Opening the Closet on Aging: Wired to Connect

The Senior Pride Network is excited to announce our first ever lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer intergenerational conference, during World Pride 2014 in Toronto, Canada.

Monday June 23rd, 2014
The 519 Church Street Community Centre, Toronto, Canada

This conference is a unique opportunity for community members and professionals to create space for older and younger LGBTQ people. It will be a chance to share knowledge and skills, as well as build intergenerational social networks and connections.

To date, presentations include:
  • Connecting Through Kuwento: Conversations of Younger and Elderly Queer Filipinos. A presentation on the intergenerational story telling practice which used by elderly Queer Filipinos;
  • TRANS-GENERATING: Black Queer Youth and Black & Brown Elders Connecting. A panel that focuses on the Internet as a way to bring together LGBTI elders and youth of colour across the generations towards greater community solidarity.
  • Community Expression Through Collage. This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about the use of art as a tool to better understand our own health and the health of our community. This workshop will be fun, informative and full of creativity!
  • Hidden Rainbow: Queers with Disabilities. A workshop on the inclusion of LGBTQ persons with disabilities;
  • A Day in the Life: Together We Are Not Alone, Rainbow Bridges Across Generations. An experimental arts' based workshop that uses story telling techniques to capture collective and personal histories;
  • Intergenerational collaborations and mentorship. A workshop on the intergenerational PHA mentorship program, The Legacy Project. Presenters will use this project as a springboard to engage participants in sharing experiences, insights and ideas about successful models and potential projects that would foster intergenerational collaborations within and beyond the LGBT communities.
  • Growing Up LGBT2SQ. A panel conversation about growing up LGBT2SQ across generations and in multiple countries/regions, with a focus on human rights and developing communities.
  • A community conversation about loss and resilience across generations of LGBTQ communities.
  • An arts based presentation of LGBTQ language that bridges terminology across generations.
Be sure to also check out Hook, a large-scale, interactive public hooking installation that will take place at The 519 during the conference.

Conference Fees

Conference fee: $100
Early Bird Fee: $75 (February to March 31st, 2014)
Community Member fee: $50 (sliding scale available)

Community Members are LGBTQ people of any age who are not representing an agency/institution at the conference. LGBT students are also eligible for sliding scale fees.Sliding scale is $25 and can be requested and paid for on the registration page. 

*LGBTQ people who are representing an agency are asked to pay the full conference fee.
Student fee: $50

The Student Fee applies to students who are not LGBTQ. 

How to Register

Pre-paid registration is required to ensure you have a place at the conference. Payment can be made online through the registration form or in person at The 519's Front Desk. Please note, your registration is not completed until you have made payment.

You can submit a registration form in one of the following ways:

Online Registration (Requires a Credit Card)
Register by using our online registration form. If you require assistance in completing registration, you can also visit our Front Desk and complete the form with the assistance of a volunteer or staff member of The 519.

In-Person Registration
If you would like to register and pay by cash, cheque or debit, registration can be completed through The 519's Front Desk. In-person registraton is currently available Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 10:00pm.
Sliding Scale
As a practice The 519 will not turn anyone away from attending the conference due to their financial situation. Community members requiring a sliding scale can request it on the registration page and you will be charged 50% of the fee ($25). To request a further discounted registration fee please contact Heather Bain to discuss options,, 416 355 6787.
Cancellation Policy

If registered participants are unable to attend the conference or wish to withdraw, they must notify The 519 Front Desk at 416-392-6874 as soon as possible. Withdrawal / refund requests must be received a minimum of four (4) weeks prior to the conference. Refunds may not be issued for requests received after this period.

Funding provided by:

Time After Time

Saturday April 26th, 2014

An intergenerational LGBT fundraising dance for Opening the Closet on Aging: Wired to Connect.

Rainbow Bridges Festival

Sunday June 22nd, 2014

An intergenerational LGBTTIQQ2SA celebration. 

Call for Workshop/Activity Proposals

Submissions have now closed. If you wish to speak with the SPN about the conference please contact them at

If you have already applied, thank you! You can expect to hear back from us mid February 2014.

Opening the Closet on Aging 2011

To read about our last conference please click the link below.