Michelle Emson: LGBTQI & Mental Health Human Rights Advocate
The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show
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too old, nor too young, to step into their true authentic selves and live the life they deserve, without being bound by outdated social constructs of gender, identity, and sexuality.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
Recent & Upcoming Shows:
October 11, 2018: Andrew Lopez – TOXIN-FREE GARDENING & PEST CONTROL (LISTEN NOW)
December 13, 2018: Kathryn Kellogg – ZERO WASTE HOLIDAYS – Part 2 (ENTERTAINING & DECORATING) (LISTEN NOW)
March 14, 2019: Kate Nicholson – OPIOIDS & PAIN: THE REST OF THE STORY (LISTEN NOW)
June 13, 2019: Maralee Mclean – PROTECTING SEXUALLY ABUSED CHILDREN (LISTEN NOW)
February 13, 2020: Dr. Natasha Turner – WOMEN, HORMONES & KETOSIS (LISTEN LIVE)
March 12, 2020: Gail Wetzler, PT, DPT, EDO, BI-D – ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES: BARRAL’S VISCERAL MANIPULATION (LISTEN LIVE)
April 9, 2020: Dr. Tom O’Bryan – REVERSING AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE (LISTEN LIVE)
June 11, 2020: E E.K.R. Venugopal IAS RETD) Human Rights Commissioner (India) – ERADICATING POVERTY (LISTEN LIVE)
July 9, 2020: Dr. Paul Anderson – OUTSIDE THE BOX CANCER THERAPIES (LISTEN LIVE)
More Exciting Guests To Look Forward To…
Robyn McCord O’Brien – “REAL FOOD”
Drs. Karin & Rick Dina – RAW FOOD NUTRITION
Melvin Bray – STORYING INCLUSIVITY FOR KIDS
Allison Carmen – THE GIFT OF MAYBE
PODCASTS of Past Shows
1 / 2RETHINKING GLUTEN & THE GUT with Dr. Alessio Fasano, World-Renowned Celiac & Non-Celiac ResearchWHAT IS MAST CELL ACTIVATION SYNDROME? - Dr. Jill Carnahan MD on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowWHAT'S WITH WHEAT? with Cyndi O'Meara on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowAudrey Proulx: Change the WorldIRVIN YALOM & His Memoir 'BECOMING MYSELF' on the Dr Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowTOXIC BLACK MOLD EXPOSURE & REMEDIES with Dr Jill Carnahan on the Dr Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowFUNCTIONAL MEDICINE DR JILL CARNAHAN'S LIFE-CHANGING CANCER STORY on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowCBT, REBT & Positive Psychology -How Dr Albert Ellis Changed Psychotherapy (Dr Theresa Nicassio)THE DIDGERIDOO: CURING SLEEP APNEA, SOUND HEALING & THE DIDGESURPRISING FACTS ABOUT GLUTEN YOU PROBABLY DON'T KNOW with Nadine GrzeskowiakSUSTAINABLE LIVING - A SIMPLER WAY TO LIVE: Dr. David Boyd 'The Optimistic Environmentalist'MINDFUL EATING WITH MAYO & HAELY LINDAU on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowWHY IS SALT SO BAD FOR YOU? Dr. Saul Pilar MD Shares The Truth about Salt & HealthNEVER, EVER GIVE UP! - MONICA GARTNER SHARES HER INSPIRING STORY Living with Osteogenesis ImperfectaShocking New Discoveries About GLUTEN with Nadine Grzeskowiak on The Dr Theresa NIcassio ShowRETHINKING MOOD DISORDERS with Functional Medicine Doctor Jill Carnahan MD -Dr Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING LIFELONG IINTIMACY with OB/Gyn Barb Depree MD on The Dr. Theresa NIcassio ShowRETHINKING LIFE with Deanna Won on The Dr Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowRETHINKING 'HONEST MEDICINE' with Julia Schopick on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowCHANGING EDUCATION: Teaching Kids with Mindfulness in Mind & Teen HumanitarianBEAT CANCER with INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE: How Terminal Cancer Patients Beat The Odds (Rick Shapiro)THE DEVIL’S DAUGHTER with Playwright & Actor Melody Owen at Vancouver Fringe FestivalWHAT IS NATURAL DETOXIFICATION? - Dr Jessica Renfer ND on The Dr Theresa Nicassio ShowDr Philip Zimbardo – FROM CREATING EVIL TO INSPIRING HEROISM (The Heroic Imagination Project)RETHINKING SPINAL CORD INJURY: Victim to Survivor to Thriver with Logan Seelye & Melody OwenRETHINKING TRAGEDY: "Crushed Alive: From Tragedy to Triumph"RETHINKING PAIN AS TEACHER with Dr Paul Epstein on the Dr Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowRETHINKING THE POWER OF ART: Caprice Hogg (& Melody Owen: On Embracing Life)FART FACTS: What Are Your Farts Telling You? with Dr David Miller ND on The Dr Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING PARENTING with Leeza Steindorf on The Dr. Theresa NIcassio ShowRETHINKING JOY & KINDNESS Thru Art & Urban Gardening on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowRETHINKING EXERCISE, AGING, MOOD & BRAIN HEALTH with Kate Maliha on the Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowAube Giroux - MODIFIED: A FOOD LOVER'S JOURNEY INTO GMOs on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowRETHINKING MOMENTS & MINDFUL LIVING with Marianne Pestana on The Dr Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowFOODS THAT KILL CANCER & FOODS THAT FEED IT - Nutritionist Haely Lindau on Dr Theresa Nicassio ShowTHE OTHER OPIOID CRISIS with Kate Nicholson JD, Americans with Disability Act (ADA) ChampionRETHINKING SLOW FOOD & PLEASURE with Raw Food Chef James SantLIFE-CHANGING CELIAC DISEASE with Jules Shepard on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowRETHINKING HAZING, SEXUAL ASSAULTS & SUBSTANCE ABUSE: Michael Ayalon on Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING FOOD & FERTILITY with Dr. Lorne Brown of Acubalance on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING FOOD LABELING with Caroline Moassessi on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING YOUR OWN BRAND OF SEXY with Dr. Susan Edelman on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING HUMAN RIGHTS with LGBTQI Advocate Michelle Emson on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowElton John’s Rocket Man, Love, Kindness, Health & HappinessRETHINKING AUTISM: A Mother-Daughter Love Story#RETHINKING #VACATIONING with Marco Aguilar (& Special Guest Appearance by Kim Vopni)RETHINKING SELF-ESTEEM, DISORDERED EATING & THE REPLACEMENT CHILD with Dr. Barbara JaffeRETHINKING OBSTACLES - Stories of Courage on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING FOOD SECURITY & FOOD SAFETY with Jane GrueberARE YOU SITTING TOO MUCH? SITTING DISEASE on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show1 / 2
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)
September 25, 2017: Dr. Paul Epstein – ILLNESS AS OPPORTUNITY, PAIN AS TEACHER (LISTEN NOW)
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