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Episode 18:  Gendercast Year One In Review

Gendercast Episode 18: Gendercast Year One in Review

Join Sean and Jessie as they discuss the first year of Gendercast podcasting. The discussion will cover many topics including trans representation in mainstream and independent media; activist communities and making mistakes as they learn; pronoun navigation; language and labels; and reaching out to other communities.  They will also discuss upcoming Gendercast internship positions, which will be available soon and will be posted on the gendercast website.

Jessie and Sean want to thank YOU for listening, learning with us, writing in, interacting on facebook and for any discussions Gendercast might have opened or reignited for you and your communities.  We look forward to bringing you so much more dialogue and hearing more from you in 2012!

Direct download: episode_18year_1_final.mp3
Category:episode 18 -- posted at: 12:11pm PDT

Episode 17:  Brown Boi Project

Gendercast Episode 17:  Brown Boi Project Interview with B. Cole, Project Director

Join Sean for his interview with Cole from the Brown Boi Project, a community of masculine of center women, men, two-spirit people, transmen, and our allies committed to transforming our privilege of masculinity, gender, and race into tools for achieving Racial and Gender Justice. See Cole's bio here.  We are so excited to have had this opportunity to talk with Cole about the Brown Boi Project, the new health guide they created, Freeing Ourselves: A Guide to Health and Self Love for Brown Bois (one of many articles here, purchase here), reflections on the Butch Voices conference, and a very important topic for Gendercast - reaching out to communities of color.  Thank you Cole!

Warning: at about 14 minutes thru 17 minutes some mic reverb was picked up so please adjust audio volume around this time. This episode was not recorded with our usual equipment and we had some issues with the sounds quality.

Check-in Links

Gendercast has created the facebook event page for the Trans Bodies, Trans Selves forum we are hosting in Seattle on Monday, December 12, please join us!  See the book outline here, what a great opportunity to inform a book about us BEFORE it is published!

The Seattle Quickball tournament was a huge success!  Over 250 people participated and they earned over $5,000 for the Reteaching Gender and Sexuality campaign

LGBTQ Allyship, a Seattle-based social and economic justice organization (see episode 15) is looking for board members!  Contact Debbie Carlsen at

The US Department of Health and Human Services Region 10 listening session for LGBT issues, contact if you want more information on the priorities or other information from they provided.

Direct download: Episode_17_-_bbp_FINAL.mp3
Category:episoide 17 -- posted at: 6:50am PDT

Episode 16:  Bisexuality and the Binary or Are We Queer?

Gendercast Episode 16:  Bisexuality and the Binary or Are We Queer?  Interview Panel from Across the Spectrum with Maddox, Caila and Amy

Join us for a great interview panel dialogue about sexuality with three guests who represent a continuum of sexual identities present in the trans community and in those who are interested in us.  We will explore bisexual, queer and pansexual identities and how these identities are part of moving through the world of relationship with trans people and others.  Maddox and Caila will discuss the political aspects of their queer and bisexual identities and elements thereof.  This episode topic came out of a blog post Jessie and Sean ran across entitled, Words, Binary and Biphobia, or: why "bi" is binary but "FTM" is not from the blog Radical Bi: Love, rage and pride.

Maddox was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He spent much of his life the theatre, and did a brief stint in New York where he studied at an acting conservatory. While in college in San Francisco, he worked doing HIV/AIDS prevention, organizing workshops for survivors of sexual abuse, and facilitated workshops on dating violence prevention, transgender sensitivity. He worked on developing the Gender Diversity Project Resource for Educators, which provides tools for teachers wishing to make their curriculum and classrooms more inclusive for gender variant students. He is currently attending Seattle University, earning his Masters in Psychology. When he can find spare time and energy, he is also a painter and crafter.

Caila is passionate about many things including sex positivity, cooking, dog parks, exercise and volunteerism.  She is happy to be living in Seattle and to work with various agencies who promote equality and the worth of all humans.  She is thankful to Sean and Jessie for the opportunity to share and for their creating this great podcast. 

Amy has a zest for living life full out, with passion, and an open, honest, transparent heart.  A creative, multi-talented diva, Amy loves each day as a new opportunity to craft and manifest the life she dreams of!


