Episode 23: Dr. Lindo Bacon Radical Belonging Book

Episode 23

A Radical Belonging with Dr. Lindo Bacon

In Episode 23, Erin Everett, NP-C, interviews best-selling author Dr. Lindo Bacon about their new book “Radical Belonging: How to Survive and Thrive in an Unjust World (While Transforming it for the Better).” During the episode, they discuss Lindo’s battle with their gender, coming out as non-binary, and the science behind our need to belong.

About This Episode

In episode twenty-three of Exclusively Inclusive, Erin Everett, NP-C, welcomes best-selling author, scholar, and nutritionist Dr. Lindo Bacon to the show to discuss their new book “Radical Belonging: How to Survive and Thrive in an Unjust World (While Transforming it for the Better). Lindo holds a PhD in physiology, as well as graduate degrees in psychology and exercise metabolism. Lindo’s previous book “Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight” has continued to influence and support the body positivity movement, and this new book details Lindo’s experience coming out as non-binary and the complicated themes surrounding that experience.

During the episode, Erin and Lindo (formerly Linda Bacon) discuss several topics related to Lindo’s new book, including the complicated nature of belonging (and lack of belonging) during childhood and the ways implicit and unconscious bias affect the lens through which we all see the world and treat others as a result.

Later in the episode, the two expand on the idea of coming out as non-binary and refusing to accept the gender norms and expectations set by society hundreds of years ago. Lindo discusses the freedom that comes with being non-binary and accepting who they really are, rather than trying to conform to traditional standards of gender. This includes the decision to go by the name Lindo rather than Linda, and use of non-binary pronouns, which better fits Lindo’s identity.

Further in the episode, Erin and Lindo talk about the cost of vulnerability and authenticity vs. the cost of keeping your authentic self hidden for safety reasons. Both are valid, and both come with a cost. Erin and Lindo also discuss the importance of all kinds of people reading the book, marginalized and privileged alike, because everyone has experienced the feeling of not belonging. And people who come from more privilege will hopefully better understand how they can hold space for those who have experienced life in the margins.

Rounding out the episode, Lindo advises anyone who hasn’t felt safe coming out as their authentic self to try and find a community where they can belong. Because there are always safe pockets for people to find community and belonging, and if you are experiencing internal struggle regarding identity, you are not alone.

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