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The Global Voices of Pride Podcast, InterPod, where the world comes together for the LGBTQIA+ community!

Producer & Host, Michelle Meow

Producer & Host, Michelle Meow

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.

2022 Episodes

November 2022: TDoR 2022

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The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, where the world comes together for the LGBTQIA+ community, is proud to launch our 29th episode, TDoR 2022 | White Privilege, Racism, and Trans Leadership.

 

About Episode 29

 

In this episode, we talk with Suzanne Ford (she/her), the interim Executive Director of San Francisco Pride, about Trans Day of Remembrance, white privilege, racism, and trans leadership.

 

Guest Speaker: Suzanne Ford (she/her)

 

About Suzanne Ford

 

San Francisco Pride’s Interim Executive Director is Suzanne Ford (she/her). She is the first trans woman to hold the position in the history of San Francisco Pride and a fierce activist working toward equal rights for the trans community. She is a founding member of the SF Pride Golf Tournament, the first and only PGA-endorsed event ensuring queer visibility in one of the most cis-heteronormative spaces in the world– as well as SF Pride’s most lucrative board-led annual fundraiser to date. Suzanne has also served as president of the board of the Spahr Center in Marin County and as a board member, vice president, and treasurer of SF Pride. She is from Kentucky and got her Bachelor of Arts in history with honors from Murray State University. She then attended Howard Law School. She was a regional sales manager at Revere Packaging for over 11 years and was named by Plastic News as one of the Women Breaking the Mold in the Packaging Industry in 2017. She also works on the board at Trans Heartline. Suzanne lives in the SF Bay area with her wife, Beverly, and son, Daniel. She is available to speak to groups or employers about trans issues and her experience facing the world as a trans woman.

 

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Listen in as we hear from Suzanne Ford!

 

Special edition from 2021 TDoR InterPod: ShaGasyia “Shea” Diamond

 

Shea Diamond is an American singer, songwriter, and transgender rights, activist. Her music is chiefly soul and R&B and includes elements of bluesrockhip-hop, and folk. Her songwriting ability has been described as “demonstrating a rare gift to portray raw, dynamic emotion in a way that moves the body as much as the spirit.” Her influences include Whitney Houston and Tina Turner.

 

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November 2022: Qatar & LGBTQIA+ Rights

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The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, where the world comes together for the LGBTQIA+ community, is proud to launch our 28th episode, The World Cup, Qatar, and LGBTQIA+ Rights.

 

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.

 

About Episode 28

In this episode, we discuss The World Cup, Qatar, and LGBTQIA+ Rights with Dr. Nas Mohamed (they/them).

FIFA will bring the World Cup to Qatar, attracting millions of fans from around the world. Leaders and corporations have vowed that LGBTQIA+ people are welcomed and will be safe in the country, despite lacking legal protections for LGBTQIA+ people.

 

About Dr. Nas Mohamed (they/them)

Since coming out, Dr. Nas has been involved with a very extensive international campaign. He is connected to the larger LGBT community in Qatar and has been working with Amnesty International, the human rights watch, and the international lesbian and gay association to get some accurate reflections and reports on country conditions for LGBT Qataris. This is time sensitive because this is the first time LGBT rights in Qatar are being discussed and there are no reports of what has been happening on the grounds. Qatar’s PR and marketing are projecting a tolerant approach, which is quite different from the reality on the ground. There are plans to retaliate post the World Cup locally and support is needed. Dr. Nas is opening the first nonprofit organization, Alwan Foundation, to keep advocating for the cause.

 

Follow Dr. Nas on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

 

Listen in as we hear from Dr. Nas Mohamed!

 

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

 

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October 2022: InterPride’s World Conference

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The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, where the world comes together for the LGBTQIA+ community, is proud to launch our 27th episode, About InterPride’s Upcoming World Conference 2022, Hosted In Guadalajara, Mexico.

 

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.

 

About Episode 27

In this episode, we discuss the upcoming Annual General Meeting & World Conference hosted in Guadalajara, Mexico! Learn more about the conference at www.interpride.org/conference.

 

About Andrea Covarrubias (she/her)

Andrea is the marketing, communications, and PR coordinator for the Guadalajara Pride and CEO of PuroMole Creative Agency, which works hand in hand with Guadalajara Pride. With more than 12 years of social media experience and more than 15 years of film production and advertising.

 

Listen in as we hear from Andrea Covarrubias!

 

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

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September 2022: Vietnam’s Healthcare Standard

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The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, where the world comes together for the LGBTQIA+ community, is proud to launch our 26th episode, Vietnam Sets New Healthcare Standard: LGBTQIA+ Is NOT A Disease.

 

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.

 

About Episode 26

Vietnam’s Health Ministry officially confirmed on August 3, 2022, that same-sex attraction and being transgender are not mental health conditions; Vietnam’s new directive states that “the American Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organization (WHO) have confirmed that homosexuality is entirely not an illness. Therefore, homosexuality cannot be ‘cured’ nor need[s] to be ‘cured’ and cannot be converted in any way.”

 

In this episode, we discuss the new change and its impact on the LGBTQIA+ community in Vietnam, especially regarding conversion therapy.

