Statement from Friends of Ruby Regarding Anti-Trans Protests

We’re here to offer 2SLGBTQIA+ youth a welcoming, safe space in these uncertain times.

September 20th, 2023

Our Support for Trans & Non-Binary Youth.

At Friends of Ruby, we are dedicated to the progressive well-being of 2SLGBTQIA+ youth (aged 16-29) through mental health services, social services, and housing. Our comprehensive approach addresses the mind, body, and community, meeting individuals wherever they are on their personal journey. 

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. 

Many within our community took part in counter-protests against the anti-trans 1 Million March. With 81 protests scheduled across the country today, Friends of Ruby stands in solidarity with our incredible 2SLGBTQIA+ community, the amazing youth we are privileged to serve, and all our staff. 

We are all here to support each other and our community. 

As service providers, we passionately believe that accessible and affirming care for trans and non-binary individuals is not a privilege but an essential right. 

It is our unwavering commitment to create a safe space and provide critical counselling and case management support. We stand resolute in supporting our trans and non-binary clients, dedicated staff, and our entire community, especially in the face of increasing prejudice and misinformation. 

Considering the protests happening throughout Toronto today, Friends of Ruby’s Drop-In Centre offers a safe and welcoming space. 

We’re here to offer you a welcoming, safe space in these uncertain times. To ensure everyone’s well-being, we’re preparing for increased numbers tomorrow by stocking up on extra water and snacks. You’re not alone. 

Feel free to visit our Drop-In Centre at 489 Queen St. West from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm for support, connection, and a place where you can truly be yourself.

Additional Resources:

If you’re in crisis, struggling to cope with distress, or feeling unsafe we will do what we can to support you. Visit our Get Help page to see all the ways we can support .