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64 minutes | a month ago
Dr. Kristin Beasley, Overcoming Trauma and Building Resilience
Dr. Kristin Beasley, better known as Dr. B., by her clients is a clinical psychologist. She is the Founder of Leave a Lifeprint Coaching and Consulting and the host of the podcast, Delusional Optimism. Her passion is empowering people to heal trauma and build resilience specifically when it comes to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Today she shares about navigating her own childhood trauma, coming out after being married to a man for 20 years, and what life is like today.
58 minutes | a month ago
Harma Hartouni, Finding Purpose and Success Through Life's Challenges
Harma Hartouni is a self-made entrepreneur, proud husband, father, and survivor. Born in the U.S. and raised in Iran, Harma learned at a young age that he needed to rely on himself. After surviving a tragic accident, came with it the opportunity to move to the United States. Once arriving in LA he began to embrace the gay man that he was and live from the inside out. This would lead him to become a successful business owner and create a family of his own. Harma has embraced the challenges that he has faced and used that tenacity to continue to move his life forward. He talks about his life story in his new book, Getting Back Up: A Story of Resilience, Self-Acceptance & Success. And today, we are just scratching the surface of his journey.
99 minutes | a month ago
Anjali Rimi, Uplifting South Asian Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People
Anjali Rimi was born in Hyderabad, India, and realized that she was different from the other children around her. Having to flee from her homeland to begin to understand who she was, she found herself in The United States. For the first time in her life, instead of facing harassment over her gender identity, she faced racism. After obtaining her degree and understanding how to navigate in this new world, and keeping to herself, she thrived. Only to find, that hiding her transgender experience from the world did not feed her soul. She needed to come out to the world and thus, Parivar was born.
87 minutes | 2 months ago
Jeff Miller, Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life with Intuition as Your Guide
Jeff Miller is the Co-Host and Co-Creator of Talk Out Loud. Jeff has fond memories, when he was young, of the magical stories he would hear from his father and at church. As he was maturing one of the stories that the church told, did not allow for a part of who he was. Having to leave home to be himself, he realized that the self-destruction in his life would only turn around, once he took ownership of it. In doing so, he found himself with a loving family, a farm, and eventually, true love. Today he finds joy in helping others tap into intuition by examining instincts and fear.
81 minutes | 2 months ago
Dr. Jesus Hernandez-Burgos, Inspiring Others from Puerto Rican Drag Pageants to Healthcare in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Jesus walks us through his journey in life as what it was like growing up in the countryside of Puerto Rico. Having a solid foundation from his family and rustic roots, he moved into bigger cities later in his life. Facing challenges, hardships, and a family tragedy, he found a passion for the art of drag at Yeveah Altieri, which helped him travel all over the world. All the while he was finishing his Doctoral program to become an Epidemiologist, which would take him to Washington, D.C. to work for the Federal Government. You can also listen to his podcast, ¡Ya! con Yeveah Altieri on all major platforms.
64 minutes | 2 months ago
Ryan Cassata, God Loves Us Living Out Our Truth
Ryan Cassata is an award-winning singer-songwriter, actor, performer, published writer, LGBTQ+ activist, and motivational speaker. Ryan has worked hard to advance his career since the age 13. Learning that his love for music came at a young age, his mother encouraged him to follow his passion. His music helped take him on a journey, learning about love and himself. Today, Ryan is working to help combat homelessness and equality for transgender people.
65 minutes | 2 months ago
Nicki 'Faith' Turner, Facilitating Access Into Transformative Housing
Nicki ‘Faith’Turner is the Founder of Helping Facilitating Access Into Transformative Housing (F.A.I.T.H), an organization dedicated to strengthening the minds and futures of transgender, nonbinary, and intersex humans. Their work includes rehousing those who are homeless and helping acquire essential goods from clothing to cell phones, and more. They also help provide access to medical care, rides to doctor visits, and other appointments.
