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The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse

The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse

By Shannon Wong Lerner, Ph.D.
This podcast features cutting-edge diverse professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, and activists. The Intersection is a podcast created by and for Queer People of Color and Gender Non-Conforming People. Each episode includes: 🌈 An introduction 🌈 The Intersection where each guest explains what they do in beginners’ terms 🌈 An open talk about current issues that affect diverse people in work and life 🌈 A mentoring section 🌈 A take-away on what we learned Hosted by Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner, Communication Coach, Thought Leader, Keynote Speaker, and DEI & Communication Skills Trainer.
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The Intersection S2 E7 P2 Threat to Roe with Evonnia Woods Phd from Reproaction PRIDE edition
We invite you to attend PRIDE EDITION 🏳️‍🌈❤️🏳️‍⚧️ Season 2, Episode 7 of The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse. Reproductive Justice, Bodily Autonomy, and Agency During the Threat of Overturning Roe vs. Wade with Special Guest Evonnia Woods, Ph.D. from Reproaction. In this 2-part series, Dr. Shannon speaks with reproductive justice expert, Evonnia Woods about the threat of the Supreme Court taking away Roe vs Wade specifically impacting the LGBTQIA+, trans, and GNC community. Reproductive rights are sexual rights and gender identity rights too! In Part I, we discussed the history and backdrop of State bans on abortion and restrictions leading up to recently to the Supreme Court official decision set in June. Part two for PRIDE in June focuses on the repercussions of Roe vs. Wade being overturned for LGBTQ, GNC, and Trans people and includes other marginalized folx. 👉🏽👉🏽👉🏽This was a recorded in late-April and we've been having this discussion together since last year. Attend to hear a thoughtful, well-informed conversation about Roe v Wade and what led up to what's happening now with the Supreme Court's official decision in June. 2 15-min podcasts packed with vital information and experience. *The episode premiere link is up! Set your reminder on YouTube! For episode #1, also visit Dr. Shannon's YouTube channel from the link on this page where you can see the episode that came before the PRIDE special.
16:17
June 24, 2022
Season 2, Ep 7: The Threat of Overturning Roe v Wade with Evonnia Woods, Ph.D. from Reproaction
We invite you to attend Season 2, Episode 7 of The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse. Reproductive Justice, Bodily Autonomy, and Agency During the Threat of Overturning Roe vs. Wade with Special Guest Evonnia Woods, Ph.D. from Reproaction.  In this 2-part series, Dr. Shannon speaks with Evonnia Woods about the threat of the Supreme Court taking away Roe vs Wade. We discuss the history and backdrop of State bans on abortion and restrictions leading up to recently to the Supreme Court official decision set in June.  Our conversation is personal, relatable, and accessible to anyone who doesn't know policy. Evonnia talks about how reproductive justice is intersectional and always includes BIPoC, WoC, immigrants, the unhoused, GNC and trans people, etc.  Part two for PRIDE in June focuses on the repercussions of Roe vs. Wade being overturned for LGBTQ, GNC, and Trans people and includes other marginalized folx. 👉🏽👉🏽👉🏽This was a recorded in late-April and we've been having this discussion together since last year. Attend to hear a thoughtful, well-informed conversation about Roe v Wade and what led up to what's happening now with the Supreme Court's official decision in June.  2 15-min podcasts packed with vital information and experience.  ******* Evonnia Woods, PhD Movement Building & Research Manager | Reproaction Evonnia has spent the last five years employing principles of intersectionality as a reproductive justice organizer and movement builder with Reproaction, where she has worked on increasing birth control and abortion access, addressing racial health disparities, and ending HIV criminalization. Her advocacy has prioritized relationship building with health experts and social justice leaders which, amongst other things, have enabled her to launch and lead a maternal and infant mortality campaign, co-organize a feminist consciousness-raising group, and join a feminist community radio show as a host discussing reproductive justice issues. You can learn more about Evonnia's role at Reproaction and their projects and mission: https://reproaction.org @reproaction Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner:  Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner (she/they) is a cross-continental scholar, thought leader, keynote speaker, and DEI & communication skills trainer whose work spans across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Since 2016, she’s brought together academic, wellness, and communication coaching and consulting expertise for a cross-cultural and cross-continental integration of innovative ideas, healthy practices, and creativity. She is the host of The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse, programming made by and for QPoC and GNC individuals and Communication for Diverse People.  https://drshannonwl.com @dr_shannon_wl  The Intersection is a not-for-profit project that relies on donations. Currently for this year, we have only reached $540 out of our $8,000 goal! If you like what you hear, please consider donating. Even $10 would be great to add to our production fees. See our GoFundMe here: https://gofund.me/9476c47f Theme Music created by: L’envol Du Papillon by Patchworker f.k.a. [friendzoned] | https://soundcloud.com/patchworker  Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com  Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.
16:48
May 23, 2022
Season 2, Episode 6: Your Body Can Feel Amazing Things with Andy Duran
The Intersection is proud to present Andy Duran, founder of Chub Rollz Fat Skate Sesh and Sex Educator of Good Vibrations for Season 2 Episode 6: Your Body Can Feel Amazing Things! I've been excited about the intersection Andy creates for this episode for a long time: body positivity, sex positivity, fat positivity, Blackness and BIPoC folx, transness, and queer-positive spaces to feel safe being both empowered and vulnerable. Andy and I created this episode together to bridge the gap between embodiment from activities like skating and that ripple effect to intimacy. Join us! Andy's Bio: Andy Duran (he/him) is a Good Vibrations sex educator and the founder of Chub Rollz. He is a fat, Blaxican, queer, trans community organizer from Oakland, California. As an educator for 20 years, this California bear cub loves providing accessible resources and support that empowers his community. When not working, Andy can usually be found singing George Michael, blushing, and skateboarding around town. Check out what Andy does in his community! Chub Rollz: https://www.instagram.com/chubrollz/  Good Vibrations: IG @ / goodvibestoys (can't direct link for obvious reasons), goodvibes.com Dr. SWL's Bio: Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner (she/they) is the host of The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse, programming made by and for QPoC and GNC people. She is a bi-racial androgynous Asian American who has worked as a community-oriented artist-scholar and cultural storyteller across 3 continents. For 20+ years, she has worked professionally as a Communication Coach & Consultant, Thought Leader, Keynote Speaker, DEI & Communication Skills Trainer.  See Dr. Shannon's website here: https://drshannonwl.com OUR MISSION: The Intersection is a not-for-profit project that tells the stories of QPoC and GNC people. I started The Intersection because I didn’t see anyone open a platform to represent us accurately. And to take the time to ask, “What do you want to talk about?” And whatever that was, to make that happen! SUBSCRIBE and PARTICIPATE: please subscribe to our YouTube and Apple Podcast or Spotify channels. See these links on our IG Bio and leave comments, likes, and Tell Your Friends! The more visibility, the more people we will reach! MAKING a DONATION (can be small, $1, $5, $10) to our GoFundMe page HERE 💰👩🏼‍🎤👨🏽‍🎤🦄 These are for production costs ONLY. https://gofund.me/05aa6a24 Intro/Outro music: L’envol Du Papillon by Patchworker f.k.a. [friendzoned] | https://soundcloud.com/patchworker Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en_US
23:41
March 20, 2022
GenderCool Helps Transgender and Non-Binary Youth Tell Their Own Stories P2
