Kyle Smith Scanlon

5 September 1971 - 3 July 2012

May he find peace


One Year Anniversary Event 27 June, 2013

For all of you out there who did know Kyle Scalon, and those who never got a chance to meet this incredible man, I invite you to come and share some memories with us to remember and honor all of his hard years of work put into our community.

He was always loving, caring and worrying about all of us, lets keep Kyle's memory alive together.

Community Memorial 11 July, 2012

A community memorial will be held Thursday, July 19th at 7PM in Cawthra Square Park.

This memorial will feature speeches, video, performances and opportunities to share in celebrating and remembering Kyle.

This event is being coordinated by Kyle's friends and colleagues with the support of The 519.

Torontoist article on Kyle's passing 10 July, 2012

Torontoist, a current affairs and news blog profiled Kyle's passing today.

"Toronto’s queer and trans communities lost a valued leader, gifted mentor, and much-loved friend this past week when Kyle Scanlon, the education, training, and research coordinator at the 519 Community Centre, took his own life on July 3 at his home in downtown Toronto."

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Private Funeral and Public Reception 10 July, 2012

A private funeral for close friends and family is planned for Friday, July 13, 2012. Everyone is welcome to a reception at The 519 at 2:30PM on Friday for refreshments and to connect with Kyle's friends and family. A community memorial will be held at another date and time.

Trans Pulse team releases tribute 9 July, 2012

"Kyle was a leader and friend to so many of us – we will honour your memory dear friend by continuing to ensure that your ideas and wisdom shape the future of Trans PULSE. We will miss you terribly…"

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The 519 mourns Kyle's passing 8 July, 2012

It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Kyle Scanlon, The 519's Education, Training and Research Coordinator. Kyle completed suicide this week in his Toronto home.

Kyle has worked at The 519 for a decade and during that time helped to redefine the face of trans community services in Toronto and across Canada. Projects like Trans Access, Trans Pulse and Project Open Door will continue to advance the rights, health and vibrancy of our trans communities and will serve as a legacy of Kyle's commitment and passion.

The entire 519 community mourns the loss of our dear friend and a remarkable community leader. Counselling and support services are being coordinated for staff of The 519 and a book of condolences will be placed in The Centre's lobby for signing beginning on Monday. We have been in touch with Kyle's family and close friends and a community memorial event is being planned. Details will be posted as they become available.

Words cannot express the grief and loss our community is experiencing today. Our thoughts are with Kyle's friends and family as they cope with this difficult news.

Our Condolences