• Beatriz Marques da Silva

Expert Insights with Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff

Updated: Nov 11

Speaker Event


Join us for the first Expert Insights event of the year with on Thursday, October 8th (MT Week 2).


Register for the event through this link (access in bio): bit.ly/Micronationalism


In June 2004, Australian gay rights activists frustrated with domestic blockages to same-sex marriage occupied Cato Island, the largest island in the Coral Sea Islands Territory. Emperor Dale Parker Anderson raised the rainbow flag and declared the islands as an independent state. Almost immediately, the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea (the Kingdom) declared war on Australia. Dr. Bondaroff will talk to us about the origins, evolution, strategies and outcomes of this Kindgom.


Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff is a researcher and community organizer with a PhD in politics and international studies from the University of Cambridge, and BAs in political science and international relations from the University of Calgary. He is the Research Coordinator for the BC Humanist Association, the Director of Research for OceansAsia, a marine conservation organization based out of Hong Kong, the Chair and Co-founder of the AccessBC Campaign for free prescription contraception, and a volunteer member of the board of the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network. His academic research examines the strategic use of international law by non-state actors.

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