Some differences and similarities between bisexuality and pansexuality, another post from Bi Radical related to this topic

What Queerness Means To Me blog post from Tranarchism

Queer vs. bi identity from

Bisexuality does not reinforce the gender binary from The Scavenger

The essay on heteropatriarchy that Maddox references is Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy: Rethinking Women of Color Organizing by Andrea Smith from the blog Love Harder: Women of Color Working it Out

Check-in Links

Occupy Seattle website and the Queering Occupy Wall Street facebook group

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves website and facebook page

November 21, 2011 at 7 pm, Dean Spade's book reading at Elliot Bay Books for his new book, Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law

November 18, 2011 at 8 pm is the Bent's 11th Annual Mentor Showcase featuring Storme Webber


Direct download: Gendercast_podcast_16_-_Bisexual_FINAL.mp3
Category:episode 16 -- posted at: 12:20pm PDT

SPECIAL EDITION:  Heart Breaks Open Interview and SLGFF 2011

Gendercast:  SPECIAL EDITION  Heart Breaks Open and Three Dollar Bill Cinema Interviews

Join us for a special film edition!  Listen in to our interview with Jason Plourde, Programming Director of Three Dollar Bill Cinema, producers of the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, as we discuss some of the films in the festival this year with a flavor or flair of gender, trans, intersex and queer.  There are so many to see and we hope Seattle folks can make it out to the festival October 14-23, 2011 at various theaters around Seattle.

Then join us for our HEART BREAKS OPEN interview, a film about queer life, public health and community accountability.  Samonte Cruz, who plays Johnny, and Basil Shadid, producer of the film talk about the way the film was made; the actors were also writers as each brought their own life experience to the development of their characters.  We also hear from Basil and Samonte about the different elements of the film, including what happens when different identities play up against each other, such as cis gay men in relationships with transmen/transfags. 


Three Dollar Bill Cinema and The 2011 Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Heart Breaks Open website and trailer, facebook and tickets here (shows October 18th at the Egyptian, 7:15 pm) for the Seattle premiere (reception after film at Purr)

Gun Hill Road trailer and article in Colorlines, tickets here (shows October 20th at the Admiral, 9:30 pm)

Spork website and trailer

Trailers and Tickets for...

Direct download: Gendercast_16_-_Final.mp3
Category:special edition -- posted at: 12:19pm PDT

Episode 15:  What Does it Mean to be an Ally?

Gendercast Episode 15:  What Does it Mean to be an Ally?  Interview with Debbie Carlsen, Director of LGBTQ Allyship

"Allyship is about growth...and humanizing each other" [from Debbie's interview]

Join us for an important interview with Debbie Carlsen, founder and Director of LGBTQ Allyship; a Seattle-based non-profit organization focused on organizing around social and econnomic justice issues facing the LGBTQ community.  Debbie discusses the mission of Allyship, which is that all oppressions are interconnected and there is a possibility of a world free of oppression and the liberation of all people.  Debbie has been organizing in Seattle since 1995 and talks about allyship as "a lifelong learning cycle of learning about others' perspectives" and hopes to organize deeper in coalition with other communities. Sean also interviews Seattle's own Ruby Rouge the producer of Pink Taco which takes place every first Tuesday at the Wildrose.

Links/Event Links

Pink Taco! - the next event on October 4, 2011 at the Wildrose bar in Seattle at 9pm

Allyship's A Case for Queer Medicine/ Last Queerly Classed Discussion Series is October 5, 2011, more info on the facebook event here

Theproducerscollective Seattle is putting on the  Queer It Yourself: Be It, Do It, Make It Conference on October 8, 2011 from 10 am to 5 pm.  Then that evening they are hosting two queer variety shows as part of the conference (7pm and 9pm), facebook event here

The Grammy U Kick Off Power Mixer at the Vera Project in Seattle is October 6, 2011 at 6 pm

The big queer kickball tournament, Dirtyfall Quickball, benefitting Reteaching Gender and Sexuality is Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 11 am at Seattle University, see the Gendercast team and come to the event!

The Seattle premiere of the film Heart Breaks Open is Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 7:15 pm at the Egyptian, tickets here

Direct download: Episode_15_Joe_Modifedw.edits.mp3
Category:episode 15 -- posted at: 11:09am PDT

Episode 14:  Butch Voices National Conference Reflections

Gendercast Episode 14:

Reflections on the 2011 Butch Voices National Conference

Join Jessie as they discuss the 2011 Butch Voices National Conference with Kari Kesler, our guest from Episode 9 on Feminism and Jay Walls, who served the programming chair for the conference. Jessie and Kari provide some reflection and discussion about the charged divisiveness which occurred at the conference in relation to the "Masculine of Center" terminology in the Butch Voices mission statement as well as some women-identified butches forming a split off group, Butch Nation.  Sean weighs in as our resident butch!


Butch Voices mission statement and BV founder Joe LeBlanc's statement about the changes leading up to the conference [includes links to the statements by the president, Krys Freeman]

Brown Boi Project founder's definition of Masculine of Center

Article on the success of the conference published in Oakland North

Velvet Park article where we first read about the controversy before the conference and a good commentary on it from the SugarButch Chronicles blog and the blog post from Kyle's Butchtastic blog we mentioned

Article from the Bay Area Reporter about the town halls at the conference where Jean Cordova and Sasha Goldberg are featured splitting off to form Butch Nation

Blog post from the GenderTrender blog chock full of inaccurate accusations, which was posted after the conference

Checkin Links

Freeing Ourselves: A Guide to Health and Self Love for Brown Bois, the book by the Brown Boi Project, order online here, review here

The Gender Book out of Texas, an excellent Gender 101 resource, check it out!

