Syrus Marcus Ware, artist and social activist

Syrus Marcus Ware is a visual artist, arts educator, and core team member of Black Lives Matter Toronto, with his work dedicated to supporting the work of activists and creating safe communities for marginalized populations.

Being a trans person of colour with a history of mental health needs, Syrus has seen firsthand how different, intersecting communities can experience oppression in their everyday lives. Whether it is through the casual use of “crazy”, denying the role of racism in Canadian society, or the experience of trying to start a family as a trans man, Syrus has been very open about how these experiences have shaped his view of the world.

As a result, he has used his art and activism to expose these everyday oppressive practices with the goal of encouraging open conversations to end these practices through simple routine changes, ensuring that activists feel loved when they are addressing such complicated issues.

Syrus joins hosts Gilad Cohen and Simona Ramkisson this week to discuss his experience as a trans father, how he uses art for social change, and why Canadians have a hard time addressing their own history of anti-black racism.

Image: Syrus Marcus Ware. Photo by Gilad Cohen.

Hosted by Gilad Cohen (Founder, JAYU) and Simona Ramkisson, produced and edited by Brandon Fragomeni and Alex Castellani. Associate Producer: Ron Ma.

The show is a JAYU production. JAYU is a Toronto-based charity that shares human rights stories through the arts. JAYU has an annual Human Rights Film Festival, a photography empowerment project and more. You can learn more about JAYU here.

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