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A fun and informative weekly questions-and-answer podcast exploring life outside the gender binary.

The Gender Rebels Podcast The Gender Rebels

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    • 4.8 ‚ÄĘ 241 Ratings

A fun and informative weekly questions-and-answer podcast exploring life outside the gender binary.

    Fight Your Health Insurance to Get Your FFS Covered

    Fight Your Health Insurance to Get Your FFS Covered

     
    Facial feminization surgery (FFS) is not covered by some health plans. If your health insurance company says they won't pay for a surgery you need, you can appeal that decision. Listener Robin asks for tips from Faith, who succeeded with her appeal on her third try.
     
    Our other FFS episodes:
    Faith F's her F Part I
    Faith F's her F Part II
    Faith vs Her Health Insurance
     
    "Insemination style genitalia" and "gestational genitalia" are terms that Faith thought up in her weird brain and we do NOT recommend googling them. Kath thinks AFAB and AMAB are adequate.

     
    Faith learned about appealing decisions from your health insurance at the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference. There was no 2023 conference but there will be one in 2024 and we will see you there! 
     
    Legal aid societies that can help you with your appeal, for each state.
     
    Faith said people with gestational genitalia (aka AFAB people or people who were assigned female at birth) "retain neoteny". Neoteny refers to child-like facial characteristics. These ‚Äúneotenous‚ÄĚ characteristics include a large forehead with lower set eyes, nose and mouth; a smaller, shorter, more recessive chin; fuller lips; larger eyes; a smaller nose; higher, thinner eyebrows; and a rounder, less angular face. This can be (but is not always) associated with attractiveness, to some people.
     
    Our old video of conventionally attractive people whose facial features are androgynous or even skew toward those of the opposite gender included the jerk Ezra Miller. Join us in cancelling that creep. 
     
    Faith's surgeon, Bella Avanessian, MD at Mt Sinai, also has Jazz Jennings as a patient. See Dr. A. in this video as a baby doctor, just starting her surgical fellowship.
     
    Legal Eagle YouTuber has an episode about arbitrators and also "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia".
     
    Former New York State governor Mario Cuomo groped staff members and helped the LGBTQ+ community a lot. Those are two uncomfortable truths we have to live with.

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    Why Are the Evangelicals So Scared?

    Why Are the Evangelicals So Scared?

    Ken Ham founded the Creation Museum and Faith got extra credit for going to see him speak on--what else?-- science. 

    This is a cool diagram of all the metabolic processes. Kath remembers each and every detail of this diagram, even now, 20 long years since her graduate biochem class.
     
    Amanda The Jedi reacting to "Pure Flix", the Christian alternative to Netflix. Her other videos are really good, too.
     
    Bob Jones University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) as of  2017 and the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools as of 2011. 
     
    The Kids in the Hall sketch Homo Alone.
     
    At 3:30 in this video, Pat Robertson says people in San Francisco wear rings to give other people AIDS.
     
    The southern strategy linked the GOP with racists and evangelicals.
     
    Check out Self Made Kingz for cool shirts!
     

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    • 49 min
    Everything sucks. Get loud.

    Everything sucks. Get loud.

     
    "If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you." We misattributed this quote to Lee Atwater. It was in fact Lyndon B. Johnson.  Don't feel bad for Atwater; he was no peach either.  Here's audio of him spelling out how Republicans should signal that they support racist policies without actually saying racist things. TW for some seriously fucking brutal racial terms.
     

    Fauci could have handled the AIDS crisis better.  This Frontline tells you all about it. 
     
    The Justins in Tennessee. (the link is a gift article; enjoy!)
     
    The GOP won't change their policies to get more voters. They'll just get rid of democracy.
     
    Protest works. There were sustained protests in East Germany before the wall fell like the Leipzig prayer protests every Monday. ACT UP used unapologetically confrontational die-ins to force progress on AIDS funding, research, and treatments.
     
    Conservatives don't want their kids learning about Ruby Bridges or Rosa Parks.
     
    RIP Congressman John Lewis and let's all make good trouble.
     
     
     

    Buy Faith's book! It's the mid 1990s, and a high school guy in Georgia is grappling with his queerness, his faith, his friends, and his future in Disgusta by Faith DaBrooke.
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    • 46 min
    Trans Music Part III

    Trans Music Part III

     
    In our final episode on transgender music, we discuss Jenny Lewis in Rilo Kiley One of The Guys, The Regrettes A Living Human Girl, Liz Phair Firewalker, Metric Too Little Too Late, R.E.M. Hope, and Chvrches Death Stranding. We really hope you liked this series!
     
