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The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives Inducts Four New Portraits to Their National Portrait Collection

The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives Inducts Four New Portraits to Their National Portrait Collection

The ArQuives National Portrait Collection was founded in 1998 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the organization. The collection includes 75 portraits of people who have made a significant impact on Canada’s LGBTQ2+ community. 

The ArQuives is pleased to announce the induction of 4 new members to our National Portrait Collection: El-Farouk Khaki, David Rayside, Mirha-Soleil Ross, and Eve Zaremba.

El-Farouk Khaki is an immigration lawyer who has been working for decades with refugees who have been persecuted on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.

David Rayside is an academic and activist with a career spanning over forty years, he was the founding director of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.

Mirha-Soleil Ross is a transsexual artist and activist best known for her video and performance art; for many years, she was one of Toronto’s most visible and prolific trans activists. 

Eve Zaremba was a founding member of the Broadside feminist collective, and is the author of a series of mystery novels featuring the first lesbian detective in North American fiction.  

The portraits will be unveiled at the end of the year in an induction ceremony at The ArQuives. The next call for nominations will be announced in 2021 in preparation of The ArQuives’ 50th Anniversary in 2023.

Founded in 1973, The ArQuives has grown to become one of the largest independent LGBTQ2+ archives in the world. The ArQuives was established to aid in the recovery and preservation of LGBTQ2+ histories. Its mandate is to acquire, preserve, organize, and give public access to information and materials in any medium, by and about LGBTQ2+ people, primarily produced in or concerning Canada.

For more information please contact Raegan Swanson, Executive Director executivedirector@arquives.ca or 1-416-777-2755 

www.arquives.ca        “Keeping our stories alive!”

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The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives Inducts Four New Portraits to Their National Portrait Collection

The ArQuives National Portrait Collection was founded in 1998 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the organization. The collection includes 75 portraits of people who have made a significant impact on Canada’s LGBTQ2+ community. 

The ArQuives is pleased to announce the induction of 4 new members to our National Portrait Collection: El-Farouk Khaki, David Rayside, Mirha-Soleil Ross, and Eve Zaremba.

El-Farouk Khaki is an immigration lawyer who has been working for decades with refugees who have been persecuted on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.

David Rayside is an academic and activist with a career spanning over forty years, he was the founding director of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.

Mirha-Soleil Ross is a transsexual artist and activist best known for her video and performance art; for many years, she was one of Toronto’s most visible and prolific trans activists. 

Eve Zaremba was a founding member of the Broadside feminist collective, and is the author of a series of mystery novels featuring the first lesbian detective in North American fiction.  

The portraits will be unveiled at the end of the year in an induction ceremony at The ArQuives. The next call for nominations will be announced in 2021 in preparation of The ArQuives’ 50th Anniversary in 2023.

Founded in 1973, The ArQuives has grown to become one of the largest independent LGBTQ2+ archives in the world. The ArQuives was established to aid in the recovery and preservation of LGBTQ2+ histories. Its mandate is to acquire, preserve, organize, and give public access to information and materials in any medium, by and about LGBTQ2+ people, primarily produced in or concerning Canada.

For more information please contact Raegan Swanson, Executive Director executivedirector@arquives.ca or 1-416-777-2755 

www.arquives.ca        “Keeping our stories alive!”

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