Ty|Technigay & Co-founder| A web enthusiast, creative right-brain type who thinks he knows it all (or at least sells it like he does). A full-time I.T. professional and part-time air force reservist, Ty is a technigay who has a thing for concerts, bagpipes, bixi bikes and kittens. He is currently working on all things good while focused on meeting really great (funny) people. Follow him on twitter: @Tysmith82
Erika|Executive Editor & Co-Founder| A mostly hippy and always hungry cultural critic, closeted pop-culture lover, and food know-it-all. Half cowgirl, half Ivy leaguer. You will find me writing on veganism, environmentalism, the crazy shit that happens on my teevee, feminism, philanthropy, religion and politics. Oh and my cat Boo. I like singing shows, high-waisted skirts, scotch, two-stepping, and all forms of breakfast foods (sweet AND salty).
Kristi|Sex & Relationships Writer| I am a 20-something straight divorcee with a dirty mind and a loud mouth. I work for a non-profit organization that can appreciate my mad writing and policy development skills despite my outrageous TMI outbursts. I'm a feminist, a mother, a techno-phile, an avid and shameless sex blogger. I'm most often seen having sex or hunched over a computer, writing about sex. Or eating...I like eating.
Evan|Food & Wine Contributor| Food. Fitness. Travel. His three passions, and definitely in that order. When not working in a restaurant, Evan is at home cooking a feast or watching the foodnetwork. To balance his gluttony, he spends his free time training for triathlons and with his man and kitty. Growing up in a southern Ontario village, he moved to Ottawa for university. He lived in Europe for a year before settling in Montreal.
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Garrett|Religion Contributor| Garrett is the Editor and Co-Founder of TheReligiousLeft.org, a web-based interfaith project dedicated to challenging conservative religious shenaniganism and promoting the rights, worth, and dignity of all people. Garrett is currently based in Boston, and his interests include religion, politics, bourbon, and the ready combination of these elements.
Stephanie NazywalskyjStephanie Nazywalskyj is an English Literature Major, PR Graduate, and writer from Montreal. Passionate about humanitarian work, she currently interns with a non-profit that supports developmental initiatives in Uganda. In her spare time she indulges her wanderlust by escaping to faraway places such as Europe, Australia … and Vancouver. Her seductively plump cheeks are the result of being raised on wholesome, hearty Ukrainian food.
Jai|Montreal Contributor| Critical pedagogist and media scholar, counter culture by nature, champion for the underdog, challenger of all who glorify the status quo or romanticize the past, Canadian wanderer, animal lover, washed-up athlete turned yogie.
Mel|Music Contributor| Aspiring photographer, writer and rockstar. Vices: picnics and patios and beer and coffee and red wine and dark chocolate. Sort of good at lots of things.
Kyle|Contributor & Photographer| MA in cultural and political communications. Currently live in Montreal with my boyfriend and his cat, Shakira. Writer, #hashtagabuser, slow food advocate, culinary master, avid photographer, hopeless romantic, handsome pants, part-time lumberjack, occasional super hero, determined professional, master of witt, and self proclaimed food and wine junkie.
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Kris|Calgary Contributor| Kris is a smart-ass living a life of aggressive fabulousness whose most remarkable quality is being sort of funny at parties.
SarahA witty 21 year old Psychology student who is also studying Sexuality & Linguistics. Loves to write on how to deal with everyday life while being a broke university student and how messed up her love life always seems to be, not to mention her bizarre luck to have WTF moments every day of the week. Sarah@thegaily.ca
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Elie|Toronto Contributor| Laptop hugger, metaphor enthusiast, lover of sandwiches, and writer of greeting cards.
Joe|Religion Contributor| Joseph Laycock is a doctoral candidate studying religion and society at Boston University. He is also the author of Vampires Today: The Truth About Modern Vampirism (Praeger, 2009)
Nikki|Montreal/Guelph Contributor| You'll find me rambling, ranting and raving about everything; from feminism and religion to relationships and fashion. I'm an avid procrastinator and full-time perfectionist. I have an obsession with semi-colons and use them irrationally. I love books, reading stuff on the internet, and writing everything down. Winter makes me cry and I always crave chocolate and the sun.
