Welcome to the Gendercast archive. You can listen along by visiting itunes or google play for androids. You can also stream every episode on your computer by selecting the "pod" image next to each episode title.  To find the resource links referenced in episodes, select the title and you will be taken to our libsyn homepage

gendercast episode 41: interview with Jacks McNamara on a lot of awesome things

Join Jesse and Sean for an interview with Jacks McNamara about their work in radical mental health and with The Icarus Project, their writing and other projects they are involved in. We explore the concept of radical mental health, creating some analyses of the medical industrial complex and corporate psychology’s impact on the mainstream mental health system/pathologizing of people experiencing emotional distress or psychic impairments. Jacks discussed that emotional distress does not happen in a bubble, but rather, it happens within a social context where capitalism, racism, classism, ableism, transphobia, homophobia and many other isms are operating.

Jacks also draws some comparisons between gender nonconformity and mental health/emotional distress as “ a shared inability to fit into boxes” and will discuss how this is something that queer and trans people as well as people experiencing emotional distress have in common.  We will talk about the impact of labels (diagnoses) on both gender identity and mental health as a mechanism of access (to medications).  We also talk about disability justice and radical mental health. Jacks also talks about collective access, access intimacy and reads some of their poetry!

guest bio
Jacks McNamara is a genderqueer writer, artist, activist, educator, performer, and somatic healing practitioner living in Santa Fe, NM. Jacks is the co-founder of The Icarus Project, a radical mental health support network and media project by and for people living with the dangerous gifts that our society commonly labels as "mental illness," and the subject of the poetic documentary film Crooked Beauty. In 2012 Jacks was selected as a Lambda literary fellow, and their first book of poetry, Inbetweenland, was released by Deviant Type Press in March 2013. You can find out more about Jacks at http://redwingedjacksbird.net.

Jacks new poetry book Inbetweenland which you can buy here (Jacks reads Whether or Not You Fly and Lungseed on the podcast)
Icaruses Harm Reduction Guide To Coming off Psychiatric Drugs and Withdrawl (you can download the pdf free)
Icarus Project blog
links to other badass projects that jacks talked about
Brown Boi Project

Gendercast supplemental episode 40.75: The University of Washington Unconference

Listen along with the University of Washington's 2013 Disorientation Unconference. This is a supplemental episode to follow Episode 40 that explores the four different segments of the first UW Disorientation, and Episode 40.5 features the Radical History Tour of Campus. For folks that could not be there in the moment, take a listen, and if you feel moved contact the organizers or stay tuned about how to get involved next year or in your local area.

UnConference Vision

From its founding on occupied Duwamish land, to the passage of a diversity credit requirement, the University has always been a part of the larger landscape in both destructive and generative ways. The history of campus is shaped by militarism, departments founded and funded in the service of a litany of wars. Today we see corporate models of management imported into University life. We see the reduction of students to “consumers” of a degree, and big banks profiting off student debt. We see academic salaries stagnate and working conditions degenerate.

But we also remember histories of struggle, and we recognize that the University space can cultivate resistance. Disorientation is a place to challenge oppressive structures by expressing our creativity, diversity and curiosity around the themes of social justice, decolonization, and liberatory education. A decolonized university is a place where we can learn to “write back” to imperial power–not do research in its service. A liberatory education questions the gatekeeping that claims classrooms as the only spaces where knowledge can be cultivated. By looking at our histories and sharing stories, we can begin to shake off the dominant narrative of privilege and exceptionalism.

As students, faculty, and community members connected to the University of Washington, we have the power to reorient the University’s path toward justice. So we ask, how has our university been radically repurposed in the past? How do we reclaim those histories now? What might this look like?

Gendercast supplemental episode (40.5): University of Washington 2013 disorientation

Listen along with the University of Washington's 2013 Disorientation Radical History Tour of Campus. This is a supplemental episode to follow Episode 40 that explores the four different segments of the first UW Disorientation. There is still time to attend the Unconference this Wednesday October 2nd! 

