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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 trans and non-binary youth, students and adults within Canada.

We take on difficult topics; breaking us out of the binary, smashing stigma and fostering greater connection between our cisgender community and trans, gender creative and non-binary community.

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 trans and non-binary youth, students and adults within Canada.

We take on difficult topics; breaking us out of the binary, smashing stigma and fostering greater connection between our cisgender community and trans, gender creative and non-binary community.

    Episode #16: Prioritizing Bill C-6: Conversion Therapy and Politics of Queer Identities

    Episode #16: Prioritizing Bill C-6: Conversion Therapy and Politics of Queer Identities

    Welcome to Season 2 of Hey, Cis! A beyond binary journey to being a better human.

    In August we spoke to Chris, a younger brother of someone who underwent conversion therapy when they were a young adult. In impacted Chris' entire family for decades. Chris speaks candidly of his memories before his brother was sent away, and the future impacts it had upon his brother and himself.

    We are joined again by Honourable Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Youth Bardish Chagger, along with Halifax activist Rae O'Neil.

    With an election called this September, this long-time coming Bill, which had reached Senate status, has now died and it's going to be up to the people of Canada; ALL people to understand what a ban on conversion therapy means for Canadians.

    Topics we consider in today's episode include gender identity and sexual orientation; prioritizing this legislation; and understanding how you can help....

    Tune-in and join the conversation.

    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.

    • 53 min
    Episode #15: T.R.A.G.I.C - The Real Tragedy

    Episode #15: T.R.A.G.I.C - The Real Tragedy

    Hey, Cis; Hey, who? Cis = latin preface for 'on the same side as. Cisgender is someone whose gender identity aligns with their sex as assigned at birth.

    Cisgender is someone who has the ability to make the world safer, brighter and more inclusive for trans people young and old. Cisgender is someone who needs to be an intentional part of the conversation -- so let's talk.

    Cynthia Sweeney is the mother of three amazing children and lives with her husband and family in Halifax, Nova Scotia. One of her children is transgender.

    Isaac Cook is a trans and non-binary social scientist, educator and lives with his partner near Truro, Nova Scotia.  For more... see our About page.

    This podcast is 100% volunteer-based and we appreciate your support and tuning in.

    In this episode we were excited to be joined by the following guests:

    Tristan Coolman (he/him)

    Tristan Coolman is president of a Pflag chapter in York Region in Ontario. 

    Over the last three years Pflag YR has led the efforts in Ontario to lobby the provincial government to revert their curriculum back to a realistic model which begins to better equip our younger generations with the language and confidence to express themselves as they choose without worrying about the pressures of gender norms.​

    Megan Kean (she/her)

    Megan (she/her) is a registered nurse with 12 years of experience working in pediatrics and a student in the Master's of Nursing program at Dalhousie University. She is a mother to 8-year-old twins, one of which is a proud transgender girl, Bri.

    Bri socially transitioned in grade 1 and her peers were very supportive of her thanks to her amazing teacher Mme. Kelsey.  Megan is grateful for the wonderful support of her teachers, friends, family, and the trans community over the past two years and is very proud of her family.  Megan was a guest on Hey, Cis! episode 2, 'What would you want for your own child?'.

    Kathy (she/her)

    Kathy is from the Halifax area and a parent of 3 boys. When her youngest son came out in 2016 as transgender it was a blessing and welcome answer to questions they had been seeking for years. Her family could not have made it through 6 years of struggle prior to this without the help and support from his teachers, principals and his mental health team. The support of those folks in the school system are one of the main reasons Kathy's son is with us today. She knows the value of having teachers and school staff who are educated on how to help and willing to help and support  students through some of their most challenging times in life. Especially when not all parents and families are as accepting.

    Kelsey Myles (she/her)

    Kelsey is currently a grade Primary/One French Immersion teacher within the Halifax Regional School Centre for Education. She has 10 years teaching experience both within Halifax and abroad in International Schools. Kelsey's been involved in Simply Good Forms Inclusive Reads program for 2 years now. She’s an educator who strives to ensure an inclusive learning environment in which all students feel accepted, safe and valued.

    Maggie Barnhill (she/her)

    Maggie is a lawyer, turned stay at home mom, turned teacher.  She has 3 teenage sons whom I am (hopefully successfully) raising to be good humans.  She teaches within Nova Scotia.​

    Overview:
    Canadian teachers received a deceiving and potentially harmful email this past week. It was written supposedly by 'a fellow teacher' and addressed all Canadian teachers. 