 

About Phong Vuong (he/him)

Phong Vuong is currently working as the LGBTI Rights Program Manager at the Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE), a local NGO working to advance human rights in Vietnam, focusing on LGBTI issues. Phong aims to build independent, sustainable, and community-led movements through creating new knowledge, empowering individuals and community organizations, and amplifying their voices to stakeholders in the public and private sectors. Phong has been engaged with the LGBTI movement in Vietnam since 2016 through advocacy and social campaigns for topics such as depathologization, same-sex marriage (the Law on Marriage and Family), and legal gender recognition (the Civil Code), and has led iSEE’s work on Marriage Equality in Vietnam since 2019.

 

Follow iSEE on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

 

Listen in as we hear from Phong Vuong!

 

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

 

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September 2022: Afghanistan One Year Later

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The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, where the world comes together for the LGBTQIA+ community, is proud to launch our 25th episode, Afghanistan: The Impact On LGBTQIA+ Afghans One Year Later.

 

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.

 

About Episode 25: One year after the United States pulled out of Afghanistan, we hear from Ozlam and the radical changes that have unfolded since the Taliban regained control.

 

About Ozlam (she/her/hers): Ozlam, the organizer of the protest in Pakistan for LGBTQIA+ Afghans, is the advocacy officer for the organization Roshaniya.

 

She is considered one of the bravest Transgender activists alive today and the Malala of Afghanistan — as she emerges as an icon for LGBTQIA+ Afghans and LGBTQIA+ youth in Islamic countries and beyond.

 

Ozlam has mobilized dozens of brave LGBTQIA+ Afghan activists to show up and fight for their right to live and be free.

 

Her interview is translated by Sohil — photographer and videographer for Roshaniya.

 

Follow Ozlam on Twitter!

 

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Listen in as we hear from Ozlam!

 

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

 

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August 2022: Hong Kong

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The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, where the world comes together for the LGBTQIA+ community, is proud to launch our 24th episode, Hong Kong: Suppression Disguised as Security.

 

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 2020, China introduced new national security laws in response to mass pro-democracy protests.

 

The law criminalizes any acts of secession (breaking away from the country), subversion: undermining the power of authority of the central government, terrorism (using violence or intimidation against people, and collusion with foreign or external forces.

 

A key provision of the national security law is that Beijing has the power over how the law is interpreted. Hundreds of protesters and activists have been arrested since the law was enacted.

 

Our speaker is Jerome Yau, co-founder of Hong Kong Marriage Equality. He joins us about how the national security law has affected the movement for marriage equality in Hong Kong.

 

Jerome has broad experience in the NGO sector as a communicator and strategist. A champion of equality, he is actively involved in LGBT+ rights advocacy. He was the brainchild behind policy formation at Pink Alliance, and in 2019 he co-founded Hong Kong Marriage Equality. In addition, he has served on the board of AIDS Concern since 2014.

 

Jerome graduated from the University of British Columbia, majoring in history and political science. He began his career as a journalist in Canada and then moved on to become a communications professional with experience in corporate communications, content management, media relations, public affairs, and external relations.

 

Follow Jerome on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

 

Listen in as we hear from Jerome Yau!

 

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

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August 2022: Turkey Pride Denied 

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The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, where the world comes together for the LGBTQIA+ community, is proud to launch our 23rd episode, Turkey: Pride Denied — Freedom of Assembly, Speech, and Expression.

 

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.

 

According to Human Rights Watch, an unprecedented number of young people were arrested and detained by Turkish police at this year’s Pride festivities.

 

It was cited as a security risk and the need to maintain public order by local authorities who had banned the march. Protests and Pride events were held throughout the country, including Istanbul’s 30th annual celebration.

 

We’re joined by Ilgin & Ozan, two young activists and students from QueerAnka, to talk about what’s happening in Turkey.

 

Listen in as we hear from Ilgin & Ozan!

 

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

 

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July 2022: Thailand Freedom Of Expression

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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: Trans Youth Under Attack

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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: Namibia The Fight For Marriage Equality

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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: Discrimination & Hate In Latin America

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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: “Don’t Say Gay” Bill In Florida

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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: Transgender Equality In Hong Kong

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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 go through 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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May 2022: InterPride Co-Founder Marsha H. Levine

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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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May 2022: Pat Tietgens & Michelle Zhang

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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: Victoria Kolakowski American Judge

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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: Transgender Lesbian Love Story

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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 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.

 

In 2017, she became an Emerge CA 2017 and Equality California Leadership Institute Alumna. Tiffany has worked in HIV Prevention and Trans Health for 20+ years creating and implementing innovative, nationally and internationally recognized inclusive health care programs for transgender and gender nonbinary folx. She has trained medical providers and Police Academy recruits on trans identity and community relations and provided technical assistance to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) International in Central America for their National Trans Health Service Strategy in Guatemala and Panama. She currently works at the California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS, as the first Transgender Health and Community Engagement Specialist and state Co-Chair for the California HIV Planning Group.

 

Listen in as we hear Tiffany talk about her journey from coming out as trans in 1989 to spearheading the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights!

 

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April 2022: Madonna Cacciatore

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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: Advancing Equality In Guatemala

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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: Indigenous LGBTQIA+

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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: TDOV2022

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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: LGBTQIA+ Community In Ukraine

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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.

 

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February 2022: LGBTQIA+ Black History

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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: State of Global Affairs

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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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2021 Episodes

December 2021: The Fight Continues

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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.

 

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November 2021: Trans Rights Are Human Rights

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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: Stonewalls Around The World

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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: LGBTQIA+ Afghan Crisis

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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: WorldPride

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

 

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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