Michelle Emson: LGBTQI & Mental Health Human Rights Advocate
Monday, June 19, 2017
Join me on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show with Michelle Emson talking about her story as a Trans Mompreneur and some of the special challenges and heart-warming initiatives that some businesses and organizations are doing to help support and advocate for the often-marginalized Trans community.
About Michelle Emson
Michelle Emson is an entrepreneur, LGBTQI human rights activist, keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, and documentary film maker. An openly-out transgender woman, Michelle is currently living and working in Ontario, Canada.
Never Too Old To Be Who You Truly Are
Having transitioned late in life (at age 50), Michelle firmly believes that one is never too old, nor too young, to step into their true authentic selves and live the life they deserve, without being bound by outdated social constructs of gender, identity, and sexuality. Her advocacy work, activism, public speaking, and workshops, all serve to raise awareness of trans* people and the issues that they face on their journey.
Michelle’s Message of ACCEPTANCE…
Michelle firmly believes that; “If we can learn to accept, and love, our own uniqueness then just maybe we can come to love, and respect, the uniqueness of others.” A strikingly simple concept if we all start from the point that we are all, just, human beings.
Michelle’s first documentary film, co-produced with Olena, “Pride of Ukraine (2015)” premiered at the Canadian Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine and shared the struggle to hold a peaceful Pride march in the capital.
Award-Winning Film Maker
Her second film “Transgender Life in Slovenia (2016)”, which won Best Film at the 2016 Ljubljana International LGBTI Film Festival, tells the story of 10 transgender and gender non-binary people from across the country. It provides an interesting insight into the challenges that face transgender people and offers a touching and engaging view into their daily lives and struggles.
Mental Health Advocate
A mental health survivor, Michelle lives with Bipolar II Disorder which was misdiagnosed, and mistreated, for over twenty years. She now advocates through speaking engagements, seminars, and workshops, to “End the Stigma” around mental health and shares her story to raise awareness and encourage everyone to start talking about mental health.
Project Semicolon as a Source of HOPE in Life’s Darkest Moments
Having survived her own brush with suicide, Michelle supports the concept of the “Project Semicolon”; “a semicolon is used when an author could have chosen to end their sentence, but instead, chose not to. The author is you, and the sentence is your life.” The metaphor simply means don’t give up, there is hope, and this does not have to be the end.
“If we can learn to accept, and love, our own uniqueness then just maybe we can come to love, and respect, the uniqueness of others.”
LGBTQI & Mental Health Human Rights Activist
If you would like to learn more about Michelle Emson:
Resource Michelle Recommends: GLAAD
The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show
JUNE Radio Show Schedule
PODCASTS of Past Shows
1/1RETHINKING GLUTEN & THE GUT with Dr. Alessio Fasano, World-Renowned Celiac & Non-Celiac ResearchRETHINKING SUSTAINABLE LIVING: Dr. David Boyd 'The Optimistic Environmentalist'RETHINKING CANCER with Functional Medicine Dr. Jill Carnahan on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowRETHINKING EDUCATION: 'Teaching Kids with Mindfulness in Mind' & Teen HumanitarianRETHINKING MINDFUL EATING with Karen Mayo & Haely Lindau on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowRETHINKING CELIAC DISEASE with Jules Shepard on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowRETHINKING EXERCISE, AGING, MOOD & BRAIN HEALTH with Kate Maliha on the Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING JOY & KINDNESS Thru Art & Urban Gardening on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowRETHINKING THE POWER OF ART: Caprice Hogg (& Melody Owen: On Embracing Life)RETHINKING TRAGEDY: "Crushed Alive: From Tragedy to Triumph"RETHINKING ANOREXIA & RUNNING With Christine BlanchetteRETHINKING FOOD SECURITY & FOOD SAFETY with Jane GrueberRETHINKING SLOW FOOD & PLEASURE with Raw Food Chef James SantRETHINKING 'NATURAL DETOXIFICATION' with Dr. Jessica Renfer#RETHINKING #VACATIONING with Marco Aguilar on the Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING FOOD LABELING with Caroline Moassessi on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show1/1
January 16, 2017: Kate Maliha – EXERCISE FOR HEALTHY AGING, MOOD & BRAIN HEALTH & Judy Russell – How Are The Big Toe & Kidney Connected? (LISTEN NOW)
January 23, 2017: Dr. Jill Carnahan – DOCTOR SURVIVOR: LESSONS OVERCOMING CANCER (LISTEN NOW)
February 27, 2017: Dr. Alessio Fasano – CELIAC DISEASE, GLUTEN & THE GUT (LISTEN NOW)
April 3, 2017: Michael Ayalon – POSITIVE CHANGE ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES (LISTEN NOW)
July 3, 2017: Cyndi O’Meara – WHAT’S WITH WHEAT?
July 10, 2017: Kristin Andress – BE GOOD FOR GOODNESS SAKE
July 17, 2017:Dr. Jill Carnahan – MAST CELL ACTIVATION SYNDROME (MCAS)
July 24, 2017: Dr. Barb DePree – DR. BARB’S RECIPE FOR LIFELONG INTIMACY
July 31, 2017: Yvonne Heath – LOVE YOUR LIFE TO DEATH
August 14, 2017: Julia Schopick – HONEST MEDICINE
August 21, 2017:Alan Bell – POISONED – HOW TO AVOID HIDDEN CHEMICAL TOXICITY
August 28, 2017: Dr. Susan Edelman – BE YOUR OWN BRAND OF SEXY
September 4, 2017: Ricki Heller – CANDIDA
September 11, 2017: Marianne Pestana – MAKE EVERY MOMENT COUNT
September 18, 2017: Robyn McCord O’Brien – “REAL FOOD”
September 25, 2017: Dr. Paul Epstein – ILLNESS AS OPPORTUNITY, PAIN AS TEACHER
More Exciting Guests To Look Forward To…
Ivy Tobin – THE SOCIETY FOR RECOVERING DOORMATS
Bobbi Wright – BULLYING AWARENESS VIA THE PRINCESS & THE WHALE
Drs. Karin & Rick Dina – RAW FOOD NUTRITION (Topic TBA)
Melvin Bray – STORYING INCLUSIVITY FOR KIDS
Allison Carmen – THE GIFT OF MAYBE
Dr. Irvin Yalom – BECOMING MYSELF: A PSYCHIATRIST’S MEMOIR
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“Cooking Up Kindness”
Dr. Theresa Nicassio is a kindness advocate who offers her multi-faceted expertise as a wellness educator and professional to the community in her capacities as a registered psychologist, speaker, raw food chef and nutrition educator, magazine columnist, and radio and TV guest. Passionate about public awareness and empowerment, Theresa contributes to social, emotional and environmental transformation through social media, her online coffee table book wellness resource hub: TheresaNicassio.com, and her blog YumFoodForLiving.com. She is also the multi award-winning author of YUM: Plant-Based Recipes for a Gluten-Free Diet (a 2016 Gourmand “Best in the World” winner) and now the host of the Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show on Healthy Life Radio.
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