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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.
Casey Hardman published his first book, Passages of a Clouded Mind in November 2010. It is a collection of poetry and creative passages he had written over a number of years, about his inner most thoughts and feelings. By passing his thoughts and emotions, Casey wanted to inspire others to relate and appreciate an honest look at life and dealings in the real world. Casey found cooking and baking as an effective way to cope and deal with his own day-to-day stresses. Using self-teaching methods, Casey has used his skills in the kitchen to keep calm and productively pass time. He enjoys making new recipes and is eager to continue his quests of the kitchen.
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.
Debrah has been helping people build the business of their dreams for the last 20 years. She founded her accounting solutions firm, Debrah Burleigh & Associates, to help her customers gain financial clarity and better manage their operations so they can achieve their goals and ensure their profitability. She is sought after by companies for her bookkeeping, accounting, business management advisory and training solutions. Debrah is a strong ally of the LGBT community. When she’s not crunching numbers, strategizing with clients, or leading a training event, you’ll usually find her in the mountains or on the lake with her husband, family and grandchildren.
Dr. Evan Goldstein is the founder and CEO of Bespoke Surgical – a first of its kind health practice specializing in gay men’s sexual health and wellness. Offering an integrated, unique and unified approach to patient care, Bespoke Surgical was founded in 2010 in New York City and expanded to Los Angeles in 2016. Dr. Goldstein received his medical doctorate from the University of Medicine and Dentistry School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002 and held an internship and residency in General Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center. Receiving the highest-level of education was fundamental in shaping his holistic, whole-life approach as well as his ability to analyze systems-based practices. This distinguished methodology has enabled Dr. Goldstein and Bespoke Surgical to deliver highly specialized care in the private sector. As the preeminent expert and thought leader in the field, Dr. Goldstein is committed to widespread education and awareness —not only bringing the important issues surrounding gay sexual health to the forefront, but also helping to eliminate the stigmas attached to them. Dr. Goldstein has penned many intriguing pieces on a myriad of subjects including: the unique health issues in the gay community, what it means to be gay, and specifically what it means to be a gay father in the current national climate. Dr. Goldstein and his partner Andrew Yu reside on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with their twin boys, Phoenix and Sebastian. He is actively involved in the LGBTQ+ community, supporting organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA), and Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLESN). Outside of his practice, he is an avid skier, a self-proclaimed rock and roller, and a vintage Porsche collector. However, being a father has been his greatest reward.
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.
Naomi Wynters is a DRAG QUEEN.G*DD*MMIT! She spends most of her time being told to turn her opinion down. She suffers from RBF. Naomi spends a lot of her time competing in pageants, traveling for performances, indulging in fashion and enjoying her journey though life. In her free time, Naomi host Drag Queen Story Time, where she volunteers her time to read to local children. Through this time, Naomi advocates the importance of literacy and acceptance, through safe spaces that allow everyone to be themselves. When not reading and crafting with the kids, Naomi is running her entertainment/beauty companies, Wynter Wonderland Productions and Dusted By Dammon. Naomi or Dammon, came out at the age of 15 and was sent to figure out life from there. Growing up in the real world, with no guide or protection is scary, but now Naomi is alive and shares the good, bad, and in-between experiences and opinions. They may not be right, and they may change. But they are hers and she’s not ashamed.
Peter Minkoff is an Australian-based gay lifestyle writer. He attended the Australian Institute of Creative Design. He has written for notable publications including Queer Voices magazine and is the editor at High Style Life. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.
Silvia Hildebrandt was born in Romania, in the Puszta, to a German father and a Hungarian mother. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, she fled to Germany in 1990, when she was five years old. She studied German literature and history at the elite university of Tübingen and published a short academical text in an anthology about duchess Barbara Gonzaga of Württemberg. Her thesis examined the effeminate King Richard II. of England and Gender as a legitimization of kingship. After giving birth to her two daughters, she started writing her first LGBT historical novel “A Century Divided.” Currently, she is writing her second novel which centers around the bloody Romanian revolution of 1989.
Simon Elstad (@simonelstad) is a freelance writer, blogger, and editor. He’s the quiet type who likes tinkering, stimulating conversations over a drink, and mind-blowing adventures. Passionate about social-economic justice and mental health, his writing and work with LGBT youth and local communities advances that agenda. Check out his website SimonElstad.com to learn more.
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.
Tim Slater is a development specialist and freelance writer. After starting his career in news media, he has worked and volunteered for a range of non-profit organizations across the world, including LGBT and equality-focused charities. His passion is to advocate for social justice. Tim currently resides in New York City.
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.
Triston Brewer is an American performance artist, writer, and activist based in Europe. He has been featured in The New York Times, Huffington Post, Vogue Italia, Washington Post, and other online and print magazines in the U.S. and internationally. As a performer, he has toured in some of the world’s most renowned clubs, simultaneously maintaining an underground renaissance, blurring the lines of all that is traditional and leaving his indelible, and ultimately unforgettable impression. His memoir series covering his life overseas, Heaux Confessionals, as well as his other publications, are available online. Follow Triston on Twitter, Instagram, or on his entertainment site, VerbalSLAPS. There is no divide. Brace yourself.