Description of the tour

You’ve been on campus tours to learn about how to get around—but what did you miss? On this tour, we will explore UW’s founding on occupied Duwamish land, student Civil Rights, labor rights and anti-war movements, and the struggle to instate a diversity credit requirement. Come on a walking tour to reimagine our university and help build this counter-history towards local and global human rights, social justice, and solidarity. This tour is part of Disorientation, a radical and progressive introduction to past and present student activism on campus and in Seattle.

Gendercast Episode 40: UW Disorentation 2013

Sean interviews Caitlin and Anggie about the upcoming UW Disorentation event. Find out about the event, the vision behind it, and how to get involved or follow along. Caitlin describes the event and gives details about the four different segments, while Anggie discusses art in activism and the similarities and differences of organizing in different environments. Gendercast will posting the campus tour audio recording as a follow up to this episode. To get involved please contact the organizers at disorentationuw@gmail.com

A little more about the UW Disorentation 2013Disorientation 2013 is a student-led, social-justice focused alternative to orientation. We invite students, new and old, to come together to tell a people’s history of the UW; to critique our institution’s role in militarism; imperialism, and structural racism; and to imagine what a liberatory education might look like. As students, faculty, and community members connected to the University of Washington, we have the power to reorient the University’s path toward justice.This year Disorientation fulfills its vision through four parts:


Concrete Connections: Resisting the U.S.-Israeli border-settler spectrum with Gabriel M. Schivone 

Guest bio: 

Caitlin is a grad student, a cook and a baker, a container gardener, and a hoarder of library books; She is involved in Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (studentsuw.wordpress.com) and Disorientation (disorientationuw.wordpress.com).

Gendercast Episode 39: Navigating Queerness, next steps and inviting you to guide us, join us.

Sean and Jesse are back in Seattle and on the mic together to talk about navigating queerness to discuss varoius topics that have been our our minds as a way to find out what's been on all of your minds?  What have you been thinking about, what's a big topic in your community, what are you organizing around or working on?  What's your activism focused on?  What are you reading about and want to know more about?

We have an online survey for you you to tell us what you want to hear more about.  click here for the survey we briefly cover these topics in this episode and are looking to you to tell us what you want more of!

Hel's Racialicioius article on Macklemore and the follow-up/response article
Feministing article bell hooks on Trayvon Martin and forgiving Zimmerman
Black Girl Dangerous (check them out and follow, BDG is rad!) article on Trayvon

Gendercast Episode 38: INTERVIEWS from attendees of the 2013 Philadelphia Trans Health Conference.

Gendercast is so excited that we got to talk to some of YOU!  Join Gilligan and Jesse for a series of on-site interviews live from the 2013 Philly Trans Health Conference. We chatted with about 16 of you on the mic and learned about some great work happening out there, some reflections on the conference itself and about some of the workshops that were offered.  We heard about books you're writing, films you're making, community organizing and activism you are doing, services you are offering and events in the conference.  THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE THAT GOT ON THE MIC!
[if you like the music between interviews, please check out amazing trans artist, Rae Spoon!]

Gendercast Mini-Interview Questions
1. Name, where from, identities you'd like to share?
2. What kind of work do you do in your hometown (activist, community organizing, education, etc.?) or are you interested in doing?
3. What do you like best about the conference so far (e.g. a speaker, a workshop topic, networking opportunity, event, other)?

If you chatted with us about working with Gendercast or would like to, see more information here and send us an email at gendercast@gmail.com!

Gendercast Episode 37: GENDER FAILURE, Interview with Rae Spoon, Ivan Coyote and Clyde Peterson; 2nd Episode of the Gendercast Art & Performance Series

Join Gendercast for our interview with Rae, Ivan and Clyde (animation) about GENDER FAILURE. (from the Gender Failure facebook page): Writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote and musician Rae Spoon bring together words, sounds and original music in their new show "Gender Failure", an exploration and expose of their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary, and ultimately, how the gender binary fails us all. Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, Coyote brings her razor-sharp timing and powerful narrative, and Spoon adds their ethereal voice and poetic turns of phrase to this new chapter in the dynamic duo’s now seven-year old artistic partnership.