Join us for The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse Season 2, Episode 5, Part 1 "BE YOU & Unapologetically Out Loud: GenderCool Helps TG and NB Youth Tell Their Own Stories." With Gearah Goldstein, She is the Founder of GenderCool and Diversity Equity and Inclusion Expert, wife, parent, and proud transgender person. In this beautifully spoken episode, Gearah Goldstein universalizes the youth experience and explains to us how trans and non-binary kids and teens are youth just like any others. She also helps us better understand WHO trans kids and non-binary kids are. And the importance of the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation. Gearah explains the recent trans bans especially when pertaining to trans kids and teens is the age-old practice of scapegoating onto those whom you don't understand. And turning that into fear and hate. As well as the saddest aspects that this is being done to children. Getting beyond the trauma scripts many of us carry as marginalized people and groups, Gearah speaks in these episodes about how children deserve and need consistency, positivity, and stability. And she teaches us how to learn the best ways to become more present, and to become allies and advocates to trans and non-binary kids and teens. Let's think of ourselves not only as LGBTQ siblings to one another. But also how we can be the mentors, supporters, and caregivers to our trans and non-binary youth out there. This episode is important for ALL of us but especially for parents or caregivers or family of trans and NB kids and teens. And for anyone in education or who works with kids! Listen to these lovely stories told by GenderCool's founder and she-ro! This episode includes Part 1 & Part 2. Both are equally amazing and distinctly educational for those of us in the LGBTQIA+ community as well as allies, co-conspirators, and advocates. ******* Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner is the host of The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse, programming made by and for QPoC and GNC people. She is also a Communication Coach & Consultant, Thought Leader, Keynote Speaker, DEI & Communication Skills Trainer. See Dr. Shannon's website here: https://drshannonwl.com ******* OUR MISSION: The Intersection is a not-for-profit project that tells the stories of QPoC and GNC people. I started The Intersection because I didn’t see anyone open a platform to represent us accurately. And to take the time to ask, “What do you want to talk about?” And whatever that was, to make that happen! SUBSCRIBE and PARTICIPATE: please subscribe to our YouTube and Apple Podcast or Spotify channels. See these links on our IG Bio and leave comments, likes, and Tell Your Friends! The more visibility, the more people we will reach! ******* MAKING a DONATION (can be small, $1, $5, $10) to our GoFundMe page HERE 💰👩🏼‍🎤👨🏽‍🎤🦄 we have $870 left to go for our quarterly goals! These are for production costs ONLY. https://gofund.me/05aa6a24 Love, Dr. Shannon 👩���‍🎤🎙and the Intersection Community 👨🏻‍🎤🦄🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️ I'm going live using StreamYard! Before leaving a comment, please grant StreamYard permission to see your name at streamyard.com/facebook
43:33
February 21, 2022
GenderCool Helps Transgender and Non-Binary Youth Tell Their Own Stories P1
Join us for The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse Season 2, Episode 5, Part 1 "BE YOU & Unapologetically Out Loud: GenderCool Helps TG and NB Youth Tell Their Own Stories." With Gearah Goldstein, She is the Founder of GenderCool and Diversity Equity and Inclusion Expert, wife, parent, and proud transgender person. In this beautifully spoken episode, Gearah Goldstein universalizes the youth experience and explains to us how trans and non-binary kids and teens are youth just like any others. She also helps us better understand WHO trans kids and non-binary kids are. And the importance of the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation. Gearah explains the recent trans bans especially when pertaining to trans kids and teens is the age-old practice of scapegoating onto those whom you don't understand. And turning that into fear and hate. As well as the saddest aspects that this is being done to children. Getting beyond the trauma scripts many of us carry as marginalized people and groups, Gearah speaks in these episodes about how children deserve and need consistency, positivity, and stability. And she teaches us how to learn the best ways to become more present, and to become allies and advocates to trans and non-binary kids and teens. Let's think of ourselves not only as LGBTQ siblings to one another. But also how we can be the mentors, supporters, and caregivers to our trans and non-binary youth out there. This episode is important for ALL of us but especially for parents or caregivers or family of trans and NB kids and teens. And for anyone in education or who works with kids! Listen to these lovely stories told by GenderCool's founder and she-ro! This episode includes Part 1 & Part 2. Both are equally amazing and distinctly educational for those of us in the LGBTQIA+ community as well as allies, co-conspirators, and advocates. ******* Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner is the host of The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse, programming made by and for QPoC and GNC people. She is also a Communication Coach & Consultant, Thought Leader, Keynote Speaker, DEI & Communication Skills Trainer. See Dr. Shannon's website here: https://drshannonwl.com ******* OUR MISSION: The Intersection is a not-for-profit project that tells the stories of QPoC and GNC people. I started The Intersection because I didn’t see anyone open a platform to represent us accurately. And to take the time to ask, “What do you want to talk about?” And whatever that was, to make that happen! SUBSCRIBE and PARTICIPATE: please subscribe to our YouTube and Apple Podcast or Spotify channels. See these links on our IG Bio and leave comments, likes, and Tell Your Friends! The more visibility, the more people we will reach! ******* MAKING a DONATION (can be small, $1, $5, $10) to our GoFundMe page HERE 💰👩🏼‍🎤👨🏽‍🎤🦄 we have $870 left to go for our quarterly goals! These are for production costs ONLY. https://gofund.me/05aa6a24 Love, Dr. Shannon 👩���‍🎤🎙and the Intersection Community 👨🏻‍🎤🦄🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️ I'm going live using StreamYard! Before leaving a comment, please grant StreamYard permission to see your name at streamyard.com/facebook
50:17
February 20, 2022
Season 2, Episode 4, P2: Growing Up In the Trans Spotlight: Transcending Expectations with Ryan Cassata
In this special episode, I sat down with Ryan Cassata to talk about what it means to be so publicly visible while feeling like you have to hide parts of who you are. Season 2, Episode 4, “Growing Up In the Trans Spotlight: Transcending Expectations with Ryan Cassata” is specifically Ryan’s story but it is also many of ours too. Of taking on the pressure of what society has put on us for far too long, confronting that, and making our lives unapologetically our own. Both our public and personal lives. Ryan Cassata came into the trans spotlight at 15 when he was interviewed on Larry King and since then has made his dreams come true with multiple acclaimed albums, as a leading actor in independent film, and as an award-winning LGBTQ activist, speaker, and writer. This first part of his podcast, he discusses more what it’s been like to be seen and expected to present himself as if he were perpetually that same 15-year old when he’s been an adult legally for the last 10 years. As a 28 year old trans celebrity 28, Ryan speaks freely about what his life is like now. And his departure from his older image. He explains the kink and BDSM culture in his recently-released music video “Coffin.” And we both talk about how other celebrities who have a primarily youthful fan base such as Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X have dealt with their own fame and their responsibility to their fans. In this section “Kink / BDSM Culture” we discuss body positivity and staying grounded and feeling safe and healthy in a queer / trans body, sex positivity, and the historical lineage and importance of kink and BDSM in LGBTQ culture. The second section of Part 1 “Creating Alternatives to Transnormativity and Transmedicalism” describes how heteronormativity, homonormativity has effected the trans community and trans youth by confronting transnormativity and the harmful beliefs of transmedicalists. Ryan offers healthy alternatives to this perspective for trans and gender non-conforming youth which is loving yourself and being around people whom you trust. As well as being unapologetically yourself in whatever gender identity and expression and orientation feels right to you! ******* Ryan Cassata is an Accomplished Singer-Songwriter, Award-Winning LGBTQ Activist, Speaker, Writer, and Actor. You can find info on Ryan’s music, events, and appearances here: https://ryancassata.com ******* Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner is the host of The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse, programming made by and for QPoC and GNC people. She is also a Communication Coach & Consultant, Thought Leader, Keynote Speaker, DEI & Communication Skills Trainer. See Dr. Shannon's website here: https://drshannonwl.com ******* OUR MISSION: The Intersection is a not-for-profit project that tells the stories of QPoC and GNC people. SUBSCRIBE and PARTICIPATE: please subscribe to our YouTube and Apple Podcast or Spotify channels. ******* MAKING a DONATION (can be small, $1, $5, $10) to our GoFundMe page HERE 💰👩🏼‍🎤👨🏽‍🎤🦄 we have $870 left to go for our quarterly goals! These are for production costs ONLY. https://gofund.me/05aa6a24 Love, Dr. Shannon 👩🏼‍🎤🎙and the Intersection Community 👨🏻‍🎤🦄🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️
