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Seg. 1: Anglo Names. Seg. 2: LGBTQ Advocates On Jussie Smollett Attack.

Segment 1: Research shows white-sounding names curry favor in academic settings.

Xian Zhao's name means something to him. It means something to his parents. That's why he won't adopt what he calls an "anglo name." But his own research suggests he might be missing opportunities because of that.

  • Xian Zhao, researcher, University of Toronto

Segment 2 (beginning at 14:45): Why violence against queer-identifying people of color gets swept under the rug.

According to our guests, violence against people of color who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trangender is a common occurence, here in Kansas City as elsewhere. They point to signs of progress here in town, as well as persistent obstacles to gathering data, changing the pattern and improving safety for people in their communities.

  • D. Rashaan Gilmore, founder and president, BlaqOut
  • Melissa Moon-Brown, executive director, Kansas City Anti-Violence Project
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