Kristyn Wong-Tam

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Kristyn Wong-Tam

Kristyn Wong-Tam (born c. 1972) is a Canadian politician. She is a city councillor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is councillor for the Toronto Centre-Rosedale electoral district (Ward 27). She was elected to Toronto City Council in the 2010 city council election to replace Kyle Rae who had chosen to retire,[2] defeating opponent Ken Chan in the heated race by just 400 plus votes. She was re-elected in 2014.

Born in Hong Kong and raised in a Buddhist family, she immigrated to Toronto with her family in 1975 She grew up in the Regent Park neighbourhood of Toronto; with her family settling there first before a move to the suburbs. A real estate agent and business owner, she is the former owner of a Timothy's franchise in Toronto's Church and Wellesley Village, and the owner of the KWT (formerly the XEXE) contemporary art gallery at Bathurst and Richmond Street West.

Wong-Tam, who is a Canadian of Chinese origin, came out as a lesbian in high school, at the age of 16 and has been an activist for both LGBTQ and Asian Canadian community issues, serving on the Chinese Canadian National Counciland helping to found Asian Canadians For Equal Marriage and the Church and Wellesley Village's business improvement area.[9] In 2011, she cooperated with Toronto's Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line to create an award, named in memory of Toronto artist Will Munro, to honour LGBT youth involved in community arts projects in Ontario.

Prior to the Toronto City election, it emerged that Wong-Tam had provided support for the political advocacy group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA). In an interview with the Toronto Sun newspaper, she said that she lent her credit card to register the group's website because no one in the group owned a credit card. Wong-Tam "listed her home address in the registration but gave the contact number as her Coldwell Banker real estate office on Yonge St." Wong-Tam was the registered owner of the site until August 31, 2010.

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