Hello! My name is Courtney (they/them). I hold a Bachelor's degree in social work and two Master's degrees in Social Work and Childhood Studies, respectively. I've spent the majority of my academic education researching and advocating for the LGBTQ+ community. Change often comes from within communities and I'm passionate about bringing change to mine. I began my academic career wanting nothing more than to work with LGBTQ+ youth. I believe it's vital to have them recognize their strengths and resiliency through therapeutic support. But, in practice, I've found out that all of the systems in place are unwavering and averse to change--I've lost several jobs due to directly calling out these systems. This aversion has made me even more driven to highlighting the LGBTQ+ community and it's my goal to advocate and create spaces within the film industry—specifically the QTBIPOC community. This is when I began writing about films that were directed, written, produced, and starred QTBIPOC. The goal: to provide a space for them to be heard and one where their work is center stage. These producers, writers, directors, and actors are experts of their own experiences and I'm happy to be part of highlighting their work.
I'm excited to announce that I'm creating a magazine specifically designed to spotlight LGBTQ+ voices, especially those of the trans community! While this is still in the development stages, I think it's important to stay accountable to this work. As the idea continues to form, I'll keep you updated.
Looking toward the future
This outlet will feature LGBTQ+ talent within the film industry. While there are places that are bringing in these voices, check out my publications for some of this work, it's vital the community have its own space too.