42:46
January 16, 2022
Season 2, Episode 4: Growing Up In the Trans Spotlight: Transcending Expectations with Ryan Cassata
In this special episode, I sat down with Ryan Cassata to talk about what it means to be so publicly visible while feeling like you have to hide parts of who you are. Season 2, Episode 4, “Growing Up In the Trans Spotlight: Transcending Expectations with Ryan Cassata” is specifically Ryan’s story but it is also many of ours too. Of taking on the pressure of what society has put on us for far too long, confronting that, and making our lives unapologetically our own. Both our public and personal lives. Ryan Cassata came into the trans spotlight at 15 when he was interviewed on Larry King and since then has made his dreams come true with multiple acclaimed albums, as a leading actor in independent film, and as an award-winning LGBTQ activist, speaker, and writer. This first part of his podcast, he discusses more what it’s been like to be seen and expected to present himself as if he were perpetually that same 15-year old when he’s been an adult legally for the last 10 years. As a 28 year old trans celebrity 28, Ryan speaks freely about what his life is like now. And his departure from his older image. He explains the kink and BDSM culture in his recently-released music video “Coffin.” And we both talk about how other celebrities who have a primarily youthful fan base such as Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X have dealt with their own fame and their responsibility to their fans. In this section “Kink / BDSM Culture” we discuss body positivity and staying grounded and feeling safe and healthy in a queer / trans body, sex positivity, and the historical lineage and importance of kink and BDSM in LGBTQ culture. The second section of Part 1 “Creating Alternatives to Transnormativity and Transmedicalism” describes how heteronormativity, homonormativity has effected the trans community and trans youth by confronting transnormativity and the harmful beliefs of transmedicalists. Ryan offers healthy alternatives to this perspective for trans and gender non-conforming youth which is loving yourself and being around people whom you trust. As well as being unapologetically yourself in whatever gender identity and expression and orientation feels right to you! ******* Ryan Cassata is an Accomplished Singer-Songwriter, Award-Winning LGBTQ Activist, Speaker, Writer, and Actor. You can find info on Ryan’s music, events, and appearances here: https://ryancassata.com ******* Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner is the host of The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse, programming made by and for QPoC and GNC people. She is also a Communication Coach & Consultant, Thought Leader, Keynote Speaker, DEI & Communication Skills Trainer. See Dr. Shannon's website here: https://drshannonwl.com ******* OUR MISSION: The Intersection is a not-for-profit project that tells the stories of QPoC and GNC people. SUBSCRIBE and PARTICIPATE: please subscribe to our YouTube and Apple Podcast or Spotify channels. ******* MAKING a DONATION (can be small, $1, $5, $10) to our GoFundMe page HERE 💰👩🏼‍🎤👨🏽‍🎤🦄 we have $870 left to go for our quarterly goals! These are for production costs ONLY. https://gofund.me/05aa6a24 Love, Dr. Shannon 👩🏼‍🎤🎙and the Intersection Community 👨🏻‍🎤🦄🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️
35:30
January 08, 2022
S2 E3, Why I won’t Give Up on Anyone: How to create unlikely queer-straight coalitions during hols
"There are bursting through members that would self identify everywhere from redneck to woke and everything in between. And that is, you know, that is awesome. And that's amazing to me and I am nothing but honored about that." –Steve Petersen, Founder of Bursting Through The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse prides itself on its programming made by and for QPoC and GNC individuals. And we have a particular set of topics we cover that are a part of our everyday lives. So when I met Steve Petersen, I knew his work with Bursting Through filled a gap in our narrative that has to do with allyship. And the kinds of people with whom we have access and those whom we don't. Recently, I had a terrible exchange with someone who seemed to be so compatible with my identification and political views. And quickly realized (because they admitted it too) that this person being in a "closely knitted bubble" had distanced me from them more than helped us relate. The Intersection is all about supporting and validating QPoC's and GNC people's experiences, perspectives, struggles, and trauma. But also it's about uplifting us by exploring all areas of our lived social worlds and truths. Steve's episode helps us because he as the title says "Won't Give Up on Anyone." As a white gay man in his 50's who has commanded areas of the corporate world, he has access to a different set of potential allies than we do. And his commitment to ALL of them intrigues me. What can we learn about how unlikely allyship works or the ways in which as queer people, we can benefit from queer–straight coalitions? I explore all of this and more in this conversation. Including the ways in which we can engage our straight family members during difficult times, such as holidays. Here are the topics we cover in Part 1 and Part 2: *PART 1: December 3rd, 4PM PST --Looking Like the Enemy: Becoming an Ally --It's Past Time for Straight People to Come Out (as Allies) *PART 2: December 17, 4PM PST, FRIDAY --Interrogating Discourses of LOVE --Queer Christmas and Queer Holidays *This month we will continue with the schedule of 1st and 3rd Fridays at 4PM PST for Diverse Folx Converse, and 2nd and 4th Fridays at 12PM PST. January we will switch to 2nd and 3rd weeks for our conversations, and 1st and 4th weeks for tutorials.
25:21
December 19, 2021
Intersection Season 2, Ep 3, Part 1 with Steve Peterson
Season 2, Episode 3, Why I Won’t Give Up on Anyone: How to Create Unlikely Queer–Straight Coalitions During the Holidays, with Special Guest Steve Petersen Part 1 & Part 2 "There are bursting through members that would self identify everywhere from redneck to woke and everything in between. And that is, you know, that is awesome. And that's amazing to me and I am nothing but honored about that." –Steve Petersen, Founder of Bursting Through The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse prides itself on its programming made by and for QPoC and GNC individuals. And we have a particular set of topics we cover that are a part of our everyday lives. So when I met Steve Petersen, I knew his work with Bursting Through filled a gap in our narrative that has to do with allyship. And the kinds of people with whom we have access and those whom we don't. Recently, I had a terrible exchange with someone who seemed to be so compatible with my identification and political views. And quickly realized (because they admitted it too) that this person being in a "closely knitted bubble" had distanced me from them more than helped us relate. The Intersection is all about supporting and validating QPoC's and GNC people's experiences, perspectives, struggles, and trauma. But also it's about uplifting us by exploring all areas of our lived social worlds and truths. Steve's episode helps us because he as the title says "Won't Give Up on Anyone." As a white gay man in his 50's who has commanded areas of the corporate world, he has access to a different set of potential allies than we do. And his commitment to ALL of them intrigues me. What can we learn about how unlikely allyship works or the ways in which as queer people, we can benefit from queer–straight coalitions? I explore all of this and more in this conversation. Including the ways in which we can engage our straight family members during difficult times, such as holidays. Here are the topics we cover in Part 1 and Part 2: *PART 1: December 3rd, 4PM PST --Looking Like the Enemy: Becoming an Ally --It's Past Time for Straight People to Come Out (as Allies) *PART 2: December 17, 4PM PST, FRIDAY --Interrogating Discourses of LOVE --Queer Christmas and Queer Holidays *This month we will continue with the schedule of 1st and 3rd Fridays at 4PM PST for Diverse Folx Converse, and 2nd and 4th Fridays at 12PM PST. January we will switch to 2nd and 3rd weeks for our conversations, and 1st and 4th weeks for tutorials.
