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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.

The Intersection: Diverse Folx Converse Shannon Wong Lerner, Ph.D.

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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.

    The Intersection S2 E7 P2 Threat to Roe with Evonnia Woods Phd from Reproaction PRIDE edition

    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 min
    Season 2, Ep 7: The Threat of Overturning Roe v Wade with Evonnia Woods, Ph.D. from Reproaction

    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. 



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    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:

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    • 16 min
    Season 2, Episode 6: Your Body Can Feel Amazing Things with Andy Duran

    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 min
    GenderCool Helps Transgender and Non-Binary Youth Tell Their Own Stories P2

    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.

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    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

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    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 👨🏻‍🎤🦄🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️

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    • 43 min
    GenderCool Helps Transgender and Non-Binary Youth Tell Their Own Stories P1

    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

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    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 👨🏻‍🎤🦄🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️

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    • 50 min
    Season 2, Episode 4, P2: Growing Up In the Trans Spotlight: Transcending Expectations with Ryan Cassata

    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!


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    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

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    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


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    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 min

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