Guest Bios - please visit their websites linked below.

Rae Spoon
Ivan Coyote
Clyde Peterson


Join Gendercast for a live recording of a presentation they did in Seattle by Tash Shatz and Joe LeBlanc from Basic Rights Oregon on their wins in obtaining trans inclusive healthcare in Oregon. Learn about their process through identifying this as a community identified need, their organizing and political approaches and hear about the toolkit they created so you can do the same in your local area.  
Thanks to Ingersoll Gender Center for hosting this event and offering the space to learn and record.

Guest Bios
Tash Shatz, Trans Justice Manager.  
Tash loves cooking, the night sky, spoken word, and organizing. Tash began working with BRO as a volunteer in 2007 through a partnership with the Oregon Student Association. After two cycles as a New Roots youth fellow, tash now co-coordinates the Trans Justice work at BRO by collaborating with community leaders to increase access to health care, legal rights, and safety in legal custody for trans, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming folks in Oregon. tash is honored to work every day for trans justice, racial justice, and basic rights for all.

Joe LeBlanc, Development Coordinator. 
Joe is a Cajun Genderqueer Poly Butch who believes in personal story-telling as a significant method for people to share experiences and solidify a better understanding about LGBTIQ identities, issues, and concerns. Joe is the Founder and Board Chair of BUTCH VoicesHe has served as a member of the University of Michigan’s Spectrum Center Speakers’ Bureau and TransGender Michigan.  A graduate from the Out in Front Seattle LGBTQ leadership program, Joe has served as an Advisory Board member for TransActive, a founder and coordinator for Q Patrol PDX, and currently serves as Assistant Citizen Co-Chair for the Alliance for Safer Communities. He has developed and presented workshops at various conferences on issues around identity, community building, event planning, and advocating for trans-inclusive health care. Joe is currently working as the Development Coordinator for Basic Rights Oregon and was awarded the 2011 Pride In Action Award by Pride NW. He also enjoys writing poetry, road trips, coffee, taking way too many pictures, and a wide variety of music.

Gendercast Episode 32: Identity Documents 101, Interview with QLAW Legal Clinic Chair, Denise Diskin

Join Sean and Jesse for an extended (1 hr, 45 minutes!) interview about navigating identity documents, with Denise Diskin. She will takes us through navigating name and gender marker changes on many different identity documents, including Washington driver’s licenses, birth certificates, social security cards, school documents and more.  While many of the processes we outline are King County/Washington specific, we do cover some (United States) federal identity related documents and offer some general tips. 

Please note: This is intended to be mechanical episode to help assist you in getting what you need out of the legal system when it comes to your identity documents.  We do acknowledge this is a Seattle-King County-Washington-United States centric episode, as those are the resources available to us.  

Guest Bio

Denise Diskin volunteers as the chair of the GLBT Bar Association of Washington Foundation (QLaw Foundation)'s GLBT Legal Clinic, where she coordinates a free legal clinic providing 30 minute consultations to queer and trans folks in King County on all sorts of civil legal issues, including advising on identity documents and their legal impact.  In her paid work, she is an attorney with Teller & Associates, PLLC, where she works on behalf of individuals facing discrimination in the workplace, as well as families experiencing divorce and negotiating child custody.  Her practice focuses on furthering the rights of GLBT individuals in the workplace and representing transgender clients and survivors of sex or gender-based harassment.  

*A comprehensive list of the many links mentioned in the episode are all uploaded into a single document here on our Scribd page

Episode 31: Pinkwashing

Gendercast Episode 31:  PINKWASHING, interview with Selma Al-Aswad

Join Jesse for an interview with local Seattle queer palestinian activist, Selma, for an incredible overview about Selma's analyses of the queer art of discernment applied to the Israeli occupation, colonization and apartheid of Palestinian lands and society, that has been happening for over 60 years (see this Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 101).  

