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A beyond binary journey to being a better human. Join our head-on conversation about current affairs and gender-based issues affecting transgender and non-binary youth, students, and adults within Canada.

Hosts Cyn (she/her) and Isaac (he/they) give arts, culture, doers & dreamers a beyond binary twist in this Atlantic Canadian conversational talk show; breaking down cis-normative bias, smashing stigma, and fostering a greater connection between cisgender and trans, and non-binary communities.

Hey, Cis‪!‬ Cyn and Isaac

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A beyond binary journey to being a better human. Join our head-on conversation about current affairs and gender-based issues affecting transgender and non-binary youth, students, and adults within Canada.

Hosts Cyn (she/her) and Isaac (he/they) give arts, culture, doers & dreamers a beyond binary twist in this Atlantic Canadian conversational talk show; breaking down cis-normative bias, smashing stigma, and fostering a greater connection between cisgender and trans, and non-binary communities.

    S2: E30: Traveling While Trans, How to Pass as a Canadian

    S2: E30: Traveling While Trans, How to Pass as a Canadian

    Being in an airport is always a stressful time- we've all had moments traveling when we had to hurry through security when you notice your running late to your flight. Traveling for transgender individuals however, comes with an additional layer of anxiety that many cisgender individuals take for granted.

    In the second part of this two-part series, Isaac and Cyn are joined by Simply Good Form's own Emma Stanley (She/Her) who is a frequent flyer and an expert at 'boymoding' to ensure she can get through security without any hassle. Emma shares with her experiences with border security officers, traveling to foreign countries and provides advice to fellow trans travellers who may be second guessing their upcoming trip.

    We are also joined by Veronica Landry of Boot Prints Hiking Tours in Nova Scotia. As a local tourism and experience provider it was important for Veronica to ensure she was taking the steps to be inclusive and welcoming of LGBTQ+ travellers and hikers. Veronica has an LGBTQ+ special hiking multi-day tour in Cape Breton this summer, at the end of Halifax PRIDE festival.  More details on her website.

    Hey, Cis! is a beyond binary conversation in being a better human.

    We are about current affairs and gender-based issues affecting trans and non-binary youth, students and adults within our Maritime community.

    We take on difficult topics; (and this week it is a difficult topic), breaking us out of the binary, smashing stigma and fostering greater connection between our cisgender community and trans, gender creative and non-binary community.

    Thanks for your support:
    We'd love your support in producing sustainably high-calibre content. Consider supporting with a ko-fi - it's easy and every sip counts.  This month we are also raising funds to support a Pflag Halifax trans youth Art Night in July and your donations will 100% support this event!

    Credits
    Hey, Cis! thanks musical artist Craymo for our intro/extro song: Be Myself

    Written by: Craig Stephen Raymo/Brandon Jarrett/Joshua Daniel Hershfield (c) (p) 2015 Craymo Music, BMI/Moho Music, ASCAP

    Website: http://www.Craymo.com  

    • 32 min
    S2:E29: Traveling While Trans, The Baggage Fee for Biological Bias

    S2:E29: Traveling While Trans, The Baggage Fee for Biological Bias

    Being in an airport is always a stressful time- we've all had moments traveling when we had to hurry through security when you notice your running late to your flight. Traveling for transgender individuals however, comes with an additional layer of anxiety that many cisgender individuals take for granted.

    In the frst part of this two-part series, Isaac and Cyn are joined by Simply Good Form's own Emma Stanley (She/Her) who is a frequent flyer and an expert at 'boymoding' to ensure she can get through security without any hassle. Emma shares with her experiences with border security officers, traveling to foreign countries and provides advice to fellow trans travellers who may be second guessing their upcoming trip.

    Hey, Cis! is a beyond binary conversation in being a better human.

    We are about current affairs and gender-based issues affecting trans and non-binary youth, students and adults within our Maritime community.

    We take on difficult topics; (and this week it is a difficult topic), breaking us out of the binary, smashing stigma and fostering greater connection between our cisgender community and trans, gender creative and non-binary community.

    Thanks for your support:
    We'd love your support in producing sustainably high-calibre content. Consider supporting with a ko-fi - it's easy and every sip counts.

    Credits
    Hey, Cis! thanks musical artist Craymo for our intro/extro song: Be Myself

    Written by: Craig Stephen Raymo/Brandon Jarrett/Joshua Daniel Hershfield (c) (p) 2015 Craymo Music, BMI/Moho Music, ASCAP

    Website: http://www.Craymo.com  

    • 34 min
    S2 E28: Leave your Ableism outside the Bedroom with Andrew Gurza

    S2 E28: Leave your Ableism outside the Bedroom with Andrew Gurza

    CW:  This episode contains strong language and themes of a sexual manner.

