6th Annual Dare to Wear Love - May 12th, 2017 - Toronto

Dare to Wear Love 6

A Fashion Show with Substance!
May 12, 2017 - Ritz Carlton, Toronto

Dare to Wear Love 6 was a tremendous success! It was a dazzling night of music and creative fashions, designed by 15 top Canadian designers out of 120 metres of African fabric, modelled by community and celebrity models. Over 200 volunteers and 28 sponsors donated their time, resources, and talent to make this gala and fashion show one of the most memorable of the year. 

Profound thanks to the 450+ people who filled the Ritz Carlton ballroom on Friday night to watch a magnificent fashion show and listen to Stephen Lewis & renowned LGBTQ Ugandan activist Frank Mugisha launch the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s new urgent LGBTQ INITIATIVE – to support LGBTQ communities in Africa on the frontlines of the AIDS pandemic. 

Donations are still coming in! Donations to DTWL will be MATCHED by an anonymous donor up to $100,000

We're almost at our goal! Donate now and you will receive a tax receipt, and support life-saving work by the determined and courageous LGBTQ organizations providing HIV & AIDS related services. With your support the SLF will provide $1 million within the next two years to ensure that 25 LGBTQ community-based organizations in sub-Saharan Africa receive the critical support they need: for HIV&AIDS prevention; for treatment, psychosocial and nutritional support; for healthcare outreach; and for vital anti-stigma work.

Help us reach this goal! Make a contribution to the LGBTQ Initiative (choose ‘select LGBTQ Initiative’ from the 'Fund Allocation' drop-down menu). 

For beautiful photos of the evening, please visit our Facebook Page: 

This year’s Dare to Wear Love Challenge ended on April 15th. Congratulations to UniKittie, Ilse Kloosterman, Michele Gare and Helen Yee for being selected to walk the runway at the 6th annual Dare to Wear Love Gala. Thank you all the Challenge participants and everyone who supported them in raising funds and awareness. Together, the Challenge raised more than $11,000 for our grassroots partners! Stay tuned for next year’s challenge if you’d like the chance to walk the runway and win your own designer outfit!

Contact Us!

To be added to our e-mail list about next year’s Dare to Wear Love and how you can become involved or attend, please email Sarah Dopp at sdopp@stephenlewisfoundation.org or call 416-533-9292, ext 222. 


Ugandan LGBT activist says threats and violence won't stop the fight for civil rights October 4, 2019

Brent Bambury, Toronto, CBC Radio

Civil rights movement intensifies as hate crimes increase in LGBTQ communities in Africa September 10, 2019

SLF, Toronto, GlobeNewswire

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