Being affirming is a journey, this is ours so far …


What does “Affirming” mean?




No matter what your sexual orientation or gender identity, you are welcome here! We are working to be a safe space for you.  We are an Affirming Ministry through Affirm United;  this is such an important part of our legacy as a church:  to be as extensively inclusive as we believe Jesus was!





Do we perform same-sex marriages?

Yes, we do!


Just got this pocket guide from Egale Canada Human Rights Trust, a social justice advocacy group that works to improve the lives of LGBTQI2S people in Canada.  #AffirmingEveryday

Local United Church folk in Toronto have secured both a group marching permit and a vehicle permit for an open air double-decker bus and for the Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25, 2017. #UCCANPRIDETO with Toronto Conference

This Friday May 5, 2017 at 7pm, please join us at Leaside United Church, 822 Millwood Road for an Affirming movie and discussion night. Featuring the documentary “Call Me Malcolm”.



Enjoy this trailer from “Call Me Malcolm”:

Finding Home in Love – Diana Farrar Audio


In her own words, Diana Farrar author of The Door of the Heart speaking

at Leaside United Church on Sunday February 12th, 2017


Equal Recognition for all Parents and Children


Coming Up in February 2017


Author Diana Farrar


Diana Farrar, author of The Door of the Heart, based her novel on her own story of how she and her partner traveled from Texas to Ontario to be married by Rev. Rose Ann Vita (Current Minister at Presteign-Woodbine United Church).  Tanya Wiles-Bell, our Christian Education Director and our Affirming team have been in contact with Diana and Charlotte, and they are looking forward to coming and speaking with us on February 12, 2017.  Tanya has three copies The Door of the Heart available to borrow; feel free to contact Tanya if you would like to borrow one.

Resources for Youth



LGBT Youth line:  A safe non judgemental help line for lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited, queer and questioning young people.




Kids Help Phone:  The words lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and questioning are used to refer to a person’s sexual orientation. The words transgender/trans refer to a person’s gender identity.

This site is a safe space where you can learn about:

Sexual orientation, and explore: “What is sexual orientation?”; “I think I might be LGBTQ”, “Coming out”; “Being an ally”; “My friend is LGBTQ” and “Straight privilege”.

Gender identity, and explore “Sex, gender, and other labels”, ”I am…”, “Getting help”, “Coming out”, “Transitioning”, “Staying safe”, and “Being in a relationship with someone who’s trans”.



The Children’s Aid Society – Out and Proud Program


Two-Spirited People of the First Nations


14 College St, 4th floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1K2

Counselling, information, and support for gays and lesbians of the First Nations community.


Resources for Parents



PFLAG:  Toronto Pflag is a volunteer-run, registered charitable organization. Through support, education and advocacy we work to create a more accepting society for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their families, friends and allies. 



Congratulations from the Premier of Ontario




Pride Toronto 2016


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Who is Affirm United?


This is the branch of the United Church of Canada dedicated to the full inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the United Church of Canada and in society. Click here for more information.



Leaside United’s Affirming Celebration Flyer



Our Affirming Celebration April, 2016






Who is Tanya Wiles-Bell?


Tanya is our Christian Education Director and our leader in the Affirming process. Questions? You can contact Tanya here.





 Ruth’s Story

Affirming Celebration Invitation

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Judith Evenden, Guest Preacher for our Affirming Ministry Service


Reverend Judith Evenden Affirm Unite Leaside United Church 822 Millwood Road Toronto
Reverend Judith Evenden



Lunch & Movie

Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners’ strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign.[7] The National Union of Mineworkers was reluctant to accept the group’s support due to the union’s public relations’ worries about being openly associated with a gay group, so the activists instead decided to take their donations directly to Onllwyn, a small mining village in Wales, resulting in an alliance between the two communities. The alliance was unlike any seen before and was ultimately successful.[7]

While the film focuses primarily on LGSM, a smaller plot thread is also devoted to the women-only splinter group Lesbians Against Pit Closures. (source Wikipedia)