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The GayYorkRegion logo: A symbolic map of the region using rainbow colours to represent the nine municipalities of Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville
Connecting York Region's gay residents and resources.
About GayYorkRegion
GayYorkRegion is a non-profit service, staffed by volunteers and dependent on donations as its only source of income. As well as hosting this website we print and distribute free publications, represent local LGBT needs and concerns in our community, coordinate social, support and youth group initiatives and assist other LGBT related service providers in York Region. By contributing a donation, however small, you can enable us to do more to support York Region's LGBT community.
GayYorkRegion is operated by Dave Williams Media. Donations will appear on your credit card statement as 'Paypal: DW Media'.
Local LGBT organizations, including, participating in the Toronto Pride parade - July 4th, 2010
Welcome to
Irrespective of their sexuality, many residents of York Region believe that there are no gay related services, resources or venues in this region - all such things are to be found in Toronto.
In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. The region has gay friendly venues, support groups, social groups, specialist counselling and health services, several agencies offering LGBT specific services, and its own annual pride week festival. exists to provide a central point of reference to all of those regional venues, services and resources.
York Pride Fest
The picture above shows local organizations participating in York Region's inaugural Pride parade on June 23rd, 2013.
More that 250 individuals, representing over 30 groups, participated in the parade along Yonge Street in Richmond Hill. One week later, volunteers from York Pride Fest and other local LGBT organizations celebrated for a second time as they represented York Region in Toronto's Pride parade, riding the one and only pink float!
More information about York Region's pride weeks of the past, as well as future pride event plans, can be found at
Hello York Region Youth!
Rogers TV - Spotlight
Sarah Shields, an active member and Co-President of the York Region Gay Straight Alliance (YRGSA), spoke recently on the Rogers TV 'Spotlight' program about how to prevent homophobia within our region, giving tips, ideas and spreading awareness about our growing LGBTQ community. Join Sarah and many other gay youth every second Monday at YRGSA located at My House York Region.
If you're Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgendered, Queer and/or Questioning meet other teens just like you, in a safe place! For more information, check out the YRGSA Facebook page.
Easy Escape
Close proximity to Toronto offers clear advantages to residents of York Region. But, when it comes to the quality of life on offer to the region's gays and lesbians, having such easy access to Canada's largest city can be a double-edged sword.
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