As an activist Ryan has been actively involved since he was a teenager. During high school he would spend his free time interviewing local politicians about their policies on gay and lesbian youth and would send the results out through informal networks. Since moving to Vancouver he has been able to find many resources to continue working as a passionate activist for the community.

After moving to Vancouver in 2006 and becoming involved with a local community centre focused on the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community Ryan found his passions. He began working directly with youth as a facilitator and would try his best to pass the sentiments of the youth he worked with on to others. 
Xtra West Community HERO Awards

In 2008 Ryan was approached to speak at the Joining Hands for Justice ra
lly, organized in response to the gaybashing of a local gay man. This was the first time Ryan spoke in front of a large crowd. Following directly behind Police Chief Constable Jim Chu, Ryan spoke of his experiences in British Columbia high schools speaking directly to youth and of work that was being done to end homophobia and discrimination among youth.

As an activist, Ryan continued to work in schools and with local organizations with the intent to end homophobia and transphobia in schools and in communities. After speaking at the Joining Hands for Justice rally Ryan was profiled by Xtra! (formerly Xtra West) as part of a new generation of leaders. In 2009 he was awarded the Xtra West Youth Activist of the Year. The day before the awards ceremony Ryan was actually in a rural British Columbia school dis
trict and he had to hurry back to Vancouver in order to make it to the awards on time, refusing to cancel or reschedule his school commitment.

That spring he also spoke at another rally, Take Back The West End, organized in response to another alleged gaybashing that took place inside a Davie Street gay bar.

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LGBTQ Committee in 2009r of 2009 Ryan Was appointed to the City of Vancouver's LGBTQ Civic Committee. For the first few months he served as acting chair until two co-chairs were elected. In 2010 he was reelected as one of the two co-chairs. Since then he has spoken at the Champions of Children and Youth BC Conference, organized the Vancouver Vigil for Ending Homophobic Bullying, and the Day Against Hate Crime.

In 2011 he and a group of advocates launched the Purple Letter Campaign to lobby the provincial government for an anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia provincial policy for schools.

Ryan continues his passionate activism, speaking at rallies and conferences and working with community organizations. He also writes a lot of letters.


Awards

  • It Does Get Better Award, Dogwood Monarchist Society, March, 2011
  • Top 10 Queers on the West Coast, OutTV, December, 2010
  • 10 for 2010: 10 individuals and groups that made a difference in 2010, GayVancouver.net, December, 2010
  • Gay and Lesbian Business Association LOUD Scholarship, May, 2010 
  • Xtra West Community Hero Award (Youth Activist of the Year), April, 2009


Selected Previous Positions

  • Coordinator, Purple Letter Campaign, 2011
        • Founder and Facilitator, Salmon Arm Youth Gay and Lesbian Organization (SAY-GLO), 2004-2006


        Selected Previous Events

      • Co-Organizer, Day Against Hate Crime, October 23rd, 2010
        • Host, City of Vancouver Youth Awards, April, 2009
        • Speaker, Taking Back the West End Rally, April, 2009
        • Host, YouthPolitik Conference, November, 2009
        • Speaker, Joining Hands for Justice Rally, October, 2008