What they do
Queer/ trans youth work
Kori is camp director of the Trans Tipping Point Project, a program of the Victoria Pride Society. Kori fosters opportunities for intergenerational relationship building, creating community and expressing creative voice for queer and trans youth.
Kori worked with ANKORS – AIDS Network Kootenay Outreach and Support Society in a variety of roles. They led the delivery of ANKORS harm reduction services at Shambhala Music festival since 2013, including training volunteers in best practice and service delivery of educational info, re-agent tests and destigmatizing conversations about recreational, medicinal and ceremonial substance use. Kori has also worked with YouthCo, a peer-led agency working to reduce the impact of stigma related to HIV and Hep C. As part of their harm reduction work, they produced podcasts (Sex, Drugs and How we Roll), videos (Stoked on Pokes and Harm Reduction) and curriculum (ANKORS Street College) to engage community in person and online.
101s, Resilience building and more
Kori has created curriculum and facilitated 101 level learning on gender diversity and trans inclusion. They offered workshops at the Kootenay Herb Conference in 2018, at the Vallican Whole and at the 2018 Bass Coast Festival.
Kori, along with collaborator andi grace created and ran Glitter Rebellion – a touring workshop to help participants connect to internal and inherited resilience.
Kori has offered an online curriculum on resilience building for trans folks and allies that they are currently updating.
Kori has written for Scarleteen, well known resource for sexual health, on navigating relationships when chronic pain is present, in an article titled Partners in Pain with co author andi grace. This essay was also published in When Language Runs Dry. Kori published Acid Church in RFD Magazine Issue 167, along with co author andi grace.
Kori has other writing projects in the works, including a resource by trans youth for trans youth – The Trans Tipping Point Anthology Project and a book on non-binary pregnancy, birthing and parenting with a working title The Liminal Chrysalis, coming out through Demeter Press.
Kori is honoured to have been invited to sit on panels and present in conferences.
Recently, Kori presented a talk “Being Prayed Upon” at the Moving Trans History Forward Conference.
They have shared their expertise working with youth on a panel in the Creating Caring Communities Conference.
Kori blends lived experience with community activism and service.
More about Kori
Kori grew up in a conservative protestant church in a small city and was involved as a kid in organizing amongst their peers and in church. When they were 17, a journey leaving home on an international exchange was the impetus for their journey exploring and arriving at words, experiences and communities in which they found comfort and identity – words like trans, genderqueer, queer, pansexual, polyamourous, butch, femme, non-binary, gender rebel, psychonaut, and witch.
Kori’s most recent adventure has been one of pregnancy and parenting. They share these experiences and commit to resourcing other non binary folks on this journey through a couple of projects. Birthing Beyond the Binary, co-created with Amanda and Elsa is an online course. The Liminal Chrysalis, is a book edited with A J Lowik and due for publication by Demeter Press.