Welcome back to my world. I'm not one for New Year's resolutions, but I would like to write more. The truth is for a long time I have wanted to be a published author. I have appreciated the opportunity to have my thoughts and opinions published in a number of minor outlets, but I still wish to achieve more. With said I resolve to write more often. I have a voice and I wish to use it. In doing so I will advocate for all aspects of my identity. I am a Jewish bisexual father to a child on the autism spectrum. Every aspect of this identity is equally relevant. Moreover, as my initial foray into elected politics has proven unsuccessful I will have to time to advocate for and speak to those issues that are important to me.
I will continue my position as the communications coordinator with Kulanu Toronto, the voice of the LGBT Jewish community in Toronto. This has given me a tremendous opportunity to speak to a broad faith-based community on the necessity to provide a safe and welcoming environment to their members from the LGBT community.
This last year had proven to be landmark for women and women's rights. And the media was there for every step of it. However, lost too much of mainstream media was the year's impact on men and men's rights. I know many of my friends and colleagues will feel the urge to smirk at the term "men's rights," however, I assure you the term is apt. More and more a man as an individual is being defined by the actions of men as a group. And while I cannot deny there are terrible men out there, it would be ignorant to lay responsibility for their crime at the feet of all men.
Most important, however, is my identity as a father - specifically a father to a child on the autism spectrum. I am beginning the year by seeking a seat at the TDSB's special education advisory committee (SEAC). While I admit I would have preferred to win the previous election I ultimately endeavoured raise awareness to issues being faced by families with children with the TDSB's special education system. I believe I was successful in this matter. Sitting at SEAC will allow me to do this. There is still so much to fix at the TDSB, but in this role I can truly help children like my daughter and their families.
I look forward to the year ahead. Undoubtedly, it will be eventful.