Farand joined the Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS) family in March 2017. He was born in Crow Agency, MT, grew up in Billings, MT, and is a Two Spirit member of the Apsaalooke “Crow” Nation. In 1993, Farand moved to Spokane where he served as a steering committee member for Spokane Pride (currently OUTSpokane) and Hands Off Washington, created to defeat initiatives 608 and 610. In 1996, Farand met his wonderful and amazing husband, David, while singing in The Men’s Chorus. Two years later, they had a commitment ceremony and, after being together for 17 years, were finally able to legally marry. Farand volunteered on Pride Foundation’s local steering committee and, in 2002, was hired and eventually became Regional Development Organizer for Washington. After 14 years at Pride Foundation, he left to explore new opportunities and found PJALS. Farand is passionate about philanthropy, LGBTQ and racial equity, and social, gender, and economic justice. He has worked on issues that include marriage equality, transgender inclusion, and LGBTQ youth and elder safety and protections, and has volunteered with the Montana Two Spirit Society and Greater Spokane Progress. Farand enjoys spending time with his husband, two cats and two dogs, trying new restaurants and cuisine’s, beekeeping, baking, wine, and singing karaoke.