International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) Podcast Special Series
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.
IDAHOBIT: Transgender Equality In Hong Kong
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.
IDAHOBIT: “Don’t Say Gay” Bill In Florida
n 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.
IDAHOBIT: Discrimination & Hate In Latin America
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.
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Michelle Meow is the host and producer of “The Michelle Meow Show.” The program’s tagline is: ‘Your A-Z, covering the LGBT, LMNOP, and everyone in between.’ Michelle’s mission is to construct opportunities for people to listen in too deep conversations to develop understanding and empathy. She shares, “We simply don’t have enough opportunities to talk and not enough moments to listen.” Michelle’s show can be heard in San Francisco and nationally on the Progressive Voices Network and her local TV show can be seen on KBCW TV and Channel 44.
Michelle also produces programs at the iconic Commonwealth Club, where she has also served on their Board of Governors. There she is dedicated to conversations around social justice with an intersectional lens. She has interviewed notable thought-leaders such as Olympic medalist Adam Rippon, NFL’s first out LGBTQ coach Katie Sowers, the first American woman in space, and Sally Ride’s widow Tam O’Shaughnessy. Since 2006, Michelle has been a co-host of the San Francisco Pride Parade broadcast and she was the President of their Board of Directors from 2014 to 2018. She is a self-described LGBTQI+ history geek, information sponge, and a lover not a fighter.
Michelle shares, “Exchanging thoughtful dialogue can create change. We are all different, but in our differences, we find similarities and hope. Exchanging thoughtful dialogue can create the change we all seek in humanity.”
You can learn more about Michelle and her programming here.