Community organizer Syrus Marcus Ware is the winner of this year’s Steinert & Ferreiro Award, one of the largest cash prizes presented to a Canadian individual in the queer community.
The Community One Foundation will present Ware with the award and $10,000 at a fundraising event on Oct 11.
Community organizing is near and dear to Ware’s heart. As the coordinator of youth programs for the Art Gallery of Ontario, Ware has mentored youth daily since 2004. He also works with trans-identified youth as part of Supporting Our Youth’s (SOY) TransFusion Crew. He’s one of the founders of the Trans Fathers 2 B program, a pioneering course for trans men contemplating parenting. Ware also helped develop Getting Primed, one of the world’s first sexual health resources for gay trans men. Additionally, he is one the organizers of Blockorama, the black cultural space at Toronto Pride.