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Diversity and LGBTQ

LGBTQ and Diversity

“I think... if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Hosts Brigitte Jia and Joven Hundal start the show with Zahra Hasanian’s Hope Heals segment to discuss her activism implementing diversity at her school through her EquiTeam program. Zahra works passionately to move the campus forward with a progressive empathetic vision. People need to be uncomfortable until change can occur.Author and blogger, Lee Wind joins the conversation with his soon-to-be published (October 2018) crowd funded book that was too controversial for traditional publishers, Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill. It’s the book Lee wanted to read when he was a teen. “To fix his life, a bullied and closeted 15-year old boy goes public with real historical evidence that Abraham Lincoln was in love with another guy—triggering a backlash and media firestorm that might destroy everything he cares about.” A snippet of Maria Wong’s chapter , the Gift of Diversity from the forthcoming book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers is read explaining how she grew up Chinese Mexican. Diversity is essential in this time and age. People’s different passions, interests, and beliefs are what will make the world a better place, one that lends new opportunities to individuals and provides brighter futures for the next generations.

Bio: Lee Wind

Lee Wind is an author, blogger, and make-the-world-a-better-placer. He’s the openly gay founding blogger of “I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?,” an award-winning blog about books, culture, and empowerment for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Questioning, and Queer youth and their Allies. For over ten years, readers from 100+ countries have racked up 2.4 million page views—and counting!

In his "Clark Kent" jobs he is the Director of Marketing and Programming at the Independent Book Publishers Association and the official blogger for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. His Superhero job is writing, inspired by our world’s amazing—and untold—LGBTQ history.

Lee’s YA novel, “Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill,” was too controversial for traditional publishing, so Lee crowd-funded both publishing the book and donating hundreds of copies to LGBTQ and Allied teens!


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