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Sharing the stories of LGBTQ+ murder in our community.

The Gay Village

Toronto is home to The Gay Village, Canada’s largest LGBTQ+ community. Known by some as The Village and the Church/Wellesley Village, it’s nestled in the heart of the downtown core. The Gay Village’s core is where Church Street and Wellesley Street East meet. Church Street is the business core. Small businesses and residences are on adjoining and nearby streets.
 
The Village is packed with queer businesses. They range from strip clubs to Starbucks, from art galleries to dog parks. Hospitals, schools, spas, lawyers, accountants, dentists and physicians are within walking distance. There are steambaths, sex shops, fetish clothing stores and the occasional illegal pot shop.
 
During summer, restaurants, cafés, pubs and clubs open up their patios. Hundreds of people-watchers show up, and once night falls, Church St is full of queens, kings and queers. Yearly Pride and Hallowe’en celebrations bring out thousands of people to the street.
Residents and visitors are tolerant, so the area is a magnet for rough-and-tumble people. Prostitutes, drug addicts and homeless street kids find refuge in The Village.
 
The streets are dirty and lined with used condoms and cigarette butts. There is a weird amount of single shoes to find on lawns and in bushes. People often go missing; rarely do they even get a much as a flyer posted on a utility pole.
 
The spectre of violence hangs heavy in the air. Whether it’s street violence or institutionalized violence, the streets are mean.  Sometimes people go missing. Sometimes people die from overdoses. Sometimes they are murdered.
 
We cover only LGBTQ+ murders on this website, but there are many violent deaths in The Gay Village. 
 
The Gay Village can be a dangerous place.

 

LGBTQ+ Domestic Violence and Murder

You can call it domestic violence, intimate partner violence or partner abuse. Here, it all comes down to physical violence resulting in death. An intimate partner is a person you has a close personal relationship with. You are emotionally connected, connect regularly in person or identify as a couple.

This can include husbands, wives, sexual partners, boyfriends or girlfriends. In countries where LGBTQ+ rights are not fully developed (or don’t exist at all), the law can be against the victim.

LGBTQ+ relationships are sometimes shrouded in silence and secrecy. The relationship can be kept hidden from family and even an entire community. Some studies show domestic violence is more common with LGBTQ+ relationships.

Severe domestic violence occurs most often with bisexual women and lesbians, but the vast majority of murders listed here are of gay men.

Some of the people who died at the hands of an intimate partner are:

Trans Victims

“Transgender” is a broad term. Trans people have a gender identity different from the gender they were born with. “Trans” is a shortform for transgender.

When a trans person is murdered, identifying them as trans can be a problem. Sometimes they will called a transvestite, transsexual or transgender person. A person’s gender identity can be hard to get right, especially if they are dead and unable to say for themselves. These things are never set in stone, and they change depending on time, place, context and on who you’re talking to. Sometimes, years after a murder, the deceased will be identified as a different gender.

Gendering a murder victim can be hard, but we have tried our best to be accurate.
 
Many trans victims were sex workers. This makes them vulnerable to violence. Read more about trans sex workers rights before you judge.

Some of the trans people who were murdered are: