The Storytelling Project James Demers | Photo: Courtesy of James Demers August 26, 2019 James Demers Local LGBT activist works to bridge communities to create a more equitable world Cherie McMaster The Executive Director of the Calgary Queer Arts Society and the lead educator of the OUTReels Diversity Education Program, James Demers has worked as a trans activist in Alberta for 11 years, bringing together a variety of organizations, corporations, and government institutions to create a more equitable world for LGBT people and their families. “I was on my own at 15 and started working in the arts community as a volunteer and getting involved in shows almost immediately, so it has been my entire introduction to the possibilities of getting engaged with that kind of work,” he explains. “That has led to everything I have had the chance to do, so I am just very lucky.” Tune in to learn more about what he is up to, how he got involved in the arts community, and how his work introduces conversations about inclusion and diversity. About The Storytelling Podcast Sharing diverse stories of creativity in our city, The Storytelling Podcast shines a spotlight on artists and projects that connect Calgarians to the arts. Part of The Storytelling Project, this series raises awareness about Calgarians who, by living creative lives, are making Calgary a better city, effecting positive change and enriching others’ lives. Have a story to share? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.