Featured Community Advocates
Over the years, the Senior Pride Network Toronto has had the privilege of working with and recognizing dedicated community advocates and activists to shine a light on issues faced by older and aging 2SLGBTQI+ communities. Here the Senior Pride Network celebrates the rich history and diversity of older 2SLGBTQI+ communities by profiling those who have and continue to advocate for inclusive spaces and services
"I still want to keep educating people, I have to continue. I think that’s the definition of being brave: you’re not fearless, right? In spite of the fear I’m out there. And I am going to continue doing that."
Lezlie Lee Kam
"I identify as a brown, Carib, Trini, Callaloo dyke. I use the word dyke, in terms of reclaiming it and as a political statement. As far back as I can remember, as soon as I came out, I’ve been a community activist and now I am a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society Get Screened Program, the Senior Pride Network Advisory Committee, Pride Toronto, The 519 Church Street Community Centre and at Bridgepoint Rehabilitation Hospital."
"The thing I am most proud of is my family. That we never went into the closet in order to preserve our daughter’s feelings or to protect her that way. That wasn’t the right example to set for her, to set up a life of deception even though she went through her hard years because of it, no doubt. We kept being who we are all through her life and she came through the hard years. She actually became a queer activist in high school and started the first gay/straight alliance in her high school. … She really moved from being seriously in the closet when she was younger to being an activist. And now she couldn’t be more proud of who we are and what we’ve done, so I’m proud of her, I’m proud of my family for being an out and proud lesbian family."
Kim Chee Lee
"I am an active volunteer with The 519 Church Street Community Centre in Toronto for their older lesbian, gay, bi and trans persons' drop-in program. I often help out in the kitchen, chopping and cooking. I stuff condoms for the Aids Committee of Toronto (ACT) which are then delivered to schools, public places and bath houses."