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A time sensitive gift for community members
Join Ganeshspace for a special Trans Joy event tomorrow evening (6.3.22)
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To celebrate and uplift Queer voices, GaneshSpace is proud to present the third installment of our Compassionate Conversations series — PrideXPurpose — an in-person and online event led by respected speakers and thought leaders based in New York City.
This hybrid (virtual and in-person) event on June 3, 2022 will include an opening mindfulness breath practice from our Founding Teachers, a panel discussion centering on the trans community, followed by a dance/movement party.
This Compassionate Conversation will focus on trans joy and how they center joy, despite the current political climate targeting their safety, existence and rights.
This event is part of GaneshSpace’s Compassionate Conversations Talk Series — a radical quarterly, seasonal event featuring the most trailblazing thought leaders in the wellness and social justice movements and lululemon’s The Dialogue Series.
Topics focus on personal healing and transformation and the necessary work that needs to be done, starting with the self before we can go out and change the world. These conversations are intended to cultivate awareness and uplift our lived experiences around race, gender, body and sexuality. Past topics include: Empowering the Other, prideXpurpose, Liberating the Body, Honoring Native American Heritage Month.
Our evening will be filled music, breath and thoughtful conversation:
6:15 PM EST: Doors and Virtual Zoom will open
6:30 PM EST: Opening Meditation and Remarks from GaneshSpace Founding Teachers Kim Thai, Sunaina Madhav Dāsī and Felipe Gonzalez
6:45 PM EST: Conversation on Trans Joy. Moderated by Sunaina Madhav Dāsī (they/them) with panel speakers Nicole Teyuca (she/her), Crow Miller (he/him), and Derrick Reyes (they/them)
7:45 PM EST : Movement/Dance Party with Junior Mintt (she/her/hers)
About the Speakers and Performers
Sunaina Madhav Dāsī
Sunaina Rangnekar (they/them) is an infinite, multi-dimensional energy incarnated into this material form. They immigrated from India to the unceded ancestral homelands of the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe Nations- now colonized as Denver, Colorado. Their yoga practice is deeply rooted in Hinduism and Bhakti. They follow the lineage and teachings of their ancestors and Sri Paramahamsa Vishwananda. Sunaina uses neurodivergent superpowers to create a more community-centered world that focuses on individual healing by embracing our unique truth. They believe that the answer is already within us when choosing self-love, accountability, and awareness. With their unique lens to the yogic path, Sunaina creates spaces to reclaim yoga, decolonize minds, and abolish oppressive systems that affect us at an energetic and societal level.
Originally from Mexico, Nicole (she/her) came to New York when she was 16, where she started living her life as female a year later. Nicole is a passionate advocate, speaking openly about her experience in the days when there was no place for transgender girls to go to look for help or education, about hormones or any others issues that they were going through. She lived mostly in Spanish neighborhoods like Jackson Heights in Queens, where she and her transgender sisters struggled with discrimination and sexual and physical abuse on the street. Sex work was the main way to survive, since jobs and health education were extremely limited. Nicole’s experience navigating this environment led her to activism: she is particularly passionate about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and mental healthcare access, especially in undocumented communities. She began her career in advocacy at 17, volunteering at Spanish community organizations, doing outreach and participating in forums representing the transgender community. During the era of Stop and Frisk, she was arrested several times just for walking in the streets, and responded by volunteering at community organizations that were eventually able to end the discriminatory policy. Nicole enjoys being an advocate and speaks publicly on issues concerning the LGBTQ Spanish-speaking immigrant community. Currently working for Translatinanetwork as community engagement coordinator.
Crow Hope Miller
Crow Miller (he/him) is a 34 year old artist, 2-Spirit trans person of color and has dedicated his time to community building and being of service. Throughout his international journeys he realized that there was little representation of trans and or LGBTQIA+ community representation in the spiritual circles he found himself in. This inspired him to bridge the gap and begin to run his own programs after a 13 year journey of self exploration and spirituality.
Feel free to follow him on instagram @crow.walk
Or Visit www.crowwalk.com
Derrick uses they/them pronouns and is a social entrepreneur, consultant, executive coach, speaker, model, and skincare enthusiast. They identify as an Afro-Latiné, queer, gender non-binary, from New York City. Derrick leads Queerly Health, a social mission-driven company leveraging concierge health and digital health to end LGBTQ+ health disparities by 2030. Their background is in social enterprise, digital health, mindfulness, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Derrick has a clinical research background and earned their M.A. in Human Development and Social Intervention from NYU, along with an Advanced Certification in LGBTQ+ Health, Education, and Social Services. Derrick and Queerly Health have been featured in Forbes, SXSW, Product Hunt, NASDAQ, and SuperMaker. Derrick often advises and mentors other startup founders, co-facilitates a college class, walks a designer runway, or spends time at the United Nations as a delegate.
Junior Mintt (she/her/hers) is a drag artist, business owner, and motivational speaker based in Brooklyn. She is a proud Black Transwoman out to show how Mintty the world can be with a little kindness, empathy, and a strong Black, Trans, Queer perspective. She is the creator of Mintty Makeup, one of the first Black Trans Makeup lines. Mintty Makeup has been featured in Buzzfeed, Paper Magazine, and Vogue Beauty. She's been featured in Vogue, The CUT, ID, and Gayletter for the work she does not only on the stage, but also in the community. She's a co-host of the Brooklyn Liberation March. She’s the creator and producer of “In Living Color,” a drag variety show operating for 3 years, showcasing the talents of the Black, Brown and Trans community members. Junior Mintt has brought to life her message of Black Transpower through her comedic, thought-provoking drag performances all over NYC, her work mentoring teen and young artists at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange and the Future Perfect Project. Whether it’s a stage, a classroom or a runway, when you see Junior Mintt, you'll leave feeling motivated and embraced.