Mohamed Q. Amin
Founder & Executive Director, Caribbean Equality Project
Mohamed Q. Amin is a pioneering Indo-Caribbean Queer & Muslim Human and Immigrant Rights activist, a native of Guyana, who currently resides in Richmond Hill, NY. On the eve of the 2013 NYC Pride Parade, Amin and his siblings were viciously attacked for being members of the LGBTQ community in their Southeast Queens neighborhood. In response to anti-LGBTQ hate violence, in 2015, he founded the Caribbean Equality Project (CEP), a non-profit organization that advocates for Caribbean LGBTQ+ voices in New York City. Amin applies his professional expertise as well as his drive for gender equity and social justice to ending gender-based and anti-LGBTQ hate violence, racism, anti-transgender violence and dismantling systems of oppression. He is the Director of “My Truth, My Story,” CEP’s multimedia oral history documentary series that curates “coming-out” narratives of Queer & TGNC people of Caribbean heritage in the diaspora. Grounded in the power of storytelling, the archive of stories reveals struggles with suicide, mental health, family acceptance and rejection, the intersection of religion and sexual orientation, and HIV/AIDS.
As an intersectional community organizer, activist, and coalition leader, Amin has been profiled in many media outlets, including Voices of NY, Mashable.com, Vice.com, Queens Public Library Digital Archives, Caribbean Life Newspaper, Southeast Queens Press, Times Ledger, and The West Indian Newspaper. Following the horrific Pulse nightclub shooting, Mr. Amin’s relentless advocacy to uplift Queer Muslim voices were recognized with a Proclamation from the New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at the 2016 NYC Council Eid ul-Fitr Celebration. That same year, he received a Citation of Honor from the Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm at the 2016 Queens Borough Hall LGBTQ Pride Month Celebration. In 2017, Mr. Amin was also honored with a Proclamation by NY State Senator James Sanders Jr. in recognition of his leadership, community organizing and fearless advocacy in New York State 10th Senate District. In 2019, he was honored by Gay City News with an “Impact Award” for his work with the Caribbean Equality Project, the first for a Caribbean LGBTQ immigrant organizer in NYC.
Amin has organized and led various LGBTQ educational community engagement forums, participated in panel discussions, and conducted informative presentations at New York City public schools, and community organizations aimed to break the silence on Caribbean LGBTQ issues. In 2015, he became the first Indo-Caribbean LGBTQ activist to be featured on BRIC TV, an award-winning cable TV network based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2018, Mr. Amin co-organized Breaking Silences, the first International Caribbean LGBTQ conference in Toronto, Canada.
Amin is a graduate of the New York City Anti-Violence Project’s Community Leadership Institute and Speaker’s Bureau: Intensive Organizing Training. Amin holds a B.A. in Economics, has over fourteen years of management experience in retail banking and financial literacy program development in immigrant communities, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Mental Health Counseling at his alma mater, Queens College.
To learn more about the Caribbean Equality Project, please visit www.CaribbeanEqualityProject.org or connect with CEP on Twitter at @CaribEquality, & Facebook and Instagram at @CaribbeanEqualityProject.