David Buchan died in 1994 due to AIDS complications. In his lifetime David worked closely with General Idea and Art Metropole and was involved in CHROMAZONE, HOMOGENIUS and FRUIT COCKTAIL. His work was often included in FILE Magazine.
Pride Toronto's 2008 Honoured Dyke and has been out and proud since 1982. She is the mother of two wonderful young people. Her activism in Toronto started with Lesbians Against the Right and at demonstrations organized by the Right To Privacy Committee in 1982. She has worked with and learned from an amazing group of feminist women at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre from 1982 to the present, where she honed her counselling, advocacy, and organizing skills. She's a professor in the Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate Program at George Brown College. For almost a quarter century, Anna has been a community activist on the social justice scene. From anti-poverty demonstrations, LGTQ2S cultural events and police accountability issues, her work in the queer community has improved the lives of all Toronto residents.
Best known as a philanthropist, Salah has served—and still does—on numerous boards and committees including those of the Canadian Film Centre (of which he is a founding member), Art Gallery of Ontario, Luminato arts festival, Business for the Arts, Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) and the 519 Church Street Community Centre Capital Campaign. He has raised more than $6-million ($1 million from his own pocket) for the 519's expansion project and in 2010, the community centre's new wing was named in his honour. He has also promoted equal rights for same sex couples, supporting the LBGT human rights organization EGALE Canada's ""I Do' Means the Same Thing Whether You're Straight or Gay" campaign and he is a member of EGALE's Board of Advisor.
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At 72 years old, for the last four years David has participated in the Friends for Life bike rally to benefit People with AIDS Foundation. He started riding after a quadruple heart bypass at 67. It took David three years of training to complete his first year on the bike rally. David is also one of the first married gay men in North America.
Leonard Kelly (Candice Kelly)
Candice, Honorary Queen of Club 717 for 2013 and Empress IX of The Imperial Court of Toronto (TICOT), has raised thousands of dollars throughout the years for many community causes. Candice gives of herself tirelessly to the LGBTQ community.
Daneila has many years of volunteer experience that she shares with the community. Daneila is involved with Back to Our Roots, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Compton Cafeteria Riots and the 42nd Anniversary of the Stonewall riots, in the year 2011 she was an organizer and 2012 she was a presenter. She helped open up a discussion/dialogue about sexuality, transphobia and queerphobia. Her participation within both roles helped bring compassion and awareness to the true collective memory of Pride.
Ryan G. Hinds is a performance artist, activist, and writer. He's performed at events, theatres and Pride festivals locally and on the road in Canada, the US and Brazil. Ryan also works tirelessly to promote the arts and the LGBTQ community, creating innumerable opportunities for emerging LGBTQ artists of colour. Ryan is a bi-weekly columnist for Xtra magazine and has donated time and services to the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), Pride Toronto, and Supporting Our Youth (SOY).
A Toronto-based MTF porn star and trans activist, she originally went into porn because she did not see representation of transwomen in queer porn, and has been on the vanguard of the inclusive feminist porn award movement ever since. She is the recipient of the 2011 Heartthrob of the Year Feminist Porn Award, and one of the organizers of the No More Apologies conference.