41:03
December 04, 2021
Intersection Season 2, Ep 3, Part 2 with Steve Peterson
Season 2, Episode 3, Why I Won’t Give Up on Anyone: How to Create Unlikely Queer–Straight Coalitions During the Holidays, with Special Guest Steve Petersen Part 1 & Part 2 "There are bursting through members that would self identify everywhere from redneck to woke and everything in between. And that is, you know, that is awesome. And that's amazing to me and I am nothing but honored about that." –Steve Petersen, Founder of Bursting Through The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse prides itself on its programming made by and for QPoC and GNC individuals. And we have a particular set of topics we cover that are a part of our everyday lives. So when I met Steve Petersen, I knew his work with Bursting Through filled a gap in our narrative that has to do with allyship. And the kinds of people with whom we have access and those whom we don't. Recently, I had a terrible exchange with someone who seemed to be so compatible with my identification and political views. And quickly realized (because they admitted it too) that this person being in a "closely knitted bubble" had distanced me from them more than helped us relate. The Intersection is all about supporting and validating QPoC's and GNC people's experiences, perspectives, struggles, and trauma. But also it's about uplifting us by exploring all areas of our lived social worlds and truths. Steve's episode helps us because he as the title says "Won't Give Up on Anyone." As a white gay man in his 50's who has commanded areas of the corporate world, he has access to a different set of potential allies than we do. And his commitment to ALL of them intrigues me. What can we learn about how unlikely allyship works or the ways in which as queer people, we can benefit from queer–straight coalitions? I explore all of this and more in this conversation. Including the ways in which we can engage our straight family members during difficult times, such as holidays. Here are the topics we cover in Part 1 and Part 2: *PART 1: December 3rd, 4PM PST --Looking Like the Enemy: Becoming an Ally --It's Past Time for Straight People to Come Out (as Allies) *PART 2: December 17, 4PM PST, FRIDAY --Interrogating Discourses of LOVE --Queer Christmas and Queer Holidays *This month we will continue with the schedule of 1st and 3rd Fridays at 4PM PST for Diverse Folx Converse, and 2nd and 4th Fridays at 12PM PST. January we will switch to 2nd and 3rd weeks for our conversations, and 1st and 4th weeks for tutorials.
25:14
December 01, 2021
The Intersection, S2, Ep2, Part 2, Mentorship, Tokenism, & Intersectionally Queering Our Workspaces.
Season 2, Episode 2, PART 2: “I'm Bulletproof, and I Don't Give a F_ck": Queer Women of Color Scholar, Dr. Karma Chávez Talks, Mentorship, Tokenism, and Intersectionally Queering Our Workspaces. The podcast will be delivered this month as a PART 1, and a PART 2. Always released 1st and 3rd Friday of each month: PART 1 premieres Friday, November 5, 2021 at 4PM PST and includes the following topics covered: --Tokenism & Adrian Piper's "Cornered" (1988) --QWoC Swagger & Desire of Speech --Some QPoC and PoC mentorship advice PART 2 premieres Friday November 19, 2021 at 4PM PST and includes the following topics covered: --Borders of AIDS: Race, Quarantine, and Resistance --QWoC and PoC Mentorship SUMMARY: Part 2: In the second installment of this podcast, Karma and I discuss QWoC and PoC mentorship and her new book just released earlier this year: The Borders of AIDS: Race, Quarantine, and Resistance. In this podcast, we discuss some of what we have been through as lighter-skinned QWoC and what others like us, and different from us have experienced. We also talk about migration in the US and how more marginalized migrants, such as Black, queer, and trans migrants have been unfairly treated in the US. Her most recent book, The Border of Aids: Race, Quarantine, and Resistance (published by University of Washington Press) tells the story of how disease becomes an opportunity for the nation state or the tells the story of how disease becomes an opportunity for the nation state or US violation of human rights. Such as using prisons or concentration camps or internment camps or hospitals or deportation or bans that we're seeing right now with Haitians and COVID-19 bans. Dr. Karma Chávez is University of Texas-Austin, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Department of Mexican American & Latino Studies. See Dr. Karma's full biography here: https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/mals/faculty/kc32638 Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner is the host of The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse, programming made by and for QPoC and GNC people. She is also a Communication Coach & Consultant, Thought Leader, Keynote Speaker, DEI & Communication Skills Trainer. See Dr. Shannon's website here: https://drshannonwl.com
32:16
November 20, 2021
The Intersection, S2, Ep2, P1, Mentorship, Tokenism, and Intersectionally Queering Our Workspaces.
Season 2, Episode 2, PART 1: “I'm Bulletproof, and I Don't Give a F_ck": Queer Women of Color Scholar, Dr. Karma Chávez Talks, Mentorship, Tokenism, and Intersectionally Queering Our Workspaces. When I first saw her publication list and the lengths to which she went to tell marginalized people's stories globally, I realized that Dr. Karma Chávez is a force to be reckoned with! I was so pleased when she said YES to The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse. I knew it would be such an important resource for other QWoC and PoC in academia as well as the workplace. With QWoC swagger, Karma spoke the first part of her podcast title “I'm Bulletproof, and I Don't Give a F_ck" when I asked her, "How are you writing about these topics?" Karma is a leading voice and liberatory voice in migration studies focusing many times on the story that hasn't been told of Black migrants, queer migrants, and trans migrants. The podcast will be delivered this month as a PART 1, and a PART 2. Always released 1st and 3rd Friday of each month: PART 1 premieres Friday, November 5, 2021 at 4PM PST and includes the following topics covered: --Tokenism & Adrian Piper's "Cornered" (1988) --QWoC Swagger & Desire of Speech PART 2 premieres Friday November 11, 2021 at 4PM PST and includes the following topics covered: --Alienating Logics–The Border of Aids: Race, Quarantine, and Resistance --QWoC and PoC Mentorship Podcast episode summaries: PART 1: We begin this story from a personal angle to talk about identity and what it was like for both of us to navigate academic and professional work spaces as lighter-skinned queer women of color. We talk about tokenism and the institutions of anti-Black white supremacy, and the particular form of racism we have endured and the ones we have been spared from. We also feature Adrian Piper's art installation "Cornered" (1988) that addresses miscegenation and racism beyond otherness. And brings white viewers into accountability of the possibility of their own Blackness. We end this episode talking about our own desire of speech as bi-racial and mixed-race queer women of color, and discuss QWoC swagger a bit. Part 2: In the second installment of this podcast, Karma and I discuss QWoC and PoC mentorship and her new book just released earlier this year: The Border of Aids: Race, Quarantine, and Resistance. In this podcast, we discuss some of what we have been through as lighter-skinned QWoC and what others like us, and different from us have experienced. We also talk about migration in the US and how more marginalized migrants, such as Black, queer, and trans migrants have been unfairly treated in the US. Her most recent book, The Border of Aids: Race, Quarantine, and Resistance (published by University of Washington Press) tells the story of how disease becomes an opportunity for the nation state or the tells the story of how disease becomes an opportunity for the nation state or US violation of human rights. Such as using prisons or concentration camps or internment camps or hospitals or deportation or bans that we're seeing right now with Haitians and COVID-19 bans. Dr. Karma Chávez is University of Texas-Austin, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Department of Mexican American & Latino Studies.