    The widely distributed email from Megan Giacomelli, calls upon teachers to join the project T.R.A.G.I.C. (Teachers Resisting All Gender Ideological Curriculum). It's mandate is simple and extremely dangerous for educators and all students:

    '...to get teachers in touch within same boards and geographical areas so we may be able to speak up in solidarity and support to effect change at a board leve

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode #14: Transgender Day of Visibility

    Episode #14: Transgender Day of Visibility

    Hey, Cis; Hey, who?
    Cis = latin preface for 'on the same side as.

    Cisgender is someone whose gender identity aligns with their sex as assigned at birth.

    Cisgender is someone who has the ability to make the world safer, brighter and more inclusive for trans people young and old. Cisgender is someone who needs to be an intentional part of the conversation -- so let's talk.



    The International Transgender Day of Visibility takes place every year on March 31st and we are celebrating!
    This is the 12th annual TDoV and it was founded by US-based transgender activist Rachel Crandall in 2009 as a way to have a special day designated to celebrate the transgender community.
    Today we hear from people, young and old, from around the country on what TDoV means to them. Isaac shares what TDoV means to them, as trans and non-binary person living in Nova Scotia and Cynthia shares a little about why this day is significant to her as a cis, white woman and parent of a trans child.

    We talk about ways you can take part in your own spaces and help raise awareness, learn and engage in intentional allyship.

    Celebrate with us and tune-in to this extra special episode of Hey, Cis!

     

    Celebrate with Music and Film #TDOV2021​


    One event featuring musicians is through Transgender Health and Wellness Center. While it's sold out, they've great info on their page. Check out Ryan Cassata's video below, Skylar Kergil, Niko Storment or 



    Tune-in to OUTLOUD Queer Music. We featured Kenney Fitzpatrick and OUTLOUD in S1: Ep #5: For every Ariana Grande find yourself a Kim Petras Podcast



    https://www.qreview.ca/podcast.html



    Cowboys is a 2020 movie: 'Cowboys explores emotionally charged themes with a steady hand, highlighting the humanity of its characters in a story of fraught family dynamics and gender identity.'



    Celebrate with Art and Downloads #TDOV2021


    These downloads are AWESOME! Click the photo above to connect with these great educational downloads to share and post with pride



    Hands-On Weekly Crafting Circle is on Mar. 31st via Simon Frazer Student Society



    #TDOV2021 #TD0V #transvisibility #lgbtq #transgender #transhealth #inclusionmatters 

    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.

    • 25 min
    Episode #13: The Tempo of the Trans Community

    Episode #13: The Tempo of the Trans Community

    Hey, Cis; Hey, who?
    Cis = latin preface for 'on the same side as.

    Cisgender is someone whose gender identity aligns with their sex as assigned at birth.

    Cisgender is someone who has the ability to make the world safer, brighter and more inclusive for trans people young and old. Cisgender is someone who needs to be an intentional part of the conversation -- so let's talk.

    Kastin Bradley is creating safe space for the queer community to explore their vocal chords, their voices and form a new connection with their voice. And it's happening at Trans-formative Voices starting now.
    "If they're feeling any dysphoria from it; if they're doing hormone replacement therapy and their voice is affected or not affected," Kastin tells Hey, Cis! how this new program provides a safe space to learn how to take care of your voice.
    Did you know, there are healthy ways to change the way you communicate... and non-healthy ways? 



    It's not all about tone and pitch -- there is cadence and even sentence structure.

    Did I go up at the end of that sentence? What does that say about who I am?...

     

    This week we're joined by Kastin Bradley, a music therapist at Find Your Voice Music Therapy.  Together with Isaac, who holds a degree in linguistics, and Cynthia... who just likes to talk,

    we break down some of the binary standards around the way we're "air quote"... "supposed to communicate"... "un-air quote".



    Kastin uses they/she pronouns and identifies as non-binary.

    Born in PEI, they went to Acadia university where they studied Music Therapy. They're now living in Halifax and loving it.



    So what is music therapy all about?



    Kastin describes it as the use of music and elements of music in order to attain non-musical goals. In this instance, music therapy is used to help you learn how to communicate more efficiently, or rewire your brain around memory and communication. It's a non-traditional therapy.



    'It can be really challenging to talk about what you're feeling...but it can be really less threatening to be handed a drum,' laughs Kastin as they describe their non-threatening and accessible approach to curated music therapy.

    'Our voice is a very individualized aspect of ourselves. It portrays who you are, it can inflect mood and communication...I'm really excited about my program to start,' says Bradley, referring to Trans-formative Voices, a virtual program launching this month, supporting trans and non-binary people in a gender affirming way.

