Resources for Black and LGTBQ2+ Newcomers in Toronto


As refugee lawyers, we have witnessed stories of mistreatment, racism, and fear experienced by black LGBTQ2+ refugees after they arrive in Canada. Stories include racial discrimination when finding an apartment or accessing services in the Church-Wellesley Village. Our clients express fear in speaking up to this injustice because of their precarious immigration status. Black LGBTQ2+ refugees have already experienced a lifetime of homophobia and transphobia and arrive in Canada to experience fear due to their race. Change is needed now. Black Newcomer Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter.


We have compiled a list of resources for black LGTBQ2+ newcomers in Toronto below. We stand in support of advocating for justice and freedom from systemic and individual racism in Canada, the United States, and around the world.

LGBTQ2+ Community Resources:

- Black Coalition for Aids Prevention: PHA and LGBTQ Settlement, Refugee Settlement Program

- 519 Church Street Community Centre

- Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto


Youth Resources:

- Supporting Our Youth: Black Queer Youth Group, Express Group


Health and Mental Health Resources:

- Taibu Community Health Centre

- Black Health Alliance

- The Most Nurtured

- The Well Collective


Food Security Resources:

- Black Coalition for Aids Prevention: The Aya Project

- Afri-Can Food Basket


We see you. We stand with you. We are here for you. Black lives matter.

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