The Official Podcast Of InterPride

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, is focused on uplifting and sharing voices from around the world.  Share your thoughts via our social media channels, and our host might read them during the podcast.

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July 2022

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, where the world comes together for the LGBTQIA+ community, is proud to launch our 22nd episode, Thailand: Freedom Of Expression & LGBTQIA+.

The LGBTQIA+ community has come a long way in the fight for acceptance. However, our voices matter and will be heard. Many LGBTQIA+ community members have fought for decades for the right to be seen and heard.

In this episode, we speak with Chumaporn "Waaddao" Taengkliang (she/her/they/them), the leader of the Feminist Liberation Front in Thailand. 

While globally, Thailand is considered an inclusive country for LGBTQIA+ communities and tourists, those living here struggle for equal rights as courts continue to postpone rulings in a groundbreaking LGBTQIA+ marriage equality case.

Listen in as we hear from Chumaporn "Waaddao" Taengkliang!

Global LGBTQIA+ News Update Provided By Michael K. Lavers, the international news editor of the Washington Blade.

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June 2022

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, where the world comes together for the LGBTQIA+ community, is proud to launch our 21st episode, Trans Youth Under Attack: Alabama Doctor Speaks Out Against Recent Hateful Bills.

The LGBTQIA+ community has come a long way in the fight for acceptance. Our voices matter and will be heard. Many LGBTQIA+ community members have fought for decades for the right to be seen and heard.

In this episode, we speak with Dr. Morissa Ladinsky (she/her), Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Co-Lead Youth Multidisciplinary Gender Team at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, about how two of Alabama’s harmful bills dangerously affect transgender, gender diverse, and expansive youths.

Listen in as we hear from Dr. Morissa Ladinsky!

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June 2022

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, where the world comes together for the LGBTQIA+ community is proud to launch our 20th episode, Namibia: The Fight For Marriage Equality.

The LGBTQIA+ community has come a long way in the fight for acceptance. Our voices matter and will be heard. Many of our LGBTQIA+ community members have fought for decades for the right to be seen and heard.

In this episode, we speak with Daniel Dighashu (he/him) about the fight for marriage equality in Namibia. South African Daniel Digashu and his Namibian husband Johann Potgieter, who have a son Lucas, sued the Namibian government to have their South African marriage recognized by the state. The decision ruled against their family, stating that Namibia does not recognize same-sex marriage due to a previous Supreme Court ruling.

Listen in as we hear from Daniel Dighashu!

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May 2022

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, is proud to launch our 19th episode, IDAHOBIT: Discrimination & Hate In Latin America.

The LGBTQIA+ community has come a long way in the fight for acceptance. Our voices matter and will be heard. Many of our LGBTQIA+ community members have fought for decades for the right to be seen and heard.

In honor of IDAHOBIT, we speak with Ana Andrade (she/her), Senior Campaign Manager, All Out (Latin America). Ana will discuss the discrimination and hate the LGBTQIA+ community faces in Latin America.

Listen in as we hear from Ana Andrade, Senior Campaign Manager, All Out!

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May 2022

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, is proud to launch our 18th episode, IDAHOBIT: "Don't Say Gay" Bill In Florida.

The LGBTQIA+ community has come a long way in the fight for acceptance. Our voices matter and will be heard. Many of our LGBTQIA+ community members have fought for decades for the right to be seen and heard.

In honor of IDAHOBIT, we speak with Nadine Smith (she/her), Executive Director of Equality Florida. Nadine leads the state's largest organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

An award-winning journalist turned organizer, Nadine was one of four national co-chairs of the 1993 March on Washington. She was part of the historic meeting between then-President Clinton - the first Oval Office meeting between a sitting President and LGBTQIA+ community leaders. She served on the founding board of the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organization. She is a Florida Chamber Foundation Trustee and served on President Obama's National Finance Committee.

Nadine has been named one of the state's "Most Powerful and Influential Women" by the Florida Diversity Council. She has received the League of Women Voters' Woman of Distinction Award, in 2018 was named one of the 100 Most Influential Floridians by Influence Magazine, and in 2022, was recognized in the TIME100, Time's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. She currently serves as chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Florida Advisory Committee.

Listen in as we hear from Nadine Smith, Executive Director of Equality Florida!

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May 2022

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, is proud to launch our 17th episode, IDAHOBIT: Transgender Equality In Hong Kong, with Henry Tse (he/him).

The LGBTQIA+ community has come a long way in the fight for acceptance. Our voices matter and will be heard. Many of our LGBTQIA+ community members have fought for decades for the right to be seen and heard.

In honor of IDAHOBIT, we speak to Henry Tse, founder of Transgender Equality of Hong Kong. He is the lead plaintiff in a case hoping to change the gender identity marker laws in Hong Kong, which currently require all gender diverse individuals to undergo gender reassignment surgery before changing their gender identity on ids.

