Ryan is an educator, artist, and PhD student in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. He holds a MA in Ethnomusicology and Sexual Diversity Studies from the University of Toronto. His doctoral research investigates queer Indo-Caribbean diasporas and the ways in which performance, and specifically music and dance, offer salient queer archives for descendants of indenture to negotiate as well as disrupt normative notions of sexual citizenship, belonging, queer identity and “Pride” in Toronto and New York City. Outside of academia, Ryan is committed to solidarity and coalition-building work among QTBIPoC communities in diaspora. As an activist-scholar, he works with the Caribbean Equality Project (based in NYC), and Queeribbean Toronto.