Dorothy's & Toby's Place

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Big News for Dorothy's Place

We are proud to be an Honouree for the 10th Anniversary INSPIRE Awards

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May 14th @ 7 PM. The event will be live-streamed on Rogers Community TV. You can also watch it live on Facebook, invite your friends to the event, and of course share the event page link with your friends on social media:

You can see Dorothy's Place bio on the “INSPIRE Awards 2020/2021 Recipients & Nominees”


k.d. lang is the recipient of INSPIRE Awards highest honour, the International Icon of the Year Award: “I am honoured and humbled to be a recipient of the International Icon Award. Life is a journey to finding your true authentic self. All we need to do is embrace and have confidence in who we are.” — k.d. lang

With opening remarks by The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Youth and by City of Toronto, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, the 10th Anniversary Ceremony will be co-hosted by the award-winning comedian Martha Chaves, and actor/ comedian Gavin Crawford of this Hour has 22 Minutes fame. 

Featuring performances by the legendary Carole Pope, rockstar and humanitarian Bif Naked, the fierce pop harmonies of MANifesto, Scarlet Bobo from Canada’s Drag Race, the powerhouse vocals and pop beats of rIVerse, the Grammy Award Nominated Southern Gothic stylings of Amythyst Kiah, the Cape Breton grass-roots country stylings of Drake Jensen, and the energetic roots/folk piano of Jeffery Straker.

Toby's Place Is Virtual Again

For more information, connect with Toby's Place at or 647-915-2475.

Virtual Dorothy's Place and Rainbow Tea Time


During COVID-19, join Dorothy's Place and Rainbow Tea Time at virtual get togethers.

For more information about Dorothy's Place and Rainbow Tea Time, contact Rev. Carmen Llanos at or 647-360-5767.

"2SLGBTQ+ Youth Voices of Scarborough" Film


The film launched on Monday, February 24, and shows the diversity of a 2SLGBTQ+ community which, until the space came along, had nowhere to meet and talk.


The film captures youth at Toby’s Place, a drop-in centre in the basement of the Birchcliff Bluffs United Church.  They speak about gender identity, sexuality, and other subjects.  Scarborough’s queer youth “aren’t a monolith” but “a lot of smaller things” and very diverse, says Paisley Sears, who edited the film and shot most of the video footage.


Please visit the following page for the full story:


Film event organizers (front row) Dee Stoicescu, left, and Ai Yamamoto sit with film participants, in back row, Paisley Sears, left, Christina Dewar, Atlas Rockburn and James Stewart at Toby's Place in Birchcliff Bluffs United Church. The films, made by youths, are about the 2SLGBTQ+ experience in Scarborough.

--- Dan Pearce/Torstar

Dorothy's Place Article


Check out this article featuring Dorothy's Place in the Bluffs Monitor, page 4:…/…/July-19-Final_E.pdf

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Inside a Church Basement Article


Birchcliff Bluffs United Church is home to one of the only safe spaces identified for 2SLGBTQ+ youth in all of Scarborough.  Click here to read the article.