David Seitz is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto in human geography and women and gender studies. As a community journalist, activist, and urban cultural geographer, he has long been engaged with the relationships between faith, race, trans/nation, sexuality, spaces of belonging, and citizenship.
David’s dissertation research explores the role of the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto (MCCT) in Canadian progressive politics. While conventional political discourse holds that sex, religion and politics don’t mix, the predominantly queer MCCT has played key roles in political struggles ranging from same-sex marriage to transgender rights to immigration reform to international human rights. David’s community-based research explores how faith spaces and multi-scalar faith-based activism can not only nurture queer communities, but critically inform progressive political change much more broadly.
David had the honor of being a Wells Fargo Point Scholar from 2008 to 2010, when he finished his BA in political science at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.