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Collections by Michelle Brown WSG Mulan Montrese Williams - Divas in Dialogue

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Even before formally joining the staff of Miracle of Love as outreach coordinator, Mulan Montrese Williams was working with Orlando’s Transgender community. She opened her home as a safe-haven to trans sex workers, offering them condoms, bottled water, clothes, and emotional support. She also provided HIV testing after hours for those who could not make regular office hours at Miracle of Love volunteering for the group by providing outreach on the streets and in clubs.She founded “Divas in Dialogue” a sisterhood for trans women of color empowering, building, and strengthening each other. “Divas in Dialogue” ensures that the transgender community has a seat at the table not just in the Orlando, FL area and nationwide.She was recently recognized by the McKenzie Project during Women’s History Month as a trailblazer.She is the outreach coordinator for Miracle of Love an organization founded by Lowell Stafford in 1991 for the distinct purpose of providing accessible HIV/AIDS prevention programming and supportive assistance to service the multicultural needs of communities in Central Florida.

1hr 2mins

1 Apr 2021

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Collections by Michelle Brown WSG Public Servant & Veteran Karen Kendra Holmes

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Karen Kendra Holmes has been showing up and making a difference in her community not just as a member of the transgender community but most of her life. Being of service to others is just what she does!When not speaking in person or virtually, Karen continues working with local police departments helping to bring dignity and respect to police interactions with members of the transgender communityShe was recognized twice as "Soldier of the Year" by the State Guard Association of the United States and the Maryland State Guard Association.This Award-Winning Public Servant and Transgender advocate shared her passion for helping others transition and to foster acceptance and support from those around them in a 2018 Tedx Talk.She has been doing volunteer work with the Maryland Defense Force under the Maryland National Guards with the Chaplain's Unit, and with the Honor Guards. She has also done volunteer work with the American Red Cross for the National Capital Region and the MASS Care for Montgomery County Chapter.For several years, she has been volunteering with Community Emergency Response Team in Prince George's County, Maryland, and also with the Medical Reserve Corps. When not speaking in person or virtually, Karen continues working with local police departments helping to bring dignity and respect to police interactions with members of the transgender communityKaren was asked to give a 60-second commentary on respecting each other to be broadcast soon by the Ted Talk folks. She said, "Treat others, as you wish to be treated. It's not just a cliche. It's the golden rule in life. I have feelings, a mind and a heart to serve kids and others. I am a human being and wish to be treated as one. Like you would treat your mother, father, children, siblings, and friends, just like you treat them with respect. I want to be treated with respect."

1hr 4mins

12 Mar 2021

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Collections by Michelle Brown WSG Leadership Coach & Board PresidentCheryl Czach

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Originally from Burton, Michigan a suburb of Flint, Cheryl Czach now calls Detroit home. She left a successful career in the corporate world to start her own firm Cheryl Czach Coaching and Consulting, LLC providing leadership and personal coaching for individuals and businesses. She has been guiding professionals through their work and life journeys for over twenty years. With the current pandemic, she has expanded her client base to include individuals.She learned from her parents the importance of building community. Even though she was a stay-at-home mom, Cheryl remembers her mother always taking an active role in building community. A fan of Oprah Winfrey, she took to heart Winfrey’s words that life whispers to you all the time and encourages others to listen to the whisper before it becomes a roar.  With her election to board president of Affirmations Community Center in Ferndale, MI, Cheryl recognizes she stands on the shoulders of the many incredible women in the LGBTQ community and is committed to continuing their legacy of stewardship. Building community, a place where people feel they belong, is an important part not only of her role at Affirmations but what she tries to share with her clients and all she meets.

