We had the good fortune of connecting with Keiko Feldman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Keiko, how does your business help the community?
I am the co-founder of a 501c(3) called Gender Nation. We have a single mission– to bring LGBTQ affirming story books to public elementary school libraries. We believe that when a community acknowledges LGBTQ youth and stands up to fear and intolerance, it can literally save lives. LGBTQ youth are three times more likely to consider suicide than heterosexual youth, and a majority of transgender and non-binary youth have engaged in self harm.

Putting LGBTQ+ affirming books into libraries for kids to find is one small but very real way to contribute to a future where all kids feel empowered to be their true selves.

If we can help even one kid accept themselves as they are, or accept someone who is different from them, it will make the work of delivering these books feel like a blessing.

What should our readers know about your business?
Juris Productions is a team of storytellers. We consult with some of the country’s leading trial attorneys on some of the most ground-breaking cases in various practice areas. We leverage years of TV news and legal experience to produce persuasive documentaries for plaintiff attorneys that get results. Attorneys regularly use our films to settle seven and eight-figure personal injury, product liability, wrongful death and other types of cases.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Anyone who comes to California wants to see the beach. I’d be sure to spend a day at our favorite spot on the sand, Thalia Street Beach in Laguna. We love to stand up paddle around Naples in Long Beach.
Depending on what’s playing– a night at the Hollywood Bowl never fails to impress visitors.. but a night at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood can be just as magical.
A visit to Palm Springs is something I recommend to everyone who comes to Southern California. Unless it’s July!

Favorite Restaurant: Crossroads Kitchen in West LA. Yes, it’s vegan. No, you don’t have to be a vegan to LOVE it.
Runner Up Restaurants: Beauty & Essex for dinner under the string-lit patio and 71 Above for breathtaking food with a breathtaking view.
Favorite Bar: Wolf and Crane in Little Tokyo and The Proper in La Canada

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband, Rob Feldman, wears the hat of business partner, mentor, supporter, counselor, co-parent, best friend and many others I’m probably forgetting to mention. Organizations that deserve shout-outs include The Trevor Project, The Human Rights Campaign, and Equality California. I’m so grateful for any group of people who fight for the dignity and respect of all people.

Website: www.jurisproductions.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gendernation/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/keikofeldman/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/babykeiks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GenderNation/

Other: www.gendernation.org

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