Why is it important to use proper gender pronouns? And how can we further foster an environment of inclusion and respect? In this episode, we speak to Chan Som, (they/them), a queer, nonbinary Cambodian American, whose path to embracing their gender-identity has been far from linear. As a public health advocate, youth mentor, and content creator, Chan has used multi-media to share personal stories for and about the LGBTQ+ community. Chan is also an award-winning storyteller and filmmaker, and has directed their own short film, “Coming Out Wasn’t Funny,” which won the 2018 Short Waves Film Competition hosted by the Asian American Film Festival.
In this podcast episode, Chan reflects on their intersectional life and experience of gender and bicultural identity, generational and cultural challenges and, ultimately, the power behind love and self-acceptance.
- Chan's Award-Winning Short Film, "Coming Out Wasn't Funny."
Boston Asian American Short Waves 2018
- Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
Chan's Everyday Ritual & Favorite Spots for Coffee!- Nibbana Cafe
- Revival Cafe + Kitchen
- Odd Meter Coffee Co.