Deb Parent (2016)

Since coming out in 1969 at age 12, Deb has been proudly herself. She has fought violence against women, powered NDP election campaigns and innovatively used music as her organizing tool, inspiring thousands of us to dance in joy & outrage – all as an outspoken lesbian. She began her activism DJ‘ing with Lesbians of Ottawa Now in 1977 and was one of the first out dykes working at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre in 1980. Deb pioneered both Dyke and Trans defence courses and has remained active mentoring young people, pursuing social justice and growing the NDP’s presence in Pride celebrations across the province. Deb is a recipient of the 2007 City of Toronto Human Rights award.