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episode 41: interview with jacks mcnamara on radical mental health

gendercast episode 41: interview with Jacks McNamara on a lot of awesome things

Join Jesse and Sean for an interview with Jacks McNamara about their work in radical mental health and with The Icarus Project, their writing and other projects they are involved in. We explore the concept of radical mental health, creating some analyses of the medical industrial complex and corporate psychology’s impact on the mainstream mental health system/pathologizing of people experiencing emotional distress or psychic impairments. Jacks discussed that emotional distress does not happen in a bubble, but rather, it happens within a social context where capitalism, racism, classism, ableism, transphobia, homophobia and many other isms are operating.

Jacks also draws some comparisons between gender nonconformity and mental health/emotional distress as “ a shared inability to fit into boxes” and will discuss how this is something that queer and trans people as well as people experiencing emotional distress have in common.  We will talk about the impact of labels (diagnoses) on both gender identity and mental health as a mechanism of access (to medications).  We also talk about disability justice and radical mental health. Jacks also talks about collective access, access intimacy and reads some of their poetry!

guest bio

Jacks McNamara is a genderqueer writer, artist, activist, educator, performer, and somatic healing practitioner living in Santa Fe, NM. Jacks is the co-founder of The Icarus Project, a radical mental health support network and media project by and for people living with the dangerous gifts that our society commonly labels as "mental illness," and the subject of the poetic documentary film Crooked Beauty. In 2012 Jacks was selected as a Lambda literary fellow, and their first book of poetry, Inbetweenland, was released by Deviant Type Press in March 2013. You can find out more about Jacks at


Jacks new poetry book Inbetweenland which you can buy here (Jacks reads Whether or Not You Fly and Lungseed on the podcast)

Icaruses Harm Reduction Guide To Coming off Psychiatric Drugs and Withdrawl (you can download the pdf free)

Icarus reader Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness

Icarus Project blog

Jacks' article on access intimacy

links to other badass projects that jacks talked about

Sins Invalid performance project and The Icarus Project interview with Sins Invalid

Brown Boi Project

Healing Together Network

Radical Health Babes/Badass Visional Healers

Generative Somatics

Direct download: ep_41_jacks_mcnamara_edited.mp3
Category:radical mental health -- posted at: 9:08pm PDT

supplemental episode (40.75) An Unconference of students, student groups, community organizations, and faculty

gendercast supplemental episode 40.75: The University of Washington Unconference

Listen along with the University of Washington's 2013 Disorientation Unconference. This is a supplemental episode to follow Episode 40 that explores the four different segments of the first UW Disorientation, and Episode 40.5 features the Radical History Tour of Campus. For folks that could not be there in the moment, take a listen, and if you feel moved contact the organizers or stay tuned about how to get involved next year or in your local area.

UnConference Vision

From its founding on occupied Duwamish land, to the passage of a diversity credit requirement, the University has always been a part of the larger landscape in both destructive and generative ways. The history of campus is shaped by militarism, departments founded and funded in the service of a litany of wars. Today we see corporate models of management imported into University life. We see the reduction of students to “consumers” of a degree, and big banks profiting off student debt. We see academic salaries stagnate and working conditions degenerate.

But we also remember histories of struggle, and we recognize that the University space can cultivate resistance. Disorientation is a place to challenge oppressive structures by expressing our creativity, diversity and curiosity around the themes of social justice, decolonization, and liberatory education. A decolonized university is a place where we can learn to “write back” to imperial power–not do research in its service. A liberatory education questions the gatekeeping that claims classrooms as the only spaces where knowledge can be cultivated. By looking at our histories and sharing stories, we can begin to shake off the dominant narrative of privilege and exceptionalism.

As students, faculty, and community members connected to the University of Washington, we have the power to reorient the University’s path toward justice. So we ask, how has our university been radically repurposed in the past? How do we reclaim those histories now? What might this look like?

Direct download: Unconference_2013_final.mp3
Category:university of WA unconference -- posted at: 12:44am PDT

supplemental episode (40.5): University of Washington's 2013 Disorientation Radical History Tour of Campus

gendercast supplemental episode (40.5): University of Washington 2013 disorientation

Listen along with the University of Washington's 2013 Disorientation Radical History Tour of Campus. This is a supplemental episode to follow Episode 40 that explores the four different segments of the first UW Disorientation. There is still time to attend the Unconference this Wednesday October 2nd!  