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November 02, 2021
The Intersection S2, Ep1, Part II, Black Queer/Trans Recognition, Embodiment, and Agency
Come join us for The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse not-for-profit programming made by and for QPoC and GNC individuals. In this second part of Season 2, Episode 1, A Personal Liberation Journey of Relationships, Dr. Daniel and I talk about their 6-part course specifically created for trans students and BIPoC trans students. By taking away the formalities of dance, rhythm, athleticism, and aesthetics, Daniel's students can take back ownership of their bodies, desires, and regain their own patterns of movement in the personal and public sphere. In this episode, we talk about how as queer BIPoC we might take back all aspects of embodiment, leadership, and learning by calling out the white supremacy that has set in our bodies and minds. Come join us and be immersed in a personal liberation journey of ours and your own. Dr. Daniel Coleman is Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UNC-G, and a Community-Focused Artist / Scholar. We are so grateful to have had Dr. Daniel as our special guest for this 2-part episode to kick off Season 2 of The Intersection Podcast.
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October 08, 2021
The Intersection S2 Ep1–A Personal Liberation Journey of Relationships, I: Black Queer/Trans Loving
We start Season 2 of The Intersection Podcast: Diverse Folx Converse with Special Guest, Dr. Daniel Coleman, “A Personal Liberation Journey of Relationships, Part 1: Black Queer / Trans Loving.” In this episode Dr. Daniel and I discuss how he laid the groundwork for his personal liberation journey, intergenerational loving, and how he sustained his personal liberation journey! We cover so many juicy topics in this episode such as intergenerational love, and Afro-diasporic spiritual and intersectional support of polyamory, and non-monogamous love as a way to de-center the toxic idea of "chemical" accidental romantic love that we see so often in white supremacist narratives or heteronormative or homonormative narratives. This podcast was so good, I had to split it into two parts! This first part focuses on intersectional Black queer / trans polyamory and non-monogamous love. The second part focuses on Black queer / trans recognition, embodiment, and agency! Dr. Daniel talks all about his personal liberation journey as a Black queer / trans person and we converse with my limited knowledge of polyamory and non-monogamy as someone who is more newly out as queer / gay. Dr. Daniel Coleman is Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UNC-G, and a Community-Focused Artist / Scholar. This is a wonderful episode that I'm so pleased to host and present to all of you. It makes us question how subliminally we might be reenacting white supremacist, anti-Black, and heteronormative and homonormative patterns in the most intimate of situations and relationships. This episode is central to our September campaign: QUEER LOVE IS NOT JUST SEX To think about the social, political, personal, libratory, and agentive aspects of queer love. Especially with those of us who have been most stigmatized or excluded.
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September 17, 2021
The Intersection: Communication Tutorial for Diverse People, Gaslighting
In this Communication Tutorial for Diverse People, Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner discusses gaslighting, which is when someone is psychologically manipulated to question one's own sanity. It's an insidious occurrence that is often a part of patterns of abuse, making the victims feel a lack of confidence and conviction in their own experiences. Dr. Shannon offers tools to help victims of gaslighting regain control of their own realities. 
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August 31, 2021
The Intersection Episode #12–De-Centering Black Queer Self-Censorship with Eboné Bell
The Intersection Episode #12–De-Centering Black Queer Self-Censorship with Eboné Bell We invite you to Episode 12 of The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse Podcast, featuring Eboné Bell, editor-in-chief of Tagg Magazine to learn more about Black queer self-censorship Titled: De-Centering Black Queer Self-Censorship in the Face of Public Shaming, Racial Profiling, and Violence with Queer Women of Color Media and Programs Eboné and I curated this episode together after she came to me with the horrible incident of a young Black woman being dragged by her hair down stairs of a LGBTQ establishment, Nellies Sports Bar in Washington DC during PRIDE 2021. Keisha Young was a victim of racial profiling, underwent extreme violence and public humiliation, and we spoke together about how such incidents are some of the culprits of Black queer self-censorship. Eboné brings up multiple points on how to ally and co-conspire with Black queer people to stop incidents like this from occurring but also how to validate Black queer people's and women's experiences, as well as that of QPoC and QWoC. She then discusses her rise to fame with Tagg Magazine, her plans for the future, and what it's like to see representation for Black queer women, QWoC, and trans individuals missing in public culture. And then to become at the forefront of this representation! Not only as editor-in-chief but as a speaker, thought leader, and social leader. Listen to this important conversation that is vital to understand our past of intersectional racism, our present events, and Eboné's plans for the future to continue to uplift QPoC and "everyone under the rainbow." ******* Eboné Bell's offerings can be found on her website, https://www.ebonebell.com Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner's info and Intersection GOFUNDME page: https://linktr.ee/DrWongLerner
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August 27, 2021
The Intersection: Communication Tutorial for Diverse People, Self-Censorship
In this Communication Tutorial for Diverse People, Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner draws from her recent conversation with Eboné Bell, where they discuss Black queer self-censorship and the story of Keisha Young, a victim of racism and violence. Dr. Shannon addresses self-censorship as something that anyone can struggle with when trying to communicate, share, or be vulnerable with others, but that is a common struggle for diverse or marginalized people, including queer folk and people of color. In this tutorial Dr. Shannon identifies how to recognize when it happens, and what tools to use to address self-censorship.
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August 27, 2021
How Do You Recover?: Allied Humility & How to Respond to DEI Blunders
In this 30-minute tutorial, Dr. Shannon describes a recent DEI mistake she made and takes you through the process on how to recover and respond. Have you ever been called out for a DEI mistake? And what did you do in response to this accusation? No one really teaches this stuff! So in this tutorial, I go through some tools and processes on how to prepare. And then how to take space, listen to the marginalized person speaking to you, and then how to take a bit of time and space to recover. And then come back to be accountable for what you said or did that had such a negative effect on your coworkers, team member, or your boss or employee. Enjoy! The first part describes the situation and sets this up. And the second part gives some practical tools using my 5-step process for speaking success: Breathe, Prepare, Practice, Rehearse, and Perform. I was inspired by Scott Turner Schofield's post to create this tutorial. See you soon!
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July 30, 2021
Intersection # 11–Black Queerness in Media: They Ain't Ready, But Here We Are....
