Season 2, Chat 3 features PFLAG Austin Board President, and fashion maven, Anna Nguyen.
RSVP to tune in for the Blab with Anna and Melita on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 3 pm CST here, or watch it right here on this webpage.
Why Join Us for the Live Blab? Our webcasted conversation is an opportunity for allies and advocates of the LGBTQ community to gather. Together, we will explore how to connect in order to support – and celebrate – each other around diverse gender and sexuality.
Through this webchat, Anna will offer her experience and insights to gender variant people considering transitioning or is in the process of transitioning. Join us live to learn and jump in to ask questions!
About Anna Nyugen I am a transgender woman from Austin, Texas. I started transitioning in December 2013 and came out in July 2014. I am the current President of PFLAG Austin, which is co-sponsoring the Transgender Day of Remembrance event at Austin’s City Hall on 11/21.
I am a software engineer. I currently own a small software company that publishes fashion-related applications.
Anna Nguyen, modeling a Halloween costume of her own design
PFLAG Austin had provided a supportive and welcoming environment during the early stages of my transition for which I am very grateful. I serve on its Board as a way to give back, to ensure that PFLAG will continue to be a supportive and welcoming environment for all those who need it.
Check out Anna’s personal website here. Connect with Anna here.
A quote that inspires Anna Nguye
More on What We’ll Be Talking About in Season 2 Each month in Season 2, we’ll be diving deeper into our discoveries from the Celebration Tour 2015.
In September, for Chat 1, we talked with author and educator Sally Ember, Ed.D. Watch the video clip with Sally here.
In October, for Chat 2, we learning more about what author Amy G. Dalia is up to, as well as got a chance to see her in-depth lists of LGBTQ books and films. To launch our new season we wanted to explore some of the most common questions we covered last year in Season 1, give you insight into the many reasons we align ourselves with the rainbow, and lay the groundwork for our next-level conversations focusing on the Celebration Tour.
Click here for the Rainbow Video Clip Q&A series with Melita about Celebrating Diverse Sexuality & Gender
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What We’ll Be Talking About in Season Two Each month in Season Two, we’ll be diving deeper into our discoveries from the Celebration Tour 2015. To launch our new season we wanted to explore some of the most common questions we covered last year in Season One, give you insight into the many reasons we align ourselves with the rainbow, and lay the groundwork for our next-level conversations focusing on the Celebration Tour.
Click here for a Rainbow Video Clip Q&A with Melita about DSG
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How can a book change – or even save – a life? As my family and I prepare for our Celebration Tour in mid-June, we will be featuring a book-a-day. Each donated book will be gifted to a library in one of the 25 states and 2 provinces we visit.
The books celebrate themes of Diverse Sexuality & Gender (DSG), and are all gifted from our incredibly supportive community. Many of these books are gifted in honor of a family member or friend. Books can – and do – change lives.
HRC Research on 10,000 Youth According to recent ground-breaking research by the Human RIghts Commission, 92% of LGBT youth “say they hear negative messages about being LGBT” mainly from “school, the Internet, and their peers.” 42% of the youth surveyed report that they live in communities that are not accepting of LGBT people. If you would like to hear more in-depth experiences from these youth, watch this video clip from my interview with Amy André, sexuality educator and advocate.
What happens when we counter these harmful, censoring messages by offering gifts of celebration? With words that are freely accessible in every community, but still private enough to access without fear of censorship? Libraries can offer such a safe haven, and books offer such a celebration.
Tulip Lavender on Libraries
Join us in celebrating Diverse Sexuality & Gender!
I have been planting lots of seeds over the past four years. It’s been quite a journey growing this personal and professional garden. These days, it is amazing to me how all those chilly winter months and April showers have made their impact, and my life has burst into bloom like a flower in May. Even more amazing to me is that the blooms are popping up from Austin to Montreal.
Blooming with Celebration
Today, I am thrilled to announce that my family and I will embark on a Celebration Tourfor two months this summer. Specifically, my family and I will seek out – and share – great books Celebrating Diverse Sexuality & Gender (DSG). We are big fans of our local libraries, and are excited to visit with librarians in public libraries in the US and in eastern Canada. Our goal is to gift a book celebrating themes of DSG to each library we visit.