Description of the tour

You’ve been on campus tours to learn about how to get around—but what did you miss? On this tour, we will explore UW’s founding on occupied Duwamish land, student Civil Rights, labor rights and anti-war movements, and the struggle to instate a diversity credit requirement. Come on a walking tour to reimagine our university and help build this counter-history towards local and global human rights, social justice, and solidarity. This tour is part of Disorientation, a radical and progressive introduction to past and present student activism on campus and in Seattle.

Direct download: Rad_History_Tour_UW.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:10am PDT

episode 40: Univ of WA Disorientation 2013

gendercast Episode 40: Uiversity of Washington Disorentation 2013

Sean interviews Caitlin and Anggie, to students, about the upcoming University of Washington Disorentation event, which is a student led, social justice alternative to traditiona universtiy orientations.  Hear about the event, the vision behind it, planning underway now and how to get involved.  

Disorientation organizers invite students, new and old, to come together to tell a people’s history of the University of Washington; to critique our institution’s role in militarism; imperialism, and structural racism; and to imagine what a liberatory education might look like. As students, faculty, and community members connected to the University of Washington, we have the power to reorient the University’s path toward justice.

Caitlin describes the event and gives details about the four different parts, while Anggie discusses art in activism and the similarities and differences of organizing in different environments. Gendercast will post the campus tour audio recording as a follow up to this episode. To get involved please contact the organizers at

A little more about the UW Disorentation 2013 and schedule here.

Guest bio 

Caitlin is a grad student, a cook and a baker, a container gardener, and a hoarder of library books; She is involved in Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights ( and Disorientation (


Disorentation UW Facebook

Students United For Palestinian Equal Rights (UW SUPER)

Movimiento Esudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlán (MEChA de UW)

Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA)

Amnesty International UW

Third Wave Feminist Seattle (3WF)

United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) - UW

The Puget Sound District of The International Socialist Organization (ISO)

Concrete Connections: Resisting the U.S.-Israeli border-settler spectrum with Gabriel M. Schivone 

Direct download:
Category:disorientation -- posted at: 11:04am PDT

Episode 39: navigating queerness

Gendercast Episode 39: Navigating Queerness, next steps and inviting you to guide us, join us.

Sean and Jesse are back in Seattle and on the mic together to talk about navigating queerness to discuss varoius topics that have been our our minds as a way to find out what's been on all of your minds?  What have you been thinking about, what's a big topic in your community, what are you organizing around or working on?  What's your activism focused on?  What are you reading about and want to know more about?

We have an online survey for you you to tell us what you want to hear more about.  click here for the survey we briefly cover these topics in this episode and are looking to you to tell us what you want more of!


Hel's Racialicioius article on Macklemore and the follow-up/response article

Feministing article bell hooks on Trayvon Martin and forgiving Zimmerman

Black Girl Dangerous (check them out and follow, BDG is rad!) article on Trayvon

Direct download: episode_39_Navigating_Queerness.mp3
Category:navigating queerness -- posted at: 3:29pm PDT

Episode 38: On-site Interviews from the Philly Trans Health Conf 2013

Gendercast Episode 38: INTERVIEWS from attendees of the 2013 Philadelphia Trans Health Conference.

Gendercast is so excited that we got to talk to some of YOU!  Join Gilligan and Jesse for a series of on-site interviews live from the 2013 Philly Trans Health Conference. We chatted with about 16 of you on the mic and learned about some great work happening out there, some reflections on the conference itself and about some of the workshops that were offered.  We heard about books you're writing, films you're making, community organizing and activism you are doing, services you are offering and events in the conference.  THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE THAT GOT ON THE MIC!

[if you like the music between interviews, please check out amazing trans artist, Rae Spoon!]

Gendercast Mini-Interview Questions

1. Name, where from, identities you'd like to share?

2. What kind of work do you do in your hometown (activist, community organizing, education, etc.?) or are you interested in doing?

