20 episodes

Conversations with Trans and Gender Diverse People in and around Melbourne, Australia

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Conversations with Trans and Gender Diverse People in and around Melbourne, Australia

    2.8 | Brenda

    2.8 | Brenda

    In this interview, Ryan & I are incredibly honored to travel to Carlton to interview Brenda Appleton.

    In 2015, Brenda was appointed as co-chair of the Victorian Government’s LGBTI Taskforce. In 2016 she was appointed to the Victorian Mental Health Expert Taskforce. In 2017 Brenda was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women. In 2018, Brenda received a Victoria Senior of the Year Award. In 2019 Brenda was awarded an Order of Australia Medal.

    Today Brenda talks incredibly openly with us about her love of art, theatre, bridge, sustainable living, and co-housing. She also shares her gender journey over the last 20 years with us. She speaks of giving family time to catch up to gender affirmation, how community services can better meet the needs of trans and gender diverse youth, the importance of end of life planning for transgender people, and providing hope for those that are coming behind.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    2.7 | Amao

    2.7 | Amao

    In this episode, Lee and Ryan spend time with Amao, a proud Fa'afafine who uses the pronouns she/her/diva. Amao talks about the importance of cultural identity, her advocacy work, self-acceptance, love, shifts in language, and laying the foundations for future generations of trans and gender diverse folk. She generously shares her experiences and insights with us, and does so with both humor and grace. Just a note on audio: this conversation was recorded in a cafe, so there is a bit of background noise. We've done our best to minimize it, but you might need to turn the volume up for this episode!

    • 1 hr 21 min
    2.6 | Frank

    2.6 | Frank

    In this episode, Lee & Ryan meet Frank at the Northcote Library on a Sunny Melbourne day. Frank speaks of their life long passion for drawing, comics, and zines, and shares the meaning of their Frankenstein tattoo and it’s relationship to Frank’s very own journey. We discuss their involvement with 3CR’s Queering the Air radio show where they interview artists with a focus on queerness, disability, and marginalization. And much much more on Frank’s episode today of Call Me By My Name.
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    • 37 min
    2.5 | Jodie

    2.5 | Jodie

    Lee and Ryan head to Swinburne University's queer room to meet Jodie, who is 20 years old and uses she/her pronouns. Jodie shares her experiences growing up in Coffs Harbour, and later Wangaratta, before moving to Melbourne by herself to attend university in 2017. We talk about what it's like visiting Wangaratta since transitioning, gender euphoria, young adult fantasy literature, finding and building community, and coming out in the workplace.

    • 47 min
    2.4 | Tara

    2.4 | Tara

    In this episode, Lee and Ryan head to Northcote to meet Tara, who uses she/her pronouns. Among other things, Tara speaks to us about moving to Australia from a small town near Copenhagen, stencil art and rock-climbing, restrictive gender norms and undermining them, pronouns and visibility, how things have shifted since she came out 14 years ago, class, chosen family, and the importance of sharing job-seeking skills and knowledge, and improving access to employment for trans people.

    • 47 min
    2.3 | Zakaria & Caroline

    2.3 | Zakaria & Caroline

    In today’s episode Lee & Ryan travel to Zakaria and Caroline’s beautiful home in Footscray that they share with their two cats.


    Zakaria and Caroline generously share their story of their love and relationship with us, which is often comedic but always tender. They speak about growing up in big families, the importance of carving out time to do nice things together, like traveling, watching Netflix, going on drives together, and listening to podcasts and harry potter books. Zakaria discusses the seemingly sudden decision to begin HRT and the ways in which the people around him have loved and supported him to experiment with his identity. Both, Caroline and Zakaria discuss the the importance of nurturing the relationships you have with the important people around you.

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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

BlueBottle30 ,

BottleBlue

This podcast achieved something wonderful - it's funny and smart and the interviewees are so thoughtful and interesting to listen to. Would highly recommend!

SerenaRainier ,

Fantastic podcast for transgender and gender diverse support and education.

Great honest conversations with real people. I think anyone that is trans or gender diverse will find some parallels with their own journey in each episode (Maddie's was almost telling my entire story so far!), making you realise that you're part of a wide and beautiful supportive community. If you're curious to understand more about issues faced by trandgender and gender diverse people and even want to be an ally for a relative, friend or work colleague, this will help you better understand the very individual path everyone has to navigate to get to their own dreams and goals.

foodforthemind ,

Wonderful

A new favourite podcast, love it, and I'm only 1 and a half podcasts in. Such a necessary conversation, I love that this is now being sealed in history.

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