1hr 29mins

5 Feb 2021

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Collections by Michelle Brown WSG Georgia Legendary Activist Betty Couvertier

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It's her birthday and she can rant if she wants to - especially about politics and the 2020 election!!!! But Betty Couvertier's rants are always priceless insights on politics, living on the road, and life in general.If you are missing those spirited discussions around the table or after that big Thanksgiving dinner,  the always outspoken activist is just the cure. She cut her political teeth as an activist and radio host in Georgia.Since her retirement Betty has been traveling across the southern region in her RV with her dogs meeting and hearing alternative perspectives from folks, she has met along the way. Always keeping an eye on Georgia and national politics, Betty drove 500 miles to make sure her vote was counted.Always feisty, often provocative, and rarely at a loss for words Betty joins us on her birthday to serve up some knowledge this Thanksgiving Day!!!Be sure and follow Collections by Michelle Brown-Blog Radio on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and let us know if you have a suggestion for a guest, or topic for a future show.You can also listen to this or past episodes of the show on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher,

1hr 31mins

27 Nov 2020

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Collections by Michelle Brown WSG Diamond Collier Executive Director BTWI

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Diamond Collier is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. Her family moved to Mississippi where Diamond attended Jackson State University.When she found herself homeless, Diamond accepted an invitation from a friend in Houston for an open couch in their home. Thirteen years later Diamond still calls Houston home.Diamond has been involved with the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition and Black Transwomen Inc. since the beginning. After a successful career in retail, she brought her skills and talents to Black Transwomen Inc. to serve as the organization’s executive director.She is also the content creator and co-host of Marsha’s Plate. Marsha's Plate is a lively podcast where three friends come together every Thursday to share opinions and perspectives through a black trans folk's lens.Each year between November 13 – 19, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility about transgender people and address issues members of the community face. Diamond sees her work as continuing the visibility and issues affecting the Transgender community beyond one week each year and lifting up the community across Texas and around the world.Transgender Day of Remembrance is Friday November 20, 2020. In 2020 over 30 transgender Americans have been killed. Like in previous years, transgender women of color are disproportionately impacted.

1hr 15mins

20 Nov 2020

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Collections by Michelle Brown WSG Julia Putnam, Principal of The Boggs School

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In 1992 James and Grace Lee Boggs brought together a coalition of local and national activists/organizations to work with young people to form a multicultural, intergenerational youth program/movement called DETROIT SUMMER. Our guest is Detroiter, Educator, and Activist Julia Putnam. Today she  is the principal of the James & Grace Lee Boggs School in Detroit named after the legendary Detroit activists.The school offers a Place-Based Education (PBE) program which is committed to school-community partnerships to develop students as citizen-stewards of healthy ecological-social systems.   PBE immerses students in local heritage, cultures, landscapes, opportunities, and experiences, using these as a foundation for the study of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and other subjects across the curriculum. It emphasizes learning through participation in service projects for the school and the local community, often focused on eco-justice.Participation in service projects for local community is nothing new to Putnam. She was the first youth Volunteer of DETROIT SUMMER.It was led by James and Grace Lee Boggs along with a coalition of local and national activists and organizations. The experience of working with this broad spectrum of people challenged some of the preconceptions she had picked up as a youngster. DETROIT SUMMER was a family and catalyst to many activities in the rebuilding, redefining and respiriting of Detroit's neighborhoods. The Boggs’ challenge to activists, volunteers, and the community was “What can we be that our children might see?”  The legacy lives on at the school in its new home and in Putnam.

1hr 37mins

13 Nov 2020

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Collections by Michelle Brown WSG Trans Can Work's Allison Van Kuiken

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Allison Van Kuiken is the Executive Director of Trans Can Work (TCW), a leading Workplace Education and Workforce Development organization advancing transgender inclusion in the workplace. Born, raised, and educated in Michigan, Allison now spends their time between Washington DC and Southern California.Prior to joining Trans Can Work, Allison spent 20 years in leadership positions within the private sector, higher education, the political realm, state government, and LGBTQ Advocacy spaces, including the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Equality California (EQCA)-work that has been defined by innovative programming, successful political, legislative, and marketing campaigns, and development of hundreds of leaders working in political, nonprofit, public, and private spaces. Since joining Trans Can Work in 2018, Allison and their team’s collective vision have led to new and innovative approaches to workplace education, the expansion of the organization’s jobs program, which connects hundreds of inclusive workplaces to one of the nation’s largest transgender talent pools, and the development of a workforce development network that provides education and training to people of transgender experience in scores of high demand professions.Along the way, Allison met and married their spouse and together are raising their beautiful and very curious toddler. One of her great joys these days is watching Sesame Street with their daughter each morning before taking her to school.