3. What do you like best about the conference so far (e.g. a speaker, a workshop topic, networking opportunity, event, other)?

If you chatted with us about working with Gendercast or would like to, see more information here and send us an email at!

Direct download: Ep_38_PTHC_inteviews_final.mp3
Category:philly trans health interviews -- posted at: 9:47pm PDT

Episode 37: Gender Failure, GC Performance Series 2

Gendercast Episode 37: GENDER FAILURE, Interview with Rae Spoon, Ivan Coyote and Clyde Peterson; 2nd Episode of the Gendercast Art & Performance Series

Join Gendercast for our interview with Rae, Ivan and Clyde (animation) about GENDER FAILURE. (from the Gender Failure facebook page): Writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote and musician Rae Spoon bring together words, sounds and original music in their new show "Gender Failure", an exploration and expose of their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary, and ultimately, how the gender binary fails us all. Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, Coyote brings her razor-sharp timing and powerful narrative, and Spoon adds their ethereal voice and poetic turns of phrase to this new chapter in the dynamic duo’s now seven-year old artistic partnership.

Guest Bios - please visit their websites linked below.

Rae Spoon

Ivan Coyote

Clyde Peterson

Check-in Links

Queers United for Ending Violence petition and facebook page

The Philly Trans Health 2013 workshop that Jesse is co-presenting with Axil Cricchio, The Multiple _______ of Trans* (Identity) 

Gendercast is tabling at PTHC 2013, come table with us!

The Washington state Dept of Licensing expanded provider list for changing gender marker

Direct download: ep_36.final_genderfailure.mp3
Category:performance series -- posted at: 1:14pm PDT

Episode 36: Trans-Inclusive Healthcare, Trans Justice Project at Basic Right Oregon

Gendercast Episode 36: Trans-Inclusive Healthcare, the Trans Justice Project at Basic Rights Oregon

Join Gendercast for a live recording of a presentation they did in Seattle by Tash Shatz and Joe LeBlanc from Basic Rights Oregon on their wins in obtaining trans inclusive healthcare in Oregon. Learn about their process through identifying this as a community identified need, their organizing and political approaches and hear about the toolkit they created so you can do the same in your local area.  

Thanks to Ingersoll Gender Center for hosting this event and offering the space to learn and record.

Guest Bios

tash shatz, Trans Justice Manager.  

tash loves cooking, the night sky, spoken word, and organizing. tash began working with BRO as a volunteer in 2007 through a partnership with the Oregon Student Association. After two cycles as a New Roots youth fellow, tash now co-coordinates the Trans Justice work at BRO by collaborating with community leaders to increase access to health care, legal rights, and safety in legal custody for trans, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming folks in Oregon. tash is honored to work every day for trans justice, racial justice, and basic rights for all.

Joe LeBlanc, Development Coordinator.  Joe is a Cajun Genderqueer Poly Butch who believes in personal story-telling as a significant method for people to share experiences and solidify a better understanding about LGBTIQ identities, issues, and concerns. Joe is the Founder and Board Chair of BUTCH Voices. He has served as a member of the University of Michigan’s Spectrum Center Speakers’ Bureau and TransGender Michigan.  A graduate from the Out in Front Seattle LGBTQ leadership program, Joe has served as an Advisory Board member for TransActive, a founder and coordinator for Q Patrol PDX, and currently serves as Assistant Citizen Co-Chair for the Alliance for Safer Communities. He has developed and presented workshops at various conferences on issues around identity, community building, event planning, and advocating for trans-inclusive health care. Joe is currently working as the Development Coordinator for Basic Rights Oregon and was awarded the 2011 Pride In Action Award by Pride NW. He also enjoys writing poetry, road trips, coffee, taking way too many pictures, and a wide variety of music.


