Support Naked Heart

Audrey Dwyer with Queer Songbook (Pocket) Orchestra at Naked Heart 2016 (Photo: Mitchel Raphael)

“Naked Heart presents literature as the cornerstone of a fundamental relationship between diverse communities, sexualities and genders. The festival showcases how the stories we tell ourselves are bridges between us.” —Gwen Benaway on why diverse literary festivals matter

Naked Heart – the LGBTQ Festival of Words is the largest LGBTQ literary festival in the world and the most diverse in Toronto. The festival has connected more than 4,000 readers with over 200 authors, coming from Toronto, across Canada and abroad.

We need sponsors, partners, donors and volunteers to make Naked Heart an annual tradition. This festival is breaking barriers in the LGBTQ community and bringing together a rich roster of diverse literary talent from around the world to share stories and create an important dialogue with Canadian writers and readers. With your support, Naked Heart will continue to reflect the communities we serve and build our global impact.

Become a Festival Sponsor

Visit our Sponsorship page for more information on how to directly support Naked Heart.

Naked Heart Partnerships

Do you represent an LGBTQ-related organization and would like to partner with Naked Heart? Contact Lauryn Kronick at to discuss partnership opportunities.


Will you help us continue to make literary history? Will you help us build a legacy and become legendary? Make your donation to Naked Heart – the LGBTQ Festival of Words now.


Naked Heart is a volunteer-run festival. Volunteering for the festival is a great way to get to know other LGBTQ readers, writers, and appreciators. As we are running a mainly virtual festival this year, we don’t need volunteers at this time. Thank you to our amazing volunteers who have given us their time and continue to come back year after year.