#801 If you're talking about genitals then you've missed the point (Trans* Rights)

Today I take my second crack at discussing trans* rights. Last time I tried it didn't go over too well so today we find out if I've learned from my mistakes and if others will learn a thing or two about trans* issues.

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: When Is That Appropriate Conversation, Katie? - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date 1-9-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Lesson Learned (feat. John Mayer) - As I Am

Ch. 4: Act 2: Katie Couric has her bad questions explained to her - @Lavernecox - Air Date: 1-7-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Discrimination - Meet Me In the Park

Ch. 6: Act 3: Cultural Consequences Of Trans Population - @transadvocate - Air Date 2-20-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: I Can't - Learning to Bend

Ch. 8: Act 4: Twisted And Unethical Journalism And Resultant Suicide - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date 1-21-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Look Again - Point of No Return - Previously Unreleased Masters, A Lost 45 & Rare Demos

Ch. 10: Act 5: The case of CeCe McDonald - @MHarrisPerry - Air Date: 1-19-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: ***Flawless (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) - BEYONCÉ

Ch. 12: Act 6: Social Anxiety of Trans Population vs. Military PTSD - @transadvocate - Air Date 2-20-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: Transgender Dysphoria Blues - Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Ch. 14: Act 7: Piers Morgan's Uninformed Interview With Janet Mock - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date 2-6-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Strong Animals - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture)

Ch. 16: Act 8: After 20 Years Prisoner Michelle Kosilek Granted Right To Sex Change - @WEEKinBLACKNESS - Air Date: 1-21-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Slipping Away - Donnie Darko (Music From the Original Motion Picture Score) [Soundtrack from the Motion Picture]

Ch. 18: Act 9: The Jim Collins Foundation - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: Activism - The Poet

Ch. 20: Act 10: Janet Mock on 'Passing' & Redefining Realness - @janetmock - Air Date: 1-30-14


Ch. 21: Where the women-problems in the south come from - Wes from Alabama

Ch. 22: Thoughts on the arguments of sovereignty against corporate takeover - Dave from Olympia, WA

Ch. 23: Suggesting "The Authoritarians" book - John In Stamford, CT

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 24: Final comments on making progress addressing trans* rights

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone


Jim Collins Foundation

Additional Activism

Free CeCe, a documentary on CeCe McDonald

Sources/further reading:

Savage Lovecast, episode 369 (11/19/13); Dan Savage interviews M. Dru Levasseur, co-founder and vice president of the Jim Collins Foundation

"Professional Organization Statements Supporting Transgender People In Health Care” via Lambda Legal

"Piers Morgan, It Shouldn’t Be So Hard For You To Interview Janet Mock” by Avital Norman Nathman

"Janet Mock: Piers Morgan 'Sensationalized’ Me” by John Becker

"Because of You: My Letter to CeCe McDonald on Her Release


Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Showing 4 reactions

  • Metal HVAC Tech
    commented 2014-04-12 11:21:20 -0400
    Thanks for this, Jay! I’m impressed. Even in my limited understanding of Trans* issues, I do know that I’m on the right side of this. I have many Libertarian friends who are like “Why do they need laws protecting them if they’re equal humans as that is the status they are trying to obtain?” That quickly rolls into discussing structural oppression and racial bias in the media and dealing with issues like this with the totally salacious approach (coughPiersMorgancough).

    Thank you for this. I’m going to pass this episode along!
  • Jay Tomlinson
    commented 2014-03-07 15:41:07 -0500
    Whitney, do you know of any good sources you could direct me to for those topics?
  • Whitney Barone
    commented 2014-03-07 15:38:56 -0500
    Ready for discussion on Bisexuality. Fluidity, privilege and isolation.
  • Xeno Phrenia
    commented 2014-02-21 21:16:30 -0500
    where’s the download link?
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