Benefits of Equality Toolkit (full name:The Benefits of Equality: A Blueprint for Inclusive Heath Care for Transgender Workers) by Basic Rights Oregon Trans Justice Team

Faces of Trans-Inclusive Healthcare video on Basic Rights Oregon youtube channel

I Am: Trans People Speak by the Massachusettes Political Coalition

Check-in Links

Gender Failure with Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote, Translations opening night

Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival facebook event here

QCenter at the University of Washington, survey here

Direct download: ep_36_trans_inclusive_healthcare_edited.mp3
Category:healthcare -- posted at: 10:35am PDT

Episode 35: Disability Justice & Queer and Trans* Community

Gendercast Episode 35: Dis/ability Justice & Queer and Trans* Community

Local Seattle activists and organizers, Hel and Jude, join Jesse and Sean, to talk about disability rights and disability justice and the disabilty rights movement from a historical perspective and its roots in people of color (POC), queer and poor people spaces.  Hel and Jude discuss intersections of disability justice and queer and trans* justice movements as well as local working being done in the pacific northwest that intersects with racial and economic justice organizing.  They will offer some ideas about allyship and solidary with people experiencing a disability.

Special thanks to Marisa Hackett for assisting Gendercast with the interview questions and frame.

Guest Bios

Hel Gebreamlak is a black, first generation Eritrean american, trans and multiply disabled writer, organizer and educator living in Seattle. Hel works at the Q Center at the Univ of Washington, where they do education around gender, race, class and disability, through teaching an introductory course on queer intersectional issues offered through the Q Center and the Comparative History of Ideas Department. Hel also develops and facilitates anti-oppression trainings and community centered workshops.  Hel is the co-founder of Writing Resistance, a Seattle-based writing and art project for multiply marginalized sick and disabled folks and those who are on the receiving end of ableism and audism. Hel is also working collaboratively on a checklist for creating more accessible events.

Jude Watson is 21 year-old community organizer, nerd and awkward dancer hailing from Seattle, WA. He identifies as white, trans/genderqueer, disabled, and somewhere in that weird place between youth and adult. Jude currently spends most of his time hanging out with amazing people at All Girl Everything Ultimate Program, and organizing with WISH against the building of a new youth jail in Seattle's Central District.



Writing Resistance, the writing project Hel co-organizers, fb page and the Call for Submissions fb event with the deadline extended to April 1.  (The project, thus far, encompasses the start of a writing circle and a submission based zine exclusively for sick, disabled and Deaf folks)

"In Passing...", the zine that Jude mentions, fb event Call for Submissions here

D Center at the University of Washington website and fb page and the fb event for their Grand Opening on April 5, 2013

The Icarus Project (info on radical mental health)

Leaving Evidence, the blog by Mia Mingus and her blog post on Changing the Framework: Disability Justice

The group Jude mentions, Washington Incarceration Stops Here (WISH), website and fb page

Feminists with Disabilities website that Jude mentions as a good resource for terminology 

Some other resources for reading and education from our Guests

·  Eddie Ndopu - “Musings from a Queercrip Femme Man of Color

·  Eli Clare - Exile and Pride,

·  Joseph Shaprio - [BOOK] No Pity: People With Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement (this book is a really powerful history of disability organizing!)

·  Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha -

·  Aurora Levins Morales -

Direct download:
Category:disability -- posted at: 11:00am PDT

Episode 34:  HRT/Testosterone Discussion & GC Year Two Wrap-up.

Gendercast Episode 34:  Hormone Replacement Therapy/Testosterone Survey and Discussion; Gendercast Year Two Wrap-up.

Join Sean and Jesse for an informal discussion about their various experiences with Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)/Testosterone and hear the results of the recent Gendercast survey about HRT, which includes some of your experiences with testosterone.  We will highlight the amount of variability around how we engage with HRT and the importance of doing what is right for you and your body, including the choice to not engage with hormones at all.  Get to know Jesse and Sean a little better in this episode as they will share some of their backstory and personal experiences with testosterone in an effort to highlight their different narratives.  

This is our final 2012 episode and we wish you all an amazing winter season and appreciate all of you who have listened, interacted, dialogued and supported us!  It's been an amazing two years and we can't wait to bring you more Gendercast in 2013!


See the HRT/Testosterone survey questions here

Listen to past Gendercast episodes related to hormones and trans healthcare:

Visit here and learn about their Community Awards, thank you for your vote for Gendercast for best facebook page!

Direct download: episode_34_HRT_final.mp3
Category:HRT/testosterone -- posted at: 9:44am PDT