Troy Jackson

President

Troy Jackson stands at the intersection of his identities, as an Afro-Indigenous, Gay, Muslim, Performer, Writer and Host. His work has been shown at the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario), The Inside Out Film Festival and TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival). He is one of the co-owners of the oldest lGBTQ bookshop on the planet, the glad day bookshop. Troy co-founded the El-Tawhid Juma Circle in 2007, taking on President responsibilities in 2010.  Jackson sites Black liberation theology as the foundation of why he wanted to be a part of manifesting the ETJC. he states that "nobody should be sitting at the "Back of the Bus" unless they like the view from back there" Jackson believes that all should be treated as equals in life and in ritual prayer without apology. Troy regularly performs for social justice causes and speaks about ETJC in the capacity of president, locally and internationally.

 

El-Farouk Khaki

Imam

El-Farouk Khaki is a refugee and immigration lawyer, public speaker and social commentator. His law practice represents people fleeing persecution based upon sexuality, gender, gender identity, political affiliation, and HIV Status.

A human rights and social justice advocate, his leadership has been recognized by his receiving : 2006 “Excellence in Spirituality” Award – Pride Toronto; 2007 Hero Award, Canadian Bar Association The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference; 2007 Steinert & Ferreiro Award from the Lesbian & Gay Community Appeal. In 2009 in addition to being the Grand Marshall for the 2009 Toronto Pride Parade, he was also the recipient of the “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop”, Pride Toronto Theme Award.

In 2008, he ran for Canadian federal parliament in a by-election and a general election for the New Democratic Party of Canada.

Khaki is the founder of Salaam: Queer Muslim Community, an organization originally started in 1991, and a founding member of the Muslim Lawyers’ Association. In May 2009 he founded the El-Tawhid Juma Circle with his partner Troy Jackson and dear friend, Dr. Laury Silvers. He is also co-founder of The Canadian Muslim Union and co-founder of the Muslim AIDS Project. El-Farouk has set on many boards, appeared on tv and radio including programs such as Counterspin, The Verdict w Paula Todd, The Verdict w Steve Pakin and Studio 4 with Fanny Kiefer.

He is a public speaker on Islam, the Immigration and Refugee system, human rights, racism, politics and HIV/AIDS.