Tyler is Kamloops born and raised and is a Master of Business Administration graduate and banker. He is a skier, avid hiker, gym bunny, amateur chef, explorer, gamer, caffeine addict, party animal, dog lover, and terrible comedian.
The three things Tyler can’t live without coffee, music, and oxygen. His pet peeve is people being inconsiderate. To Tyler, Pride starts from the individual level, internally within ourselves. It starts from understanding who you are and what makes you different. It represents overcoming the stigmatization from society and coming to accept ones sexuality, and more broadly, identity. From this acceptance and understanding comes loving ones self, and that love is something to take pride in when we learn to love ourselves we learn how to love others. While some may play off the Pride events as superficial and unnecessary, these events challenge societal conformity, generates awareness, and creates a sense of community. These events help others by showing them that they are not alone, that there is no shame in who you are and who you love and that there is support. LGTBTQ+ Pride represents a means to foster understanding, and acceptance from that individual level turning it into a community that celebrates diverse identities and starts social change.
Photos courtesy of Kathleen Fisher Photography and Aspect Film Works