MAB|Health Contributor| I’m the one your mother warned about. At 29-years old I managed to slough off the golden handcuffs of the federal public service to pursue a life of poverty (read: M.Sc. in Epidemiology) at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. I have a particular (academic) interest in sexually transmitted and blood borne infections. I enjoy planting my face in my kitties’ bellies and going *phtbpbptbpbtopbpt*, digital photography, cooking, and asking, “why?” Pet peeves include pseudoscience, wilful ignorance and bureaucratese. And before you ask, I’m sorry, I’m married. To a boy. *giggle*
Ashleigh|Montreal Music Contributor| I have a little room with a big window, a little dog with a big bark, and little bike that goes real fast. I also play music, write essays, research and edit, edit, edit. Here, I write feminist about music.
Tamura|Religion Contributor| Tamura A. Lomax holds a Ph.D. in History and Critical Theories of Religion from Vanderbilt University. Her scholarship explores the many ways that gender, race, sex, and sexuality get re-presented in religious and pop cultural media. She is a co-founder of The Feminist Wire.
Dallas|Calgary Contributor| A girl with a passion for equality and all things good. I am first and foremost a friend followed by a big queer, advocate, writer, community builder, and feminist. I have an affinity for Jeopardy and Perez Hilton, and am a Facebook addict. I heart all furry creatures.
Carmen|Religion Contributor| I'm a doctoral candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada, and adjunct faculty at the Starr King School for the Ministry where I teach 'Global Religious Traditions.' I have a weakness for RoCo's (romantic comedy), non-fiction, and slurpees. I'm a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation on the central coast of British Columbia, and I'm also a poet. Sometimes.
Steven|Toronto Contributor| Steven began his career in the television industry during the late 80’s working as on-air host for The Life Channel Satellite Network. In 2003 Steven founded Madog Productions Inc. – a Toronto based marketing and communications firm. Creatively, he has a passion for the written word, and strives to provoke thought, contemplation and hopefully affect change through the power of the pen.
Michelle BMy relationship with most things is abusive. I just hate them b/c I love them too much, you know? They make me so mad for not living up to their potential! This is what happens when one's soul is so big it becomes undifferentiated and totally disappears. (Ginger joke! It will become old in seconds, and yet remain on this bio for EVER.) I may have some penchant for both hyperbole and understatement. This serves me very well in social situations, by making it seem like I am always lying.
Alex|Montreal Contributor| Alberta born, currently living in Montreal. He keeps busy by taking care of his vegetable garden and finches. Otherwise he can be seen putting his MA to work by watching TV, playing video games, or reading something postmodern. If for some reason you want to, follow him on Twitter @alexkristof.
CaitlinA 21 year old Montreal student of English Lit & Sexuality. An agenda that includes school, fashion, writing, sex, eating, coffee drinking, cocktail consumption, laughing, hanging out and anything else that comes my way. A firm believer in the saying, "everything happens for a reason" and a religious follower of Astrology (more specifically, 'Sextrology').
Rachelle|Music Contributor| Student, vegetarian, feminist, animal lover and wine head. Originally from Alberta but now live in Montreal with my girlfriend and our cat Boo.
Steve[Geekdom contributor] Steve "StevieSpin" Lunny is a NYC-based digital media designer originally from Montreal. When not working on interactive media and motion graphics at his day job, Steve is designing mobile apps and games by night for his startup StevieSpin Digital Media.
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KateGraduate student at McGill.
RobOfficial Photographer of The Gaily, I'm also a Geography and Anthropology student @McGill, hailing originally from a small Labrador fishing village on the East Coast. I'm an avid mountain biker and enjoy all things outdoorsy, with a burning passion for photography.
