It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Kyle Scanlon, a talented and passionate advocate for Toronto’s LGBT community. Kyle served as the Education, Training and Research Consultant at The 519 Church Street Community Centre, where he had worked for more than ten years.
Originally form Hamilton, Kyle moved to Toronto in the late 1990s and quickly found work with the Lesbian Gay Bi Youth Line, where he became the first trans person to serve as an Executive Director of an LGBT agency in Canada. At the same time, he began working with The 519 to consult on a variety of projects that were under development to address the needs of transgender people. Eventually, Kyle committed himself full-time to the emerging Trans Programming at The 519, and participated in a number of programs such as Trans Access, Trans PULSE, Project Open Door.
Kyle always envisioned his work as something much bigger than providing a safe space for trans people coping with marginalization and violence; he believed that Trans Programming not only offered opportunities to find peer support, but also achieved political goals, such as as helping change public health policy at the municipal level, and working toward amending federal human rights legislation to include gender identity as a protected category. Kyle ﬁrmly believed that social transformation is not possible without ﬁrst transforming service users into service providers.
The Board of The 519, in partnership with Kyle’s family, has established a Kyle Smith Scanlon Fund. While the exact purpose of this fund has not yet been decided, money donated to this fund will be used to support projects and services that were important to Kyle. To make a donation, visit http://www.the519.org/donate
Our thoughts are with Kyle’s friends and family. Kyle, you will be deeply missed.
Kyle Scanlon was inducted into the CLGA’s National Portrait Collection (NPC) in 2005.
The NPC is a central part of our archival holdings. Established in 1998 with 25 original portraits, the collection has grown to more than 70 portraits of individuals who have made a significant contribution to the growth of diverse, out and proud lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LBGT) communities in Canada. Learn more about the NPC at http://www.clga.ca/npc