LGBTQ2S+ Activism


In 1982, Affirm was formed to support individual lesbian and gay members of The United Church of Canada and to advocate with the church for their full inclusion.


Affirm's mandate is:

EDUCATION: to promote greater awareness of sexual orientation and gender identity issues.

ACTION: to work to end discrimination against people in church, society and our own organization.

SUPPORT: to help people of all sexual orientations and gender identities find support and community within the United Church.


As East End United we are honoured to be a part of this progressive legacy. We are justice-oriented and aim to bring more inclusivity to our services, causes, and actions. We offer support to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. You can identify as LGBQ2S+ and have faith. All are welcome to explore their faith in a supportive environment.


For more information on our affirming ministry:

Our Affirming Mission Statement


We declare publicly our commitment to creating a community where people of all ages, genders, races, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, differing abilities, cultural backgrounds, spiritual beliefs and economic circumstances are welcome.


All persons are welcome to take part in every aspect of church life including membership, leadership and celebrating life passages. We celebrate the richness that diversity brings to our church, even as it challenges us. We  for God’s spirit to guide us as we work for reconciliation and justice for all persons in both church and society.


Our Marriage Policy


In the United Church of Canada, we see people as unique, loved creations of God and welcome all people to the full life of Christian community, including marriage. We believe God intends loving relationships to be faithful, responsible, just, healing, and sustaining of the couple and those around them, and that such relationships require preparation and nurture. East End United Regional Ministry celebrates the marriage of all couples of all gender combinations, previous relationships or religious backgrounds.