Brian has been openly gay/queer for 40 years; coming out as gay in 1978 and self-identifying as queer for almost two decades. He has studied a wide variety of spiritual traditions; nature-based ‘pagan’ as well as ‘major world religions’. He was introduced to the Tarot by his partner in 1980; together with a roommate, they studied cards, astrology, numerology and other divination tools. Brian’s early Ministry in Toronto was most visible as a Sister of the Toronto Order of Perpetual Indulgence.
Brian was baptized in the United Church of Canada as an infant and again in The Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto as a young adult. The first is a mainstream Canadian denomination that has a strong track record of acceptance. MCC was founded in 1968 “to provide a Christian sanctuary for LGBT people” and is now “an international denomination committed to radical inclusivity in all areas.”
He now identifies as a nontheistic spiritual humanist.
Brian was born in Toronto about 60 years ago- the third of four children. He is at least the third generation of a cross-border family. His Mother was born in the USA (her Mother was from Canada and her father from the US) but moved to Canada to marry her first husband. Dad was born in Canada; his father was from Ireland while his Mom was born in Canada but raised by a relative in upstate New York. Mom’s older brother was born in Canada but moved to the USA to join the USAF during WW II – and raised two families (at different times) in the US. Brian’s brother (and family) now lives and works in the USA while their two sisters (and families) continue to live in south-western Ontario.
In addition to working various full-time jobs since leaving school, Brian has been producing photographic images for 40 years. His first assignment was for his high school yearbook. He currently offers his photography on apparel & gift items, and as frame-able prints. Brian operates a number of web-sites and on-line shops; his on-line history goes back to CompuServe, Freenets and 2400 baud modems. In fact, his father introduced him to ‘puters by letting Brian write code (in ‘basic‘) for the IBM-5150.