Selma will take us through how Pinkwashing, a co-opting of mainstream gay culture as a means to present Israel as a progressive and gay-friendly nation, works in order to draw attention away from the occupation and oppression happening to Palestinian people -- queer and trans* palestenian people, who are living occupation and violent enforcement of borders.  As you listen, it will become clear why this episode is so important for all queer and trans* people as well as our allies.

Guest Bio

Selma is a queer Palestinian living in the diaspora committed to connecting queer and Palestinian anti-occupation struggles in her home community in the Pacific Northwest. Utilizing media to discuss queer contemporary issues, Selma is a part of the Reteaching Gender & Sexuality campaign and seeks to highlight the inextricable link between reteaching gender and sexuality with breaking down borders and binaries of all kinds.  She works as a community advocate for The Northwest Network, supporting queer survivors of dating and domestic violence.

  Episode 30: Athens Boys Choir, GC Performance Series 1

Gendercast Episode 30:  Interview with Harvey Katz, Athens Boys Choir, 1st Episode of the Gendercast Art & Performance Series

Join Gendercast for a very fun and relaxed interview with Katz as we caught up with him during a brief Seattle visit to perform at various events.  We get to hear about his upcoming album he's been working on for you, living in Georgia and now Brooklyn, community, relationships, the highs and lows of performing and his take on many other topics your hosts ponder.

Guest Bio (from Athens Boys Choirsee website for full bio.

Katz's spoken-word is raw, unapologetic, witty, and soulful. As Out Magazine wrote in 2006, "Katz avoids falling into the common spoken-word trap... and instead uses engaging wordplay, razor-sharp wit, and hip-hop rhythms." He has had the honor of sharing the stage with such artists as Ani Difranco, Indigo Girls, Bitch, The Butchies, Danielle Howle, and Michelle Malone. He has also opened for poets of HBO's Def Poetry Jam on more than one occasion.

Being a out Transsexual, Katz's spoken-word often becomes a platform for education and activism, but all work and no play makes for one intense performance so he lets loose with sarcasm, pop culture references, and video's featuring Barbara Streisand as Yentl and sassy footwork by the stars of the 1979 hit "Roller Boogie."

Join Sean and Jesse as they reflect on their conference experience at the Philadelphia Tran-Health 2012 Conference, which was on May 31 through June 2, 2012.  Along with Gendercast east coast intern, Gilligan, Gendercast presented a workshop, A Podcast by and for the Trans Community: Gendercast on Thursday of the conference.  Podcast basics, social justice platform and the importance of independent media done by our community were among the topics.  Gendercast thanks those who attended and appreciates the in-person dialogue.

Interview with Logan about TransMission

Queer Social Club’s TransMission Brings the Best of Trans and Queer Art to Seattle and Your Mouth!

TransMission is a showcase of trans and gender queer artists being held at Seattle’s Washington Hall on August 3rd and 4th. Presented by Queer Social Club, doors are at 8:30 with both shows starting at 9pm.  Each evening  is totally unique,  featuring the best of queer performance art, film, poetry, burlesque, puppets and aerial  artists.  Not only can you feast your eyes on nearly two dozen performers over two nights, you can also actually feast on them! The Kitchen Sink Project will be providing concessions packs each evening, small bites and sips designed to allow the audience to taste the essence of each performer and Eat The Show.  Each evening will culminate with a dance party and several special bonus performances.
So join in for two very special and amazing evenings of art, food, drink, dance, identity, possibility and community.  Bring your friends, your co-workers, your family and anyone else that enjoys amazing art!  You can get tickets online (and cheaper!!!) at Transmission tickets here

TransMission facebook event here and Queer Social Club fb page

Guest Bio

Boston Davis Bostian is a nature poet relentlessly bent on transition. He illustrates, through compositions of color, body, and sound, the unbounded fluidity of experimental gender. He spent 19 remarkable months working on the GENDER book, a fun, beautifully-crafted, community-based resource, which is available online in rough draft form here  by creators Mel Reiff Hill, Jay Mays, and Robin Mack.  

