#138 – Transgender People in Prisons

Transgender people face a TON of unique challenges while incarcerated. Nell Gaither joins us to talk about it.

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This week we’re talking with Nell Gaither, president of the Trans Pride Initiative out of Dallas, Texas. Her organization does lots of work to support the trans community, but we’re talking this week about the unique ways incarceration affects transgender people.

Transgender people in prisons has been a higher profile subject in recent years. Chelsea Manning‘s case was highly publicized after she came out in a military prison. CeCe McDonald is a trans woman who was sent to prison after defending herself from a hate crime. These cases and others have brought the issue more into the public consciousness.

We talk with Nell about the ways transgender inmates are treated differently by the system, and how rules meant to protect vulnerable populations can actually be used against trans people in the prison system.

Organizations to check out: Anarchist Black Cross Federation, Prison Activist Resource Center, Critical Resistance, Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee

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#137 – Transgender Day of Remembrance 2017

2017 was the deadliest year on record for transgender people. Today, we remember.

This week we observe the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The Transgender Day of Remembrance was created in memory of Rita Hester, a trans woman who was murdered in 1998. Since then, each yeah on November 20th, communities around the world gather to remember those lost to anti trans violence in the past year.

This year was the deadliest on record for Transgender Americans with 25 members of our community lost.

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#136 – A Guide to Killing Language

How do we navigate around the mental blocks people have around social justice language? Alix Jules teaches us a thing or two.

How do we navigate around the mental blocks people have around social justice language? When we use words like privilege, oppression, or patriarchy, often that’s the end of the conversation. People’s minds shut down, and we lose the argument. How do we fight that? How do we keep the integrity of our message while modifying our approach to be more effective?

We also broach the question of which conversations are even worth engaging in. On one side, you have the SJW folks who are more or less onboard with our message. On the other side, you have literal flag waving nazis. We don’t need to spent too much time preaching to the former, and its not usually worth engaging with the latter. There’s a huge space in between. How do we identify those conversations?

Alix’s blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thegraffitiwall/

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#135 – Callie’s New Gender Feels

Since I had my bottom surgery, I’ve been having some new and weird thoughts about my identity. I’m…not entirely sure the binary makes sense to me anymore.

Since I had my bottom surgery, I’ve been having some new and weird thoughts about my identity. I’m…not entirely sure the binary makes sense to me anymore. I thought I’d spend some time talking through it with Ari. I think it’s a super valuable conversation and it was deeply helpful to me in thinking through these new feelings. I hope you get something out of it too!

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#134 – Sit Down, Shut Up w/Lauren Kashan of Sharptooth

Had an awesome chat with the frontwoman of a badass feminist hardcore band about the power of music, and how we deal with sexism in movements that are supposed to be above it.

Had an awesome chat with the frontwoman of a badass feminist hardcore band about the power of music, and how we deal with sexism in movements that are supposed to be above it.

Hear Clever Girl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV9aZ02Cpn0

Buy Sharptooth’s Album: http://purenoise.merchnow.com/catalogs/sharptooth/music

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