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Dr. Christopher Lewis: The Gender Doctor

Dr. Christopher Lewis: The Gender Doctor

To his coworkers, Dr. Christopher Lewis is known as the gender doctor. But to the LGBTQ community in the city, the region and beyond, he’s known as a great influencer. Lewis co-founded the Washington University Transgender Center clinic at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, a cutting-edge center of care for trans youth. “[St. Louis] is

Bryon Pierson: There’s an App for That

Bryon Pierson: There’s an App for That

Bryon Dawayne Pierson Jr. is driven in the way someone is driven to escape a burning house. At just fifteen, the Alton native ran away from his dysfunctional family, determined not to succumb to their lifestyle of guns, drugs and sex addiction. Despite bouncing through six foster homes, Pierson excelled in O’Fallon (Illinois) High’s wrestling

Nikia Munson: Self-Love Advocate

Nikia Munson: Self-Love Advocate

If you’ve done any work learning about positive female sexuality in St. Louis in recent years, you probably know Nikia Munson. The educator, facilitator and explorer has long understood the importance of creating safe and respectful spaces for sexual self-discovery and learning.  In 2014, Munson joined Sex Positive St. Louis, the community resource for discussion,

Sean Michael: Conscious Theatre

Sean Michael: Conscious Theatre

Sean Michael is the mastermind behind the socially conscious theatre troupe the Q Collective. Founded in February 2018 in the context of the #MeToo movement, various protests and the Women’s March, the Q Collective has a mission of “exploring the spectrum of gender, sexuality and romantic orientation” through the lens of intersectionality and acceptance. Before

Better Together: How Alicia Markstone and Janessa Highland saved each other — and rose to the top

Better Together: How Alicia Markstone and Janessa Highland saved each other — and rose to the top

When Janessa Highland became show director at Martha’s Vineyard in Springfield, Missouri, in 2011, she knew she was following in big footsteps. That included those of Alicia Markstone, the 2002 Miss Gay USofA at Large, who had gone from small-town Missouri to Florida to be the show director at the famed Suncoast Resort Hotel. But

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