He is the manager/facilitator of Genderpedia.net, a resource wiki which began as a component of the GENDER book Project for the purpose of giving community the opportunity of co-authoring the full-length version of the GENDER book. Genderpedia.net is no longer officially affiliated with the GENDER book Project, though a huge fan, always. Boston is currently working on his first poetry collection, TransPoetica_1: The Pre-Op Version, which is the first of a trilogy of poetry manuscripts. Titles for the second and third collections are: TransPoetica_2: The Post-Op Version, and TransPoetica_3: The Final Cut. The trilogy is intended to document Boston’s physical, spiritual, and emotional transition(s) while performing his own personal gender.

Check-in Guest
Lily Divine Productions website and the July 21 Debauchery Seattle event here and tickets here

Lily Divine Productions is a small non-profit production company committed to cultivating a vibrant and prosperous queer community by:
  • Establishing sex-positive spaces that celebrate the identity and experiences of each person present
  • Supporting the work of queer artists by providing opportunities for performance, shared resources and mentorship of developing artists
  • Connecting our audiences with non-profits providing health and social services within the queer community, and raising funds to support these organizations’ work

Join Sean and Jesse for our interview with Walidah Imarisha and discussion of the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC), its roots in slavery and the 2.7 MILLION people in prison now in the US.  We will discuss the concept of borders around identity, around physical bodies, and how it is especially harmful to trans people of color.  Walidah will also cover the Black Codes and mass incarceration of people of color. We discuss prison abolition vs. criminal justice/prison reform strategies and how some abolition theory and work is coming out of queer/trans youth of color communities.

Guest Bio

Walidah Imarisha is a writer, organizer, educator and performance poet. She is one half of the poetic duo Good Sista/Bad Sista. She has shared the stage with Kenny Muhammad of the Roots, Chuck D, Saul Williams, war resister Stephen Funk, Ani DiFranco, John Irving, dead prez and organizer and revolutionary Yuri Kochiyama. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications, including the hip hop anthology Total Chaos. Walidah has facilitated poetry and journalism workshops third grade to twelfth, in schools, community centers, youth detention facilities, and women’s prisons. She directed and co-produced the Katrina documentary Finding Common Ground in New Orleans. She has taught in the Portland State University’s Black Studies Department, Oregon State University’s Women’s Studies Department and Southern New Hampshire University’s English Department.

Join Jesse and Sean for a Gendercast interview with Mattilda to discuss her new book, Why are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification and the Desire to Conform.  You are invited to our dialogue as we dedicate much needed air time to her radical queer analyses of gay/same sex marriage, military and the repeal of DADT, family structures, gay assimilation, and the mainstream gay and lesbian movement.  Mattilda brings a widely accessable window to understanding the importance of having a critical analyses around who the mainstream gay and lesbian movement leaves out and further marginalizes.

Join Gendercast and our former (and very first!) intern, Cat, for our group interviews with some amazing young people who are part of a bright ray of sunshine in east King County (east of Seattle) called B-GLAD.  Listen with us as this group of young people, self-identified BGLADIATORS, tell you their stories and talk about work they are doing as they answer these three questions they  as important topics for Gendercast and our listeners to hear about:
  • What is B-GLAD and what should people know about it?
  • What is it like having a non-binary experience in school and work?
  • What activism/social change are we working on?
Jesse and Sean were glad to be part of these refreshing and honest dialogues, and we are so very appreciate of each and every one of these individual’s willingness and courage to get behind the mic and share their voice.  Special thanks to Kennedy (from episode 5) and Cat for setting up the interview and engaging Gendercast.

B-GLAD Teen Support Group
Bi-Gay-Lesbian Adolescent Drop-In Group is a drop-in support group open to kids ages 12 to 19 who may identify themselves as lesbian gay, bisexual or transgender or who may be questioning their sexuality.  Co-facilitated by trained professionals, the B-GLAD group enables youth to:
  • Meet their peers and share common concern
  • Ask questions in a safe environment
  • Receive information and support in a professional setting that encourages responsible decision-making

Join Gendercast co-host, Jessie Lee, for an intimate and stigma-busting interview with Lucien, who shares his story around his trans* gender journey, genderqueer identity, navigating coming out multiple times and his sex work practice.

