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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.
You can find Lexa here:
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.
You can Find Finn here:
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.
You can find Maurice here:
His books are available at www.mauricewdorsey.com
Grace and I had a great conversation about being a person of color in the LGBT+ community and also about religion and the fear of coming out to her parents and how finding a community where she feels accepted has changed her life.
Grace is the founder and current chair of the University of Calgary’s Residence Rainbow Council. A group dedicated to fostering safer spaces for LGBTQ+ students living on campus through programming, advocacy, and education. Grace is passionate about building relationships with other LGBTQ+ people in the city, and she believes that everyone deserves to feel part of a community that loves and accepts them.
The Residence Rainbow Council for the University of Calgary is are currently recruiting! If anyone listening will be living in Residence at the UofC and is interested in getting involved, definitely look us up and apply!
They also have a Discord Channel
It may be 53 Years since Stonewall, but we are still fighting for rights every day.
Never Forget https://www.history.com/news/stonewall-riots-timeline
Ruth and I had a great conversation about what it means to be misgendered and why it is important to not judge a book by its cover.
Lawyer, triathlete, and geek - Ruth Carter strives to live a somewhat Renaissance life as a non-binary person in a binary-centric society. They openly share their experience so others can understand the challenges and frustrations that come with it. Ruth is also pansexual and demisexual.
Rev. Dr. Marcia Ledford and I had a great conversation about loss and belonging and how foundational this is to us as humans. Plus, we talked about the foundations of religion in the US.
The Rev. Dr. Marcia Ledford is a civil rights attorney representing society’s most marginalized. An Episcopal priest, she earned her Doctor of Ministry in political theology from the Pacific School of Religion. Dr. Ledford founded Political Theology Matters, LLC, to help the faithful develop public theology mission for greater social justice. She has been a legal advocate, priest, and pastor for the LGBTQ communities for over 30 years.
The Saint Helena Psalter (the psalms are written in inclusive language), Church Publishing Corporation, 2004.
Reading was from Psalm 139.
You can find Rev. Dr. Marcia Ledford here;
Media Resources https://www.politicaltheologymatters.com/media
The Rev. Dr. Marcia Ledford’s blog https://www.politicaltheologymatters.com/blog
The Lazarus Lives! Project Https://www.facebook.com/lazaruslivesproject
Political Theology Matters Https://www.facebook.com/politicaltheologymatters
Free Civil Discourse Training offered via The Episcopal Church
For Groups: https://www.churchnext.tv/library/instruments-of-peace-a-guide-to-civil-discourse/109671/about/
Randi-Lee and I had a great conversation about accepting your child no matter what, and the connection with autistic people being more likely to identify as LGBTQ+
Randi-Lee is a mental health advocate, author, and host of the Write or Die Show. She is a wife, a mom to 2 teenagers, and is a grandmother.
Randi-Lee has a YouTube channel - the Write or Die Show. Openly discussing mental health with authors. Sharing truths about difficulties and strategies to cope. Uplifting each other through honesty.
It's Pride Month!
What are you doing to celebrate? and Educate?
Dr. Steve and I had a great conversation about what diversity and inclusion means and why it is needed.
Dr. Steve Yacovelli (a.k.a. “The Gay Leadership Dude®”) is an expert in diversity and inclusion, change management, and leadership. His consulting firm, TopDog Learning Group, works with both Fortune 500s and not-for-profit organizations to bring about a more inclusive and effective workplace. An award-winning author, speaker, and catalyst, Steve and his pack of TopDoggers’ not-so-hidden agenda is to make the world a bit more inclusive for us all.
You can find Dr Steve Yacovelli here:
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May 22 is Harvey Milk Day
What is Harvey Milk Day?
Harvey Milk Day is a day to commemerate an extraordinary leader whose courageous work to end discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the 1970s set the stage for many of the civil rights advances we see today.
Who was Harvey Milk?
Harvey Milk was an activist, organizer, and the first openly gay man elected to public office in the country as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in the late 1970s. Harvey Milk came out and started organizing against discrimination of gay and lesbian business owners in the Castro District of San Francisco, and against the Briggs Initiative (this was an initiative on the California state ballot in 1978 that would have banned gays and lesbians from working in California schools). Milk was responsible for passing gay rights ordinances for the city of San Francisco and served eleven months in office before he was assassinated on November 27, 1978, along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone. We celebrate Harvey Milk Day on his birthday, May 22.
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.