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Author of I Rise-The Transformation of Toni Newman and First African American Transgender to write a memoir turned into screenplay in the United States. Graduate of Wake Forest University with BA and studying law to obtain Juris of Doctorate.

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Transman Chris Trapani is the owner and chef of the food truck Urban Cowboy in Austin Texas. He competed on show Chopped titled The Great Food Truck Race for $10,000 and title of champion. Each contestant was challenged with mystery baskets of strange ingredients, they had to create something that appealed to the judges and also show off their culinary skills and creativity in the appetizer, entree and dessert rounds. Chris was eliminated in the second round. Chef/Owner, Chris Trapani is originally from Brooklyn, NY. He lived there for almost 30 years and moved to Austin, TX several years ago. He has trained at the Texas Culinary Academy, worked for several top catering companies in New York City & Austin, fine dining, corporate and casual dining. He's created and executed menus for celebrities, television networks, corporate facilities, film shoots and independent restaurant concepts. He is known for his kind & genuine approach to service & a deep love for the south & everything country. He has a diverse & passionate approach to cuisine that is true to Texas and his urban roots. His webpage is and to see the episode of Keep On Trucking on Chopped go here:
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Kris Hayashi is the Acting Director for the Transgender Law Center based in San Francisco California. The Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from... more

Jack Lorenz, Deputy Director of Programs and Development at Equalty Californa (EQCA) discusses Transgender Healthcare, LGBT equality and new changes at Equality California. Equality California is the largest lgbt advocacy group in... more

Daniel Sobieray is a California native, born in Newport Beach, California. Daniel is now based in Los Angeles. Daniel grew up in Colorado and was very active in sports from an early age. After accepting a scholarship to Michigan for Ice... more

Michael has been a member of Transgender Legal Defense and Education fund (TLDEF) Board of Directors, as well as its Executive Director, since it was 2005. He has worked as an attorney in the LGBT civil rights... more

John O'Connor is the New Executive director of Equality California. Equality California (eaca) is the largest lgbt advocacy group in California and the United States. John O'Connor is a seasoned executive with extensive management,... more

Kortney Ryan Ziegler is an award-winning filmmaker, visual artist, writer, activist and scholar based in Oakland, Ca. His artistic and academic work focuses on queer/trans issues, body image, racialized sexualities, gender, performance and... more

As Executive Director of Transgender Law Center, Masen Davis brings over two decades of leadership and activism in the movement toward LGBT equality. Since beginning this role in 2007, Davis has expanded Transgender Law Center's... more

Lee Hayes is the bestselling LGBT author of the novels Passion Marks, A Deeper Blue: Passion Marks II, The Messiah, The Bad Seed and editor of the erotic anthology, Flesh to Flesh. His latest novel, The First Male, was released in... more

Transgender Author Toni Newman nterviews Dr. Maya Angelou about Wake Forest University, her poem Still I Rise and words of encouragement to African-American youth who are different, special and unique. Dr. Angelou... more
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