Guest Bio

Lucien is a 30-year-old transgender male sex worker.  He uses his work as an opportunity to observe and research gender identities, sexuality, and so much more (and to help his clients do so as well).  He stumbled upon this work accidentally, although he realized that it was by no means a coincident.  Participating in the sex trade offers him an experience of a lifetime, a window into the heart of humanity.  It is here that he's found unremarkable truths he would never have anticipated prior to his  work in this industry.  Allow him to share these truths in this podcast, his observations about where the core of humanity exists on its journey toward healing gender and sexuality on this planet.

Join Gendercast for an interview with Seattle-based trans advocates and therapists, Calvin Burnap and A. Canelli, who will discuss the informed consent model for accessing trans health and their local and collaborative ICATH project.  Our discussion will cover the importance of self-actualization and autonomy in decision-making (and therapy), rejection of using Gender Identity Disorder (GID) and pathologizing trans* people accessing hormomes or surgery, and the non-proprietary philosophy of ICATH.

Guest Bios

Calvin Burnap is a queer and trans therapist of color in Seattle, Washington, praciticing within a framework of collective healing and empowerment.  He has been wrking as a service provider since 2007 and frames his work towards the liberation of queer and trans people of all ages and expressions of gender.

Canelli is a trans/queer therapist who is also a trans and queer advocate.  Canelli's work is based in Seattle, Washington, but liberation work is portable and can traverse many spaces. 


Join Jessie and Sean as they* muddle through exploring what masculinity means [and just in case you're wondering - we don't know, nor do we figure it out] and navigating it in the world.  They will discuss the Tarheels and Transfags article to get started and historical butch lesbian/dyke masculinity vs. trans* and genderqueer masculinity coming from being assigned female at birth.   Exploring masculinity through taking hormones, internal gender identity and [perceived] gender expression are some of the terrain they cover. 

*This is a more personal episode for your gendercast hosts and they only speak from their own experiences/narratives.  

Join Gendercast for our interview with Tobi Hill-Meyer as she so eloquently discusses transmisogyny, language about gender, analyses on the word *transmasculine and creates new meaning(s), pronouns, and her experiences at both Michfest and the Butch Voices national conference as a trans woman.   She'll tell us all about her unique narrative, being raised by second-wave feminist parents, and expands categories beyond the limits of a binary narrative of being socialiazed according to one's sex assigned at birth.   Also, there's a nice smutty treat for you at the end of the episode, compliments of BB Rydell.

our Interview with Jennifer Jones-
Vanderleest, MD

Join us for the second half of our interview with Dr. Jennifer Jones-Vanderleest.

with Jennifer Jones-Vanderleest, MD

Join us for Part 1 of our interview with transhealthcare provider Dr. Jennifer Jones-Vanderleest. This interview will be aired in two separated podcast episodes chock full of great information about both trans specific healthcare and primary care for trans individuals encompassing any sex assigned at birth.

Join Sean and Jessie as they discuss the first year of Gendercast podcasting. The discussion will cover many topics including trans representation in mainstream and independent media; activist communities and making mistakes as they learn; pronoun navigation; language and labels; and reaching out to other communities. They will also discuss upcoming Gendercast internship positions, which will be available soon and will be posted on the gendercast website.

Jessie and Sean want to thank YOU for listening, learning with us, writing in, interacting on facebook and for any discussions Gendercast might have opened or reignited for you and your communities. We look forward to bringing you so much more dialogue and hearing more from you in 2012!