Listen in as we hear from the Founder and Executive Director of Transgender Equality, Hong Kong, Henry Tse!

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April 2022 Special Series

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, is proud to launch our 16th Special episode, Lesbian Visibility Week: InterPride Co-Founder Marsha Levine.

The LGBTQIA+ community has come a long way in the fight for acceptance. Our voices matter and will be heard. Many of our LGBTQIA+ community members have fought for decades for the right to be seen and heard.

Marsha H. Levine has been a Pride-organizing veteran since 1980, first serving on the Boston Lesbian/Gay Pride Committee and then joining the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade and Celebration Committee, Inc., immediately upon moving there in 1985.

Marsha currently serves as one of four of InterPride’s Vice Presidents of Global Outreach and Partnership Management and the Co-President of USAP (United States Association of Prides). She is recognized as the Founder of InterPride and a co-founder of CAPI, Inc. (Consolidated Associations of Pride, Inc.).

Listen in as we hear from InterPride Co-Founder Marsha H. Levine!

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April 2022 Special Series

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, is proud to launch our 15th Special episode, Lesbian Visibility Week: Pat Tietgens and Michelle Zhang.

The LGBTQIA+ community has come a long way in the fight for acceptance. Our voices matter and will be heard. Many of our LGBTQIA+ community members have fought for decades for the right to be seen and heard.

Pat Tietgens and Michelle Zhang share their love story as a lesbian Chinese American immigrant couple.

Michelle Zhang was born and raised in China, where she practiced law for nearly ten years. Michelle met her American wife Pat at a lesbian bar in Southwest China in 2012. Pat Tietgens was born and raised in San Jose, California, and she worked for the University of Washington in China, where she lived for nearly seven years. Michelle and Pat share a passion for cross-border and cross-cultural LGBTQ advocacy and community work.

Thanks to marriage equality in the US, they were legally married in San Francisco in 2016. Before leaving China, they held a uniquely open wedding ceremony to help raise awareness, and 150,000 people watched live across mainland China. This bold decision was the subject of multiple articles and a short film that reached over 5 million viewers in China. Michelle continues her passion for representation and belonging as the founder of a nonprofit called Society of Heart’s Delight. Pat serves on the LGBTQ PAC Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee board. Michelle and Pat are small business owners who run an event/consulting business in the Bay Area.

Listen in as we hear from Michelle Zhang!

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April 2022 Special Series

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, is proud to launch our 14th Special episode, Lesbian Visibility Week: Victoria Kolakowski American Judge.

The LGBTQIA+ community has come a long way in the fight for acceptance. Our voices matter and will be heard. Many of our LGBTQIA+ community members have fought for decades for the right to be seen and heard.

Victoria Kolakowski (born August 29, 1961, in Queens, New York) is an American lawyer who has served as a judge of the Alameda County Superior Court since January 2011. She is married with two children. Kolakowski is the first openly transgender person to serve as a trial court judge of general jurisdiction in the United States, be elected to a judgeship, and serve as any type of judge in California. She is also the first openly transgender person to be elected to a judgeship in the state of California.

Kolakowski worked as an administrative law judge for the California Public Utilities Commission for four years before she was elected to the position on November 2, 2010, with 51 percent of the vote to her opponent’s 48 percent.

During the years 1996 to 2000, she served as co-chair of the Bay Area Transgender Law Association. The National Association of Women Judges has been a part of her professional life since 2006.

Kolakowski served as president of the International Association of LGBT Judges from 2015 to 2017, making her the first transgender person to hold the position in the organization’s history.

A Christian, Kolakowski is a retired ordained preacher from the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, a Protestant Christian group.

Listen in as we hear from trans lesbian Judge Victoria Kolakowski!

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April 2022 Special Series

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, is proud to launch our 13th Special episode, Lesbian Visibility Week: Transgender Lesbian Love Story.

The LGBTQIA+ community has come a long way in the fight for acceptance. Our voices matter and will be heard. Many of our LGBTQIA+ community members have fought for decades for the right to be seen and heard.

Tiffany Woods was featured in a CNN travel article! Check it out!

Tiffany’s Pronouns are she/her/hers 

Affiliations: California Democratic Party Executive Board, LGBTQ Caucus Co-Chair, California HIV Planning Group State Co-Chair 

Tiffany is a wife, mother of three, trans woman, activist, and recognized LGBTQ+ leader. She is an Appointed California Democratic Party Delegate by Rep Barbara Lee, CD-13, (3 terms) and the 1st Trans Woman to be elected a California Democratic Party Caucus Chair as Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Caucus in 2019 re-elected in 2021. She is a 20201 appointed member of the CDP Credentials Standing Committee. She served as Secretary of the LGBT Caucus, 2017–2019. She was selected by Speaker Pro-Tem Toni Atkins as one of eight LGBTQ Californians selected as a CA LGBTQ Legislative Caucus Pride Honoree in 2020. An At-Large Hillary Clinton Delegate to the DNC in 2016, she is one of the first three trans delegates to ever attend the Democratic National Convention from California and a member of the historic first-ever DNC Transgender Caucus. 