So delighted to present the important episode of The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse: Episode 11: Black Queerness in Media: They Ain't Ready, But Here We Are… Special Guest, Dr. Kenneth Bryant Jr., Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at Tyler, and Director of EDEN Film Series. In this 1-hour episode Dr. Bryant and I discuss Lil' Nas X, Black Queer Masculinity in Public Culture, and Marlon Riggs, and more! If you're familiar with Black cinema and culture as well as the topic of Black queerness in media--GREAT! If not, that's okay! You're welcome to join us to learn more about Black representation and the ways in which misrepresentations have taken their toll on what Marlon Riggs called the "internalized imaginations" of Black people. Dr. Kenneth Bryant Jr offers many different ways to de-center tropes of the Black queer male asexual "side kick" and other harmful representations. We then turn the conversation to ways films in the EDEN Film Series and unapologetically bold art like Lil' Nas X's "Montero" work to curb Black queer alienation, especially with Black queer youth. EDEN stands for Exploring Diverse Experiences and Narratives. Join us for this deep dive and a conversation I've never had with anyone before about representation and Black culture. Join us in The Intersection where Diverse Folk Converse to hear this unedited talk here first! I believe podcasts are an extension of DIY punk culture where zines were photo-copied, unedited, and urgent voices from the front lines of culture, art, intellect, oppression, and social struggles. Just like these zines were beautiful and authentic, The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse strives to provide original content made by and for QPoC and GNC people. Whether you're within our community or allied or just curious, you're welcome to be a part of our conversation or listen in. You'll hear topics not discussed anywhere else. In ways you're never thought about before! We look forward to seeing you there! Dr. Shannon, Host of The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse
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July 23, 2021
The Intersection: Communication Tutorial for Diverse People, PRIDE & Punishment 🏳️‍🌈
Have you ever had to speak at work or for an event and you said to yourself, “I wish I didn’t have to do this! But this is what work is. Doing things you don’t like to do.” In this communication Tutorial for Diverse People, Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner explores the mindset of practice as part of punishment as compared to showing up as your authentic self. Celebrate PRIDE this year in the way that you want to! And start speaking for work and other situations as the real you. No matter how you’re feeling. And being transparent about that so you can show up authentically.
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June 30, 2021
The Intersection #10, The Q in T and the T in Q: Queering Coming Out Mid-Life as Trans
Maeve DuVally and I had a conversation this week all about what it means to come to terms with who you are and to love yourself We queered this narrative to focus on the process of her coming to know herself as trans mid-life in all stages — she describes it as REBIRTH And the thought, spirit, and emotion that came from different stages of her self-acceptance and eventual outreach I remembered gratitude with Maeve, from this interview That both of our coming out experiences were gifts Starting with Maeve's becoming to who she is, by coming out to herself first And continuing with her commitment to being present and awake when she came out with her sobriety So much so, that she had enough energy and heart to become a mentor to others like her, a speaker, and aspiring author In this show, we follow up on what Scott Turner Schofield mentioned in his episode That trans narratives and experience do not stop at transition In fact that is just the start or adolescence of transness But trans stories should include more on #INTEGRATION and Scott and I had discussed, being trans is also about #selflove for who you are today and who you were before Rather than focusing on only her transition, which is so common in mainstream trans stories of coming out or coming to be Just like I shared in the last show with the PRIDE 2021 Special with the cycle of healing many queer people take With forgiving ourselves and others And being open to making changes so we can come to our authentic selves Hear all about how Maeve came out mid-life within her community Their acceptance of her and how she's thrived as a leader And listen to the intersections between queerness and transness “or the Q in T and the T in Q” As well mid-life coming out and being sober Join Us for EPISODE 10: The Q in T and the T in Q: Queering Coming Out Mid-Life as Trans Maeve DuVally, speaker, activist, aspiring author, and managing director of corporate communications, Goldman Sachs Here is our ANCHOR page to get connected to all of your favorite podcast platforms: https://anchor.fm/diversefolxconverse... OUR MISSION: The Intersection is a not-for-profit project that tells the stories of QPoC and GNC people. If you like what you hear please consider... MAKING a DONATION (can be small, $1, $5, $10) to our GoFundMe page HERE 💰👩🏼‍🎤👨🏽‍🎤🦄 we have $870 left to go for our quarterly goals! These are for production costs ONLY. Host and guests don't receive funds. https://gofund.me/05aa6a24 Here is Maeve's contact info: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maeve-duv... Here is Dr. Shannon's contact info: www.drshannonwl.com We will see you next time! Love, Dr. Shannon 👩🏼‍🎤🎙and the Intersection Community 👨🏻‍🎤🦄🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️
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June 19, 2021
The Intersection #9 PRIDE Special w/ Lily Zheng, Scott Turner Schofield, Cheryl Leong, & Renée Santos
Join Us For Our Star-Studded PRIDE 🏳️‍🌈 Special of The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse June 15, 2021!    Who is starring in our cast of this special? 🥰🤩🥳    DEI Strategist and Author of The Ethical Sellout, Lily Zheng    Emmy-nominated actor, activist, & lead of Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps, Scott Turner Schofield  Founder of  Leading with Consciousness, licensed therapist, & DEI consultant, Cheryl (Yi Mei) Leong    And Actor, Writer, and Lead of Album and Tour, Outside the Box (Touring NOW) Renee Santos    This Special follows up with The Intersection's deep dive conversations into topics that not only matter to our guests    But also are on our minds in our communities as QPoC and GNC people    This past year has been one of horrendous fear, pain, and trauma    And just because we are celebrating PRIDE, doesn't mean we have to forget that   🤬 It's also been a year of getting sh*t out in the open!   🎙🙋🏻‍♀️Discovering our voice and speaking our minds!   🥰👩🏼‍🎤💕 And individual and communal healing.    Join us for The Intersection's PRIDE 2021 Special and explore your own path of being heard, showing up, and coming out!    Love, Dr. Shannon and the Intersection Community   Please SUBSCRIBE to our podcast, like it, and make comments to increase visibility   Watch The Intersection on our YouTube channel and catch as a premiere HERE: https://youtu.be/bKFFmoqJ0Es  SUPPORTING THE INTERSECTION 🌈 If you like what you heard, you may help us in two ways:    1.) SUBSCRIBE and leave REVIEWS for The Intersection on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, 📝 or Dr. SWL's YouTube channel.   2.) CONSIDER DONATING a small amount. The Intersection is a not-for-profit project. But we still have production costs. 🙏🏼🎙  MAKING a DONATION (can be small, $1, $5, $10) to our GoFundMe page HERE 💰👩🏼‍🎤👨🏽‍🎤🦄 https://gofund.me/05aa6a24 🌈The Intersection is a not-for-profit labor of love project. The GoFundMe is for production costs only. The host and special guests are not paid.   🌈So far we have only raised $15 and we need $1,200 for our quarterly costs. TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT!   See Guest Info Below:   Lily Zheng:   For more information on our Special Guest Lily Zheng and their offerings visit:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/lilyzheng308/ OR https://theethicalsellout.com    Cheryl Leong:   For more information on our Special Guest Cheryl Leong and her DEI offerings visit: www.leadingwithconsciousness.com  Scott Turner Schofield:  For more information on Scott Turner Schofield and His Film Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps and His Other Projects:  https://patreon.com/127steps  Renée Santos:   Correction: Renée Santos just found out that she will tour  Outside the Box starting June 1, 2021!  See the links below for her tour dates and locations.  For more information on our Renée visit:  https://reneesantos.com OR https://www.neon-entertainment.com/renee-santos-comedy-album-outside-the-box/  Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner:  For more information on Host Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner and her Speak Your Way to Success program and Talks visit: www.drshannonwl.com Or catch her on LinkedIn or IG @dr_shannon_wl
01:17:09
June 15, 2021
The Intersection: Communication Tutorials for Diverse People, Breathe II
In this 30-minute communication tutorial, Dr. Shannon covers Part 2 of Breathe from her 5-Step Process for Speaking Success: 🌬Breathe 🥰Prepare 🧘🏻‍♀️Practice 🎭Rehearse 🤩Perform The first half shares why breath is so important for us as diverse people as speakers and communicators. And the second half then moves you INTO ACTION to begin to change your speaking habits by learning how to breathe with her approach. Enjoy! Dr. Shannon
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May 28, 2021
Intersection #8 Seriously Laughing About Imposter Syndrome: A Conversation with Renée Santos
The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse, #8 Seriously Laughing About Imposter Syndrome, A Conversation with Renée Santos About Identity, Comedy, and Performance In this 45-minute episode of The Intersection, Renée Santos laughs her way through painful experiences derived from imposter syndrome. If imposter syndrome is high-profile people feeling as if they don't deserve success. Then for QPoC, GNC, and diverse people, it is grappling with being told we couldn't and can't do the very thing we're doing! Renée speaks about how she took up making others laugh to come out of the other side of imposter syndrome. Join us in this premiere to rejoice in the conversation with Renée, a supremely funny girl! Who takes herself, her work, and her community seriously. But shows up as her authentic self on the stage in her becoming and evolution. So we can walk through the world with the same vulnerability and sense of truth.
