Elliot is a queer, polyamorous and neurodivergent gender traveler currently living on the borderlands of the Champlain Islands in Vermont: territory historically disputed between indigenous peoples of the Abenaki and Wabanaki Confederacy in the East and the Mohawk in the North and West. This tension of migration and duality of land is fitting for this non-binary human, who seeks to find adaptability through change and learning. He was raised in Massachusetts on unceded Nauset Wampanoag territory (Cape Cod) and has lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (unceded Lanape territory) and Providence, Rhode Island (Nahaganset land).
Elliot is a white elder millenial transmasculine person of Italian and Irish heritage (of what he knows of his heritage), a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and intergenerational trauma, and seeks to build ethical relationships in a world structured through hierarchy and oppression.
He has had the privilege of earning a terminal degree in Human Sexuality, a Masters degree in Social Work, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and has the lived experience of a person questioning gender and sexuality norms. Their experiences in multiracial and multicultural urban environments have significantly supported their unlearning of many of the white supremacist beliefs he was steeped in growing up. Elliot is grateful to count many Black and Brown people as his teachers and guides in understanding community support and building hope for a better world.
They are a current student of plant-based medicine, gardening, fabric arts, pre-Christian spirituality and percussion. They are an unapologetically queer and gender fabulous person, embracing these “differences” as their magic and ability to find solidarity across struggle.
He is a committed partner to three adults, a caretaker of two cats and has experience in community organizing using a healing justice and community care-based approach. In the last few years they have been a student of transformative and healing justice lineages, having developed skill sets in community-based accountability processes. Elliot’s home life has been strongly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as he is currently caring for a nesting partner disabled by Long COVID. Through this experience he is learning more about disability justice and fighting the impacts of the epidemic of COVID-19 globally.
He is guided by values of climate justice and an imaginer of more sustainable ways of living on mother Earth. They have a deep relationship to and reverence for the power of the ocean and a growing relationship with Lake Champlain, and all the beings that seek life from those powerful bodies of water.