Read more about Tiffany on Medium!

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April 2022 Special Series

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, is proud to launch our 12th Special episode, Lesbian Visibility Week: Bringing Your Authentic Self To Hollywood.

The LGBTQIA+ community has come a long way in the fight for acceptance. Our voices matter and will be heard. Many of our LGBTQIA+ community members have fought for decades for the right to be seen and heard.

Madonna Cacciatore is an Actor known for This Is Us (2016), Perry Mason (2020), and How to Get Away with Murder (2014). She has over 17 years of non-profit experience and is the former Executive Director of Los Angles Pride. She is a proud vegan and avid bicyclist! Madonna currently works as the Global Project Manager or Fund Development & Partnerships at InterPride. Her favorite queer icon, “It’s tough to pick one, but I would have to say, Marsha P. Johnson, who taught us true activism, against all odds. There are more than I can write here, but they include everyone from board members with whom I’ve worked personally to people who have risked everything for our rights.” Madonna lives by the life motto of “Every single being deserves love, dignity, and respect.”

Listen in as Madonna Cacciatore talks about being your authentic self and her journey from the east coast to Hollywood, CA!

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April 2022 Special Series

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, is proud to launch our 11th Special episode, Lesbian Visibility Week: Advancing Equality In Guatemala.

The LGBTQIA+ community has come a long way in the fight for acceptance. Our voices matter and will be heard. Many of our LGBTQIA+ community members have fought for decades for the right to be seen and heard.

The attack on the Transgender community is global. There are concerted efforts to roll back LGBTQIA+ rights and the Transgender community is at the front of those attacks. 

Sandra Morán Reyes (born April 29, 1960) is a Guatemalan politician who was elected to the Guatemalan Congress in the 2015 election. She is the daughter of a former president of the country. She is the first openly lesbian to be elected to the national legislature in Guatemala, and she is widely regarded as the country's first out LGBTQIA+ person. She is a Convergence member, a new progressive party that was elected to the assembly with two other members in its first year. She has been an LGBTQIA+ and feminist activist and artist for many years, and she was the organizer of Guatemala's first lesbian group in 1995 and the country's first LGBTQIA+ Pride event in 1998. She had previously lived in exile in Mexico, Nicaragua, and Canada between 1981 and 1994, during which time she became a mother. She became involved in Guatemala's human rights movement when she was fourteen years old while attending high school. She was also involved in the music industry, having been a member of the band Kin Lalat in the 1980s.

Listen in as Sandra Morán Reyes talks to us about the importance of representation and her work advancing equality as an elected official in Guatemala.

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April 2022 Special Series

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, is proud to launch our 10th Special episode, Lesbian Visibility Week: Indigenous LGBTQIA+ and Humanitarian Work Intersectionality.

The LGBTQIA+ community has come a long way in the fight for acceptance. Our voices matter and will be heard. Many of our LGBTQIA+ community members have fought for decades for the right to be seen and heard.

With UN Women and its partners, Asia-Pacific Transgender NetworkAPCOMASEAN SOGIE Caucus, Edge Effect, and International Planned Parenthood Federation, our guest speaker, Matcha Phorn-In, supported the organization of the first Pride in the Humanitarian System consultation in June 2018, which brought together civil society organizations working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) rights along with humanitarian actors. She joins us in this special series for Lesbian Visibility Week 2022 to discuss integrating diverse SOGIESC perspectives in humanitarian crisis prevention and response.

Listen in to Matcha Phorn-In talk about human rights and LGBTQIA+ indigenous community members.

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March 2022 Special Episode

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, is proud to launch our 9th Special episode, TDOV2022: Celebrating our Transgender Community and Raising Awareness of the Issues.

The LGBTQIA+ community has come a long way in the fight for acceptance. Our voices matter and will be heard. Many of our LGBTQIA+ community members have fought for decades for the right to be seen and heard.

We speak to Transgender activists, advocates, and artists about what Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV) means to them and the current issues that affect their lives. Speakers include those from Thailand, Houston, Los Angeles, and Missouri.

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March 2022

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, is proud to launch our 8th episode, The Battle For The LGBTQIA+ Community In Ukraine.

The LGBTQIA+ community has come a long way in the fight for acceptance. Our voices matter and will be heard. Many of our LGBTQIA+ community members have fought for decades for the right to be seen and heard.

