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92: Chao Xiaomi: Chinese Trans Activist

Today we are headed to China to cover one of the most inspiring transgender activists of our time. An individual who is defying gender binaries in a country that has done very little in the way of LGB rights, and even less for trans and gender non-conforming folks. Despite this, activist and business owner Chao (Chow) Xiaomi (Shou-me) is not one to be deterred. Though she identifies as gender fluid, she uses feminine pronouns and has a feminine expression. And though she has lived openly for the last 15 years, it is only recently that her work has drawn any attention. To understand Chao’s (Chow) predicament, we must understand the climate between China and its LBGTQ citizens.

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29: Audre Lorde

Poet, Activist, Feminist, Lesbian – In this episode we cover the powerful and unabashedly proud Audre Lorde.

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9: Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin was a Quaker, a pacifist, a civil rights activist and finally, an open homosexual. While he was not active in the fight for LGBT rights until the last decade of his life, Bayard spent his life fighting for the equality of every human being.

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4: Marsha P. Johnson

“The shot glass heard around the world”. This was the phrase used to describe the legendary moment Marsha P. Johnson sparked the flame that would ignite into the LGBT civil rights movement. Read More