Ruby is thrilled to announce that we have been selected for the honoured position of Charity of Choice for this year’s Pride Toronto 2023 commemorations, alongside the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

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Call for Submissions

Friends of Ruby is now welcoming and inviting all 2SLGBTQIA+ creatives to submit any form of writing or art for our first digital zine.

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New Partnership Announcement

Meaningful partnerships are the foundation for success. We are excited to share that Friends of Ruby has partnered with IN Magazine as an annual National LGBTQ2+ Media Partner. 

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Monkeypox Resource Guide

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.

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The Queer Introvert’s Guide to Navigating Pride

Pride celebrations seem to be coming back in full swing this year – with ample parades, marches, and events happening all around the world. After two years of queerly connecting through virtual festivities, this year’s Pride is returning in person, and sure to look different for everyone.

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Navigating Emotional Distress in Pride

Pride month is momentous for members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, beyond a celebration of existence. It is a time of reflection, a discussion of progress, a time of mourning fellow Queer folks who are no longer with us, and a month of connecting with community. 

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Safe Guide to Pride: Toronto Queer Edition

This pride, as you leave isolation behind and find togetherness with your chosen families, join Friends of Ruby to celebrate and build your community! We will be marching at Pride on Sunday June 26! Come join the staff, volunteers, friends and supporters of Friends of Ruby! Want to march with us? We’ll give you the details and even hook you up with a tee!  

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Two-Year Partnership with KITKAT Chocolatory

Friends of Ruby is proud to launch a two-year partnership with KitKat Chocolatory, just in time for Chosen Family Day—a day to acknowledge important relationships and support systems within the community. 

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Invest in LGBTQI2S Youth: Winnie

Friends of Ruby provides LGBTQI2S youth with the tools for mental supports that gives them the opportunity to not only make a difference in their own lives, but also impact the lives of others. 

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Invest in Trans Youth: Meet Brodi-Tyler

As a community, we can work toward a world where all trans youth are validated, involved, and empowered to lead their lives, where they feel welcomed, and are given an opportunity to succeed. Together, we can invest in trans youth.

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Invest in Trans Youth: Meet Dev

While the services and programs offered at Friends of Ruby ranges, they only scratch the surface of the needs that exist. To protect the future of trans youth, action is needed toward challenging systemic violence, creating spaces that challenge a world that is not built to uplift LGBTQI2S youth.

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