The fonds contains records pertaining to the personal life and work of AIDS activist, equity worker and Indo-Carribean LGBTQ leader Anthony Mohamed. It includes records collected by Mohamed relating to Khush and the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention. It also includes an 2019 interview with M…
AIDS activist, equity worker, and Indo-Carribean LGBTQ leader Anthony Mohamed was born on September 24, 1967 in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago. In March 1969, Mohamed and his family relocated to Toronto.
From an early age, faith played a central role in Mohamed’s life and has heavily informed his activism. He was involved in the church youth group, helped with the kids in the congregation and operated the sound system. At the age of 13, Mohamed was asked to leave the church when the pastor found out that he was gay. As a result of this, he came out to his parents. He soon found out that the church deacons had asked the pastor to leave upon hearing what had happened to him.
Mohamed’s lifelong LGBTQ activism and work in equity began at an early age. While enrolled in high school, Mohamed was selected based on his leadership qualities to attend Camp Kandalore, an anti-racist and equity camp. At Camp Kandalore, he met counsellors and gay activists Tim McCaskell and Richard Fung.
Mohamed was also approached by Olivia Chow, then School Board Trustee, to speak to the Toronto District School Board as a LGBTQ student representative. This was organized in attempts to get sexual orientation listed as protected grounds in the school board’s rights and responsibilities handbook.
At the age of 16 or 17 Mohamed was attacked by two skinheads on Yonge Street. The two men were arrested and tried. Mohamed eventually joined the Pink Patrol.
In search of young LGBTQ peers, Mohamed joined the Lesbian and Gay Youth of Toronto at the 519. He eventually took on a role with the LGYT steering committee and facilitated the coming out group. While involved with the LGYT, Mohamed volunteered at the Gay Community Dance Committee events. Soon after, Mohamed joined ZAMI, the lesbian and gay Black and West Indian group and Khush: South Asian Gay Men of Toronto.
As the AIDS crisis emerged, Mohamed started volunteering with the AIDS Committee of Toronto. He also began volunteering through the Toronto Public Health’s HIV/AIDS peer education program.
In 1989, Mohamed was hired on as the South Asian AIDS Coalition, later known as the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention’s first full time coordinator. At the time, he had been involved in South Asian LGBTQ organizing through Khush and had some experience around HIV/AIDS education. The following year, he became ASAAP’s first Executive Director, a role he stayed in until 1993.
In 1995, Mohamed began working at St. Michael’s Hospital in Equity and Community Engagement. He has been in this role for over 25 years.
Scope and Content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the personal life and work of AIDS activist, equity worker and Indo-Carribean LGBTQ leader Anthony Mohamed. It includes records collected by Mohamed relating to Khush and the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention. It also includes an 2019 interview with Mohamed conducted by The ArQuives’ Community Outreach Coordinator, Jennifer Aja Fernandes. The fonds contains ASAAP brochures, press clippings relating to ASAAP and Mohamed’s work, programmes, the Khush Khayal newsletter and audio and video files from the interview with Mohamed.
The analog records were digitized and returned to Anthony Mohamed.
The file contains records pertaining to an interview with Anthony Mohamed conducted by Jennifer Aja Fernandes through The ArQuives. The interview was conducted in two parts in September and November of 2019. In the interview, Mohamed discusses his coming out in the early 1980s, life in Toronto, his…
The file contains records pertaining to an interview with Anthony Mohamed conducted by Jennifer Aja Fernandes through The ArQuives. The interview was conducted in two parts in September and November of 2019. In the interview, Mohamed discusses his coming out in the early 1980s, life in Toronto, his faith, his work, activism and involvement in LGBTQ2+ groups including Zami, KHUSH, ASAAP, ACT and LGYT. The file contains raw andio and video files.
OneSong Transgender Support Services, Regina, SK. Inc. fonds
2.5 cm of textual records
A slide presentation for the 2010 Trans Day of Remembrance event has been burned onto a DVD. The DVD appears in good condition.
History / Biographical
OneSong Transgender Support Services was a non-profit based in Regina, Saskatchewan that was established in 2007 to provide transgender individuals and their allies with a safe, supportive, and positive environment to encourage participation in activities and events to meet community needs and increase positive visibility and awareness of transgender individuals. The organization operated a TransClinic to promote the overall health and wellbeing of transgender members who were seriously considering medical and surgical transition. They worked in partnership with other community, municipal and provincial organizations to provide educational workshops about transgender people and the issues they face. The organization had a paid membership with a sliding scale, depending on whether you were trans (transgender or transsexual), an ally (an individual who does not identify as either transgender or transsexual), and a friend (an organization or group of allies). OneSong organized events for Trans Day of Remembrance from 2009-2011, as well as an event titled “Breaking the Silence” about the relationship between transgender politics and human rights at a national and international level.
Scope and Content
The fonds contains material related to the operations of the organization.
The fonds contain the following series:
1- Administrative and Governance documents
2- Programming and Services
Binder clips were removed and replaced with folded paper. The information packet for “Breaking the Silence” was kept in a blue folder with a label on the front. A photocopy of the front cover of the folder was included in F0085-02-003.
The material was donated in order with a table of contents, which can be found in the accession files. The original titles for groups materials and order was kept consistent.
The series consists of photographs of various Bill 7 Award Trust and SOY events. It includes photographs from events including the Bowlathon, the Bill 7 Award ceremonies, Blockorama, SHIFT, Fruit Loopz, Pride Prom, Trans_Mission Zine launch and more. The series also includes photographs from projec…
The series consists of photographs of various Bill 7 Award Trust and SOY events. It includes photographs from events including the Bowlathon, the Bill 7 Award ceremonies, Blockorama, SHIFT, Fruit Loopz, Pride Prom, Trans_Mission Zine launch and more. The series also includes photographs from project submissions. It is composed of photographs, negatives, prints, CDs, and a scrapbook.