Janaya Khan

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Janaya Khan
Janaya Khan (2018).jpg
Khan in 2018
Place of birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Pronouns they/them
Gender identity nonbinary[1]
Occupation activist and writer

Janaya "Future" Khan is the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto.[2][3] They also serve as an International Ambassador for the Black Lives Matter Network.[4] Khan is black, queer, and gender nonconforming. They are an activist, author, and amateur competitive boxer.[5] Much of their work analyzes intersectional topics including the Black Lives Matter movement, queer theory, Black feminism, and organized protest strategies.[6]

In 2016, they married fellow BLM activist Patrisse Cullors (now Patrisse Khan-Cullors).[7]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"There are seven billion people on the planet, yet we are told there are only two sexes, two genders and one sexuality permissible. Imagine how boring that would be if it were true. It is such an absurd expectation that everyone be the same. When I was young, I could feel my process of self actualisation constrained by the limited social construct of the gender binary. I was asked if I was a boy almost everyday until well into my late teens. It used to offend me, but then I thought, why not? I realised that society couldn't see me in my fullness, but just knowing it was there created an entire new world for me to explore. I have always been less concerned with the masculine and feminine and more about the whole."[8]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Cullors, Patrisse; Khan, Janaya (18 September 2017). "the powerful story behind black lives matter". i-D. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  2. Wang, Yanan (July 14, 2016). "The Controversy Surrounding Black Lives Matter in Canada". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 1, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Khandaker, Tamara (April 6, 2016). "This Is What Sets Toronto's Black Lives Matter Movement Apart from America's". Vice News. Retrieved February 3, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. https://blacklivesmatter.com/%7Cwebsite= Black Lives Matter
  5. Lewis-Peart, David (March 21, 2016). "Janaya Khan, Black Lives Matter Toronto Co-Founder, On Racism And Self-Care". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 2, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. Khan, J.; Gomes, D. (March 1, 2016). "Our Issues, Our Struggles: A Conversation Between Activists Daniela Gomes and Janaya Khan" (PDF). World Policy Journal. 33: 47–56. doi:10.1215/07402775-3545882.
  7. Onstad, Katrina (27 February 2017). "Black Lives Matter is shining a harsh light on racism in Toronto—and pissing off some powerful people". Toronto Life. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  8. Khan, Janaya (22 November 2018). "Janaya Khan On Living Beyond Gender Binaries And The Power Of Activism". British Vogue. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
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