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Melissa spoke of trans awareness and training as well as the mental health needs of our community and first responders. End the stigma!
Melissa is a therapist, career coach, author, podcast host, and artist. She started her career in social work, focusing on children and wellness in her community. Over the years, she’s found countless ways to help others thrive through therapy, coaching, and a dedication to spreading information and resources to LGBTQ+ individuals.
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Nicky and I had a great discussion about growing up in an LGBT+ home and the bullying and harassment he received from people who did not understand
Nicky Scorpio is a senior songwriter and producer. He was raised in an LGBTQ+ home. Raised by two lesbians and losing a gay birth father to AIDS while living in a rough part of town opened Nicky’s eyes to injustice. Nicky’s main agenda is sharing his story to encourage people who identify as LGBTQ+ to share their stories and celebrate life. Nicky just released his debut single IRREGULAR which has all 9 solfeggio healing frequencies in it.
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Ep 27: Tammy Plunkett speaks about having a transgender child, and giving yourself processing time as a parent
Tammy and I spoke about her children, and the real emotions and processing time you need as a parent. Although she speaks of that processing being very separate from the acceptance of your child. One does not exclude the other.
Tammy Plunkett left her career as a registered nurse to stay home and raise her four children. It turned out that she could only take so much Sesame Street and returned to her first love—writing. Tammy spent a few years working solely in fiction then switched gears to non-fiction while she practiced as a life coach and writing coach. After her third child came out as transgender, she focused her work on helping parents of transgender kids. She is contracted to Jessica Kingsley Publishers for her next book Beyond Pronouns: The Essential Guide for Parents of Trans Kids releasing in the summer of 2022.
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August 27 is Wear it Purple Day
Wear It Purple strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering, and inclusive environments for rainbow young people.
Wear it Purple was founded in 2010 in response to global stories of real teenagers, real heartache, and their very real responses. In 2010, several rainbow young people took their own lives following bullying and harassment resulting from the lack of acceptance of their sexuality or gender identity.
Caterina and I had a great conversation about coming out late in life and being fully unapologetically herself.
Caterina Snyder is a newly out and proud queer woman who transformed herself from a traumatized child victim to an untamed woman and rebel entrepreneur. She's a body and sex-positive activist, artist, and business coach, whose purpose in life is to inspire and empower others to be their weird and wonderful selves and to live on their own terms instead of everyone else's.
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Harker and I had a great conversation about growing up shy and finding the confidence to live his best life being authentic in who he is.
Harker Jones holds a degree in written communication and literature from Eastern Michigan University. He has written seven screenplays and two novels, including the Amazon #1 best-selling love story “Until September.” His short thriller “Cole & Colette” won the Get It Made Short-Form Screenplay Competition and was subsequently produced and accepted into thirty-two film festivals, garnering several awards. He loves cats and carbs, would like to be a pop star and is a member of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and a card-carrying member of Mensa.
Mike and I spoke about his life-altering illness and how he stepped into a relationship with his male caretaker. Plus his engagement story full of mishaps.
Mike Iamele thought he was straight his entire life. But a life-changing illness forced him to challenge that notion head-on when he fell in love with his male caretaker. And the two of them went on a years-long journey to explore sexuality and fluidity to figure out if the relationship could work.
When he chose to blog about his relationship, he had no idea that 100,000 people would share the post overnight, and he’d wake up to millions of people talking about his sex life.
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Savannah and I had a great conversation about cross-dressing vs drag and how important it is to be yourself in the world.
Savannah Hauk is a lifelong dual-gender biological male who uses the art of male-to-female crossdressing to create her feminine identity and presentation. She is the author of two books in her “Living with Crossdressing” series. She is also a social media and conference advocate, and co-host of “The Fox and the Phoenix Podcast” a resource on demystifying what crossdressing is.
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The Fox and the Phoenix Podcast
The "Living with Crossdressing" book series (two books)
Lexa and I had a great conversation about growing up in a loving family and acceptance and her position in Drag Taste.
Lexa Black is a 23-year-old, African queen from Cape Verde, a professional actor that fell in love with Drag art. Lexa is now a member of the drag team Drag Taste in Lisbon.
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International Drag Day is an annual event held on July 16. It was created to celebrate the drag culture around the world and to give it more exposure, highlighting its transition from marginalized to mainstream.
The term “drag” refers to the performance of femininity, masculinity, or other forms of gender expression. It is commonly associated with drag queens, people (usually male) who perform femininity. Historically, the practice of men playing female roles is probably as old as theatre itself. Until the late 17th century in England and the early 19th century in the Papal States, acting on stage was considered an immoral occupation for women, so female roles were conventionally portrayed by boys or young men.
And wasn’t only Europe where men played female roles on stage. The classical Japanese theatre of kabuki started as an all-female troupe founded by Izumo no Okuni. However, in 1629, women were banned from performing to prevent indecency, and crossed-dressed male actors took over female roles.
However, men in female roles in the traditional theatre (travesti actors) can hardly be considered the predecessors of modern drag queens. Drag as an art form and culture began to flourish in music halls and vaudeville, where female impersonators (men performing in drag) enjoyed quite a popularity. In the early 20th century, female impersonation became tied to the LGBT community.
In the 1960s, drag queens were actively involved in the Stonewall riots; they were among the most marginalized people in the gay community and were often being arrested because it was hard for them to blend in. The drag culture remained marginalized for decades, but now it is gradually becoming mainstream, largely due to the popularity of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Although drag culture is commonly associated with the LGBT community, specifically gay men and gay culture, not all drag queens are gay. People who do drag can be of any gender and sexual identity; they partake in this activity for a number of reasons. The term “drag queen” usually refers to men portraying women, “drag king” to women portraying men, and “faux queen” to women portraying an exaggerated presentation of femininity. The term “drag artist” is becoming increasingly popular, since it is more inclusive.
Drag queens usually have a drag name, which they may pick themselves or be given by a friend, sometimes referred to as a “drag mother”. For some drag queens, wearing drag is just a means of self-expression, but many drag queens perform in shows, either as a hobby or as a job. The process of getting into character can take hours.
Adam Steward founded International Drag Day in 2009, aiming to give drag artists an opportunity to celebrate and promote their culture in a proper and safe way. It is marked with drag shows and performances, as well as discussions and debates on the role of the drag community in the LGBT movement and feminism, the challenges that drag artists have to face on a daily basis, the drag culture in different countries, and other relevant issues.
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Finn and I had a great conversation about trans-masculine clothing and catching the online entrepreneurial bug, as well as how blessed he feels to have grown up in their family of love and acceptance.
Finnegan is a trans author, classicist, and entrepreneur with 1/3 of a PhD in philosophy from the University of Cambridge and 3/4s of an MFA in fiction from the University of New Mexico. He caught the bug for the start-up world and left academia for the final time in mid-2018 to (attempt to) cofound an online philosophy platform. He has since worked on numerous start-ups while writing a novella and a short story collection, founding Both&, and launching Limns, a monthly newsletter in collaboration with artist Mischa de Stroumillo.
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Maurice and I spoke about his family and growing up in a time of no acceptance, he also shared about the books he wrote about his family life and coming out.
Maurice is the author of three award-winning books. His body of work revolves around overcoming adversity to success and victory. His college degrees are earned from the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and the Loyola University of Maryland. He resides in Washington DC.
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His books are available at www.mauricewdorsey.com