Here you can see my 6 year old daughter reading one of her favorite books: I Am Jazz. This book celebrates the life of an American trans teen, Jazz Jennings. Jazz is the founder of her own mermaid tail company Purple Rainbow Tails. Her mermaid tail company raises money for the Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation– of which she is an honorary co-founder. In addition to I Am Jazz, there are an increasing number of books being published by and for youth about DSG.
Growing Our Summer Garden
In June, I am excited to embark on the Celebration Tour to talk with librarians about DSG literature and the conversations they are having with their communities. In July, I am excited for the opportunity to delve into the history and variety of children’s and YA literature celebrating DSG during an interview with Dr. Sally Ember on her globally-accessible webcast Changes. In August, we will make the journey back to Austin – with a different route and more visits to libraries. We will be sharing pictures and adventures along the way on social media and some special extras for the #Censored2Celebrated email list. Would you like us to take a photo just for you along the way?
Why seek out librarians? Quite simply, librarians are some of the most interesting people to talk with not only about books and research, but also about their communities. Indeed, during a recent Censored2Celebrated interview with author and sexuality educator, Cory Silverberg, I spoke with Cory about his parents who are a librarian and a sex therapist. In response to my own surprise that I had zeroed in on his librarian parent, Cory noted how interesting librarians are.
Ever since my chat with Cory, I’ve been thinking a lot about librarians. Two of my mentors from middle school were librarians, and I still treasure a kid’s book by Alice Walker that they gifted to me at graduation. When I lived in San Francisco as a young adult, I did some work with the San Francisco Public Library, and remembered how much I enjoy librarians.
Now I have children of my own. We love going to our public libraries in Austin. We love talking with librarians. They know so much about books and their communities. My inquiring mind wants to know what communities in the US and Canada are talking and reading about diverse sexuality and gender. It’s clearly time to talk with some librarians in as many communities as possible. Lucky for me, my family is up for the adventure!
Will you purchase a book (or more!) before June 30, 2015 to donate to a public library? Here’s our Censored2CelebratedWish List.
(Books are automatically sent to Melita in Texas, and will be donated to a public library in the US or Canada.)
Are you an author of a book celebrating DSG? Would you like to donate a signed copy of your book(s) to donate to a public library? Great, we’d love to support & celebrate your work! Contact Melita here.
A Celebration Tour needs supporters and funding. We are in the start-up phase, and gratefully accept monetary donations to support our celebration of diverse sexuality and gender. ($3, $7 or $19 can buy a great book or a meal to keep us fueled on the Celebration Tour.)
Celebration Tour Support Levels
DSG (count the letters) $3.00 USD
LGBTQIA (count the letters) $7.00 USD
Number of…Countries worldwide with legalized same-sex marriage$19.00 USD
Number of…US states with marriage equality – JUST UPDATED! $50.00 USD
Number of Driving miles from…Burlington, VT to Montreal, QC $94.00 USD
Number of Driving miles from…Vass, NC to Philadelphia, PA $464.00 USD
Number of Driving miles from…Austin, TX to Boston, MA $1,965.00 USD
How can we celebrate you?
We would like to give you a shout out online about your support when you donate funds and/or book(s).
Celebrating the diversity of sexuality & gender, one (webcasted) conversation at a time.
#Censored2Celebrated offers a monthly webcast expanding the global celebration of sexuality & gender diversity, one conversation at a time.
Webcasted interviews feature a wide range of guests who celebrate the diversity of sexuality and gender, both professionally and personally. Melita and her guest(s) have a “come as you are” conversation once a month online for 30 minutes – join us!
The webcast is FREE to all in order to expand the conversation using the accessible, global medium of Google Hangouts on Air (live webcast) and YouTube (replays).
Video clip about DSG with Josh McAdams:
On the #Censored2Celebrated webcast we discuss topics such as:
The LGBTQ+ Alphabet Soup of Sexuality Orientation & Gender Identity, including newer terms like #DSG (Diverse Sexuality & Gender)
Aha moments that our guest(s) experience in their professional work (for example: at DSG conferences, in research, in volunteer work) as well as in their personal life
How to find inspiration to move from from censorship to celebration around Diverse Sexuality & Gender
If you want to learn about how you can experience more celebration – and less censorship – in your professional and personal life, join us as we explore the alphabet soup of sexuality and gender.
We look forward to expanding the conversation with you!
Melita Noël Cantú, MA (Sexuality Studies, SFSU)
Host, From Censored to Celebrated
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