    "I know what you already think about me. I know that you think I'm.. you know.. less than.  I know you think I'm not viable... for Queer men," says Andrew Gurza talking about reclaiming the word Cripple.
    But, you don't get to define Andrew Gurza, our Guest today on Hey, Cis! 

    As we approach the end of Season 2, we are talking all about ableism, the 'power of being crippled' and breaking down stigma by talking about what matters.

    Andrew Gurza is an award-winning Disability Awareness Consultant and the Chief Disability Officer and Co-founder of Bump’n, a sex toy company for and by disabled people. Andrew uses they/he pronouns and identifies proudly as disabled. He has spoken all over the world on sex, disability and what it means to be a Queer Cripple. 

    Their work has been featured on BBC, CBC, Daily Xtra, Gay Times UK, Huffington Post, The Advocate, Everyday Feminism, Mashable, Out.com, and several anthologies.  He was the subject of an award winning National Film Board of Canada Documentary “Picture This”. 

    In addition to those accolades, Andrew is also the host of Disability After Dark: The Podcast Shining a Bright Light on Disability Stories, which won a Canadian Podcast Award in 2021. Disability After Dark was a Queerty Award nominee, and was chosen as an Honoree at the 2020 Webby Awards.

    The show is available on all platforms. Andrew is also the creator of the viral hashtag #DisabledPeopleAreHot. 

    VLOG Post
    We took the conversation and spoke with  Rachele Manett of Venus Envy as they

    Additionally, head over to our blog to hear a behind-the-scenes interview with Rachele Mannett of Venus Envy where Rachele shares with Cyn in an video interview, inclusive books including one co-authored by Andrew Gurza and information about the intersectional barriers experienced by LGBTQ+ people living with a disability.

    You can find out more about Andrew by visiting www.andrewgurza.com and connecting via social media @andrewgurza1  

    Hey, Cis! is a beyond binary conversation in being a better human.

    We are about current affairs and gender-based issues affecting trans and non-binary youth, students and adults within our Maritime community.

    We take on difficult topics; (and this week it is a difficult topic), breaking us out of the binary, smashing stigma and fostering greater connection between our cisgender community and trans, gender creative and non-binary community.

    Thanks for your support:
    We'd love your support in producing sustainably high-calibre content. Consider supporting with a ko-fi - it's easy and every sip counts.

    Credits
    Hey, Cis! thanks musical artist Craymo for our intro/extro song: Be Myself

    Written by: Craig Stephen Raymo/Brandon Jarrett/Joshua Daniel Hershfield (c) (p) 2015 Craymo Music, BMI/Moho Music, ASCAP

    Website: http://www.Craymo.com  

    • 38 min
    S2: E27: A Dive into the Development of the HIV Vaccine

    S2: E27: A Dive into the Development of the HIV Vaccine

    Who has four paws, almost 200k followers on twitter and approximately 10 years of vaccine research experience? Todays special guest, Chise!
    On previous episodes, Isaac and Cyn have had the honour to chat with members of our local community who are HIV positive and with the development of COVID-19 vaccines- the possibility of an HIV vaccine has emerged and became more of a reality.

    In this episode of Hey, Cis! we have the great pleasure to chat with Chise, an American Senior Scientist in Vaccine Research and Development who is not only supporting the efforts to develop the HIV vaccine, but also to debunk myths and advocate for accurate, up to date science communication.

    Chise (She/They) lives on the East Coast, USA and has been a Senior Scientist in Vaccine Research and Development for approximately 10 years. Her research focuses on uncovering mechanisms of viral pathogenesis and host immunity then applying that knowledge toward development of safer and more effective vaccines. Currently, her research efforts have been dedicated to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) as she helped develop and provide research for Moderna’s vaccine that was co-developed with NIAID.

    Outside of the pandemic, her research efforts have been dedicated to studying MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, Zika, Ebola, DENV, HIV, RSV, Influenza, and other emerging pathogens.When she is not at work or conducting research, she utilizes her ‘fursonas’ and social media platforms to provide science communication on Twitter under @sailorrooscout to help aid people’s understanding of COVID-19 and the COVID vaccines. She also is a strong activist and member of the BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ community.

     

    Hey, Cis! is a beyond binary conversation in being a better human.

    We are about current affairs and gender-based issues affecting trans and non-binary youth, students and adults within our Maritime community.

    We take on difficult topics; (and this week it is a difficult topic), breaking us out of the binary, smashing stigma and fostering greater connection between our cisgender community and trans, gender creative and non-binary community.