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May 27, 2021
The Intersection: Communication Tutorials for Diverse People, An Introduction
This 20-minute video is an introduction to my method for Public Speaking designed for diverse people. I explain the 5 steps that I will go through to help you reach speaking success: 1. Breathe 2. Prepare 3. Practice 4. Rehearse 5. Perform These videos are FREE content for my followers and subscribers and will be posted 2X a month. To provide tools for diverse people to communicate more effectively at work, at college, or for business. This video introduces my 5-step method that is somatic, embodied, and relies upon breath. I set up and start with BREATH and will continue with the first step for the next two videos. Explaining the importance of breathwork to prepare for public speaking. *Recorded April 28, 2021
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May 08, 2021
#7 The Tactics & Boundaries of the Ethical Sellout: Avoiding Purity Politics & Cancel Culture in DEI
Episode #7 with Lily Zheng: The Tactics and Boundaries of the Ethical Sellout: Avoiding Purity Politics and Cancel Culture in DEI-Focused Work Would you like to attend? The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse with Special Guest, Lily Zheng, DEI Strategist and Consultant and Author of The Ethical Sellout and Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace In this Episode, Lily talks all about their book project The Ethical Sellout While tackling the complexities and need for greater collaboration with DEI practitioner discourses. And discussing these questions: • How do we have conversations around the issues that matter most to us as marginalized people and work to support one another rather than tear each other down? • Why does purity politics and cancel culture even happen within DEI? • What is Manichaeism and how does it affect our outlook when hearing something that doesn’t land well on us? • And how can we have compassion when we or others make mistakes and the tools to allow for one another to be human. And to grow and change. To better our DEI efforts and communities? —We discuss these questions and so many more.
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April 13, 2021
Episode #6 Countering the Fundamentalist Ripple With Trans Stories, Culture, and Media W/Scott Turner Schofield
In this episode, Scott Turner Schofield, Emmy Nominated Actor, Activist, and Lead of Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps Discusses transmasculine representation and experience, His personal story and career trajectory as a professional actor, How feminism makes him a better man, And everyday things we can all do to support trans artists and culture makers. The Intersection gave Scott the unique opportunity to co-curate this episode with Dr. Shannon so he could tell his story as he experienced it And going far beyond how heterosexual and cis-gendered hosts and audiences expect him to tell his narrative We talked some about how being trans begins with transition that leads to integration and love of self, How his film Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps allows for his audience to experience his process and life with him, And the ways in which confronting toxic masculinity plays a part in how we should question and abolish the gender binary as fundamentalist. Come join us for The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse Programming made by and for Queer People of Color and Gender Non-Conforming People Episode # 6 Countering the Fundamentalist Ripple With Trans Stories, Culture, and Media *This episode will be released March 31, 2021 5:30 PM PST as a YouTube Premiere, and audio podcast with Anchor #scottturnerschofield #transmasculine #trans #theintersection #diversefolxconverse #podcasting #podcastshow #lgbtqiaplus #fundamentalism #genderbinary
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April 01, 2021
#5 How do we reconcile our ancestry? Understanding Epigenetics & Intergenerational Trauma Narratives
With special guest, Cheryl Leong, Founder of Leading with consciousness, licensed therapist, & DEI consultant. ***Episode #5 of The Intersection's interview series covers an age-old concern for PoC and QPoC–A sense of self, individuality and sovereignty, but also keeping or forming ties with our ancestral roots. After learning all about epigenetics and intergenerational trauma narratives. We might gain access to the trauma narratives of our elders and ancestors. So we can understand more about the triggers that exist for us now. For our self-healing. And to have a positive impact on the suffering of our ancestors. To heal them too. And, in turn, for us to revise a narrative that says we can only have access to our queerness or our gayness if we separate from our culture. The best part of learning about epigenetics or intergenerational trauma. Is to connect the past to the present. The ancient and pre-modern to the modern. It's to know our ancestors would have been proud of us for our courage to be out as queer or gay. And to be doing this work to be back in conversation with our ancestors. And not to just erase their stories. And leave them behind. Cheryl and I also discuss somatics and embodied narratives. And how as PoC and QPoC we carry stories around with us. In our bodies. And these narratives can effect the way we respond to the world around us today. In our professional, entrepreneurial, and personal lives. **** How do we reconcile our ancestry?: Understanding Epigenetics and Intergenerational Trauma Narratives Special Guest, Cheryl Leong, CEO of Leading with Consciousness, Leadership coach, therapist, DEI consultant, and Podcaster Appears on The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse Radio Premiering on YouTube, Sunday, February 28, 2021, 3:00 PM PT
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February 28, 2021
The Intersection: Communication Tutorial: Dramatic Reading, Prepare like a Professional Actor
Do you have important things to say but don’t know how to deliver? Come join me on the Intersection Tutorial The Intersection Tutorial: Public Speaking – Dramatic Reading, Prepare like a Professional Actor This is the first communication tutorial that I will produce each month for my listeners. As queer PoC who has worked as an: 🎭Ivy League performance, 📣👩🏻‍🎤public speaking, 📰and rhetoric professor 🎶and classical vocalist, I have studied and taught phrasing and stress patterns. To hundreds of students and clients of color and non-native English speakers. 🧑🏽‍🎤👨🏾‍🎤🧑🏻‍🎓👩🏽‍🎓🧕🏽 In this lesson, you learn how to prepare for different speeches and presentations through the art of dramatic reading or oral interpretation. Where you figure out: 🌈 What are the most important words? What is the flow of words? What are the stresses? What is the emotion? 🌈 How to speak to your audience in a way that feels authentic to you and who you are 🌈 How to present content at the level as an expert in your field and the sensitivity and acumen of a professional actor and speaker I read from two very different texts and then analyze the content itself and why I made certain decisions in my delivery. I do this both by analyzing the argument of the speakers themselves and the language itself. Enjoy! Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner 🏳️‍⚧️💕🏳️‍🌈👩🏻‍🎤 The Intersection Tutorial Premieres on Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner’s YouTube channel this Friday January 15th, 10am PT
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January 17, 2021
The Intersection: Episode 4-Rage2Rainbows, Transforming Cyberbullying into Agentive Social Change
