November 29th, 2023

EAPO Annual Virtual Conference Series, 2023

Inclusive Voices, Collective Power

Session: Gender-Based Violence Demands Queer-Inclusive Solutions: How 2SLGBTQIA-specific Shelters Help Make GBV Survivors Safe

2SLGBTQIA-specific shelter providers have an important part to play in ensuring that ALL community members have a safe place to go, in making the hard choice to flee gender-based violence.

Beginning with a short discussion of the multiple, intersecting forms of GBV faced by queer, trans and non-binary community members, this presentation will offer participants a case study of Pacewood, a small LGBTQ+ emergency shelter for newcomers based in downtown Toronto, with a priority on serving trans women.


Rebecca Hooton

Manager, Sector Capacity Building, The 519

Rebecca is a cis white queer settler from Montreal. Her approach to community work is informed by her years of community organizing and activism, as well as her training in theatrical collective creation. She started at The 519 as a student in 2018 and has worked with many of the organization’s teams since then.

Rebecca is committed to ever-deepening understandings of intersectional feminism, anti-racist praxis, and loving/transformative justice.

Andrew Winchur

Community Development and Client Programming Supervisor, Homesfirst and The 519

Andrew Winchur (he/him) has worked in community engagement, both in his current role and previously as a volunteer with the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust. From 2019-2021, he worked as an educator with Counterpoint, a Counselling and Educational Cooperative that works to end intimate partner violence through Partner Assault Response (PAR) programs targeted at men.  He lives in Toronto/Tkaronto, and is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying).