Authors of Sharing our Journeys

Brian Baxter

("I Always Knew") - Brian was born and raised in Nova Scotia. He’s spent many years here in British Columbia. Back in high school, all the girls loved going out with him because they knew they’d have fun...and they knew they’d be safe.

Claude Hewitt

("When Life Hands You Lemons") - Claude has lived in the Vancouver area since 1984 and having traveled extensively, thinks that there is no better place to call home. He has been and continues to be involved as an active supporter of LGBTQ rights as well as human rights and environmental issues that affect us all. Claude and his spouse just celebrated their 7th anniversary.

Cyndia Cole

("That's What Friends Are For") - Cyndia moved from the USA to Vancouver in 1970 and came out as a lesbian at 26 in 1976. Her writing appears in Basically Queer: An Intergenerational Introduction to LGBTQA2S+ Lives, Making Room: Forty Years of Room Magazine and Breakthrough. She is honoured to have worked with others to found or develop: Women’s Studies at SFU, Vancouver East Housing Co-op, humanistic Home Support, Quirk-e, QMUNITY and SGI Vancouver Buddhist Pride Group.

Fernando Esté

("In Search of Authentic Queer Sprituality") - Fernando is an Engineer, Librarian, Zen and Dru Yoga practitioner, who studies, writes, teaches, and shares the joy of living by facilitating and assisting individuals through the ancient Universal practice of Spiritual Companioning. Fernando, also an active member of the Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, is committed to promulgate universal joy, expiate stigmatic guilt, and serve the beloved community. He is a Venezuelan American Canadian living in Vancouver, British Columbia, with Don, his partner since 1999, and Elvis, their beloved Chihuahua.

Greta Hurst

("My Twenty-Year Plan") - On her 80th birthday, she couldn't relate to that age and came up with the "20-year plan." She'd do everything possible she wanted to do and nothing that she didn't want to do or continue with. The best decision proved to be what other people suggested. She expects the next 18 years to be as good as it is today. She's a member of Quirke (the senior queer writing group), as well as other organizations.

Harris Taylor

("Red Boot Laces - Grise Fiord") - Harris is a writer, documentary filmmaker and television producer who has contributed programming to Northern Native Broadcasting, Yukon, CBC North and Vision TV since 1991. Having lived and worked in remote locations in Northern BC, Yukon, NWT and Nunavut, she developed a deep and abiding respect for the land and Canada’s First Peoples. Much of her work has focused on the Aboriginal people, cultures and history across Canada’s north, disability issues and Queer life experience.

Ken Sudhues

("A Life Folded in Thirds") - A fourth-generation Victorian, Ken has lived in Gibsons, Ottawa and Toronto before finally returning home to stay in 2014. He’s been out pretty much forever, which made high school and university in the 70s “interesting” if nothing else. Ken has worked in radio and the public service, with many years spent at health ministries in BC and Ontario. He is now a partner in iHabilitation Canada, a company that assists blind touch-screen users, with his spouse, Tom Dekker. Ken’s blog is a fond honouring of David Nixon who is subject of Ken's short story in this book.

Marsha Ablowitz

("My Career As a GLBT Therapist") Marsha studied creative writing at UBC in the 1960’s, and though she had several publications she realized writing wasn’t going to put food on the table. So she worked as a social worker/therapist for over 30 years. In the 1970’s she led Vancouver’s first: women’s self defense groups, sexual abuse groups and the first lesbian support groups. Marsha returns as often as possible to the Himalayas in India and the rainforest mountains of British Columbia. Now Marsha makes a lot of cedar wood chips carving masks and is happy to be writing as part of a creative GLBT group. She also writes on Hubpages

Michael Yoder

("There's No Place Like Home") - Michael has lived in British Columbia since 1969. He emerged from his closet in 1979 and took the doors off after that. Michael studied music composition at the University of Victoria and after that became involved in community advocacy. After being diagnosed with HIV in 1995, Michael joined the board of directors of the Victoria Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (now the Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society - VPWAS). He worked as Executive Director of the Victoria AIDS Resource & Community Service Society (VARCS) until 1996. He served on the Canadian AIDS Society board of directors from 1998 - 2003. Michael currently is a Peer Navigator and facilitator of "POZitively Connected" with VPWAS.

Pat Hogan

("Blame it on the Wimmin' ") - Pat was born and raised in a small New England mill town. She’s lived in New York City, Santa Barbara and San Francisco California before moving to Canada in 1969, and maintains dual citizenship in the US & Canada. She is an organizer, writer, activist, creator/initiator of events/organizations, feminist, lesbian, dancer, communicator, witch and communitarian. She has many years of office/administrative experience and Court Reporter training. Over the years she has taken college courses, and has no degrees. She is a proud mother of a son and daughter and has 5 grandchildren.

Tom Dekker

("Sound and Furry") - Tom has worn several interesting hats throughout his life – musician, self-help and assistive tech advocate and instructor, interface accessibility/usability tester, vision rehab instructor and independent living skills coach. Retirement has turned his attention to creating online multi-media instructional resources that demonstrate and promote inclusive design. Tom has worked in Toronto and Ottawa, plus seven years in the US (five in NYC, two in Houston) During this time he worked with several agencies that sent him traveling to more than a dozen cities across the country. Now he is happy just to work from his beach-front home in Victoria, being entrepreneurial with partner, Ken, fiddling with audio and music production equipment, and playing a little gig here and there.

Val Innes

("Transition - Beyond Silience") - Val is a transplanted Scot, to Winnipeg in 1958 and then the West Coast in 1991. A retired university instructor with Masters degrees in English and Education, a feminist, a writer, an artist, a builder who loves winter holidays in Mexico and summer holidays at an Ontario lake, Val cannot picture a life without politics, without an effort to make the world a better, more equal place, any more than she can picture it without books, writing, women or deep, intense talk. She has lived with that politicization as a background, teaching and volunteering in various organizations, as well as marching and protesting to help bring about positive change.