Premiered Jan 4, 2021 Join the Co-founders of Rage2Rainbows, The Blue Haired Rainbow & HR Expert, Madison Butler, CoFlowCo Founder & Business Strategist, Emily O. Weltman, M.ED. And Your Host, Founder of Wong Lerner Coaching, Shannon Wong Lerner, Ph.D. For The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse Podcast Episode 4: An Interview with the Co-Founders of Rage2Rainbows, Transforming Cyberbullying into Agentive Social Change January 4, 2021, 5:00 PM PT, as a YouTube Premiere, on the Wong Lerner Coaching channel In this episode we talk about the following and then some: 🌈 As influencers who speak out about anti-racism, describing everyday to extreme events of cyberbullying 🌈 How Madison and Emily created Rage2Rainbows to open up corporate spaces to Everyone 🌈 How to cultivate safe, respectful workspaces for PoC and others from marginalized groups 🌈 How to create this shift by changing online culture and prioritizing online safety for workplace safely 🌈 How to deal with the FEAR of receiving hate messages from trolls 🌈 How to access your empowered voice from your own truth & your pride as a professional/industry leader 🌈 How to hold others accountable by speaking up about intersectionally racist actions/words online and offline 🌈 How to give back to the organizations such as ACLU, NAACP, Planned Parenthood, etc. that help keep us safe by collaborating with Rage2Rainbows! 🌈 More TOOLS to stay safe when facing cyberbullying! Contact info: Madison: @corprteUnicorn Rage2Rainbows website: https://www.rage2rainbows.com Email: info@rage2rainbows.com SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Page and Facebook page, REVIEW our podcast, SHARE the podcast with friends and community: >>> https://youtu.be/-1B2XzEGz6c >>> https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheIntersectionDiverseFolxConverse/?ref=share See blog post for bios and all info on guests and podcast episode: https://www.wonglernercoaching.com/post/an-interview-w-madison-butler-emily-o-weltman-co-founders-of-rage2rainbows-mon-jan-4-5pm-pt
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January 13, 2021
The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse Podcast Trailer
This week Friday Jan 15th I will be releasing the first of many monthly Communication Tutorial Intersection podcasts To help BIPoC and Queer PoC with your speaking and communication Now more than ever, BIPoC and Queer PoC need safe spaces to practice their speaking skills, to discover, and exercise their voice! Supportive of gender non-conforming trans, non-binary, and genderqueer individuals always! Let me support you as someone who has worked as a queer BIPoC and API and worked with these communities for over 2 decades I want to see all of you succeed, to thrive, and spread your wings!
00:60
January 12, 2021
Politics of Filth: Memes, Britney, Divine and Election 2020 with Special Guest Gentry McShane
Politics of Filth: Memes, Britney, Divine and Election 2020 with Special Guest Gentry McShane And your host, Shannon Wong Lerner, Ph.D. WHAT: Join us for Episode 3 of The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse This was released October 31st, 2020, as a Halloween 🎃 YouTube Premiere. FLR VIDEO: JOIN our YouTube Page https://lnkd.in/gJARMin A few days before this monumental election, airing 👻 Halloween 🎃 morning, Special Guest, Content Producer @CATPOWERMAN5000 Meme Dealer, Gentry McShane, joins The Intersection Podcast 🧔🏻 With your host, Shannon Wong Lerner, Ph.D. 👩🏼‍🎤 Career and Communication Coach & Consultant | Cultural and Digital Storyteller I sat down with Gentry McShane to talk about the Big Issues! Memes, The History of Censorship in the US, Lenny Bruce, Election 2020, & How to Form Community with an Online Presence #podcastshow #memes #lennybruce #election2020 #communicationcoach #thoughtleadership #theintersectionpodcast #diversefolxconverse #intersectionality #bipoc #LGBTQIA #allies
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October 31, 2020
The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse #2: Staples for DEI: Steps for Non-Hierarchical Leadership
The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse Podcast with Patrice M. Palmer Episode #2: Staples of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Steps for Non-Hierarchical Leadership 🌈 The Intersection: hear a conversation all about institutional change, DEI, and BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+ advocacy. This episode of The Intersection features guest, Patrice M. Palmer and focuses on Non-Hierarchical Leadership! In this episode we talk about the following and then some: 🌈 Visibility, authenticity, collectivity of BIPOC/API LGBTQIA+ voices, 🌈 Reframing DEI, and give practical tools on how to confront difficult DEI situations such as verbal assault against you as a diverse person, 🌈 How to pause and reflect in a conflict to bring about change, love, and healing 🌈 Accountability and responsibility for people to listen to one another and to recognize their actions/words, 🌈 More TOOLS to facilitate difficult conversations around race and queerness! 🌈 And we discuss mentoring of younger diverse people as non-hierarchical such as co-mentoring with your students. 🌈 Edifying, growing, cultivating, and mirroring diverse people to create a chosen family of change-makers and DEI activists. Join us at The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse podcast when I have a talk with the Director of Social & Cultural Inclusion of Colorado State University, College of Business and D&I Specialist with New Belgium Brewing Company, Special Guest, Patrice M. Palmer (they/them/theirs).
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October 03, 2020
The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse. Episode 1: The Busiest Room in the House is the Kitchen
Join Organic Food Guru and CPG Manager and Executive, Fred Alejo and Host, Shannon Wong Lerner, Ph.D. For The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse. Episode 1: The Busiest Room in the House is the Kitchen Learn about the secrets of our success and diverse mentoring. From two APIs in their mid-late careers! As APIs we tell family stories and learn about our roots sitting at the kitchen table. We realize here that we work to live and not the other way around. As biracial APIs we eat our cultural food, we talk from WHO we are and WHERE we come from. And HOW we honor the CULTURAL HERITAGE of our diverse staff and clients. In this podcast, we discuss: -the art of storytelling -interviewing -public speaking -API communication for the workplace -How to stand up in the face of sexism, racism, and homophobia in the workplace -servant leadership -remembering your roots/culture -discovering your life path/passion -organic foods and well-being AND MANY MORE... YouTube link for the video: https://youtu.be/-OkE4u-5puo
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September 11, 2020
The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse; Introduction-Why & How We Help Diverse Professionals
In this first episode of The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse, The Hub for Diversity-Produced Leadership & Communication, Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner, communication specialist, asks you important questions about your experiences as diverse professionals in the working world. She then explains the format of the podcast for future episodes. The Intersection will air 2x per month to share short classes and activities so you can succeed as communicators in the workplace. And we will interview and have conversations with up-and-coming and mature diverse professionals. She ends with a meditation breathing exercise to help calm your nerves before a speech or presentation. Please tune in to our Facebook page for the video: www.facebook.com/groups/theintersectiondiversefolxconverse/
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July 27, 2020