On March 7, 2012, after living together for over seven years, Ristin and Marko registered their civil partnership. However, shortly after it became possible to register a civil union in Queensland, the Liberal conservative candidate Campbell Newman won the 2012 election, and initiated a suite of anti-LGBT initiatives including annulling all same sex civil unions.
Ristin's fursuit was created in 2006 by Oz Kangaroo's "Critter Country" costuming business. Ristin has worn the suit in the 2006 and 2007 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parades and at Furry Down Under 2010. Ristin also co-stars in some of Marko the Rat's fursuit videos.
Ristin is a roleplayer and part of Brisbane's small circle of furry roleplayers. (Furry games such as Albedo and Ironclaw are favored.) He is also played World of Warcraft, where he was part of the furry guild Order of the Claws, and Guild Master of Order of the Fang on Bloodhoof server. Ristin is an active member of the furry guild Furrimorph on Guild Wars 2, and naturally he strongly favours Charr characters.
Ristin was a moderator on Reddit's subreddit, /r/furry. In terms of social media, Ristin can be found on Twitter (@RistinRaccoon) and is a self-described "Facebook exile", no longer active on that platform.
Convention committee membership
- , Ristin's Livejournal.
- "Civil partnership: Love, not politics" - posting on Marko the Rat's LiveJournal. Dated March 7, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
- Newman Government renames and amends Civil Partnerships Act in parliament - article in The Courier-Mail. Dated June 21, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
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