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Voices Unheard Vol 9 – Nicolette Rodriguez: Transgender Person of Colour


Tuesday, September 15 – Voices Unheard, 7 pm – 7:30 pm, featuring Nicolette Rodriguez, a trans person of colour, presented by Rebellious Unicorns, Unicorns.LIVE, and Kelowna Pride Society, sponsored by Castanet, and hosted by Kanata Hotel & Conference Centre ~ Kelowna and Online

Nicolette Rodriguez (she/her) is our next guest on Voices Unheard. She is a 26-year-old trans woman of colour who began transitioning one year ago. Nicolette was born in Edmonton, Alberta but grew up in and currently resides in Penticton, British Columbia; her family emigrated to Canada from El Salvador prior to her birth. She is Vice-President at the South Okanagan-Similkameen Pride Society, and currently works at the Penticton YMCA and is studying business.

Host Jessica Samuels will chat with Nicolette about her life and experiences as a trans person and how being a woman of colour with immigrant family members continues to shape her world.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE

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Voices Unheard Vol 5 – James Sieben: Transgender Athlete and Advocate


Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020, Voices Unheard, a project sponsored by Kelowna Pride and hosted by Jessica Samuels, welcomes James Sieben

James Sieben (he/him/his) is a trans gay man. On this episode of Voices Unheard, James will talk with Jessica about how he has experienced misogyny first-hand before coming out, and how he actually now benefits from misogyny because he “passes for male”.

He’ll also discuss how he feels the recent rhetoric about trans people expressed by J.K. Rowling is harmful; the issue of anti-transness in sports; and why all cis LGBT2Q+ people should care about and fight for trans rights.

To watch this episode, go to https://watch.unicorns.live/programs/live-james-sieben

Voices Unheard is a weekly series designed to elevate voices and bring greater awareness to underrepresented members of society, including people of various racial backgrounds, sexuality, gender identity/expression, age, and ability.

Voices Unheard is grateful for the support of Castanet.

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Voices Unheard Vol 4 – Toni Boot: Woman of Colour in Government


Tuesday, Aug 4, 2020, Voices Unheard, a project sponsored by Kelowna Pride and hosted by Jessica Samuels, welcomes Toni Boot.

Toni Boot (she/her/hers), Mayor of Summerland, BC since being elected in 2018, joins Jessica Samuels for Episode 4. Originally from Summerland, Mayor Boot has quite the professional resume. She taught at Okanagan College for several years, co-owned Kettle Valley Dried Fruit Company, founded and owned Grasslands Nursery, holds a B.A. in Professional Communication, and entered local government in 2014 when she was elected to Summerland Council.

During this 4-year period, she also sat as a director on the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) board. The focus of this conversation will centre on being a woman of colour in government during such a politically-divisive and racially-charged time in modern history.

To watch this episode, go to https://watch.unicorns.live/programs/live-toniboot

Voices Unheard is a weekly series designed to elevate voices and bring greater awareness to underrepresented members of society, including people of various racial backgrounds, sexuality, gender identity/expression, age, and ability.

If you missed this and other episodes, you can sign up for a free 14-day trial for Unicorns.live.

To sign up, follow this link: https://watch.unicorns.live/catalog