The State of LGBTQ+ EqualityLGBTQ+ Americans are not fully protected from discrimination in 29 states, meaning they do not have explicit federal protection from being evicted, denied a job, refused service at a business, or facing discrimination because of their identity.
Brandie Balken, Executive Director of Freedom for All Americans, joins host Tetiana Anderson to discuss the state of LGBTQ+ equality.
LGBTQ+ Businesses: Adding Over $1.7 Trillion to U.S. EconomyLGBTQ+-owned businesses generate over $1.7 trillion in economic impact, help create jobs, and innovate business solutions nationwide. Despite this positive impact on the U.S. economy, 54% of LGBTQ+ Americans live in states that do not protect against credit and loan discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Lauren Schweppe, Director of Programs and Stakeholder Advocacy with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, talks with host Tetiana Anderson about the successes of LGBTQ+-owned businesses, the challenges they face, and efforts to elevate them.
George Takei: From WWII ‘Enemy Alien’ to Human Rights ChampionLong before his debut in Star Trek, legendary actor George Takei and his family spent several years in Japanese American internment camps during World War II. Takei and his family were among 120,000 people of Japanese descent who were forcibly relocated to camps with prison-like conditions by Presidential Executive Order 9066, which was signed into law on Feb. 19, 1942.
Takei reflects on the pain of incarceration, its lasting impact on his life and family, and how he translated his personal experience into a lifetime of human rights advocacy.
LGBTQ Intersectionality and IdentityThe number of Americans self-identifying as LGBTQ is on the rise. However, sexual orientation and gender identity are just one part of a person’s identity.
Kierra Johnson, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, joins Tetiana Anderson for a discussion about identity, intersectionality, and support for nondiscrimination policies.
LGBTQ+ Representation: ‘Lack of Visibility’ in Science & Tech FieldsHomelessness, lack of family support, and visibility in science and tech professions present barriers for LGBTQ+ Americans to pursue careers in these fields. A new initiative aims to help LGBTQ+ individuals see the journey of others to inform their own career paths.
Host Tetiana Anderson and Chris Wood, Executive Director and Co-Founder of LGBT Tech, discuss PATHS, a program to inspire LGBTQ+ youth and young adults to explore careers in science and tech fields.
Creating Supportive, Inclusive Spaces for LGBTQ+ StudentsResearch from GLSEN indicates that 1 in 5 LGBTQ+ students see positive representation of the community in their curriculum, nearly 9 in 10 experience harassment, and almost one-third miss school because they feel unsafe or uncomfortable.
Host Tetiana Anderson is joined by Melanie Willingham-Jaggers, GLSEN’s first Black and nonbinary Executive Director, for a conversation about efforts to ensure that all LGBTQ+ students have the support they need for success in school and beyond — and Willingham-Jaggers’ vision for GLSEN’s future.
Tracking the Humanitarian Crisis in UkraineSince the Russia-Ukraine war began, millions of Ukrainians have fled their homes and sought refuge in neighboring countries — creating a crisis of magnitude not seen in Europe since World War II.
Yulia Zimmermann, co-founding director of Nova Ukraine, joins host Tetiana Anderson for a conversation about this humanitarian crisis and relief efforts to help Ukrainians displaced during the conflict.
The Origins of Juneteenth: Celebrating Black Freedom and AchievementOn June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas learned they were free, which led to an annual celebration that's come to be known as Juneteenth.
Christopher Wilson, Director of Experience at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institute, joins Tetiana Anderson to discuss the true origin and history behind the annual celebration.
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