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  • 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 […]
  • Aryan Rayborn (he/him) on choosing happiness August 15, 2020
    When Aryan Rayborn first came out, he had to reckon with the realization that transitioning might mean losing the support of his parents. For quite some time, his parents held firm that they could not support his transition, and begged him to reconsider. Aryan knew that for him, living his truth was a matter of […]
  • Sophie Kozub (she/they) on why it's okay to take your time August 1, 2020
    When Sophie Kozub was growing up, she often felt out of place - she was a legacy student in an all boys’ catholic school, a long-time Boy Scout, lined up with the boys when she knew she should be in line with other girls. Though she found subtle ways to transgress the confines of her […]
  • Welcome to Trans and Caffeinated! July 27, 2020
    This podcast is rooted in a singular dream -- to aid our culture’s growth by fostering collective education, encouraging open discussion, and most importantly nurturing and inspiring new generations of my transgender siblings. Don’t forget to subscribe to and review this podcast, so you can stay up to date on the latest episodes. If you […]
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