La Sarmiento has been a leader of American LGBTQ and people-of-color Buddhist communities for close to a decade. I caught up with the trans, queer Filipino teacher before a silent retreat to discuss the dynamics of race and gender in a world that is typically White, cisgender and straight.
Kaylee Rattray interviews performance artist Madelaine McCallum. Equipped with the lessons from the adversities of her past, McCallum now shares her story of resilience and authentic self-expression ahead of the launch of her newly conceived mental health campaign “As I am, is Enough.
Confidence is being able to walk into a room, any room, and not having to size up the other individuals in it, because you are self-assured enough in your own capabilities. Real confidence is not guided by ego. The wrong kind of confidence is driven by it.
I hear repeatedly that women, people of color, and others whose identities differ from the dominant culture, feel relentless pressure to hide aspects of their identities and conform in order to be accepted, to “fit in,” and to succeed.