February 22, 2020

A day to recognize and celebrate chosen families of the LGBTQI2S community.

Friends are the family that we choose

February 22nd is Canada’s first ever National Chosen Family Day. Named for the family that we choose, this day is to recognize and celebrate the valued relationships between friends and allies in the LGBTQI2S community.

Brought to you by Friends of Ruby, a registered charity dedicated to the progressive well-being of LGBTQI2S youth through social services and housing

The Importance of a Chosen Family

Friends of Ruby is launching Chosen Family Day to raise awareness of the challenges faced by LGBTQI2S youth, and to celebrate existing Chosen Families who help them through these challenges.

For those who haven’t yet found their Chosen Family, Friends of Ruby is here to provide support and housing when they need it most.

For LGBTQI2S youth who come out, family rejection can have devastating consequences on their mental health, career prospects, and even physical safety.

They are 14 times more likely to attempt suicide and engage in substance use than their heterosexual peers.

As a result, these youth are overrepresented amongst Toronto's homeless and precariously housed population, with 25-40% identifying as LGBTQI2S.

Show your support on February 22nd

#ChosenFamily Day

#ChosenFamilyDay

Share a story, share a snap of your Chosen Family, or simply wish the LGBTQI2S community a happy Chosen Family Day.

Share #ChosenFamilyDay

Celebrate in the Community

Attend an event with your Chosen Family, or simply come out to show your support.

Events & Specials

Event Title

Location · Address

Saturday, February 22 · 11am–2pm

Glad Day Drag Brunch

Location · Address

Saturday, February 22 · 11am–2pm

Glad Day Drag Brunch

Location · Address

Saturday, February 22 · 11am–2pm

Gift Card Giveaway

Hair of the Dog Pub · 425 Church St

Monday, February 17 – Saturday, February 22

#ChosenFamilyDay Drag Brunch & Friends of Ruby Booth

Gladstone Hotel · 1214 Queen St W

Saturday, February 22 · 11am - 1pm

#ChosenFamilyDay Drag Show & Friends of Ruby Booth

O’Grady’s Pub · 518 Church St

Saturday, February 22 · 10pm - 2am

Buy 1, Donate 1

The Body Shop · 528 Church St

Saturday, February 22

Chosen Family Day Historical Walking Tour

The ArQuives · 34 Isabella Street

Saturday, February 22 · 2:30pm - 3:30am

Community event

Lorem Ipsum Dolor Sit Amet

Location · Address

Saturday, February 22 · 11am–2pm

Events & SPECIALS

Event Title

Location · Address

Saturday, February 22 · 11am–2pm

Event Title

Location · Address

Saturday, February 22 · 11am–2pm

Gift Card Giveaway

Hair of the Dog Pub · 425 Church St

Monday, February 17 – Saturday, February 22

#ChosenFamilyDay Drag Brunch & Friends of Ruby Booth

Gladstone Hotel · 1214 Queen St W

Saturday, February 22 · 11am–1pm

#ChosenFamilyDay Drag Show & Friends of Ruby Booth

O’Grady’s Pub · 518 Church St

Saturday, February 22 · 10pm–2am

Buy 1, Donate 1

The Body Shop · 528 Church St

Saturday, February 22

Chosen Family Day Historical Walking Tour

The ArQuives · 34 Isabella Street

Saturday, February 22 · 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Community event

Lorem Ipsum Dolor Sit Amet

Location · Address

Saturday, February 22 · 11am–2pm

Make a Direct Donation
to Friends of Ruby

Founded by Egale Canada in 2014, Friends of Ruby has supported close to 1,000 LGBTQI2S youth to date and is opening a groundbreaking new emergency and transitional home this summer.

friends of ruby

In need of help?

At Friends of Ruby’s drop-in space, you’ll find meals, activities, support groups and community. We offer barrier-free one-on-one counselling, support with gender identity or transition, and help accessing housing, health care, and employment.

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Drop-in hours

Friday: 10:00 am–5:30 pm

Monday: 10:00 am–7:30 pm

Tuesday: 2:00 pm–7:30 pm*

Wednesday: 10:00 am–7:30 pm

Thursday: 10:00 am–7:30 pm

*BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & Person of Color) Only

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Contact us

info@friendsofruby.ca

416-359-0237

Drop-in hours

Friday: 10:00 am–5:30 pm

Monday: 10:00 am–7:30 pm

Tuesday: 2:00 pm–7:30 pm*

Wednesday: 10:00 am–7:30 pm

Thursday: 10:00 am–7:30 pm

*BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & Person of Color) Only

A special thank you to our incredible partners for helping make this day possible.

For media inquiries, contact:

Kimberly Riddell

437-341-7793

kimberly.riddell@citizenrelations.com