LAST MONDAY OF THE MONTH
Trans Youth Advisory Committee
We would like to thank the Community Advisory Committee members responsible for the development of the Toronto For All Trans Youth of Colour Campaign.
Tatiana Ferguson is a Trans woman of color better known as Buttercup in Toronto's LGBTQ community. She is a Group Facilitator and Trans Advocate working toward creating safer, accessible and inclusive spaces for trans people. She is passionate about social change and work in various capacities to ensure that the Human Rights and dignity of all people at upheld and respected. She is on the speakers bureau for SOY H.E.A.T ( Supporting Our Youth Human Rights Equity Access Team) and worked with an amazing team to develop this campaign to Challenge the Perspective of Transphobia in Toronto.
A dedicated community worker and student, Sheesha YaDil has worked with newcomer, trans and queer youth for nearly 8 years. She has recently worked at The 519 as an educator on how to create LGBTQ- and trans-inclusive spaces, and as a research assistant at Ryerson University. She worked in high schools in marginalized neighbourhoods in Toronto and also co-coordinated Social Justice Youth Camps in Nova Scotia for youth across the Maritimes. In her spare time Sheesha enjoys film-making and dancing. One of her digital shorts was screened at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival, and Sheesha has performed on stages across Toronto, Peterborough and Halifax. She is fluent in Spanish and is currently learning American Sign Language.
Passionate about life, dedicated to the people and causes which matters to her, and a dynamic trans-woman of color are a few of the layered character-traits which describes Eva Simone. Assigned male at birth and raised in Jamaica, Eva later migrated to Toronto, Canada to live the life that she was meant to live as a woman. Like a chrysalis transforming into a beautiful butterfly, Eva completely embraces and celebrates her journey of transitioning.
Self-proclaimed LGBT+ Activist, Trans Advocate, Performing Artiste, Community Organizer and Entertainment Connoisseur are a few of the hats which Eva currently wears. Born out of a personal need, Eva aspires to add to this list Lingerie Designer which primarily caters to unique needs of trans-women like herself; offering ease of comfort, confidence and grace for the expanding definitions of females.
Joelle is a Black Caribbean Trans woman. Originally from Bahamas that relocated to Toronto. She believes in being the change she wants to see in the world, and leading by example. This mindset is what she used to participate in the Toronto for all campaign. She did all she could to lend her expertise and experience to the betterment of this campaign and was an integral part of the direction and creation of what the campaign has come to be.
Robbie is a South Asian transguy currently working as Trans Program Coordinator at Egale Human Rights Trust. His previous work was at Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) He used his experience growing up in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, and Toronto to help GBT (gay bisexual and trans) South Asian men reconcile queerness and cultural identity. He is also a Mental Health Ambassador for Strength in Unity, a project for GBT Asian Men speaking out against mental health stigma and is currently on board of directors for an ethnocultural mental health organization. During his downtime, he writes and sings about his adventures exploring what home, happiness, and healing means in context of diasporic identity.