LLL079 Shay Stewart-Bouley: The Right Thing to Do #podcast

Shay Lounges with LannaLee and gets a couch!

Shay Lounges with LannaLee and gets a couch!

Shay Lounges with LannaLee and gets a couch!

A year-and-a-half after our first lounge, I talk with Shay about race, privilege, class and how to make the world a better place. I put my foot in my mouth. Shay lays it all out for us about diversity and difference. I try not to whitesplain and Shay calls me out for being uncomfortable. Shay tells us to be We-focused (not me-focused). And she answers 10 questions.

Shay Stewart-Bouley

Our guest this week is award-winning blogger, columnist, and non-profit goddess Shay Stewart-Bouley. Her blog, Black Girl in Maine, was named to Babble’s Top 100 Mom Bloggers of 2011. Also in 2011, she won a New England Press Association award for her writing on diversity issues at her monthly column at the Portland Phoenix, entitled Diverse-City. In the non-profit sector, Shay is the executive director of the Biddeford’s Joyful Harvest Neighborhood Center.

Shay first Lounged with LannaLee in LLL002 Shay Jumps In the Fray published on March 8, 2012

The 411: Shay Stewart-Bouley

[Recorded 10/03/2013]

Of note: The VERY Tall Tale of Jack & His Beanstalk – Giant Sculpture


Lounging alum Larry Moss is at it again with a 5-Story Jack & His Beanstalk Balloon sculpture to be made in February 2014. Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle will lead a fantastic community project that will also bring balloon artists in from all over the country. So if you have a few bucks, they would love your support. Every little bit helps!

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#014 Sarah Holmes: Dyke Pride

Sarah Lounges with LannaLee and Gets a couch!

Sarah Lounges with LannaLee and Gets a couch!It’s Gay Pride week in the Portland Maine area and to celebrate, LannaLee lounged with the lucious Sarah Holmes to talk about pride, gender diversity and the Dyke March. Sarah schools Lanna on Stonewall and how the whole pride movement began. They talk about that marriage thing-a-ding. Sarah gives the finer points about the 7th annual Portland Maine Dyke March. And she answers 10 questions.

Sarah Holmes is the Assistant Director of Student Life and Diversity, and Coordinator of the Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity at the University of Southern Maine. She is very active in the LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and allied) community. Among her involvements, she is one of the founders of the Portland Maine Dyke March, serves on the board of GLSEN Southern Maine (the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network supports gay straight trans alliances in schools), and is an adult advisor with PRYSM (the Proud Rainbow Youth of Southern Maine, supporting LGBTQA youth age 22 and under). She and her partner, Anna Schwartz, live in downtown Portland.

The 411: Sarah Holmes

Here is where you can find Sarah online.

We also talked about Southern Maine Pride [Saturday, June 16th, 2012].

[Recorded 06/11/2012]