#174 – Teaching While Trans

We talk a lot about trans kids in schools. Trans teachers? Not so much

Usually, when we talk about queer and trans folks in schools, we’re talking about kids. We don’t have that conversation about the teachers often enough. I happen to have a dear friend who is a trans teacher, and they’re on the show this week to talk about their experience.

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#173 – wtf even is a TERF

TERFs are dangerous. Here’s a bit about them.

Back in June on episode 163, we did an episode with Elle Clayton. She’s the teespring creator who got her designs removed from the site after TERFs mass reported her and the company made the super shitty decision to bow to them and acknowledge the idea that TERF is some unacceptable slur. We spent a bit of that episode talking about TERFs and how dangerous they can be, but we’re overdue for a deep dive. If you’re not familiar, TERF is an acronym that stands for trans exclusionary radical feminist. You’ll hear more on the definitions later, but for now just know these are a particularly nasty and hateful group of people who are absolutely hell bent on excluding trans people not just from certain social circles, but from public life in general. They regularly bully and harass trans people, even going as far as goading people into suicide.

I was reminded of this by an article i read in Forbes of all places. The article is called “Lesbians Want A Church Of Their Own And IRS Approves.” And my initial reaction was like “okay sweet, lesbian church, i can get into that.” It kind of sounds like one of those stunts the satanic church pulls to point out the absurdity of the privilege religious organizations still enjoy in our society. But its not as good as all that. No its actually pretty awful. This place is literally a TERF church. The Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft. According to their website, Here’s who can join…

“All Women and Girls are welcome to join Pussy Church as congregants. We also need women who can serve Pussy Church in growing and strengthening our congregation. If you are able to offer your time, skills, money, or other resources in support of Pussy Church, please contact us.

A woman is an adult female human. A girl is a minor female human. The Pussy Church serves Women and Girls only. Males are not permitted to participate, regardless of how they identify. We expressly reject the concepts of gender identity, transgenderism, and gender as being meaningful to defining what a Woman or Girl is.”

So fucking gross.

Make no mistake about it TERFs are dangerous. These are not simply people who have a different opinion. These aren’t harmless, ineffective bigots screaming at their computer monitors we can all laugh at. These people want us dead. Many of them have said as much.

They bully us off of social media, try to get us fired from our jobs for speaking up against them, and cry victimhood when we push back.

A dear friend of mine, Danielle Muscato has lots and lots of experience dealing with these kinds of people, and she’s joining me today to talk about who TERFs are, what they do, how dangerous they are, and most importantly, how we can fight them.

Danielle on Patreon

Danielle on Twitter

and Danielle’s podcast, The Resist Podcast

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#172 – The Pop Culture Hero Coalition

Let’s talk about being a real life superhero

Far too many of us in the queer and trans community can tell stories for DAYS about being bullied for who we are. For being different. For standing out from the crowd in different ways. Our childhoods were filled with bad advice like “oh just ignore them and they’ll stop” even though they don’t. We’re told “it gets better” as a platitude without hearing anything about what the people in our lives are actually doing to make it better…

And if you’ve listened to the show for long enough, you’ll certainly have heard me go on and on about the power that fandom has to help people dealing with this stuff. I’ve told my own story several times about how Star Trek helped me figure out and come to terms with who I was, and how it helped me escape the fear I felt as a kid knowing how different I was and how I would be treated by my peers if they knew.

With those things in mind, I was pretty excited to learn about the organization we’re going to talk about on the show today. The Pop Culture Hero Coalition is the first-ever organization that uses the universal appeal of comics, film & TV to create anti-bullying programs at pop culture events, and in schools and communities. Our guest this week is Chase Masterson. You might remember her as Leeta from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and she’s also one of the co-founders of the Pop Culture Hero Coalition

http://www.popculturehero.org/

https://twitter.com/superheroirl

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#171 – Transition…Then What?

What does “finishing” your transition even mean?

Often when trans folks finish whatever transition goals they have, they’re kind of left wondering what that means for their lives. My friend Leo and I had a super in depth talk about it.

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#170 – Vaginaversary AMA

A few friends and I are celebrating an important anniversary

This week we’re getting the crew from our surgery AMA back together along with a good friend who’s about to go through it herself. By the by, she’s needing a bit of help to get through her recovery. Here’s a link to her Gofundme, please check it out. Donate if you can, share if you can’t. Here’s the link:

https://www.gofundme.com/3z5hf2

 

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