    Thanks for your support:
    Hey, Cis! is a volunteer podcast and we'd love your support in producing sustainably high-calibre content. Consider supporting with a ko-fi - it's easy and every sip counts.

     Credits
    Hey, Cis! thanks musical artist Craymo for our intro/extro song: Be Myself

    Written by: Craig Stephen Raymo/Brandon Jarrett/Joshua Daniel Hershfield (c) (p) 2015 Craymo Music, BMI/Moho Music, ASCAP Website: http://www.Craymo.com

    • 45 min
    S2:E26: Inspiring the Future Generation through Mentorship with Proud Pairs

    S2:E26: Inspiring the Future Generation through Mentorship with Proud Pairs

    Did you have a role model growing up? 
    Someone you could see yourself in.... someone with similar passions, goals, values to your own? 
    What does isolation feel like, when you do not have this kind of connection? And why is it so important?
    Connection, visibility and belonging have never been more important and today we are talking to an inspiring leader who is creating connections for Queer people in our community through a new program, along with someone who is benefiting from these meaningful connections.

    Everyone deserves a role model and that is the motto at Proud Pairs, a one-on-one mentorship program connecting 2SLGBTQ+ youth with 2SLGBTQ+ adults in the Halifax Regional Municipality. This program, which is currently in its first wave, is founded by Lauren Sobot (she/her), a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University.

    After being positively impacted by her own 2SLGBTQ+ mentors in university, Lauren became passionate about launching Proud Pairs to bring the transformative experience of mentorship to other young people!

    Today Lauren and Lily (they/them), a mentee of the program, join us here on Hey, Cis! to talk about the importance of mentorship for 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, why having a role model is something many cisgender people take for granted, and the impact the program has had on the lives of 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Nova Scotia.

     

    Hey, Cis! is a beyond binary conversation in being a better human.

    We are about current affairs and gender-based issues affecting trans and non-binary youth, students and adults within our Maritime community.

    We take on difficult topics; (and this week it is a difficult topic), breaking us out of the binary, smashing stigma and fostering greater connection between our cisgender community and trans, gender creative and non-binary community. 

    Thanks for your support:
    Hey, Cis! is a volunteer podcast and we'd love your support in producing sustainably high-calibre content. Consider supporting with a ko-fi - it's easy and every sip counts.

    Show Notes & Links:


    Lauren Sobot (she/her), Founder & Program Coordinator - Proud Pairs 2SLGBTQ+ Mentorship Program
    info@proudpairs.com
    proudpairs.com 
    Instagram: @proudpairs

    • 38 min
    S2:E25: Taking ACCOUNTability for Your Actions with X

    S2:E25: Taking ACCOUNTability for Your Actions with X

    In Season 2, episode #25 of Hey, Cis!, 'Taking ACCOUNTability with X' we hit on an important topic about accountability.

    X (They/ Them) is a visual artist who uses drag as their medium. Working primarily as a performer and show producer within the nightlife scene in Halifax, Nova Scotia; X uses their platform to explore gender, fashion, performance, and persona. Starting to produce under their stage name in 2018, X gravitated towards this subversive art form because it allowed them to culminate many different creative disciplines at once while being unapologetically queer. 

    In addition to performing in the nightlife scene, X has gone on to work on various multimedia projects including producing fashion films in partnership with Halifax based designers, Producing self-portrait series, working alongside musicians and most recently due to the covid 19 pandemic, producing digital drag performances for online drag shows with producers from across North America. 

    X not only uses their platform to express their artistic visions but to also be an advocate and activist for non-binary visibility and queer exploration through drag. X focuses on sharing their story in hopes to inspire confidence and freedom in whomever may be watching. 

    Hey, Cis! is a beyond binary conversation in being a better human.

    We are about current affairs and gender-based issues affecting trans and non-binary youth, students and adults within our Maritime community.

    We take on difficult topics; (and this week it is a difficult topic), breaking us out of the binary, smashing stigma and fostering greater connection between our cisgender community and trans, gender creative and non-binary community. 

    Thanks for your support:
    Hey, Cis! is a volunteer podcast and we'd love your support in producing sustainably high-calibre content. Consider supporting with a ko-fi - it's easy and every sip counts.

    Show Notes & Credits
    You can find X’s work on Instagram and twitter under @callthemx, and on Facebook under @callmex. 

    Hey, Cis! thanks musical artist Craymo for our intro/extro song: Be Myself

    Artist: Craymo

    Written by: Craig Stephen Raymo/Brandon Jarrett/Joshua Daniel Hershfield (c) (p) 2015 Craymo Music, BMI/Moho Music, ASCAP Website: http://www.Craymo.com

    • 37 min

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