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Meet Terri Phoenix

Headshot photo of Terri Phoenix, the director of the LGBTQ Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Terri Phoenix (T) grew up always feeling like an outsider. As a young child in a poor, fragmented family, Terri moved around more than ten times before starting high school and was always the "new kid."

But then Terri's isolation got worse when T came out in a small, conservative town in south Georgia with no visible LGBTQ community. Terri ran away from home but survived by connecting with at least one person who accepted T.

You get to have a body in which you feel comfortable.

Terri is now the director of the LGBTQ Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. Host Frank Stasio talks to Terri about how being queer and transgender has shaped T's work to help other students and members of the UNC community.

Five Books Terri is Reading

  1. Bringing Home the Dharma by Jack Kornfield
  2. Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation by Kate Bornstein
  3. The Trouble with Normal by Michael Warner
  4. Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Dan Siegel
  5. Practicing Peace in Times of War by Pema Chodron
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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