    Buy Faith's book! It's the mid 1990s, and a high school guy in Georgia is grappling with his queerness, his faith, his friends, and his future in Disgusta by Faith DaBrooke.
    Support us on Patreon to help us keep making great content, and to get some cool rewards!
    Check out our website for our latest episodes!  

    • 32 min
    Trans Music Part 2

    Trans Music Part 2

     
    We're back with even more songs.  And this ain't all, there's still a part 3 in your future!
     
    In this episode, we discuss:
    Fraulein Wunder Wenn Ich Ein Junge War or "If I Were A Boy". Faith's judgment: a good song. The Soviettes Middle of the Night Hole My Beautiful Son and the link shows you a picture of Kurt Cobain looking pretty in a dress and lipstick and pearls at 0:52Lords of Acid I Like It (best known for the song The Crab Louse about pubic crabs) 
    James Laid 
    St Vincent has a song about Candy DarlingGreen Day King for A DayThe Replacements and Peter Buck AndrogynousLaura Jane Grace is lead singer of Against Me! and she transitioned in public. One of the band's albums is Transgender Dysphoria Blues. 
    Pitchfork hates every album.
     
    Trans or queer musicians:Kim Petras Romy HaagPete Burns of Dead of Alive which you know from "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)". Kurt Cobain New York Dolls David Bowie 
    Getting a used toaster as wedding gift is just one of the many objectifying, dehumanizing virginity metaphors Faith was taught. But sure, let's follow that comparison to its conclusion.  A used toaster? What if it's just the right toaster for you? What if it's amazing, and it sees you and treasures you for who you are, and it makes you laugh, and it shares your values and interests? Yes, then I wouldn't care if the toaster has a few crumbs in its tray from a previous owner. 
     
    Buy Faith's book! It's the mid 1990s, and a high school guy in Georgia is grappling with his queerness, his faith, his friends, and his future in Disgusta by Faith DaBrooke.
    Support us on Patreon to help us keep making great content, and to get some cool rewards!
    Check out our website for our latest episodes!  

    • 45 min
    Trans Music Part 1

    Trans Music Part 1

    You KNOW we have opinions on everything from "Lola" to "Walk On The Wild Side" to "Dude Looks Like A Lady". The good, the bad, and the strange.  And this is just part one!!
    Links galore:
    Jasper the Colossal Markers and Beer live version. It slaps.     
    Make famous friends by cultivating fandoms for less- famous people. Faith admires awesome YouTuber Lindsey Ellis -- and she reteweeted one of Faith's dog pics! 
    Lake Baikal is a super deep lake. Terrifyingly deep.
    SNL Ashlee Simpson debacle.
     
    Okay, music! In this ep, we discussed:Aerosmith's Dude Looks Like A Lady. Faith's judgment: Not a good song.
    Here's a picture of Vince Neil of M√∂tley Cr√ľe (not Poison; apologies to both Mr. Cr√ľe and Mr. Poison), for reference.¬†
    Hair metal, for reference including two cool lists of Top 10 Best and Bottom 5 Worst Hair Metal Bands.
     
    The Kinks Lola. Faith's judgment: Good song but not on her mix or karaoke list.
    Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground Take a Walk on the Wild Side (Faith's judgment: good song and not on her karaoke list) and Candy Says (Faith's judgment: same-- good song and not on her karaoke list) 
     
    Learn about:Candy Darling !Andy Warhol's Factory !Joe Delassandro !
     
    The Community commercial where they say "meet different people!" 
     
     Many familiar crabs are of the genus Cancer
     
    Suzanne Vega As Girls Go.  Faith's judgment: not a good song.
    Matt Baum's Culture Cruise on YouTube talks about the representation of gays in TV and movies. 
    Madonna's What It Feels Like For A Girl. Faith's judgment: a good song. 
     
    Garbage Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go),  Androgyny, and Bleed Like Me . Faith's judgment: 100% awesome songs.  Bonus is their cover of Candy Says that's also spectacular.
    The JT Leroy literary hoax 
     
    Buy Faith's book! It's the mid 1990s, and a high school guy in Georgia is grappling with his queerness, his faith, his friends, and his future in Disgusta by Faith DaBrooke.
    Support us on Patreon to help us keep making great content, and to get some cool rewards!
    Check out our website for our latest episodes!  
     
     

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