63 minutes | 3 months ago
Jeffrey Masters, An Entrepreneur in Storytelling
Jeffrey Masters is the host and producer of the podcast, “LGBTQ & A.’ He speaks with some of the most interesting queer people in the world, including Roxane Gay, Laverne Cox, and Pete Buttigieg. Jeffrey was raised in North Carolina and being in a sheltered community, he grew to understand how important it is to have visibility for minority communities. After moving to Los Angeles, he discovered the art of podcasting. He was a pioneer in the industry where with hard work, determination, he has created a platform for queer people. To learn more about Jeffrey, click here to visit his profile page on our website!
72 minutes | 3 months ago
Kalyela Josephs, 'Coach K,' Embracing Your Spirituality and Sexuality
Coach K is a spiritual life coach that is helping the LGBTQ+ Community fully embrace their spirituality and sexuality. Growing up in a conservative family, she was taught that being a queer person was not ok. When trying to express her sexuality in a parochial religious environment, everything that she worked for was almost taken away from her. Eventually, she learned that she could live as an out person, but that was not enough. She had to go back and heal herself from her past traumas in order to blossom into the person she is today. Click here to learn more about Coach K on our website!
67 minutes | 3 months ago
Matthias Roberts, Moving Beyond Shame and into a Healthy Sex Life
Matthias is a psychotherapist, author of the book Beyond Shame: Creating a Healthy Sex Life on Your Own Terms, and the host of Queerology: A Podcast on Belief and Being. He grew up in the midwest in a conservative Christian community during the purity movement of the ’80s and ’90s. Realizing that he was gay as an adolescent he set out to change his same-sex attraction. This journey actually led him to accept his own sexuality. Today he is helping LGBTQI plus people connect and live fulfilling lives by writing and speaking nationwide. He also serves on the board of Beloved Arise, a non-profit dedicated to fighting for the lives of queer youth of faith. To learn more about Matthias, click here to visit his profile on our website.
66 minutes | 3 months ago
Eric Marcus, Uncovering Gay History
Eric is a journalist, author, and the host of Making Gay History, The Podcast. Growing up what books he could find about being gay were disturbing. This inspired him to set out to write the books he wished had been on the shelves when he was a young person. To do that, he began interviewing people and started to uncover the history of our queer ancestors. In the process he recorded these interviews and learned that ultimately, most of them rejected what society said about them, they followed their passions and instincts, and they helped change the world. Thirty years later after writing the book Eric would carry the torch again bringing the stories to life in a whole new way. Follow Eric on Twitter
77 minutes | 4 months ago
Alysse Dalessandro Santiago, Is Ready to Stare
Alysse is a Midwest plus size fashion blogger, LGBTQ influencer, writer, designer, and professional speaker based in Cleveland, Ohio. Growing up, she was inspired by her business savvy mother and drawn to gender studies and fashion. After leaving Ohio, she made her way to the big city, Chicago. For the first time, she met other queer people like her. On the outside, her style displayed a strong confident woman but underneath that was a timid personality wanting love. Then one day while crossing a busy intersection something happened that would forever change her life. From that moment on she would realize that she was capable of anything!
92 minutes | 4 months ago
Stan "JR" Zerkowski, Faith, Self-Discovery, and Service in the Catholic Church
"JR" is the Director of LGBTQ+ Ministry for the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, and the Executive Director of Fortunate Families. He travels speaking about LGBTQ+ intentional welcome and ministry within the Catholic Church. At a young age, he was inspired by the Franciscans to help rebuild the church and went to work in music ministry at a Church. Over the years he grew in confidence and was able to come out as a gay man while being part of a groundbreaking movement, catering to those patients marginalized with HIV and AIDS through the Church. From that tremendous learning experience, he has continued to help the Church bring dignity to those in peril. "JR" reminds us that by answering the tug at our hearts to love others we are in turn loving God.
80 minutes | 4 months ago
Alex Thompson, Building Bridges in Humanity
Alex is a diversity and inclusion speaker and has a passion for building bridges between communities. Alex shares his journey from growing up in a religious household and what it was like coming out to his Baptist Minister father and family. After leaving home, he found others like him. During his coming of age, he met the love of his life, which had it's own set of hurdles. Alex today works professionally educating people on how we can build bridges between those who are different from one another, using consistent gentle behaviors. Follow Alex on Facebook.
