Toni Lester

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"In the tradition of African American multidimensional thought, Toni Lester is a writer, teacher, and creative artist. Her work explores issues of inclusion and exclusion relating to race, gender, sexuality, class and disabilities. Her book, Gender Nonconformity, Race and Sexuality – Charting the Connections, is published by the University of Wisconsin Press. As a practicing Buddhist with over 35 years of meditation experience, Lester’s workshops support the sustainable health and well-being of people from marginalized communities, social justice leaders, organizational change agents, and their allies. She has worked with such groups as the Unitarian Church, “Spirit in Action,” “GLSEN” (the gay and lesbian student educator network), EBMC, and the Insight Meditation Society of Washington, D.C. She is a former member of the board of the Astraea Foundation for Justice, one of the oldest lgbt advocacy organizations in the country."[1]


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  1. East Bay Meditation Center Leadership, organizational web page, accessed June 19, 2013.