Finley Parkes (they/them)
Admin Manager - Whitehorse
Finley Parkes (they/them) is a Non-Binary Transmasculine Neuroqueer (Neurodivergent Queer) Settler from the unceded territories of Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh & Musqueam Nations.
Finley prides themself on being a facilitator of connection, ideas, and social innovation through music, art, education, advocacy, and activating public space. They are an interdisciplinary cultural producer and curator that wears a variety of different hats, depending on the project.
Finley has been a vocal advocate for artists, cultural producers, and grassroots venues and initiatives in Vancouver, BC. The majority of the projects they’re involved with are community-based at their core. Many have revolved around supporting and providing a platform to emerging, underrepresented artists and queering the industry, especially as a visibly trans person. They offer consulting within the realm of 2SLGBTQIA+ and neurodiversity language and sensitivity and are active on social media to educate the public. Educational initiatives they facilitate revolve around societal topics such as transphobia, transmisogyny, homophobia, ableism, sexism, power dynamics, and white supremacy.
Finley recently moved to Whitehorse in Fall of 2023 and is working as the Admin Manager.
When not working on creative projects, Finley loves to read, with a keen interest in sociology, history, gender, sexuality, neurodiversity, and anti-racism. They are a runner, love to swim, bike and be in nature. Finley’s love of music and deep connection with the music community in Vancouver developed on the dancefloor. They fell in love with the feeling of connection and freedom of expression in these DIY spaces and found their chosen family through queer community and care. It is these spaces that many communities hold dear to their hearts and are often pillars for mental health. It is these spaces that are a safe place to be ourselves. Something to advocate for and protect.
Sharing knowledge and ideas is something they find to be deeply connecting and enjoy listening to the stories of those with different experiences and helping to bring other folks’ ideas to life through mentorship and collaboration.