88 minutes | 4 months ago
Bohdi Calagna, Music, Healing, and Becoming the Most Epic Remix of Yourself
Bodhi is an artist, coach, mentor, and an internationally renowned DJ and music producer that has remixed legendary artists including Yoko Ono, Ricky Martin & Pitbull. Growing up in Dubai, they experienced there is something mystical in music that soothes the soul that can give birth to new ideas and ultimately lead to new adventures. After moving back to the states they started creating music. Spending hours mixing, listening, and studying they mastered the art of remixing. After achieving much success, a dark period of life encompassed them and they wanted to vanish. They trusted their intuition that led them to the Rocky Mountains where they took a deep dive into personal work, healing of past trauma, and reconciling their gender. This created a desire to be of service and help other people heal and be free to express their heart’s calling. Follow Bodhi for inspiration on Instagram and to keep up with music and life on Instagram and Twitter.
70 minutes | 5 months ago
Channyn Lynne Parker
Channyn is a Human rights advocate, public speaker, community-centric leader, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Howard Brown Health Center and serves on the board, at Equality Illinois. In 2011, the Cook County Board of Corrections set out to implement new policies for transgender inmates. This coincided with Channyn being brought on as a Re-entry Specialist. While working at the jail, she started encouraging the inmates to have conversations that led them to think in ways they did not know they had the capacity. This new thinking inspired worthiness and value in their lives. She then brought in non-transgender male inmates where they experienced common ground aside from their identities and realized that there is a shared humanity amongst all of us. From this experience, she realized the way things are going to get better is if all of us come together as the sum of humanity and let go of what is blocking us. Follow Channyn on LinkedIn
73 minutes | 5 months ago
Jared is a talented makeup artist, cancer survivor, and Be the Match Board Ambassador. At the age of twenty-four, working two jobs and saving as much as he could, he moved across the country to Los Angeles. There, working at a restaurant he met some other creatives that were impressed with his makeup skills when he showed up to work in drag on Halloween. He was encouraged to expand his work beyond weddings and proms. Around the same time, he was motivated to get involved with an organization helping homeless youth. There, a chance meeting led to him working with some young reality TV stars. As his career had taken off he observed that something was wrong with his body that led to a cancer diagnosis that would change everything. Instagram
91 minutes | 5 months ago
Brandon is a Pulse Nightclub survivor and a nationally recognized gun safety and LGBTQI civil rights activist. Growing up Brandon had a difficult time finding acceptance for who he was from his family, friends, school, and hometown. He auditioned for a job that brought him to Orlando, Florida. This is where he found his “chosen family” and began to learn to love himself and be comfortable with who he is in the world. Finding refuge in gay bars and being surround by his friends he did what so many of us do and went out Saturday night June 12, 2016. Tragedy often strikes change for someone, and as you will hear, that is what happened for Brandon after that night. He now is the Central Florida Development Officer and Media Relations Manager, for Equality Florida and works to end violence through action. Follow Brandon on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Photo Credit: Ryan McGinley
67 minutes | 6 months ago
Anthony Navarro is the Founder and Creative Director of Liven It Up Events, a nationwide event production company with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles. He’s an author, producer, entrepreneur, talk show host, and speaker. His early years were shaped by the time spent at his family's restaurant. There he witnessed the importance of coming together around the table with friends and family. He then had to learn how to navigate life when there is loss and pain so he could continue to live and flourish. He’s now using all those skill sets in crafting life experiences for people through various media formats. Follow Anthony on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
63 minutes | 6 months ago
Bob Kiser is an author, speaker, coach, mediator, and radio host. He empowers people to let go of fear, embody who they really want to be, and create sustainable change in their own lives. Using the challenging situations he faced during his childhood as a springboard to create the life that he wants, he now teaches those lessons through various media. We spend some time working through his book, Create the Life of Your Dreams, to use strategies he teaches to help turn a dream into reality. Follow Bob on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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