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UK-based news podcast for trans and non-binary folks and our allies. Join snarky trans fact-finding team Michelle and Ashleigh as they dissect the news, interview guests and chat about pop culture.
60 Episodes
This week we talk to two amazing cisgender allies who have stood up for the trans community in very cool ways. Grace Petrie, folk singing, transphobia slaying guitar god & David Paisley, LGB Alliance botherer and actor on BBC Scotlands River City! References: Podcast links sheet:
Last week we talked the legal ramifications of the Bell V Tavistock puberty blocker bull....AHEM... so this week we talk to people effected on the ground. We talk to trans youths, a parent and the folks at GenderGP. References: Podcast links sheet:
Everything is terrible. The High Court has ruled that under 16's are incapable of giving consent to puberty blockers. This week: We examine the Bell/Mrs A vs Tavistock judgement. We look at how religious extremist hate groups may have influenced the decision. We talk to the Good Law Project's Jolyon Maugham about their Trans legal defence fund and their plans for fighting this judgement. And Ashleigh is sick and Michelle owns two Tamagotchis. References: Podcast links sheet:
So this was a bad news week. But whilst it is so easy to hate certain cisgender people (f**k you Liz Truss) Michelle and Ashleigh reach out to some astonishing cisgender allies! This week we talked to Josie Long and Owen Jones about how they became aware of trans issues, why all is not lost at the Guardian and why Michelle should make another podcast about terrible video game movies! Link sheet:
WE ARE BACK After an extended break Michelle and Ashleigh return to grumble about cis people. Are we sick of them? With Shaira Bambi Choudhury (UK Civil Service) and Ciara Murphy (Co-founder of Mindline Trans+). Link sheet:  
This week Michelle hands the keys to the show over to Diamond Stylze (Marsha's Plate) as she chats with fellow US black trans people Josephine, Felix and Yannick Taylor (Conversations With The Priestess) as well as UK activist and campaigner Nim Ralph (co-founder QTIPOC London) about Black Lives Matter, police brutality, white supremacy and finding solace in cooking. Link sheet:  
WELCOME TO WHAT THE PRIDE!? We are doing a pride! All through June we will have panels, music and speeches aiming to fill the pandemic pride gap. This week, Michelle is joined by guest co-host Casey Explosion as we host a panel of trans and non-binary parents! Also, we cover how to enjoy Harry Potter despite the author's bigotry, developments in Hungary and how you can help Black Lives Matter! Link sheet:
To celebrate our 50th episode as a podcast thing Michelle and Ashleigh spill the beans from behind the scenes after two years of accidentally find themselves on the front lines of the UK's never-ending transphobic shit-fit. Also... The Daily Mail and The Times lie about trans women sexually assaulting cis women in prisons AGAIN. And face no consequences AGAIN. Aimee Stephens, the trans woman who could well be the catalyst for nationwide trans discrimination protections in the US has sadly passed away. Michelle talks to JessInLond0n about the app she created that is helping COVID-19 patients see their loved ones in hospital Michelle then wipes her face of tears and talks to Chay from Trans Actual about their new online resource that hopes to fight back against misinformation about the transgender community! Thank you for an amazing two years! LET'S DO IT AGAIN! Links sheet:
This week Michelle and Ashleigh chat to Asha and Haven, a trans woman and an agender person who are former members of an anti-trans hate movement ("gender critical feminists"). We ask them: How do trans people become anti-trans? What did they experience when they were inside? How did they escape? Links sheet:
This week: We talk to Coffee Spoonie (they/she, @coffeespoonie) and Shash (she/her, @itsShash1) about being trans, disabled, under lockdown, and how suddenly institutions are doing #AccessibilityForAbleds which they wouldn't do for disabled folks before Covid-19! (Hashtag by Kate McWilliams @kateandcrps) And Liz Truss says that a project tackling transphobic bullying "isn't government policy." Excellent! Link sheet:
COVID-19 is claiming lives all over the world and the UK is all set to have the highest death toll in Europe. So what did Women & Equalities minister Liz Truss announce whilst speaking to a Parliamentary committee? Guess. Just guess. We talk to Dr. Ruth Pearce (Spectra Trans Learning Project) and Susie Green (CEO of Mermaids) for their take on an announcement that is as terrifying as it is vague from the UK government. References:
This week: What to do if you are in lockdown with an abuser. What are the Gender Identity Clinics doing during all this? And Michelle & Ashleigh are joined by their new producer (and Steam Curator) Jo Ross-Barrett to talk video games to play whilst stuck at home that have PEOPLE LIKE YOU IN IT! Check out Jo's Steam Curator page: Info links: Discord server:
BONUS CIS ALLIES FROM THE VAULTS! As we finish restructuring behind the scenes, please enjoy our interviews with amazing cisgender allies Adam Conover (Adam Ruins Everything, The Crystal Maze), Susie Green (Mermaids CEO), and Neville Southall (Former goalkeeper for Wales and Everton and equality campaigner!) JOIN OUR LONELINESS BATTLING DISCORD: References:
This week, due to being thoroughly exhausted by lockdown-based nonsense as well as bringing in new staff to help this thing become bigger, better and amazing, we took a week off to recharge and rebuild. BUT WE HAVE NOT LEFT YOU HANGING! We have dragged out from the vaults our interviews with amazing cisgender allies Oliver Thorn (Philosophy Tube), Linda Riley (DIVA Magazine publisher), Dr Adrian Harrop (LGBT campaigner and NHS doctor/hero) and Amelia Abraham (Dazed Media)! Enjoy! JOIN OUR LONELINESS BATTLING DISCORD: References:
We didn't want to do the first half of this show, but the Mail on Sunday has continued being awful, the LGB Alliance don't appear to have noticed that there is a global pandemic on and the pandemic is being used as an excuse to kill democracy and trans equality in Hungary. But to cheer everyone up after that, Michelle chats to comedian and creator of Comedy Central's TRANSACTION Jordan Grey about how to make lockdown go super weird! References: Discord server:  
You know what is going on and it is all a bit much so we bunkered down and spoke to the amazing Ica Nienz (Isolation Collective), Sabah Choudrey (Trans Pride Brighton/"reluctant activist") and Kate Glanfield (Trans Gloucester) because honestly, what else were we gonna do? Volunteer for the NHS! GO HELP SOME VULNERABLE PEOPLE! - Our brand-spanking new loneliness busting Discord server! - References:
The I Paper has reported that sources in the Government have said that GRA reform has been postponed indefinitely. Here are Michelle's thoughts. Original piece: Join our Discord server!  
We are back from our break! This week: Transphobes do the transphobia thing in the UK parliament on International Women's Day! Allies do the ally thing in the UK parliament because they are awesome! We barely mention Coronavirus! And Ash and Michelle break down the latest Guardian transphobic nonsense! We have opened a discord server to fight loneliness during the pandemic, join here! References:
Trans kids are being targeted by Republican lawmakers! Should we be concerned? We talk to Molly Woodstock (Gender Reveal podcast) and Cassius Adair (Transcripts podcast) to find out! Also: Graham Linehan spreads hate on news night...hilariously. We talk to the Labour Campaign for Trans Rights. Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham is bamboozled into meeting the LGB Alliance. And Michelle has ADHD! References:
This week: Intersex people have so much common ground with trans people, we should support each other! Ash & Meesh talk to intersex trans woman Diana James and intersex activist Izzy MacCallum about what is going on for intersex folks We analyse the Labour leadership contest candidates! And Ashleigh is basically a secret agent. References:
Comments (2)

Pam Current

Great show, really enjoyed this one!

Apr 23rd

Kim McLelland

great show. keep up the good work

Feb 13th
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