CoryImmersed into the life of a professional student (or on the “five year” plan), I am currently studying (and employed) in the School of Nursing at the University of Ottawa while also being cuffed to a desk as a public servant. With experience and clinical practice in sexual health (“sexy health”), particularly sexually transmitted infections and HIV, I am usually found either writing about it in academic journals or bringing it up in the middle of dinner parties. I have an (uncontrollable) passion to travel and drink wine, and when I am not at a desk doing research or hashing papers out, I’m worrying about the larger issues in life: whether v-necks will be in next season or if President’s choice bacon will ever come in packages of 6.
IanDancing queen, colour addict, marathon runner. Former nighthawk, I am now dedicated to the infinite possibilities of sunlight. I love rad risk theory, critical theories of health, public health and mental health. Coffee black, apples cored, mostly maple and very uncomfortable.
DebbieAlthough I mostly write for children and young adults, I have a voice (or at least a comment) for all that is unjust. Regardless of the jobs I've held over the years (nurse, teacher, martial arts instructor, to name a few) one thing has stood out as I worked with children, adults, handicapped and refugees...teaching. Teaching people to treat others the way they wish to be treated. Teaching them to act with respect and to embrace the differences that make us all unique...which is why I've become a writer...because I can create a place where these values actually exist!
JustinJustin is a displaced East Coaster who writes on Canadian Politics, Middle East affairs and queer things. You can follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/justin_ling or on his blog at http://demarchy.tumblr.com
DeanDean Spade is an assistant professor at Seattle University School of Law teaching Poverty Law, Law and Social Movements and Administrative Law. In 2002 he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a collective that provides free legal help to low income people and people of color who are trans, intersex, and/or gender non-conforming and works to build trans resistance centered in racial and economic justice. His book, Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law was published in 2011 by South End Press.
JoshuaJoshua is currently a contributing scholar at the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue’s State of Formation and a contributor to the Zen Peacemakers’ Bearing Witness Blog. He has served as co-editor-in-chief of Cult/ure: The Graduate Journal of Harvard Divinity School and as a writer with the Natural Dharma Fellowship, where he founded the website Dana Wiki, which helps Buddhist organizations get involved in social service. Joshua holds a MDiv in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University and a BA in Psychology from the University of West Georgia.
MelanieI'm a proud Montrealer who recently uprooted to cold rainy Northern England. I have spent many months living and working in Bhopal, India (home of the world's worst chemical disaster). I am fucking crazy about Indian food and I love to cook; I also love to take obnoxious photos of the food I cooked. I currently work in the charity/NGO/international development field. I need to make more money. I enjoy sarcasm, deep fried foods, Haitian music, and reality TV. My food blog: http://whatwouldjaishreedo.wordpress.com/ My India blog: http://meltheopinionatedtraveler.wordpress.com/
SaturnSaturn (a.k.a. SAT) is a freelance writer currently based in Montreal. His curiosity to know what's going on usually takes him to unexpected places bringing home a lot of interesting stories to share. His adventures also compelled him to pick up the pen and paper and start writing.
HectorBorn and raised in El Salvador, moved to Canada during the 90's. A rebel against the patriarchy, and the anti-thesis to the white, able bodied, heterosexual, male. Currently working on Women’s Studies Major, Interdisciplinary Minors in Studies in Sexuality Concordia University.
OrlandoHommemaker Founder Orlando Soria is an interior designer, writer, and visual artist who lives in Los Angeles, California. He works for Homme & Garden Television as Emily Henderson‘s on-camera assistant on Secrets From A Stylist. A graduate of Cornell’s University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning and The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, Orlando has been a professional artist, designer, and set decorator for five years. When not shooting, Orlando works as an interior decorator, blogger, and as principle designer for Emily Henderson Design.
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PaulPaul Burns is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. He is author of a recent paper entitled “The Built Environment and the Impact of Neighborhood Characteristics on Youth Sexual Risk Behavior in Cape Town, South Africa.”
BlairA man about town with a penchant for getting into the best trouble, I love the nightlife and everything else this fantastic city has to offer and you will read all about it here!! Cheers! Check out: www.dayjobsnightlife.com .
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