Jeremy Dias was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and grew up there until moving to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where he attended high school. As a youth, he was motivated by social and political inequality to take action, volunteering with numerous organizations and charities. In high school, he started and lead a number of clubs including Stop Racism and Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving. He also founded and coordinated the Sault Ste. Marie’s first regional LGBTQ youth group.
After coming out in high school, Jeremy faced extreme cases of discrimination by students & school officials. At 17, he began a legal case against his school and school board, and at 21 won Canada’s second-largest human rights settlement. Jeremy used the money to found the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity, the International Day of Pink and the Jeremy Dias Scholarship.
Jeremy has been featured on Canada AM, Much Music, CTV News, Global News and CBC News; and has been a keynote speaker at countless conferences and events.
He continues to volunteer for a number of organizations including the Federal Minister of Status of Women’s Gender-Based Violence Prevention Advisory Committee; the Federal Minister of Health’s STBBI Partner Organizing Network; the Ontario Human Rights Community Advisory Group; the TD Scholarship for Community Leaders Selection Committee; Member of the National Advisory Committee for the Canada Booth at the World AIDS 2018 Conference, and the Ottawa Police Liaison Committee. He is also a weekly guest on Unique FM | La radio francophone à Ottawa and a regular commentator on CBC News Network. Jeremy Dias currently serves as The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity (and the International Day of Pink)’s Founding Member.