    What does Trans-Formative Voices involve?



    virtual bi-weekly 1 hour meeting



    vocal warm-ups



    breathing exercises



    throat help



    how to care for your voice to avoid damage



    finding comfort range around vocals and more...



    Cis-sexism is the idea everyone is cisgender and/or the idea that everyone wants to be cisgender or that being cisgender is better than any other way of 'being'.

    'Not everybody wants to be male or female and there's so much room in between to find a comfort zone,' shares Kastin. That comfort zone can be how you find comfort in how you talk.

    'I just really want to strive to provide a space and the resources for everyone to explore themselves, to explore their voice, to find what feels comfortable for them to not feel like they have to fit into any certain box,' says Kastin.

    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.

    #mentalhealth #musictherapy #lgbtq #transgender #transhealth #inclusionmatters

    • 26 min
    Episode #12: Celebrate Us While We're Here

    Episode #12: Celebrate Us While We're Here

    Hey, Cis; Hey, who?
    Cis = latin preface for 'on the same side as.

    Cisgender is someone whose gender identity aligns with their sex as assigned at birth.

    Cisgender is someone who has the ability to make the world safer, brighter and more inclusive for trans people young and old. Cisgender is someone who needs to be an intentional part of the conversation -- so let's talk.

    'Your story isn't black enough,' recalls DeShanna Neal, as she was told by publishers that her child's story needed more discourse. 
    ​Intersections of being a child, transgender and autistic come together in a beautifully written storybook by mother and daughter duo, DeShanna Neal and Trinity Neal.
    'All of these different things, all of these parts of her make her a masterpiece of a human being. And intersectionality is so vastly important. Sometimes we just focus on gender identity and forget there is a whole person in there.' 

    In their home, she explains they use gaming terms. So when she knew her daughter is trans, in her mind, her daughter simply levelled up some more!

    'I wanted people to see her blackness as something that was so beautiful. The only time you hear about black trans femmes and girls and women, was usually after they died...we are more than our deaths,' shares DeShanna.

    My Rainbow is a newly published children's book about a transgender girl named Trinity who was struggling with growing her hair and a family who listened with their heart. This intersectional story introduces the world to Trinity, a young black girl with autism who knows who she is and shines her story out to the world.

    My Rainbow is a featured book in Simply Good Form's 2021 Inclusive School Reads Nova Scotia event. Part 1 of 4 conversations with DeShanna Neal as we talk about trans youth inclusion, gender identity and breaking down stigma.

    In Part 1 of Cynthia's conversation with DeShanna, the mother of 4 children shares about the intersections of raising a beautiful black, transgender child with autism and the importance of giving space to children, to really hear them. And listening with your heart.

    • 41 min
    Episode #11: Ally is a Verb not a Noun

    Episode #11: Ally is a Verb not a Noun

    Hey, Cis; Hey, who?

    Cis = latin preface for 'on the same side as.

    Cisgender is someone whose gender identity aligns with their sex as assigned at birth.

    Cisgender is someone who has the ability to make the world safer, brighter and more inclusive for trans people young and old. Cisgender is someone who needs to be an intentional part of the conversation -- so let's talk.

    "Human rights don't start at 18. They start at birth."
    Barry Bedford, school principal, parent, Pflag educator and fierce ally.
    "Policies on paper mean absolutely nothing if they're not enforced."

    Barry Bedford says the school board and teachers have a primary role in educating and creating safe inclusive spaces.  Schools have children more than their families do. He says it's not ok to lump LGBTQ+ education into bullying and anti-bullying.

    Call it what it is - it is transphobia; it is homophobia.  Barry says, if we don't call it what it is, it's hypocritical at best. 

    "We have the trans flag up 12 months of the year at my school.  We have the PRIDE flag up 12 months of the year at my school," says Barry, school Principal and Pflag Canada educator and volunteer.

    From forms that don't work, to safe spaces that really aren't so safe, this week's podcast breaks down what it means to be an ally.  And what it means to NOT be one.  We talk about COVID and the effects of online schooling in Ontario for youth who are forced back into the closet while on lockdown.

    The marginalization is real. And time is up for educators wanting to bury their heads in the sand, while putting a pride flag on their desk but refusing to be a safe space for their gender diverse or sexually diverse students.

    On Barry's watch, he's got your back and takes allyship to a real level and offers up some great advice to Hey, Cis! on how you can be a better human. 

    If you listen to any episode this season --

    This.  Is.  The.  Episode.

    Ally is a verb - not a noun. 

    • 54 min

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