In preparing for his CreativeMornings talk on the theme of LOVE, anti-homophobia activist Scott Jones spent a month reflecting on the topic. He shares some key learnings on how he went from fear to love.

About the speaker

Scott Jones was born in Nanaimo, BC and moved to Nova Scotia when he was 10 years old. He received a Bachelor of Music (piano and choral conducting) from Mount Allison University and choral conducting training from the University of Manitoba. Scott has taught music privately and conducted various choral ensembles, including the Pictou District Honour Choir (New Glasgow, NS); the Nova Scotia Youth Choir (resident conductor); and VOX: A Choir for Social Change (Halifax, NS).

In October 2013, Scott suffered a hateful attack that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Determined to create positive change, and surrounded by love and unfailing support, he began the anti-homophobia/transphobia campaign Don’t BE Afraid. Since its inception, the campaign has grown to have supporters from across the globe, and started its own choir called VOX: A Choir for Social Change. Both VOX and Don’t BE Afraid aim to break down social barriers through music and artistic expression.

In addition to these efforts, Scott has also worked with the Rainbow Refugee Association of Nova Scotia, a not-for-profit organization that helps gay and lesbian refugees escape persecution and resettle in Halifax, and Easter Seals Nova Scotia, an organization dedicated to breaking down barriers for people living with disabilities.

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