Friday, July 13, 2012

HRC’s Allyson Robinson on Kojo Nnamd

HRC Deputy Director for Employee Programs Allyson Robinson was a guest on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi show earlier this week. Allyson discussed her personal story, including her time at West Point; and the progress and challenges in the fight for transgender equality.
Read a transcript of Allyson’s interview, and check out video of her story...

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Thailand's Got Talent : Bell Nuntrita

Nuntita was convinced to audition for Thailand's Got Talent by a talent scout by the name of Anucha "Chi" Lanprasert. It was Nuntita's idea to surprise the crowd by first singing in a feminine voice before switching to a masculinebaritone midway through the audition. As of 1 May 2011, she had won popular vote and high compliments from the judges, granting her entrance to the finals of the show Thailand's Got Talent. Her first remixed song on the show's audition stage was a combination of "Yahk Roo Tae Mai Yahk Taam" by Calories Blah Blah and "Unlovable" by MILD, two popular Thai tunes. The three-minute song displayed Nuntita's style of song choice on Thailand's Got Talent, mixing different genres and vocal ranges.
After Nuntita's audition video appeared on YouTube and other sites, the video quickly went viral. Nuntita appeared on multiple Thai talk shows and had many nationally televised performances. She has appeared in TV shows such as "Mum Show" hosted by Petchtai Wongkamlaowhere she spoke of her transgender process. She said she participated in the army conscription lottery but did not draw the commission to enlist in Thailand's army. Nuntita also performed the full versions of "Yahk Roo Tae Mai Yahk Taam" and "Unloveable" at a promotional event for Miss Tiffany Universe, Thailand's transsexual beauty pageant.

Bell Nuntrita is a created her own success as a trans singer in Thailand. She was runner-up in "Thailand's Got Talent" which boosted her career and helped unify her family.
Watch the YouTube video
A dream come true for เบลล์ นันทิตา Bell Nuntita (Belle) as she finally shares the stage and sings a song with her idol Mum Laconic!  

Full episode of game show here:
Original MV (with Eng subtitles) here:

Belle International Fanpage: