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This podcast is rooted in a singular dream – to aid our culture’s growth by fostering collective education, encouraging open discussion, and most importantly nurturing and inspiring new generations of my transgender siblings.

Here’s to a transer future.

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Trans and Caffeinated Arielle Rebekah

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

This podcast is rooted in a singular dream – to aid our culture’s growth by fostering collective education, encouraging open discussion, and most importantly nurturing and inspiring new generations of my transgender siblings.

Here’s to a transer future.

Become a patron at patreon.com/transandcaffeinated
Created by @ariellergordon (IG and Twitter) Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/transandcaffeinated/support

    Bex León (they/them, fae/femme) on being the monster that’s under your bed

    Bex León (they/them, fae/femme) on being the monster that’s under your bed

    Bex León is a lot like nature: their gender cycles with the passage of each season, they are justifiably angry about the impact of capitalism, and they are tired of white people-centric approaches to problem-solving.

    Bex is raising their voice and fighting for justice in the face of oppressive systems designed to disempower their communities. As a disability justice advocate, Bex’s efforts are focused through the lens of community care, interdependence, and communal abundance-making, with the understanding that scarcity is falsely created by state control over our resources.

    Through their poetry, Bex highlights their experiences as a disabled, gender cyclical, non-binary Boricua in the often visceral texts of “bible perverses” and monster literature, in which they reclaim the ableist trope of “monsterhood.”

    I learned a lot from Bex in our time together, and I’m confident that you will, too.

    This episode mentions ableism, codependency, police brutality, environmental racism, and white supremacy.

    This is Bex León on being the monster that’s under your bed.

    LINKS

    Patty Burns — 10 Principles of Disability Justice (Sins Invalid Art Performance Collective)

    Mutual Aid is Abolition Work — Slides & Recording (Black Abolitionist Network)

    *”Communal abundance-making” is a term originally coined by Ameenah Rashid

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    IG: @onmybex_behavior

    Vemmo: @BexLeon


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    • 46 min
    Em Rabelais (they/themme, fae/femme) on white feminist violence in nursing

    Em Rabelais (they/themme, fae/femme) on white feminist violence in nursing

    Em Rabelais is the white, disabled, queer, trans feminine, and non-binary ethicist, nurse, scholar, white feminism dismantler, and potential kept themmebian you never knew you needed. Until now. WHOOO that was a mouthful.

    As an academic, their scholarship is rooted in disrupting and dismantling white supremacy in nursing—but Em’s work doesn’t end there. They are deeply committed to pushing back against all forms of oppression, including the rampant ableism and transmisogyny they regularly endure.

    Em has no desire to play nice with oppressors—they know that the nursing status quo of niceness and civility have not changed anything. Instead, they are intense, intentional, and direct as they push back against oppressive systems designed to harm marginalized and minoritized groups and individuals—even when their methods result in immense personal backlash.

    This episode mentions sexual assault, white feminism and white supremacy, racism, transmisogyny, and ableism.

    This is Em Rabelais on white feminist violence in nursing

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    Venmo: @fernian

    IG: @dr.whomever

    Twitter: @dr_whomever

    LINKS

    Mia Mingus on how to give a good apology, Part 1 and Part 2

    The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House

    Transmisogyny-exempt (TME) vs transmisogyny-affected (TMA) - Terms defined here


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    Faith (she/her) on freedom, self-discovery, and Wish Me Luck Tattoo

    Faith (she/her) on freedom, self-discovery, and Wish Me Luck Tattoo

    Faith woke up one morning with a single thought weighing heavy on their mind: “I don’t even know who I am.” For years, she internalized the resounding sentiment of those around her that it was not okay to be herself - until one day, she came to a crossroads wherein she could no longer bear to live as anybody else.

    Now the owner of Wish Me Luck, Chicago’s very first Black, trans, queer-owned tattoo shop, Faith demonstrates the healing power of community spaces, especially for people who have historically been erased or made to feel uncomfortable by the status quo.

    Faith’s story shows us that there is nothing quite so powerful as chasing one’s truth, wherever that may lead - and that it is not the job of Black people, of queer people, or of trans people to make themselves more palatable for others.

    This episode mentions conversion therapy, weaponization of religion against marginalized groups, mistreatment of trans prisoners, and suicidal ideation.

    This is Faith on freedom, self-discovery, and Wish Me Luck Tattoo.

