Agitating & Educating for
Equity, Diversity, & LGBTQ+ Inclusion
Speaking Engagements & Workshops
Board Positions & Memberships
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Bangkok, Thailand. Moderated a group panel discussion with international speakers to an audience of 150 delegates at the LGBT+ Travel Symposium.
Toronto, Canada. Presented a workshop titled "Repurposing the power of mega-sporting events: Top strategies for promoting LGBTQI2S inclusion" at the inaugural IDENTITY Conference, hosted by Egale, Canada's human rights trust.
Gangneung, Korea. Visited the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games to liaise between the Korean Sexual Minority Culture and Rights Center, the Canadian Olympic Committee, and national and international media in the delivery of Pride House PyeongChang.
Seoul, Korea. Delivered a presentation at the Canadian Embassy on homophobia in sport to local LGBTQ+ activist groups.
Toronto, Canada. Delivered a workshop at the LGBT Sport Inclusion Summit on strategies for future Pride Houses, including specific planning for activations in Korea and Japan.
Toronto, Canada. Was a panelist during the PrideHouseTO Cafe series, a program of lectures open to the public covering various aspects of LGBTQ+ sports inclusion. I spoke on the experiences and lessons learned at the Russian OutGames during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Toronto, Canada. Appeared on the podcast for PrideHouseTO speaking on LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport
United States. Commentary from Gay Games 9 in Cleveland, Ohio on Sirius XM Satellite Radio
United Kingdom. Commentary about the Sochi Olympic Games in Russia for BBC Radio
United Kingdom. A discussion of Pride House and the Sochi Olympic Games on Gaydio
Additionally, I've provided expert commentary and consultation in international media outlets. Need a sports inclusion or human rights speaker? Contact me.
Team Lead, Football v Homophobia - Americas, since 2010
Football v Homophobia is an anti-discrimination campaign based in the U.K. that tackles homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in global football (soccer) at all levels of the game. I'm the team lead for Football v Homophobia - Americas, networking and campaign activities in North, Central, and South America. I've represented the campaign at various conferences, including Football Pride Week in Berlin, Germany, 2016
Director, Pride House International, since 2013
Pride House International is a coalition of LGBT sport and human rights groups, including participants in past and future Pride Houses, united to promote the cause of equality in and by sport. This is achieved, in part, through the creation of Pride Houses at large-scale international sporting events such as the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, the Panam/Parapanam Games, and the World Cup. I serve as a director, representing the organization at various conferences including the Pride House Summits in Glasgow, Scotland in 2016 and in Paris, France in 2015.
Member, Sport Inclusion Task Force, since 2015
Formed in 2015, the Sport Inclusion Task Force (SITF) is an informal group of representatives from across all levels of Canadian sport working to imagine and implement inclusivity and diversity policy in sport.
Media lead, Federation of Gay Games Site Inspection Committee, 2103 and 2017
Every four years the Federation of Gay Games sends a site inspection team to the three short-listed potential host cities. In addition to inspecting every sports and cultural venue, the team documents all factors relating to the city's strengths and weaknesses as a host and prepares a final report that is distributed to the voting members. As Media Lead, my job is to photograph the venues and generate interest through the Federation's social media channels.
Researcher and writer, Latin American women's football, 2014
During the 2014 World Cup, along with a translator, I travelled throughout the southern region of Mexico interviewing women and girls who play football (soccer) at all levels of the game. Over the course of several weeks, I met dozens of people and conducted numerous interviews.
Later the same year, while in Peru, I undertook a similar project. Though my time there was shorter, I was able to have half a dozen conversations with female footballers in the capital, in a mountain village, and in a small city on the Peruvian Amazon.
Vice-Commissioner/Communications Officer, Downtown Soccer Toronto, 2006 - 2010
In my four-year tenure in this position, I produced and managed all internal and external league communications. In addition to the work I completed for our membership, I placed stories in national and international media, and strengthened external networks in the sporting, LGBTQ+, and activist communities.
Organizer, Kit Drives, 2009 (South Africa), 2014 (Peru), (2015 (France), and 2016 (Cambodia)
When I got involved with recreational soccer, one of the things that immediately stood out to me was the waste of hundreds of soccer jerseys representing thousands of dollars. For a variety of reasons including sponsor recognition, new kits were ordered every season with no plan for the old uniforms. In an effort to redistribute the wealth and enable more football participation, I began to include questions about equipment and uniforms to my interviews and used my networks to redistribute the jerseys to teams who needed them.
2009: During a reporting trip to South Africa, I met township team from Mdantsane Village playing without kits. At the end of the next season in Toronto, I collected and delivered jerseys, cleats, socks, and shorts.
2014: I interviewed women in Andahuaylillas, Peru about their place in football and later sent them a set of jerseys.
2015: Heading to Paris to attend a conference, I brought jerseys for two refugee teams.
2016: Following a call out for assistance by a filmmaker producing a documentary about Cambodian lesbian team Iron Legs, I facilitated a donation of jerseys.