Join Sean for his interview with Cole from the Brown Boi Project, a community of masculine of center women, men, two-spirit people, transmen, and our allies committed to transforming our privilege of masculinity, gender, and race into tools for achieving Racial and Gender Justice. See Cole's bio. We are so excited to have had this opportunity to talk with Cole about the Brown Boi Project, the new health guide they created, Freeing Ourselves: A Guide to Health and Self Love for Brown Bois ( to purchase), reflections on the Butch Voices conference, and a very important topic for Gendercast - reaching out to communities of color. Thank you Cole!

Warning: at about 14 minutes thru 17 minutes some mic reverb was picked up so please adjust audio volume around this time. This episode was not recorded with our usual equipment and we had some issues with the sounds quality.

Interview Panel from Across the Spectrum with Maddox, Caila and Amy

Join us for a great interview panel dialogue about sexuality with three guests who represent a continuum of sexual identities present in the trans community and in those who are interested in us. We will explore bisexual, queer and pansexual identities and how these identities are part of moving through the world of relationship with trans people and others. Maddox and Caila will discuss the political aspects of their queer and bisexual identities and elements thereof. This episode topic came out of a blog post Jessie and Sean ran across entitled, Words, Binary and Biphobia, or: why "bi" is binary but "FTM" is not from the blog Radical Bi: Love, rage and pride.

Maddox was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He spent much of his life the theatre, and did a brief stint in New York where he studied at an acting conservatory. While in college in San Francisco, he worked doing HIV/AIDS prevention, organizing workshops for survivors of sexual abuse, and facilitated workshops on dating violence prevention, transgender sensitivity. He worked on developing the Gender Diversity Project Resource for Educators, which provides tools for teachers wishing to make their curriculum and classrooms more inclusive for gender variant students. He is currently attending Seattle University, earning his Masters in Psychology. When he can find spare time and energy, he is also a painter and crafter.

Caila is passionate about many things including sex positivity, cooking, dog parks, exercise and volunteerism. She is happy to be living in Seattle and to work with various agencies who promote equality and the worth of all humans. She is thankful to Sean and Jessie for the opportunity to share and for their creating this great podcast.

Amy has a zest for living life full out, with passion, and an open, honest, transparent heart. A creative, multi-talented diva, Amy loves each day as a new opportunity to craft and manifest the life she dreams of!

Join us for a special film edition! Listen in to our interview with Jason Plourde, Programming Director of Three Dollar Bill Cinema, producers of the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, as we discuss some of the films in the festival this year with a flavor or flair of gender, trans, intersex and queer. There are so many to see and we hope Seattle folks can make it out to the festival October 14-23, 2011 at various theaters around Seattle.

Then join us for our HEART BREAKS OPEN interview, a film about queer life, public health and community accountability. Samonte Cruz, who plays Johnny, and Basil Shadid, producer of the film talk about the way the film was made; the actors were also writers as each brought their own life experience to the development of their characters. We also hear from Basil and Samonte about the different elements of the film, including what happens when different identities play up against each other, such as cis gay men in relationships with transmen/transfags.

Interview with Debbie Carlsen, Director of LGBTQ Allyship

"Allyship is about growth...and humanizing each other" [from Debbie's interview]

Join us for an important interview with Debbie Carlsen, founder and Director of LGBTQ Allyship; a Seattle-based non-profit organization focused on organizing around social and econnomic justice issues facing the LGBTQ community. Debbie discusses the mission of Allyship, which is that all oppressions are interconnected and there is a possibility of a world free of oppression and the liberation of all people. Debbie has been organizing in Seattle since 1995 and talks about allyship as "a lifelong learning cycle of learning about others' perspectives" and hopes to organize deeper in coalition with other communities. Sean also interviews Seattle's own Ruby Rouge the producer of Pink Taco which takes place every first Tuesday at the Wildrose.

Join Jessie as they discuss the 2011 Butch Voices National Conference with Kari Kesler, our guest from Episode 9 on Feminism and Jay Walls, who served the programming chair for the conference. Jessie and Kari provide some reflection and discussion about the charged divisiveness which occurred at the conference in relation to the "Masculine of Center" terminology in the Butch Voices mission statement as well as some women-identified butches forming a split off group, Butch Nation.  Sean weighs in as our resident butch!

