November 18, 2019 (Toronto, ON) –Egale, Canada’s national LGBTQI2S organization, today announced that Egale Youth Services and Egale Centre will become an independent organization called ‘Friends of Ruby’. Friends of Ruby will focus on the comprehensive and progressive mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQI2S youth.

The new organization will continue to operate its counselling and drop-in centre and soon open the Friends of Ruby Home (formerly Egale Centre), A housing initiative created by Egale to address the needs of LGBTQI2S homeless youth.

The home will be operated by Friends of Ruby and provide transitional and emergency housing, as well as mental health and wellness support services, dedicated to serving homeless LGBTQI2S youth, aged 16 to 29.