1hr 23mins

15 Aug 2019

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Collection by Michelle Brown WSG Founder of BTAC/BTMI Carter Brown

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Carter Brown is the founder and director of Black Trans Men Inc. and the BTAC – The Black Trans Advocacy Coalition.On April 2nd he testified before the 116th Congressional House Judiciary Committee advocating for the Equality Act.Despite significant steps forward, LGBTQ people lack basic legal protections in all 50 states across the country. If approved by Congress, the Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections for members of the LGBTQ community.Carter was living the American dream. He not only excelled in his career but bought a home and settled down with his wife and newborn daughter in Texas. All of that changed in an instant when Carter was outed by his colleagues as transgender. What followed was months of discrimination and harassment by his peers, managerial staff and even human resources. Brown was ultimately fired simply because of who he is.Along with several other individuals from the LGBTQ community, He told his story at the hearings explaining how not only his life but the lives of LGBTQ Americans in 30 states are affected by discrimination because they lack protection from discrimination simply because of who they love.Ironically these hearings opened on the same day that three lesbians were elected Mayor of their respective cities, including Lori Lightfoot the first African American woman and openly lesbian mayor of Chicago and a ban on Transgender persons serving in the military goes is enacted affecting the lives of Trans men. women and their famiies.While advocating for the Equality Act, Carter and BTAC are in the midst of planning for the 8th Annual BTAC Conference taking place in Dallas, Texas April 23 – 28th. The theme of this 8th annual conference is Level Up: Elevate the Revolution. This year's conference is on track to be attended by the greatest number of participants to date.

1hr 15mins

18 Apr 2019

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Collections by Michelle Brown WSG Archivist Steven G. Fullwood

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Steven G. Fullwood was the archivist who founded the “In The Life Archive” at the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, a part of the New York Public library.Originally from Toledo, Ohio, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in English and Communications from the University of Toledo and his master’s in library science from Clark University in Atlanta.As a writer, His published works include Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam's Call (co-edited by Charles Stephens), To Be Left with the Body, (co-edited by Cheryl Clarke), and Carry the Word: A Bibliography of Black LGBTQ Books (co-edited by Lisa C. Moore).His Nomadic Archivist Project documents and preserves the African Diasporic experience.  This initiative partners with organizations, institutions, and individuals to establish, preserve, and enhance collections. Fullwood lives to document the history of people of African descent. He believes it is a privilege to do so for many good reasons: primarily, doing so allows him to pay the appropriate respect to people of African descent in Africa, as well as in the African diaspora.Fullwood is also the Vice President of Fire & Ink. Fire & Ink is recognized as the most influential supporter and advocate for GLBT writers of African descent. He is currently at work on his first film short, Timothy, or Timothy to the Future. This vérité-styled documentary follows Timothy DuWhite, a 27-year-old black, gay, HIV + poet as he rehearses his first one-man show, Neptune, a story about where the unloved go to find love.

1hr 30mins

1 Mar 2019

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Collections by Michelle Brown WSG Michelle Regalado Deatrick

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Michelle Regalado Deatrick is a poet, a community advocate and an elected official. She lives with her family on an 80-acre farm in southeast Michigan, where she cares for a large organic garden, an orchard and a 20-acre native prairie surrounded by stands of native trees.An activist for the environment, small farm rights, women and fair wages she has served as Vice Chair of the Washtenaw County Commission.In 2017 and 2018, she was a lead organizer of the Women's March in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In October 2018, she was co-organizer of the Stand with Survivors Rally and March, a response to the Supreme Court nomination of Brent Kavanaugh also in Ann Arbor.In 2018 Deatrick ran for State Senate stating she was running for State Senator because we need a leader who believes that politics should be about people, not profit. Deatrick narrowly lost her primary race for Michigan State Senate-District 18 but continues her commitment by working with Michigan One Fair WageMichigan One Fair Wage has a mission to make sure that every working person in Michigan can take of themselves and their family.This former Peace Corps volunteer is also an educator and award-winning poet.

1hr 17mins

14 Dec 2018

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