This past week, the 519 Church Street Community Centre lost their Education, Training and Research Coordinator, Kyle Scanlon. He was found after having committed suicide in his apartment. Kyle was a major contributor to the queer community in Ontario and his specialization in trans programs led to the development of many services helped many people in the Toronto community over the years. I knew Kyle not as well as many others, but I did know him and he did very similar work to me at the 519 that I do here at PTS.
Despite many Kyle Scanlons in the world, he is the first to come up on Google due to all the many things he did, including becoming the first openly trans man Executive Director in Canada in his time at the Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youthline, working at the 519 as the Trans Programs Coordinator and then later the Education, Training and Research Coordinator. His work helped lead to trans and queer inclusion at the Toronto Police, Sherbourne Health Centre, AIDS Committee of Toronto, CAS Toronto, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada, the Law Society of Upper Canada and many others. In 2001 he was awarded the Grassroots Trans Community of the Year by SOY and was featured as a speaker at many conferences surrounding inclusively.
Kyle is one of the few people in this world that I truly looked up to in order to help my own life. He was an inspiration to many who met him and will be missed greatly. However, despite Kyle’s passing, his name and impact will live on. His deeds speak of commitment to inclusively, passion and social justice. Let us keep his passion alive and his dedication from being forgotten.
To Send Messages to the 519:
Janet Rowe, Acting Executive Director
Direct: 416-355-6775 | Email: JRowe@The519.org
For people in Ottawa to get support please contact PTS:
251 Bank Street, Suite 301
Ottawa, ON K2C 0K3
Phone: 613.563.4818 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
— Jade Pichette
Education Programs Coordinator, PTS