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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
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We appreciate your generosity in support of GayYorkRegion. Your donations are vital and allow us to represent LGBT community needs, distribute free publications, assist other local LGBT services, sponsor Pride events and strive to promote inclusivity and acceptance of diversity across the region.
GayYorkRegion is a not-for-profit service, owned and managed by members of the local LGBT community.
Welcome to GayYorkRegion.com
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, social groups, support groups, numerous LGBT service providers, plus its own annual pride parade and festival.
GayYorkRegion exists to provide a central point of reference to all local LGBT services and resources.
York Pride Fest
Help make visibility a priority by educating people that we are one community of amazing individuals. Share your story of being LGBT+ in York Region at: yourstory@yorkpridefest.com to help us build this portrait of our region. And, check out this year's York Region Pride Week festival at yorkpridefest.com!
Bill C-16 to Guarantee Transgender Rights
The Trudeau government has introduced federal legislation that would guarantee legal and human rights protection to transgender people across Canada, a move coinciding with the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
"I'm proud to say that moments ago, I introduced legislation, Bill C-16 ... that would ensure that Canadians will be free to identify themselves and to express their gender as they wish while being protected against discrimination and hate, because as Canadians, we should feel free and safe to be ourselves," said Justice Minister Jody-Wilson Raybould in Ottawa.
Raybould was joined in the foyer of the House Commons by several members and advocates of the transgender community.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a written statement earlier that the government would introduce legislation "that will help ensure transgender and other gender-diverse people can live according to their gender identity, free from discrimination, and protected from hate propaganda and hate crimes,"
"Today is about ensuring that all people — regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity — feel safe and secure, and empowered to freely express themselves," Trudeau said.
York Region's LGBT Organizations
Check out our Scene and Services sections for more information about these and other LGBT relevant organizations.
York Region's LGBT Organizations
 
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Sun 29May2016