PHOTO: Tyler Johnson for Public School Trustee
There's a fascinating political story that is developing in Toronto. A Black openly gay 23-year-old youth activist is running for a vacancy on the Toronto District School Board. Toronto is Canada's largest city and home to its largest Black population.
If elected on February 27, Tyler Johnson would become "the youngest trustee in the history of the Toronto District School Board," reports Xtra! Johnson is already familiar with the politics of the TDSB—since 2007 he's worked as the executive assistant to one of its trustees.
The former Pride Toronto youth coordinator is one of 12 candidates running in the upcoming Don Valley East by-election. "I represent a very diverse minority group, and I have experienced a lot of what our students are experiencing, such as single-parent families, homelessness, and I am a queer youth of colour," he says.
Johnson grew up in poverty, moving through 14 different schools from kindergarten to Grade 12. At age 16, Johnson was kicked out of his family home because he is gay. That’s when he moved into Covenant House. "That drastically changed my life. They got me a job, housing and I started getting involved in the community." [...]
JIn 2011 the Toronto Star called Johnson "one of the new faces in gay activism" for his involvement in the Proud of Toronto Campaign, which tried to raise awareness about looming cuts to city services, including Pride and other queer and HIV/AIDS community groups. As a coordinator with PT, Johnson led the largest ever youth contingent in the Pride parade.
Connect with and/or donate to Tyler Johnson's campaign HERE.
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