Pride Toronto announced on Monday that it has chosen a new executive director with a background in community health, housing and development.
Sherwin Modeste is slated to begin the full-time job on Tuesday, Pride Toronto said in a statement. His appointment follows the departure of previous executive director Olivia Nuamah in January.
"Sherwin comes to Pride Toronto during an extremely challenging time for the arts, culture, entertainment, and tourism industries, with these sectors among those hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic," the statement reads.
"While these sectors face great uncertainty, Sherwin's vision, leadership, and dynamic energy will ensure Pride Toronto's continued commitment to showcasing the talent of local LGBT2Q+ artists and entertainers, and to working closely with community partners."
Queer-friendly housing for seniors in long-term care, plus “culturally competent” staff to provide support.
"Seniors are part of society, they have contributed, they have paid taxes and they should be able to enjoy their lives," Modeste said. "They should not have to go back into the closet at their retirement age."
It’s Pride month and I just want to say, people research companies who have rainbows on their buildings or in their windows and items they’re selling before you buy because not every business actually cares about 2SLGBTQIA+ folks
Hi, my name is Gloria. Folks call me Aunty Gloria and/or Aunty G.
I am a multidiscipinary artist, writer, photographer, performer and advocate for Black mental health, seniors and elders rights, violence against Black women and trans folks.
My openness and unapologetic narratives, that reflect unique life experiences, relating to identity, race, sexual orientation, discrimination, and police violence in our communities are important and necessary.
Queer elders have been on the forefront of the fight for equality.
It is a privilege to act as Pride ambassador representing older queer folks. I will continue to fight for equality, human rights and against violence to all who identify as Black women.
I am part of the “Pride Generation,” folks, born in the 1950s and 1960s, who witnessed the Stonewall revolution [riots, demonstrations, and marches in response to police violence against the LGBTQ community in 1969].
I am part of the generation who lived through the AIDS crisis that started in the 1980s and have lost friends and family members to HIV. And today, I am proud to see more people [mostly youth] who are standing up, speaking out and taking a stand to have their voices heard and showing so much Pride in who they are. This generation is fearless, beautiful, and revolutionary.
I attended my first Pride Toronto in 1995 and since then:
· I have attended and supported Pride parade, every year.
· I take part and support the Dyke March every year.
· I have performed, on stage, for Blockorama, since 2016.
· My artwork has been commissioned by Pride Toronto .
· I recently joined the Senior Pride Committee.
I have taken part, in front line protests and occupations, advocating for the rights and equality for the LGBTQ community, Black Lives Matter and Indigenous people.
I now continue this work, through the use of social platforms to address police violence against Black women, poverty and racism, homelessness, Black mental health, violence against trans folks and human rights for all people.
🌈 QTAY Presents: When You’re Ready CYCLE 4 ✨
Peer Leaders: Cho, Iz, and Kelly!
WHEN: May 8th - June 19, 2022
On Sundays from 1-3:30pm EST
On Thursdays from 6-8:30pm EST
LOCATION: Zoom, potential for in-person meet-ups in late May/June pending safety and participant comfort
WHAT IS THE WYR PROGRAM?
When You’re Ready (WYR) is an interactive community-building program where East and Southeast Asian youth (ages 18-29) come together to discuss topics relating to their identity, with an emphasis on the whole idea of coming into your identity.
STRUCTURE OF WYR
We will be capping CYCLE 4 at 15 participants to facilitate an intimate environment where youth can explore and discuss these topics more in-depth. Please RSVP as soon as you can by filling out our form!
We will be meeting twice a week, every Sunday from 1-3:30pm EST and every Thursday from 6-8:30pm from May 8th - June 19th (May 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 ; June 2, 5, 9, 12, 16) on Zoom. Starting in late May/June, pending COVID safety measures, participants may choose to meet in person on Sundays, where lunch will be provided. Until then, all sessions will be held on Zoom until further notice.
We encourage participants to attend at least 8/12 sessions. If you already know this is going to be tough to do, please refrain from signing up so that we can prioritize folks who can attend as many sessions as possible, as there will be other opportunities and times to join WYR in the future. If drop-in casual events are more your thing, keep an eye out for different digital events QTAY will be hosting in the future!
HOW TO RSVP?
You can RSVP by filling out this form here: https://forms.gle/y8jWzVvuGCRpBYRRA
Please RSVP by MAY 5, 2022!
Dany, the youth program coordinator, will be sending you a message to either confirm your attendance or ask if you would like to be put on the waiting list. If you can’t make it to 2021-2022 CYCLE 4, but would like to attend WYR in the future, please let Dany know and they will keep you updated!
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