Imam El-Farouk Khaki,
Co-founder and Coordinating Imam of el-Tawhid Juma Circle, Masjid el-Tawhid – Toronto Unity Mosque
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 co-founded the El-Tawhid Juma Circle a gender equal, LGBTIQ affirming, intraMuslim mosque space that welcomes everyone. He is also co-founder of The Canadian Muslim Union and co-founder of the Muslim AIDS Project. El-Farouk 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.