Pride Parliament Policy & Legislation Panelists

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Ivan Coyote

Photograph credit: Jourdan Tymkow


Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author of ten books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and long-time road dog, and over the last eighteen years has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writer’s, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam.

The Globe and Mail newspaper called Coyote “a natural-born storyteller” and the Ottawa Xpress once said that “Coyote is to Canadian literature what kd lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture.”

Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. Ivan’s stories remind of us of our own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.

Ivan’s 11th book, Tomboy Survival Guide, was released in the fall of 2016 with Arsenal Pulp Press.”


Sharp Dopler

sharp-doplerSharp Dopler has been an educator, community worker and activist for over 20 years. Sharp is originally from Newfoundland and is of Aniuyunwiya/Meskwakie/Ashkwakie and Irish descent. Living and working in the unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin people for almost 25 years, Sharp is honoured to call Ottawa home. Sharp has presented at various venues at the local, regional, provincial, national, and international level on topics including but not limited to: Cultural Competency, History of Indigenous People in Canada, Decolonisation, HIV/STI’s/Hep C, Healthy Sexuality, Anti-Oppression and Anti-Bullying. Sharp is honoured to be considered a Traditional Knowledge Keeper and carrier of Ceremony in the Ottawa community as well in other communities. Sharp is a drum carrier and singer as well as a community pipe carrier and sweat lodge conductor. Sharp uses this traditional knowledge and Indigenous ways of being in the world to inform how the work is done. We all have a place in the circle! Sharp excels at welcoming you to the circle and creating that sense of belonging which enables us to see the strengths in our difference.


Dr. Dan Irving

dan-irvingDan Irving is an Associate professor teaching in the Human Rights and Sexuality Studies Minor programs in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. His current research focuses on unemployment and underemployment among transgender and two-spirit identified populations in Canada. Irving’s work has been published widely in interdisciplinary academic journals including Radical History Review, Sexualities and Australian Feminist Studies. He is the guest editor of a forthcoming special issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly dedicated to transgender political economy. His book Trans Activism in Canada: A Reader, co-edited with Rupert Raj, was published by Canadian Scholar’s Press in 2014. Outside the university, Irving serves on the board of Egale Canada.


Ken Jeffers

ken-jeffersKen Jeffers is a teacher and child and youth worker and has been an employee of the Toronto District School Board for the past 17 years. He began his career within the TDSB as a Equity Program Advisor, designing and delivering programs for staff and youth, playing an advocate role for students experiencing discrimination – helping to draft and implement the TDSB’s Equity and Human Right’s polices as early as 1999. Since 2009 Ken has worked as Coordinator of the Board’s Gender-Based Violence Prevention Office, implementing a system-wide prevention strategy for almost 600 schools, 250K students and over 30K employees across the district.

Over the past many years, Ken has been active on a variety of TDSB committees including, the Equity Policy Advisory Committee, Safe and Caring Schools Committee, Boys Engagement Strategy Committee, Anti-bullying Committee, Positive School Climate Committee, and the Employment Equity Committee. He has contributed to the development of policies and procedures in all of these areas, and brings an impressive perspective and background with his long history of community activism in areas of social justice, human rights, equity, homophobia/transphobia and issues relating to bullying prevention, healthy relationships education, gender, sexuality, race and class.

His work has included organizing student camps, conferences and retreats; countless staff presentations and workshops on equity, human rights, anti-oppression education and intersectional violence prevention; advocacy, collabotarion and working with a number of community organizations, speaking to media on behalf of the Board, implementing a Board-wide positive spaces campaign, championing GSA leadership awards for students, drafting accommodation guidelines for transgender and gender-non-conforming staff and students, policy and legislation implementation, and extensiveinvolvement with system wide initiatives at the TDSB.

Ken has also has served as his local bargaining unit President; is a former Equity Vice president of the Ontario Federation of Labour and has co-authored training resources for Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation (OSSTF) members and the Ontario Education Services Corporation (OESC) on issues of bullying, cyber-bullying, gender-based harassment, equity education/ accepting schools and homophobia/transphobia.


Dr. Gary Kinsman

gary-kinsmanGary Kinsman is a long-time queer liberation, AIDS, anti-poverty, and anti-capitalist activist living on Indigenous land. He is currently involved in the We Demand an Apology Network, and the AIDS Activist History Project. He is the author of The Regulation of Desire: Homo and Hetero Sexualities, co-author (with Patrizia Gentile) of The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation, editor of Whose National Security? and Sociology for Changing the World and author of numerous chapters and articles on sexual and gender politics. He currently shares his time between Toronto and Sudbury, where he is a professor emeritus at Laurentian University.


Ryan Peck

ryan-peckRyan Peck graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law in 2000. Since 2007, he has been executive director of the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO), where he was previously both an articling student and a staff lawyer. Ryan has worked as a staff lawyer at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, and in the Tenant Duty Counsel Program at the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario. He has also served as criminal duty counsel at Toronto’s Old City Hall. Ryan is a member of the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS, chair of the Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure, and member of the executive committee of the board of directors of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.