Imagine you are a young professional woman calling a meeting with your co-workers to make a profound revelation: You are transgender. That’s exactly what Lauren Sundstrom did a couple of years ago, as part of her ongoing journey to live her authentic self out loud, and to speak up about being in Vancouver’s trans community.
Since then, Lauren has continued to share her story, opening herself up to questions from Instagram followers, participating in rallies and protests, and taking part in speaking engagements, all in an effort to encourage acceptance and promote inclusion. We sat down with Lauren to gain more insight into her own personal journey, as well as to touch on some issues the trans community faces here in Vancouver as well as around the globe.
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Happy Friday! What are your weekend plans? It’s a family weekend for Matt and I – dinner with my parents on Saturday and then dinner with his parents on Sunday. I’m lucky to be welcomed into Matt’s family, especially considering I actually like them as people, which doesn’t always happen in relationships ? . Don’t forget, we’re doing a Q&A on our relationship this Sunday afternoon in my stories! We’re going to keep it pretty broad – if you want to know about our personal relationship, how we got to where we are now, or just what it was like to date as a trans woman before finding “the one,” we’ll answer as best we can! ?? / ?: @mleholmes
Also this week, a chat with Kurtis Kolt, the co-founder of Top Drop, a terroir-based wine event taking place later this month in Vancouver. Kurtis has the lowdown on taking the fear factor out of diving into learning about wine, as well as the array of kick-ass food and wine parties on the schedule as part of Top Drop Vancouver’s programming this time around.
Show notes for Ep. 64:
- Trans Specialty Care via Vancouver Coastal Health/Three Bridges
- Follow @laurengsundstrom on Instagram
- Top Drop Vancouver and Top Drop’s Thursday Night Events
- Follow @topdropcanada and @kurtiskolt on Instagram
Produced and hosted by Lindsay William-Ross and Adam Nanji. Our Associate Producer and Editor is Albert Van Santvoort. Additional support from Bob Kronbauer and Elana Shepert.
We record in the studio at Glacier Media, 303 West 5th Avenue in Mt Pleasant.
Theme song is Vancouver BC by The Smugglers ©1990, available on iTunes.