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    @americanflesh

    @wishmelucktattoo

    LINKS

    Nickhole Arcade

    Prisoner Correspondence Project - Find a trans penpal in prison

    Dr Lori Kohler (San Francisco Public Health Network) - Healthcare professional dedicated to providing gender-affirming care to prisoners.

    TGI Justice Project

    Critical Resistance

    Transgender Law Center (TLC)

    Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SLRP)


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    • 58 min
    Mya Petsche (she/her) on loving yourself and others

    Mya Petsche (she/her) on loving yourself and others

    Growing up in a conservative, evangelical home, Mya suspected that coming out as trans could mean parting ways with her parents. However, she firmly rejected the notion that it was her responsibility to adjust to the comfort of those around her. She felt, rather, that it was their responsibility to adjust and accept her for who she is.

    Mya always says that her number one goal in life is to help people. And even at times when Mya has faced immense hardship, she has continued to lead with her empathy and compassion first.

    This shines through in everything that she does - from serving on a council working to bridge the gap between religious folks and trans folks, to fostering community with other trans feminine people, to educating those around her about trans identities.

    This episode mentions discrimination on the basis of religion, familial rejection, homelessness, racism, transphobia, and cissexism.

    This is Mya Petsche on loving yourself and others.

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    IG: @myaisnotfunny

    LINKS

    Disclosure documentary | Leading trans creatives and thinkers share heartfelt perspectives and analysis about Hollywood’s impact on the trans community

    Donate to Dallas Hope Charities | “Dallas Hope Charities unites to care for those in need throughout our social and geographical communities. By collaborating and hosting several programs, we are fulfilling our mission of providing food, shelter, and services that instill dignity, stability, and hope for all.”


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    • 38 min
    Feathers Wise (she/her) on Being Pretty but Also Kind of a Bada**

    Feathers Wise (she/her) on Being Pretty but Also Kind of a Bada**

    Like many trans people, Feathers’ spent her formative years consuming media where cisgender actors repeatedly played transgender characters, usually in a very unflattering light.

    After her marriage ended, Feathers relocated to New York City and enrolled in an acting class. Suddenly and to her initial surprise, she found herself surrounded by queer and trans actors, in a city where directors not only respected but actively sought to cast trans people.

    Though she fully acknowledges that TV and film still have a long way to go before reaching true gender equity, she envisions a bright future for herself and her industry. Her upcoming film Boarder centers Feathers as a feisty trans hit woman hoping to pull off one last job before her past catches up with her.

    This episode mentions transphobic tropes and practices in media, family trauma, and divorce.

    This is Feathers Wise on Being Pretty but Also Kind of a Bada**

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    IG: @FeathersTheWise

    IG: @BoarderTheMovie

    feathersthewise.com

    LINKS

    Why Scarlett Johansson — Or Any Cis Actor — Should Never Play Trans Roles


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    • 54 min
    Jesse Lee-Young (they/them) on That Good Gay Manga

    Jesse Lee-Young (they/them) on That Good Gay Manga

    As a child, Jesse found respite from their religiously conservative community within the pages of manga. Hidden in those words and images were tales of unapologetic queer love that affirmed their identity, even when their family would not.

    Jesse always knew that they felt attraction to people of different genders, and when they first heard the word “pansexual” as a teenager, something just clicked.

    These days, Jesse channels their “queer angst” from high school into everything they do; be it by drawing canonically trans and gender non-conforming characters, writing their identities into music, or teaching their coworkers about queer and trans lives.

    This episode mentions intersex surgeries, familial rejection, conflation of queer identity with pedophilia, and discrimination on the basis of religion.

    This is Jesse Lee-Young on that Good Gay Manga.

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    Twitter: @OliveDKnight

    Bandcamp: Fempathy;

    Twitter: @FempathyBand

    Facebook: @FempathyBand

    LINKS

    InterACT | Advocates for Intersex Youth’s guide to being an ally to intersex folks

    Annet Negesa - Intersex athlete suing World Athletics after being coerced into surgery


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    • 55 min

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Femboibb ,

Such valuable representation!

This is an amazing podcast giving voice to Gender Non Conforming and Trans experiences. A pleasant chat to have on that is also moving and relatable! Hearing people talk about living with gender helps me understand my own experience more. Also Arielle is a rad smart lady to listen to!

CaseyNorbs ,

amazing podcast

as a trans person, it’s really great to hear insights from all sorts of genderqueer folks and arielle is an amazing host

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