Watch Episode 109:
Check out the organizations and read more about the people featured in Episode 109 of NoMoreDownLow.TV:
About Janora McDuffie:
Our co-host Janora McDuffie is featured in the May 2011 issue of The Advocate! One of the most refreshing new talents to hit the screen or stage in some time, Janora McDuffie is paving a steady path to success. She started 2011 with an appearance on Cartoon Network’s Eagleheart starring Chris Elliot and produced by Conan O’Brien. She’s appeared on numerous major network shows including The Event on NBC, Terriers on FX, The Forgotten on ABC and FOX network television favorites Lie to Me and 24. Visit her website here.
About Kendell Hogan:
As one of the hosts of ESPN’s longest running fitness program, BODYSHAPING, Kendell helped bring surf, sand and step aerobics to millions of homes daily, and also was instrumental in creating the look of fitness shows as we see them today. When not taping, Kendell is the regional group fitness director for CRUNCH Fitness in Los Angeles. Some of the best nationally known classes have come from this program, including Cardio Strip Tease and Cycle Karaoke. Kendell continues to travel throughout the country as a presenter and master class instructor, and has starred in several top-selling exercise videos and hosted a successful infomercial product.
Transgender Women of Color People Out segment:
About Valerie Spencer (from LAPride.org)
Valerie Spencer is a transgender advocate and educator. A native of Southern California, she works in the arena of social services—specifically representing HIV prevention and service delivery as it relates to the transgender community. Spencer has worked with a diverse array of organizations and agencies—including health departments and universities and developed Los Angeles County’s first curriculum addressing transgenderism from the perspective of people of color. In addition, she has presented to community groups and at conferences around the country.
Valerie Spencer describes herself as “being a woman from birth but discovering that just a bit later.” Her personal directive is simple—to make the complex comprehensive. “Trans-issues are very diverse, often moving into areas more commonly ignored by mainstream society: sexism, gender phobia, poverty and marginalization as a whole,” Spencer said.
Valerie Spencer co-developed and co-facilitated the Transgender Leadership Academy, a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles Transgender Youth Consortium and the FTM Alliance. “This was a ground-breaking effort to build our leaders. In the past, transgender leadership came into being by way of osmosis. This was a chance to take all of the information that we as leaders have gained, share it in a constructive manner and shape our mavericks of the future,” she said
Spencer has an artistic side as well. She co-starred in the 2004 V-Day production of “The Vagina Monologues,” featuring an all trans-woman cast. In addition, Spencer was featured in the documentary, “Beautiful Daughters,” which aired on Logo and Showtime television.
About Janet Mock (from YouTube)
Janet Mock, a writer living in New York, tells her story of growing up transsexual in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was born male and transitioned from Charles to Janet during her freshman year of high school.
Due to her adolescent transition, she was bullied, teased and taunted through the halls of her school. Janet shares her own story of transition and living in her truth as part of the It Gets Better Project to urge kids to ask for help and be certain in who they are and most importantly to dream big and realize that four years of high school is not their entire lives.
“You can become your dream,” Janet urges to kids like her. “I promise that it gets better. I can say this because I am you.”
This video was directed and produced by Janet’s partner Aaron Tredwell, who continues to inspire her to be courageous and to follow her dreams. Learn more about Janet Mock, her upcoming memoir Fish Food and her journey through genders: http://janetmock.com/
Janet’s “It Gets Better” video
Janet Mock on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/musingsonlove
Follow Janet Mock on Twitter - http://twitter.com/janetmock
From Black Lesbian Walking Tall Segment
Connect with Carolyn Wysinger
Carolyn’s Blog - http://knockturnalemissions.blogspot.com/
Find her on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/soulaquarian
Follow her on Twitter - http://twitter.com/cara_mel97
Janora McDuffie Trains for the AIDSLifeCycle segment:
Learn more about the AIDSLifecycle
More HIV/AIDS resources:
Women Alive has a goal of bringing women affected and infected with HIV/AIDS out of isolation through information, encouragement and emotional support.
The Body – The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Resources – African Descent (via Women Alive):
- African-American Sexual Minority Organizations
- National Body of the Black Men’s Xchange
- Office of Minority Health Resource Center