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves upcoming book and facebook page

Local Events

Join your Gendercast hosts, Sean and Jessie at Twerking in Transilvania by PINK TACO! on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 at the Wildrose Bar in Seattle, WA

Direct download: Episode_14.mp3
Category:conferences -- posted at: 2:39pm PDT

Episode 13:  Reflections on Gender Odyssey 2011

Gendercast Episode 13:  Reflections on Gender Odyssey

Join Jessie and Sean as they discuss their disparate experiences of the Gender Odyssey conference in the context of the new genderqueer track juxtaposed against FTM orientations.  We will reflect on our experience of Chaz Bono's workshop Q&A session as well as Dean Spade's keynote address, which left us in awe and inspired.  We will mention briefly various workshops we attended.

Links and Check-Ins

Dean Spade excerpt on trickle up social justice from the talk Dean gave at Barnard College called Trans Politics on a Neoliberal Landscape

Informed Consent for Access to Transgender Health Care (ICATH) facebook page

Out in Front leadership training in Seattle is still accepting applications for the 2012 class, which starts in September 2011

Gendercast really likes Allyship (facebook here) and the work they are doing and enjoyed attending the 4th annual Queerly Classes Discussion Series

Direct download: episode_13_gender_od_final.mp3
Category:conferences -- posted at: 8:29am PDT

Episode 12:  Workplace Issues/Gender Identity Forum

Gendercast Episode 12:  Workplace Issues/Gender Identity Forum

Join us for the audio version of a gender identity forum that both Jessie and Sean participated in for King County in Seattle, WA along with several other Trans and gender non-conforming identified folks.  Marsha Botzer provides the introduction and moderation of the panel, which occurred on June 20, 2011.  This is unedited as it was broadcasted on King County television.  The panel was titled:  A Focus on Gender Identity: Understanding Discrimination and Workplace Issues for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Individuals and is part of King County's larger Equity and Social Justice Initiative.

Links and Check-ins

The new Gendercast website!

Seattle Times article on Gender Odyssey founder Aiden Key's discussion about transgender children

Discussion of facebook event for Beachy Queen, a beach meetup in Seattle, WA for all bodies

Out in Front is accepting applications for the 2012 queer leadership training program in Seattle, WA


Direct download: episode12.genderpanel._final.mp3
Category:episode 12 -- posted at: 7:35pm PDT

Episode 11:  Examining Privilege

Gendercast Episode 11:  Examining Privilege

Dialogue and discussion of privilege in regards to race, class, ability and gender.  Join us in a sometimes difficult conversation around white privilege [and the importance of owning our own] as we discuss bell hooks' poignant writing on white supremacy, women of color feminism and the importance of an anti-racist agenda as a fundamental foundation to any movement of social justice.  We also discuss this as it relates to the trans/gnc movement, cisgender privelege and binary supremacy. 


bell hooks' book killing rage: Ending Racism  we read, referenced and quoted.  Thanks to bell for providing a foundation for examining and studying white privilege, here is the short youtube video of bell we also referenced

We referenced some of the white privilege checklist items from the blog article White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

The blog Is Privilege Offensive? regarding experiencing privilege and oppression for different aspects of one's identity, at the same time.  The article is from the blog Love Isn't Enough: on raising a family in a colorstruck world

The blog ariticle I thought I 'Got It': Owning My Privilege from The Inner Activist

Cis Privilege Checklist from Taking Up Too Much Space: trans misogyny, feminism, and trans activism blog


Gender Odyssey is August 5-7, 2011 in Seattle [Sean and Jessie, hosts of Gendercast will be attending]

More info on the interview Sean did with Andre Perez of the Trans Oral History Project here and on FB here

Direct download: Episode_11_final.mp3
Category:episode 11 -- posted at: 6:44am PDT

Episode 10: Trans Inclusion and the Silent T in LGBT: Pride and Beyond

Gendercast Episode 10:  Trans Inclusion and the Silent T in LGBT:  Pride and Beyond

Dialogue and discussion about inclusion of Transgender/gender nonconforming in LGBT communities and organizations.  We will focus in on June and Pride month as a jumping off place for specific examples of inclusion/noninclusion and look at several areas' trans specific events and existence of Trans marches in GLBT pride events. 


T is Not Optional blog post from the Transexual Menace

The Toronto Special Report to the Trans Community about endorsing Pride Toronto and the follow-up article

The Cincinnati Pride or Priveledge blog post from the Trans Group Blog

San Francisco Trans March

Links from Check-ins


The gender free preschool in Sweden


Direct download: episode_10_pride_final.mp3
Category:Episode 10 -- posted at: 8:12pm PDT