The LGBTQIA+ community in Ukraine is at war because of an unprovoked attack from Russia. We hear from those in Ukraine undergoing significant pain and suffering. Please donate to support our friends, family, and loved ones in Ukraine during this challenging time by going to https://tinyurl.com/IPSLF.

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February 2022

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, is proud to launch our 7th episode, Worldwide LGBTQIA+ Black History.

The LGBTQIA+ community has come a long way in the fight for acceptance. Our voices matter and will be heard. Many of our LGBTQIA+ community members have fought for decades for the right to be seen, and heard. Our history as a community is so important to recognize the struggles of those before us.

Listen in as we discuss the importance of creating safe spaces and safe places for people of color and importance of recognizing black voices!

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January 2022

Content warning: the following episode contains sensitive material such as depression and suicide ideation.

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, is proud to launch our 6th episode, State of Global Affairs: Conversion Myth, Marriage Equality, and Pandemic Struggles.

The LGBTQIA+ community has come a long way in the fight for acceptance. Our voices matter and will be heard. Many of our LGBTQIA+ community members have fought for decades for the right to be seen, and heard. Our history as a community is so important to recognize the struggles of those before us.

Kicking off the year with topics from the countries of Canada, Japan, India, and closing thoughts from the big apple!

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December 2021

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, is proud to launch our 5th episode, Looking Back: The Fight Continues.

The LGBTQIA+ community has come a long way in the fight for acceptance. Our voices matter and will be heard. Many of our LGBTQIA+ community members have fought for decades for the right to be seen, and heard. Our history as a community is so important to recognize the struggles of those before us.

Listen and subscribe to InterPride's new podcast, InterPod on Spotify!

 

November 2021

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, is proud to launch our 4th episode, Trans Rights Are Human Rights.

As we honor Transgender Awareness Month, we bring stories from activists, leaders, and Pride organizers around the world.

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October 2021

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, is proud to launch our 3rd episode, Stonewalls Around The World.

Countries around the world have experienced Stonewalls, whereas some have not. Hear from people in different parts of the world on how their Stonewall Riot moment happened (or has yet to and why).

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September 2021

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, is proud to launch our 2nd episode, LGBTQIA+ Afghan Refugee Crisis.

Hosted by Michelle Meow, the second episode focuses on the LGBTQIA+ Afghan Refugee Crisis. Many of our LGBTQIA+ brothers and sisters have been forced to flee Afghanistan because of the conflict there.  What can you do about the Taliban's harsh treatment of our community members? Hear from individuals who know firsthand about it.

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August 2021

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, launched our 1st episode, WorldPride: The Fight For Acceptance on August 19th!

Hosted by Michelle Meow, the first episode focuses on WorldPride. Join us for the first episode where we hear from Somali immigrant and trans activist who lives in Denmark, Moeisha Ali Aden. We also hear from a former Professional Ice hockey player who is the third player to come out in the world of hockey, Jon Lee-Olsen. With WorldPride going on, we also hear from the Copenhagen WorldPride Chairperson since 2013, Lars Henriksen. As if that weren't enough, we have the honor of hearing from the Italian LGBTQIA+ leader Imma Battaglia who, when she was President of Mario Mieli, lead the bid for and organized the first WorldPride in Rome back in 2000. There's a first for everything in the world, and we hear from Queer performing artist Jean Michel and his new song, Heartbreak. Our closing guest is Kate Wickett, from Sydney 2023, the first woman elected as CEO to lead a WorldPride! These guests share their experiences, messages of hope and offer a map for us to follow in the fight for LGBTQIA+ equality worldwide!

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Host & Producer

Michelle Meow, host and producer of “The Michelle Meow Show,” is your A-Z, covering the LGBT, LMNOP, and everyone in between. She attended San Francisco State University and received a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and shortly after started her career in radio. Michelle’s show can be heard in San Francisco and nationally on the Progressive Voices Network. The local TV show can be seen on KBCW TV, Ch 44/ Cable 712 Sunday nights at 1030pm. In late 2017, Michelle began producing programs at the iconic Commonwealth Club of CA- dedicated to conversations around social justice with an intersectional lens. She has interviewed notable thought leaders such as Olympic medalist Adam Rippon, NFL’s first out LGBTQ coach Katie Sowers, a first American woman in space, Sally Ride’s widow Tam O’Shaughnessy, actresses Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, and Lily Tomlin, and more. Her interviews also include local dignitaries, community advocates, and elected leaders. Michelle has also been a co-host of the San Francisco Pride Parade broadcast since 2006. She served as Board President of the San Francisco Pride Board of Directors from 2015-2018. She is a self-described LGBTQI+ history geek, information sponge, and a lover, not a fighter.  Learn more at: www.michellemeow.com.

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