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Voices of Pride: Journeys of Courage and Inclusion


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In this special Pride Month Rewind episode of Motivational Mondays, we’ve gathered collective conversations of inspiring LGBTQIA+ voices celebrating authenticity and resilience. Each story highlights the unique journeys of individuals who have overcome challenges and embraced their true selves. Join us as we delve into these powerful narratives, offering insights and inspiration for everyone. Let's dive into this week’s episode!

Oneika Mays, Wellness Expert and Author

Yoga instructor, author and wellness expert Oneika Mays delves into the importance of embracing your authentic self in today's world. Her journey is a testament to the transformative power of self-acceptance. Through her writing and teaching, she encourages individuals to live authentically and mindfully, promoting mental and physical well-being. Oneika believes that by being true to ourselves, we can lead more fulfilling and balanced lives, and she shares practical advice on how to achieve this.

Greg Louganis, Olympic Icon

Olympic diving icon Greg Louganis opens up about the challenges he faced as an openly gay athlete in the 1980s, shedding light on his inspiring journey. Greg's early career was marked by tremendous success and personal struggle, as he navigated the pressures of competitive sports while embracing his identity. His courage to live openly has paved the way for future generations of LGBTQIA+ athletes, and his story continues to inspire those striving for acceptance and equality in sports and beyond.

Peppermint, Performer and Trans Advocate

RuPaul's Drag Race alum and trans advocate Peppermint shares why she initially declined to participate in the now-iconic reality show competition. Peppermint's decision stemmed from a desire to ensure the show was ready to authentically represent trans performers. Her advocacy for visibility and inclusivity within the entertainment industry highlights the importance of representation and the impact it can have on marginalized communities. Peppermint’s story is one of perseverance and dedication to creating a more inclusive world.

Rob Scheer, Foster Care Reform Advocate

Proud, out parent Rob Scheer reflects on his journey from being a foster child to becoming a loving foster parent with adopted children, emphasizing the transformative power of love and family. Rob's personal experience with the foster care system fueled his passion for reform and advocacy. As the founder of Comfort Cases, a nonprofit organization providing essential items to foster children, Rob works tirelessly to ensure that every child in the system feels valued and supported. His story underscores the importance of compassion and the positive impact one person can make.

Jennifer Brown and Giselle Phelps, Diversity Advocates

Lastly, diversity advocates Jennifer Brown and Giselle Phelps deliver heartfelt messages of inclusion and support for the LGBTQIA+ community. Jennifer and Giselle discuss the significance of avoiding misguided stereotypes and fostering an environment where everyone feels accepted and valued. Their work in promoting diversity and inclusion spans various industries, aiming to create spaces where all individuals can thrive. Their messages remind us of the ongoing need for advocacy and the power of community.

We hope these stories have inspired you to embrace your true self and support others in doing the same. As we celebrate Pride Month, let's continue to uplift and honor the diverse voices within the LGBTQIA+ community. Together, we can foster a more inclusive and accepting world for all.

Listen to this episode to learn about...

  • [3:22] Why Oneika advocates for people to live authentically 
  • [12:22] How Greg Louganis used his story to combat bigotry and stereotypes 
  • [39:34] About the staggering number of children who become homeless each year 

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