Today is International Day Against Homophobia

The International Day Against Homophobia is the culminating point of the annual campaign for the fight against homophobia. Although sexual diversity has become more recognized, homophobia still exists, even if the ways of expressing it are increasingly subtle. Our societies recognize that homophobia is a form of discrimination just like all other forms of discrimination. To fight it, we need to make everyone, from all walks of life and various cultures, aware of all aspects of this reality.

This philosophy generated the first theme day dedicated to the fight against homophobia in 2003, in Quebec. With the help of partner involvement, this national day spread to the rest of Canada, Belgium, France, and many other countries to become an international day.

Why May 17th?
May 17th  is a symbolic day for the homosexual community. Long considered to be an illness, homosexuality was removed from the list of mental illnesses on May 17, 1990 by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Victoria Day Weekend Closure

Parkdale CHC will be closed on Saturday May 18th and Monday May 20th for Victoria Day.

Have a fantastic and safe holiday weekend!

Prenatal Workshop Series: The Language of Parenting

The Language of Parenting course is an interactive program for soon-to be first time parents and their transition to parenting as a couple.

The program combines traditional prenatal classes, that help you prepare for pregnancy, labour and birth, with a component that will assist your transition to a "family focused" parenting style. This 8 week course is designed to help first time parents and their baby to ease into the family process and build a strong foundation for attachment and positive support for both parents and their newborn family member - now and in your family's future.

  • Prenatal health information
  • Stress-reducing ways to co-parent effectively
  • Problem solving techniques
  • Knowledge of infant brain development/reading baby's cues
  • Strategies to create positive social and emotional development together as a family

Refreshments, TTC and childcare for any older children are available with registration.

Workshop dates and to register:

Our next session begins May 25th on continues on the following dates:  May 25th, June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and July 6th, 13th, 20th.

Time & Location:  10:00 am - 1:00 pm 1229 Queen Street West (Queen  & Dufferin) at Parkdale Community Health Centre.

To add your name to the waitlist please call 416-537-8222 ext 505 or email

This program is offered with support from the Ontario Early Years Centre.

Programming Updates for May

Here's what's new this month:

  • The Men's Drop-In will take place on Thursday May 2nd and 16th.
  • The Living Well Lunch Club will be taking place on Monday May 13th.
  • The next ID Clinic will take place on Wednesday May 15th from 10AM-12PM.
  • The Peace through Piecing Quilting Group will take place on Wednesday May 15th from 3-5PM and Monday May 27th from 2-4PM. For more information, or to register, please contact Sandra at 416.537.2455, ext. 238.
  • Parkdale CHC will be closed on Saturday May 18th and Monday May 20th for Victoria Day.
  • The Seniors Salad Making Group will take place on Wednesday May 22nd from 10AM-12PM.
  • The Seniors Advocacy Group will take place on Thursday May 30th from 10AM-11:30AM.

For more information, or to view a complete list of programs and services offered, please visit our Program Calendar.