About the Senior Pride Network
The Senior Pride Network is an association of intergenerational individuals, organizations and community groups that share an interest and commitment to expanding programs and services for 50+ lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people in the City of Toronto and throughout Canada.

The Network meets quarterly to share experiences and to work collaboratively on activities and projects designed to enhance services for older LGBTQ people. Our six-person Advisory Committee meets monthly to advise on the priorities, strategic direction and work plan of the Network.

SPN is a key component of the broader Older LGBT Program at The 519 Church Street Community Centre.

Our history

The Senior Pride Network began in 2002 as a group of representatives of service provider organizations including faith groups who were interested in expanding and improving programs and services for older LGBTQ people.

The group started by organizing forums ("Healthy Aging for Older LGBTT People" and "Dreaming Community: Making It Happen"), developing a brochure listing members and the services they provide, developing a brochure on End of Life Things Older LGBTT People Need to Prepare For and a visibility poster about Older LGBTT People being part of every community.

What our members are saying

The Network formalized itself at a day long planning meeting in 2005 from which came Terms of Reference including boundaries, membership criteria, objectives and committee structure.

The Network hosted its first conference in 2006. The event was planned for 50 to 70 people and attracted 150. Since that time the Network has hosted three conferences, trained and supported service providers across the province and is planning to host its largest conference yet in November.

Our Mission

The Senior Pride Network is committed to promoting appropriate services and a positive, caring environment for older lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people in Toronto and throughout Canada.

Our Vision

The Senior Pride Network envisions a series of communities of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersexed and two-spirited people that are affirming, supportive and healthy.
“The SPN is a unique partnership of queer seniors and service providers that has shaped the public agenda. It has brought to the attention of policy makers and the public the issues and concerns or older LGBT folks.”

Dick Moore
Co-FounderSenior Pride Network
“Meeting with and feeling at home in the SPN increases our self-confidence and belief in our worth to the general population.”

Eugene Stasiuk
Community Member
"St. Michael's has been a member of SPN since it was founded. The network has helped us to become more aware of the needs of LGBTQ seniors and how we can continue to offer welcoming services to our entire community."

Anthony MohamedSenior SpecialistEquity & Community EngagementInner City Health ProgramSt. Michael's Hospital

“Your future is our future – and never more than in this time when so many of us are facing the challenges of aging.”

Robin Rhodes
Community Support Programs CoordinatorAIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)