Great content comes from great people. The contributors of HomoCulture are passionate about sharing news, information, ideas, and happenings on gay culture from across North America. Get to know some of the regular HomoCulture contributors.
Bill Coleman, PhD., has devoted a major portion of his 25 years career to treatment, training and program development in the field of sexually transmitted disease with a particular focus on HIV. Working in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, he has cultivated his craft in many different cultural settings. In practice and in life, he combines frank realism with unflinching humanism. He believes in people, whatever their particular circumstance, and their capacity to find their way. Bill has developed keen sensitivities for authenticity and fairness. He is alert to ways in which organizations and systems may exert power over individuals, or for that matter, how one individual may exercise power over another. Fittingly, his model for peer counselling specifically address these issues. His basic working premise is that when people feel safe, understood and supported, the will naturally enter into honest self-exploration and change. Bill currently operates a private practice and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, providing counselling to clients as well as consultation and training to agencies and organizations. Bill has worked as a psychologist for over 20 years working with gay men and forensic patients.
Carl Meadows, RN, works as a Director for Home Health. Carl has served in numerous capacities on not for profit boards and for nursing organizations; the latest was as a Board Director for the Association of Registered Nurses of BC (ARNBC). In 2014 he was recognized with a Pride Legacy award for volunteering. He was a volunteer for Out in Schools (OIS) as a facilitator and devotes a portion of his year to fundraising for Carl and Les’ Annual Fall Gala, which raises funds for Out In Schools. Carl and a team launched the Foundation of Hope in July 2014 after sponsoring two gay Syrian refugees in 2013. He holds an undergraduate degree in Nursing from University of Victoria and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. He lives in Vancouver with his husband, Les, and his Boston terrier, Ted.
Chris Mason is gay, and very proud of it. He spends every waking moment of his life assuring others who are gay that they should be proud too. He’s a freelance writer, marketing and advertising specialist, and an overall amazing person. Based out of fabulous Las Vegas, Chris spends a lot of time volunteering in the local community, especially working with LGBT youth, and HIV awareness, education and prevention. He loves to inject humour into his work. He writes about everything, without a filter, not to be offending, but to be as real as he can be. He just types exactly what he feels. Chris enjoys having a drink or six, is all tatted up, and can be one hot mess, but a fun hot mess. Writing is a passion, not a pay cheque. He wants to change the world. Chris would love it if you could help him change the world, one word at a time.
Chris Ploski is from Buffalo, NY with design and creativity always being evident growing up.After finishing high school, Chris went on to get his certification from Penn Foster. He values learning and constantly bettering himself. Currently residing in Los Angeles, CA, Chris is a stylist for his favourite designer, Andrew Christian. In his spare time, Chris enjoys fashion, fitness, and is working on developing his own design and lifestyle brand.
Jackson Cooper is a widely read cultural critic, writing for publications on both coasts. In addition to HomoCulture, his writings have appeared on CVNC, the Greensboro News and Record, ICareIfYouListen.com, Classical Voice of North America, Film Matters magazine, and Hollywood.com. He is currently developing a film series on LGBT representation in American cinema. He is a member of the Music Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association and serves on the film selection committee for the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
Koelen Andrews is a writer, blogger, editor, and the author of the books, ‘Dancing in My Underwear’ and ‘Volume, Too’. He was the sole winner and recipient of the UCLA Writer’s Program Scholarship in 2013. As an independent writer and journalist, Koelen has had stories and articles published in numerous publications. A resident of Los Angeles for 12 years, Koelen loves to travel and has lived in St. Louis, Sydney, New York, London, Paris, and Costa Rica. A part-time LGBTQIA slacktavist by night, Koelen also is a main copywriter and social media guru for Project Angel Food in Los Angeles by day.
Kevin Moroso has his B.A. in Art History and Critical Studies in Sexuality and his MBA from the University of British Columbia. He has worked in the public sector for the past 11 years in Vancouver, Canada, and Edinburgh, Scotland. Kevin volunteers for gay men’s and public health organizations and is a regular contributor for HomoCulture.ca and a number of HIV-focused publications. He is a strong advocate for gay men’s sexual and mental health, building an inclusive queer community, and promoting a sex positive culture.
Todd Hauptman is a uniquely skilled communicator who is passionate about articulating your story to the right people. He is a public relations strategist and writer who has an extensive background in a variety of industries including tourism, media, government and the technology sector. The Global BC commentator and Huffington Post writer has a growing reputation for his ability to help organizations craft and share their stories. The proven public relations strate- gist appreciates working with organizations to see their success online and offline.
Thomas Geraci is an entertainment, social media and pop culture expert whose clients include celebrities, television shows, film producers and mainstream media. Thomas has provided social media coverage for the BAFTAS, Britannias, Emmys, Oscars, Golden Globes, Erase MS, and more. He has worked on the red carpet for movie premiers, including Transformers, White Rabbit, and the One Direction Movie as well as the BAFTAS, Erase MS, and the Golden Globes. Thomas also provides social media coverage for the convention circuit, including EyeCon and DragonCon. In addition, he co-hosts #HeySTAR celebritytwitterviews every Thursday night at 9 PM ET/ 6 PM PT. Thomas’ blog, Teeco71.com, highlights his interviews with celebrities, indie filmmakers and musicians, and the events he attends. His website, SociallyDvoted.com features his favorites in the world of television, film, music, and apps. In 2012 he received a nomination for a Shorty Award for both Blogging and PR.