Join Jessie and Sean as they discuss their disparate experiences of the Gender Odyssey conference in the context of the new genderqueer track juxtaposed against FTM orientation. We will reflect on our experience of Chaz Bono's workshop Q&A session as well as Dean Spade's keynote address, whick left us in awe and inspired. We will mention briefly various workshops we attended.

Join us for the audio version of a gender identity forum that both Jessie and Sean participated in for King County in Seattle, WA along with several other Trans and gender non-conforming identified folks.  Marsha Botzer provides the introduction and moderation of the panel, which occurred on June 20, 2011.  This is unedited as it was broadcasted on King County television.  The panel was titled:  A Focus on Gender Identity: Understanding Discrimination and Workplace Issues for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Individuals and is part of King County's larger Equity and Social Justice Initiative.

Dialogue and discussion of privilege in regards to race, class, ability and gender. Join us in a sometimes difficult conversation around white privilege [and the importance of owning our own] as we discuss bell hooks' poignant writing on white supremacy, women of color feminism and the importance of an anti-racist agenda as a fundamental foundation to any movement of social justice. We also discuss this as it relates to the trans/gnc movement, cisgender privelege and binary supremacy.

Dialogue and discussion about inclusion of Transgender/gender nonconforming in LGBT communities and organizations.  We will focus in on June and Pride month as a jumping off place for specific examples of inclusion/non-inclusion and look at several areas' trans specific events and existence of Trans marches in GLBT pride events. 

Kari Kesler joins us to give an overview of the first, second and third waves of feminism and to discuss identity, organizing around a shared oppression, the rub between lesbian feminists and transgender, standpoint feminism, women only spaces and the unique experiences transmasculine individuals have that can be the foundation for being great feminists. 

Self-Care, It's not just about Gender.

We discuss various risk factors trans individuals face in addition to and as part of the stress of everyday life.  We will cover some of our methods of how we take care of ourselves in relation to, and within the context of, having a transgender identity, being a member of the transgender and queer communities, and being a human in general.  We'll cover spiritual practice, self-advocacy, educating about gender, nutrition, exercise, sleep, artistic expression, alternative practices and more.

TRANSLATIONS - The Seattle Transgender Film Festival

Our interview with Cresdan Maite, co-founder of Translations and Jason Plourde, Programming Director of Three Dollar Bill Cinema.  We discuss the 2011 Translations festival coming up in May (12-15) as well as transgender film in general, current themes and future directions.

PUT THIS ON THE {MAP}:  Youth Voices

Part 2:  Our Intervew with Quinn and Zane

In part 2 of our focus on youth in March, we hear from Quinn and Zane, two of the youth who were in the PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} documentary.  They talk about their experiences with the film and how life is now. 

PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} and the Reteaching Gender and Sexuality Campaign

Part 1:  Our Interview with Sid and Kennedy

March marks our month of focusing on queer and transgender youth.  In Episode 5, we embark upon part 1, which is our interview with Sid and Kennedy, the producers and directors of the PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} film about queer youth in East King County.  We also discuss their Reteaching Gender and Sexuality Campaign and national tour.

Our discussion of media and social networking as tools for building transmasculine community.  We explore many kinds of resources as well as other forms of building community through the result of our community being discriminated against and our own divisiveness.

A special valentine's episode from us to you!  Our take on our gender identity and gender expression though navigating attraction and desire in the romantic sense.  A great episode to get to know us and respond by telling us your experiences!

The Hormone and Surgery Dilemma

Our discussion and information about the options and decisions around taking hormones, having surgery, natural transitioning and challenging the binary from a no/ho, no/op transmasculine genderqueer identity.

The Gender Conundrum

 Books we Referenced:

  • PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality, Edited by Carol Queen
  • GenderQueer: Voices From Beyond the Sexual Binary, Edited by Joan Nestle, Clare Howell and Riki Wilchins
  • Lynnee Breadlove's One Freak Show, By Lynn Breedlove

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