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Jenni Chang and Lisa Dazols
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Jenni and Lisa, a lesbian couple from San Francisco, left their home in July 2011 to travel around the world in search of “Supergays”: extraordinary lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals who are leading the momentum on the gay movement. Out and Around: Stories of a Not-So-Straight Journey is a collection of their conversations with people around the world who are creating change for the LGBT community.

Lisa Dazols is a licensed clinical social worker. She previously worked at UCSF’s Positive Health Program in San Francisco’s largest HIV clinic. She started her career as an international HIV social worker in Chile before getting her masters degree in social welfare at UC Berkeley.

Jenni Chang works as a business manager for eBay Inc., the online marketplace site. Her international experience includes volunteering with community outreach groups in Taiwan, Cambodia, and China. She is an LGBT activist who is involved in the Asian American and Christian LGBT communities in San Francisco.

Jenni and Lisa have been together for three years. They first met in 2007 on the AIDS Lifecycle, a 500-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money for HIV services. Jenni and Lisa have been happily cycling together ever since and got engaged last September on a white-sand beach in the Philippines.

Blog Entries by Jenni Chang and Lisa Dazols

Why My Domestic Partnership Just Isn't Enough

(16) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 2:20 PM

By Lisa Dazols

2012-09-27-UPS.jpgI've been calling Jenni my partner now for a year and a half. Somewhere around the time we rented our first UHaul truck, I shifted the label from "girlfriend" to "partner." The change in language went relatively unnoticed except for...

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Chilean Supergay Rolando Jimenez Leads Chile Through Progressive Change

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 2:17 PM

2012-09-04-LisamarchesinAricasfirstgayrally.jpgWhen I lived in Chile back in 2001 as a volunteer social worker, I didn't know of a single out LGBT person. Certainly no one was talking about LGBT rights in the country. Now back in Chile as part of

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Argentine Supergay and Haute Couture Designer Roberto Piazza

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 4:08 PM

As part of our global mission to find the Supergays, we take an hour long taxi ride to the suburbs of Buenos Aires and walk up to the spacious gated home of haute couture designer, Roberto Piazza....

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My Year as a Man

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 4:54 PM

Lisa Dazols

Ever wonder what it's like to live as the other gender? No, I am not announcing my upcoming plans to transition. But leaving San Francisco to travel through 16 countries this year on a mission to...

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Jean Wyllys, Supergay TV Celebrity, Campaigns for Equality in Brazil's Congress

(6) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 7:30 PM

2012-06-07-20120306at015128.jpgJust how many people know of Brazilian Supergay Jean Wyllys? In 2005, 50 million Brazilians voted for him to win the popular reality TV show Gran Hermano, Brazil's version of Big Brother. That's only 13 million short of the number of Americans who voted...

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An Argentine Trans Man Tells Us Why His Country's New Transgender Law Is the Best New Law in the World

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 6:34 PM

2012-05-10-20120407at2320501.jpgArgentina has led the world again in LGBT rights, this time focusing on the transgender community. Yesterday, legislation passed that allows a legal change of gender by simply filling out a form. This is a progressive step; to change one's gender, most countries require...

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Why All the Fuss About Marriage?

(12) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 10:53 AM

By Jenni Chang

2012-04-30-20120409at230642.jpgLast summer my partner Lisa and I embarked on a year-long trip around the world, with a mission to tell the stories of LGBT people. With our project Out & Around: Stories from a Not-So-Straight Journey, we've published...

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Nepal's Sunil Pant Keeps His Country at the Forefront of LGBT Rights

(5) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 8:39 PM

2012-04-18-6312682360_6d6baa76ab_n.jpgThere is not one single gay bar in Nepal. Yet this small country, which ranks near the bottom of the Human Development Index, emerges as a world leader in progressive laws supporting LGBT individuals.

The man behind all of this is Sunil Pant,...

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What Is Everyday Gay and Lesbian Life Like in Kenya?

(38) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 7:40 PM

2012-04-05-20120405at105157.jpgIn our worldwide search for Out & Around: Stories from a Not-So-Straight Journey, we travelled to Kenya to explore everyday life for gays and lesbians.

In November 2010 the Kenyan prime minister condemned homosexuality, saying, "If found, the...

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Singing His Heart Out: Jazz Musician Coco Zhao Talks Being Openly Gay in China

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 3:16 PM

2012-03-19-images-Coco.jpgOn our global search for the "Supergays" for our project Out & Around: Stories from a Not-So-Straight Journey, we landed in Shanghai knowing China has no openly gay politicians or celebrities. Very few speak out despite the magnitude of 1.3 billion...

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Top 10 Ways to Avoid Killing Your Partner While Traveling

(41) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 9:53 PM

By Lisa Dazols

2012-03-04-20110923at104556.jpgWhen my partner Jenni and I left San Francisco to travel around the world for one year with a mission to tell the stories of LGBTI people, we knew this would be the ultimate test of our...

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The Top 10 Ways You Can Help the Global Gay Movement

(3) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 6:44 PM

By Lisa Dazols

2012-02-27-JenniandLisaEqualityMarch300x225.jpgBeing from San Francisco, Jenni and I lived comfortably in the "gayborhood," where one can almost live in a straight-free world. Not only do we have a world-renowned list of gay bars and gay restaurants, but we also have gay...

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There Is a Man in the Women's Bathroom!

(75) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 5:44 PM

By Lisa Dazols

2012-02-14-image-20111005at210852.jpgAfter six months of travel in Asia, I've gotten used to people trying to kick me out of the women's restroom thinking that I am a man. After I explain to the startled women that there is no need to...

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India's Royal Supergay: Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil

(6) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 6:20 PM

When we first researched the idea for Out & Around: Stories of a Not-So-Straight Journey, we googled "gay around the world" and came up with a video clip of Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil speaking on Oprah in 2007 about gay life in India. We found Prince Manvendra's story...

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