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  • Bex León (they/them, fae/femme) on being the monster that’s under your bed January 2, 2021
    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. […]
  • Em Rabelais (they/themme, fae/femme) on white feminist violence in nursing December 19, 2020
    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 […]
  • Faith (she/her) on freedom, self-discovery, and Wish Me Luck Tattoo December 5, 2020
    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 […]
  • Mya Petsche (she/her) on loving yourself and others November 21, 2020
    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 […]
  • Feathers Wise (she/her) on Being Pretty but Also Kind of a Bada** November 7, 2020
    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, […]
  • Jesse Lee-Young (they/them) on That Good Gay Manga October 24, 2020
    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 […]
  • Special Edition | Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Poets October 10, 2020
    Cheers, queers, and welcome to the very first Special Edition episode of the Trans and Caffeinated podcast. Today, I have the unique honor of sharing with you the words and stories of six trans and gender non-conforming poets. Spoken word poetry is one of my absolute favorite art forms. It is uniquely powerful in that […]
  • Jeff Guillermo (he/him) on almost crying at the dinner table September 26, 2020
    Jeff Guillermo was 13 years old when he first learned that gay people even exist. Growing up as the child of religious immigrants, LGBTQ+ people were rarely the topic of discussion - and when they were, it was most often within the context of queerness as a sin. When Jeff began to realize that he […]
  • Daya Deuskar (she/her) on feeling God again, at an all trans Kabbalat Shabbat September 12, 2020
    Daya always knew that coming out as trans might force her to reexamine and restructure several parts of her life. As a classically trained vocalist and a music minister in a Protestant church, the communities in which she was involved did not always create space for trans and gender non-conforming people to thrive. When she […]
  • Payton Sliepka (they/them) on turning their pain into power August 29, 2020
    From the time they were young, Payton knew they were different from those around them. They didn’t have words to describe exactly how, and living in the politically conservative, hyper-religious, suburban town of Plano, TX, people weren’t exactly open to helping them explore. When Payton was 15, they mustered up the courage to come out […]
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