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Kim and I had a wonderful conversation about acceptance, how difficult it is to be a teen, as well as community support.
Kim Z is a mom to a teenager who identifies as Transgender. Her beautiful daughter came out to her 2 1/2 years ago and she was immediately catapulted into the world of what it means to identify as Transgender. She is passionate about sharing her story with others who touch the lives of transgender individuals.
May 17 International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
Since 2005, May 17th has been dedicated to the International Day Against Homophobia, and Transphobia, marking the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.
It constitutes an annual landmark to draw the attention of decision-makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders, and local authorities to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT2QI+ people internationally.
May 17 is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal. These mobilizations unite millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity, or expression.
The International Day Against Homophobia, and Transphobia is not one centralized campaign; rather it is a moment that everyone can take advantage of to take action.
Jennifer and Stephanie live in Toledo, Ohio with their teenage son, dog Riley and cats Micah and Lily. They live a life centered in Spirit, continuous self-care and self-love, living with Purpose, practicing healthy living through eating organic, vegetarian foods, kayaking and biking, hiking and swimming, and using many well-rounded practices for mind, body, and spirit to Live the Good Life. They are Certified Life Coaches that use Heart-Centered Intuition, Spiritual Practices and their UNIQUE 3 Pillar System to help you map your way to Loving Relationships in all areas of your life.
You can find Jennifer and Stephanie here:
Janis and I spoke about how she supports our community and other marginalized groups from within the government.
Janis Irwin was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as the representative for Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood on April 16, 2019. Janis serves as the Official Opposition Deputy Whip and the Critic for Status of Women and LGBTQ2S+ Issues. Janis loves getting outside, biking, running, and exploring Edmonton’s beautiful river valley.
Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA)
Thinking about starting a GSA in Alberta
Alberta Teachers Association (ATA)
Check your government and teachers association websites to help start a GSA in your area.
Pedro is a 34-year-old Portuguese actor, DJ, and dancer with Drag Taste an online food and drag experience.
Tomorrow April 23rd is the Day of Silence
Created in 1996 and held every April — April 23 this year — Day of Silence is a campaign that seeks to shed light on what many LGBTQ youth experience daily. Initially intended to focus on this problem within the school system, it has since expanded into workplaces, university campuses, and sporting events. Yearly, millions participate by staying silent for the duration of their day, representing the silencing of LGBTQ students.
Students go through the school day without speaking, ending the day with Breaking the Silence rallies and events to share their experiences during the protest and bring attention to ways their schools and communities can become more inclusive.
Brittany and I had a wonderful conversation about healing. She shares a card she pulled for the community and our listeners.
Brittany has been in the health and fitness industry for 17 years. She has been out for 15 years and is currently working on helping her community release and receive what is necessary to live their best and most authentic lives.
Oracle of the 7 Energies by Colette Baron-Reid
Card #34- Opening to Discovery
We tune into information from our outer environment, then assign meaning to it within our psyches. Every day, however, the amount of data we sort through exceeds what we’re capable of processing. Especially since the advent of the internet, we have been bombarded with more than we could ever absorb. Therefore it’s important to be mindful of what we expose ourselves to.
Consistent exposure to unhealthy messages invites us into a cynical, fear-based worldview. On the other hand, conscious exposure to information supporting our well-being shifts us toward growth and expansion.
The choice though it not always obviously ours, which is why we must be discerning on a daily basis.
The universe is always engaging us- we are part of it, through synchronicities, omens, and other signs that point toward our best path.
Our intuition helps us tune in to see our environment like an oracle. However this new information doesn’t always make sense right away, so being curious and nonresistant is key to learning
Today be open to receiving important information that may come from an unusual source. The universe wants to help you, but recognizing the way this aid will arrive depends on your willingness to shut out superfluous noise. Don’t let yourself get distracted. Listen without attachment and see what arises in your life. Expect a message from the universe and you shall have it
Rocky Roggio and I talk about the movie she is directing showing when the word ‘Homosexual” was added to the bible and how that happened. Rocky shares why she chose to make this movie and how she has bridged the relationship with her father.
‘1946: The Mistranslation That Shifted a Culture’
More than 45,000 churches today still preach that homosexuality is a sin, citing biblical references that condemn “homosexuals.” What would change if churches discovered the truth — the word “homosexual” was added to the Bible in 1946 by mistake?
Rocky Roggio is an independent filmmaker and production designer (credits include House of Cards, Red Dawn). Rocky is also a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, and moved out of her home after coming out to her conservative, religious parents. Rocky’s father, Sal Roggio, is a non-affirming pastor and preaches that the LGBTQIA+ lifestyle is sinful.
Please Donate https://gofund.me/77e4a966
Resources from 1946
Beloved Arise https://www.belovedarise.org/
Free Mom Hugs https://freemomhugs.org/
Book suggestions from 1946
Included in Christ by Cristy Perdue, MD
Walking the Bridgeless Canyon by Kathy Baldock
Yesterday, March 31 was International Transgender Day of Visibility
International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual event occurring on March 31dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society. The day was founded by US-based transgender activist Rachel Crandall of Michigan in 2009 as a reaction to the lack of LGBT recognition of transgender people, citing the frustration that the only well-known transgender-centered day was the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which mourned the murders of transgender people but did not acknowledge and celebrate living members of the transgender community. The first International Transgender Day of Visibility was held on March 31, 2009.
Katie Neeves has been a professional photographer and filmmaker for 34 years, but she came out publicly as being transgender after living for 48 years as a man. Katie formed Cool2BTrans to support and inspire other trans people and also to educate others on trans issues. She uses humour to deliver trans awareness training in an entertaining way. Katie appears regularly in the media and she’s on both ITV's and the BBC's lists of experts.
Katie mentions a book that helped her: 'You and your Gender Identity' by Dara Hoffman-Fox
You can find Katie here:
Lindsay is a mom of 3 amazing kids. You know the saying that if you have a son and a daughter, that you have a million-dollar family? Well, she has a billion-dollar family. Lindsay has a 15-year-old daughter, a 12-year-old son, and a 10-year-old gender creative child. Alix was assigned male at birth, and at the age of 4, insisted he was female, so they went along with it. Within the last year, he has grown to be gender creative and prefers male pronouns, but chose a gender-neutral name. Lindsay has been blessed to have friends in her life allow who have allowed her to be with them on their journey through gender questioning to full transition. Lindsay has even been a surrogate for a male gay couple. Some would consider her an ally, She views herself as human.
This week is National LGBT Health Awareness Week.
"This week is LGBT Health Awareness Week, a time to bring attention to the devastating cycle of discrimination and health disparities that affect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.
LGBT people encounter discrimination in employment, relationship recognition, and insurance coverage on a regular basis; consequently, they are less likely to be able to afford vital health care than their straight and non-transgender neighbors. For LGBT people of color, barriers to care and health disparities are even greater."
For more information go to https://www.thetaskforce.org/its-lgbt-health-awareness-week/
Ben Wolff is an out & proud gay man in NYC. A three-time entrepreneur and the creator of the Beanie Sleeper, a specially designed headwrap with a built-in sleep mask helping people going through chemo treatments feel a little bit better.
Episode 4: Angelica shares the coping mechanisms she used when she wasn’t accepted by herself or family
Angelica grew up in Colombia and moved to Canada as a teenager. She has traveled from her own homophobia to acceptance of self. She currently lives in Alberta, Canada with her girlfriend.
Angelica referenced Eliot (Ellen) Page's show Gaycation https://www.vicetv.com/en_us/show/gaycation