Lesbian Visibility Week: Indigenous LGBTQIA+ and Humanitarian Work Intersectionality
Special Episode 10
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 Network, APCOM, ASEAN 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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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.