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Let's Talk Black LGBTQ History and Pride

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Alex U. Inn addresses the Resistance Contingent of the 2017 San Francisco Pride Parade.

Let's Talk New Mexico 6/11, 8a: June is Pride month, and in the midst of mass demonstrations for racial justice and an ongoing pandemic, this year’s celebration will undoubtedly look different. On this week's call-in show, we look at the black roots of Pride, including the 1969 Stonewall uprising that paved the way for LGBTQ rights today. We’ll hear about the contributions of Black and Brown trans and cis women, and trans people of other genders, in the local and global Pride movement. And we'll ask how the Black Lives Matter movement influences this year’s events. We want to hear from you! How do you celebrate Pride? Email letstalk@kunm.org, use the hashtag #LetsTalkNM on Twitter, or call in live during the show at 277-5866.


Rev. A.O. Ferguson (they/their) is a lecturer and a Spiritual Care Specialist at UNMH, focused on pallative and psychosocial care. A.O. works with people and families at the end of life. 
Bré Anne Rivera (she/her) is the Groundswell Fund program fellow of the Black Trans Fund; which is rooted in her experience as a former executive director of an under-resourced grassroots organization and her commitment to supporting abundance within Black trans movements.  

Caro Acuña-Olvera (she/her) is a queer feminist of color, a musician, anti-racism activist, grassroots fundraiser and youth mentor. She is co-chair of the national organization Peace Action, and is one of the founding members of the Albuquerque Un-Occupy movement. 

Tenzin Malaika-Huisman (he/his) is a 16 year old, African-European-American transgender teen. Tenzin is part of the LGBTQ community and a sophomore in high school. 

Freddie McCalmant-Bell, (he/his) is a fashion stylist and owner of  Freddie’s Styling in Albuquerque, an  androgynous clothing store that supports queer artists.  When Freddy performs as one of the few Black drag queens in Albuquerque,  Avery Taureaux (she/her), her goal is to represent the voices of the queer, cis, and non-binary community.


Bré Anne Rivera

Unique Womens Coalition

Black Trans Men Inc.


Black Trans Women Inc.


I Am Human


Ruth Ellis Center


Freddie McCalmant-Bell:

Albuquerque Proud Procession, June 13

Check out Freddie McCalmant-Bell's fashion styling website and portfolio, Freddie's Styling

Caro Acuña-Olvera

The Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training


The Audre Lorde Project


To Watch: 

Jewel's Catch One
The Death and Life of Marsha O Johnson

Black Feminism 101


Audre Lorde The Theory of Difference

Yasmin Khan covers worker's rights in New Mexico, with a focus on Spanish-speaking residents. She is finishing her Ph.D. in human geography and women & gender studies at the University of Toronto where she studies refugee and humanitarian aid dynamics in Bangladesh. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from UNM. Yasmin was director of The Americas Program, an online U.S. foreign policy magazine based in Mexico City, and was a freelance journalist in Bolivia. She covered culture, immigration, and higher education for the Santa Fe New Mexican and city news for the Albuquerque Journal.
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