Celebrating Pride Month: 10 LGBTQ talks from around the world

Bisi Alimi  @TEDxBerlin (photo: Sebastian Gabsch)

Bisi Alimi @TEDxBerlin (photo: Sebastian Gabsch)

June is Pride Month for both the LGBTQ community and their allies. Below are 10 talks that give voice from the LGBT community on identity, acceptance and love.

There should never be another Ibrahim | Bisi Alimi | TEDxBerlin

Nigerian gay rights activist and HIV advocate, Bisi Alimi, tells the story of his best friend, Ibrahim, who died of AIDS while at university. Since Ibrahim’s death, Alimi has made it his mission to spread messages of equality, openness and accessibility for the gay community in Nigeria. In his talk from TEDxBerlin, Alimi urges us to challenge conservative organizations and speak up for vulnerable groups around the world.

Proud to call you my transgender son | Skip Pardee | TEDxReno

On February 13th, 2011, Skip Pardee’s then daughter, Dana, came out as a transgender male. Despite being a “conservative, Catholic, ex-military officer,” Pardee readily welcomed his son home without judgment. At TEDxReno, Pardee gives an emotional talk detailing his family’s journey of learning, love and acceptance.

My Two Mums (The Myths of Gay Adoption) | Lynne Elvins | TEDxBristol

Eleven years ago, Lynne Elvins and her partner became the first openly gay couple approved for adoption in Bristol. From the TEDxBristol stage, Elvins confidently confronts gender roles, misunderstandings about gay adoption, and the panic around placing children into “gay lifestyles.”

#FreeTheFemme: The aesthetics of survival | Hari Nef | TEDxConnecticutCollege

From TEDxConnecticutCollege, actor, model and writer, Hari Nef, asks the question:”Why are we shamed for our femme?” Nef boldly investigates trans femininity, the concept of passing and feminization as a survival tactic. “Hair, makeup and nails keep us strong and safe; does that make us sellouts? Or survivors?”

A call to Legalise homosexuality in India ! (Amending Section 377) | Sujatha Rao | TEDxWalledCity

Dating British-era rule, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalizes sex work and homosexual acts, punishable by 10 years to life in prison. In her talk at TEDxWalledCity, global health advisor Sujatha Rao takes a stand against the value systems and preconceived notions that prevent marginalized groups from living freely, and calls for an anti-discrimination law to make any act of prejudice a punishable offense.

We all need a safe place to pee | Ivan Coyote | TEDxVancouver

Public restrooms have been a problem for Ivan Coyote since childhood. As a “masculine appearing predominantly estrogen based organism, now today as a trans person, public bathrooms and change rooms are where I’m most likely to be questioned or harassed.” At TEDxVancouver, Ivan emphasizes the need for single-stall gender neutral facilities in all public places for anyone who does not fit into the mainstream.

I am HIV-positive. So what? | Avin Tan | TEDxNTU

Living with HIV as a Singaporean gay person, Avin Tan has undoubtedly seen his share of obstacles. Since his diagnosis in 2009, Tan has chosen to live a life of purpose, sharing his message of self-acceptance and powerful life lessons with the world.

Finding Identity: An LGBTQ Pastor’s Journey | David Norse | TEDxPhiladelphia

David Norse is the first openly gay man to be ordained as a Presbyterian pastor in Philadelphia. In his talk, Norse shares how he learned to balance his identity as a Christian and a gay man, and invites us to ask questions, experience community and stay open to partnership.

Moving Beyond the Binary of Sex and Gender | Ugla Stefanía | TEDxReykjavik

What sort of genitals do you have? What sort of underwear do you wear? Are you a boy or a girl? For Icelandic trans activist, Ugla Stefania, these intrusive questions are an everyday occurrence. In their informative talk, Ugla breaks down binary categories of sex and gender and insists that we speak up about injustice and confront prejudice actively.

A challenge to change blood donation regulations | Terrell Foster | TEDxUSF

While working as a medic in the U.S. Air Force, Terrell Foster was told he did not qualify to give blood because of his sexuality. From TEDxUSF, Foster suggests that we ask different questions when determining a person’s risk factors as a donor and pushes the audience to challenge their own perceptions to destroy this current stigma.

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