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Episode 33: Starting From a Place of Social Justice. An Interview About Camp Ten Trees

Gendercast Episode 33: Starting from a Place of Social Justice: Camp Ten Tree’s Interview.

Join Sean and his fellow classmates Holly and Lor, from the University of Washington school of Social Work, for an interview about Camp Ten Trees and how social justice values and learning can be integrated throughout an organization.  Airen and Brennon will takes us through their experience with the campers and their families, what’s so special about Camp Ten Trees, and how a social justice lens is used in developing this camp’s programming. Airen and Brennon discuss how Camp Ten Trees commitment to social justice is applied to its structure, leadership, and planning, and how community building with these ideals in mind, has supported and sustained an inclusive environment for LGBTQ and allied youth to enjoy the camp experience.

Camp Ten Trees is committed to ending homophobia and gender variant phobia by addressing, through a Social Justice lens, the interconnected issues of oppression and privilege that foster inequality and thrive on keeping people divided. Social Justice includes full and equal participation of all groups in our community, where individuals are safe, self-determining and interdependent. We hold each other accountable with regard to all issues of equality, accomplished through education and advocacy. Social Justice is not an outcome, but an ongoing and evaluative process.

Guest Bios           

Brennon Ham is a queer, mixed, person of color from the DC/Baltimore area with a sharp social justice lens. He studied English and triple minored in Women's and Gender Studies, Sociology, and Studio Art at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and sometimes finds himself [still] talking like a Buckeye. Brennon works on the weekends for Cafe Flora and on during the weeks for various temp jobs around Seattle. He loves it here and was brought to Seattle thanks to Camp Ten Trees. Brennon has been volunteering for Camp Ten Trees for three years as a cabin counselor, lifeguard, and creative writing intensive instructor using the camp name Hashbrowns. He has since continued volunteering yearround by joining the board of directors and has been serving as Secretary for the past year.

Airen Lydick is a queer farm kid living in the city. Since he believes that oneonone connections and intimate community conversations are the building blocks of social change, Airen is deeply honored to be a part of Camp Ten Trees and to come together with children, youth, and other adult allies to create a “miniworld” at the camp sessions where they can share stories, make connections, and build and practice skills to take out into their communities. Airen has been a part of the Camp Ten Trees community since 2006 when he joined an organizational transition team that eventually became an advisory committee working on creating sustainability for the project and helping it on the path to becoming a nonprofit organization. Airen spent a year on the advisory committee and facilitated a 2007 retreat of summer camp volunteers and former campers that produced the language of the current organizational Mission and Values. He has also served as a summer camp volunteer (camp name Panhandle), leading the kitchen in 2007 and developing and coordinating the junior staff team in 2008. Airen is currently the executive director of Camp Ten Trees and, since early 2009, has been facilitating yearround fundraising, outreach, community building, and infrastructure development for the organization as well as supporting essential services and logistics for the summer camp sessions.


Camp Ten Trees

The Queer Mixed Happy Hour that Brennon mentions

Check in Links

The Transgender Leadership Summit

Julia Serano's book The Whipping Girl

Tobi Hill- Meyer’s tumblr and projects Handbasket Productions, Girl Talk 2011 performance

Cole from the Brown Boi Project

Meet Kai M. Green, a poet, scholar, and filmmaker. Kai’s film, It Gets Messy in Here.

Gender Justice Los Angeles 

Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice (TGI) and their Prison Mail Evenings letter writing program.

Holiday Simmons at Lambda Legal

Oklahoma 4 Reproductive Justice 

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Category:camp ten trees -- posted at: 4:21pm PDT

Episode 32: Identity Documents 101, QLAW Interview

Gendercast Episode 32: Identity Documents 101, Interview with QLAW Legal Clinic Chair, Denise Diskin

Join Sean and Jesse for an extended (1 hr, 45 minutes!) interview about navigating identity documents, with Denise Diskin. She will takes us through navigating name and gender marker changes on many different identity documents, including Washington driver’s licenses, birth certificates, social security cards, school documents and more.  While many of the processes we outline are King County/Washington specific, we do cover some (United States) federal identity related documents and offer some general tips. 

Please note: This is intended to be mechanical episode to help assist you in getting what you need out of the legal system when it comes to your identity documents.  We do acknowledge this is a Seattle-King County-Washington-United States centric episode, as those are the resources available to us.  

Guest Bio

Denise Diskin volunteers as the chair of the GLBT Bar Association of Washington Foundation (QLaw Foundation)'s GLBT Legal Clinic, where she coordinates a free legal clinic providing 30 minute consultations to queer and trans folks in King County on all sorts of civil legal issues, including advising on identity documents and their legal impact.  In her paid work, she is an attorney with Teller & Associates, PLLC, where she works on behalf of individuals facing discrimination in the workplace, as well as families experiencing divorce and negotiating child custody.  Her practice focuses on furthering the rights of GLBT individuals in the workplace and representing transgender clients and survivors of sex or gender-based harassment.   


QLAW GLBT Legal Clinic facebook page and their phone number is (206) 235-7235

A comprehensive list of the many links mentioned in the episode are all uploaded into a single document here on our Scribd page

Direct download: ep_32_QLAW_to_air.mp3
Category:identity documents -- posted at: 12:52pm PDT

Episode 31: Pinkwashing

Gendercast Episode 31:  PINKWASHING, interview with Selma Al-Aswad

Join Jesse for an interview with local Seattle queer palestinian activist, Selma, for an incredible overview about Selma's analyses of the queer art of discernment applied to the Israeli occupation, colonization and apartheid of Palestinian lands and society, that has been happening for over 60 years (see this Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 101).  

Selma will take us through how Pinkwashing, a co-opting of mainstream gay culture as a means to present Israel as a progressive and gay-friendly nation, works in order to draw attention away from the occupation and oppression happening to Palestinian people -- queer and trans* palestenian people, who are living occupation and violent enforcement of borders.  As you listen, it will become clear why this episode is so important for all queer and trans* people as well as our allies.

Guest Bio

Selma is a queer Palestinian living in the diaspora committed to connecting queer and Palestinian anti-occupation struggles in her home community in the Pacific Northwest. Utilizing media to discuss queer contemporary issues, Selma is a part of the Reteaching Gender & Sexuality campaign and seeks to highlight the inextricable link between reteaching gender and sexuality with breaking down borders and binaries of all kinds.  She works as a community advocate for The Northwest Network, supporting queer survivors of dating and domestic violence.


Palestinian Queers for BDS

Pinkwatching Israel



Jewish Voice for Peace - Seattle Chapter 

Direct download: ep_31_pinkwashing_w_selma_edited.mp3
Category:pinkwashing -- posted at: 9:26pm PDT

Episode 30: Athens Boys Choir, GC Performance Series 1

Gendercast Episode 30:  Interview with Harvey Katz, Athens Boys Choir, 1st Episode of the Gendercast Art & Performance Series

Join Gendercast for a very fun and relaxed interview with Katz as we caught up with him during a brief Seattle visit to perform at various events.  We get to hear about his upcoming album he's been working on for you, living in Georgia and now Brooklyn, community, relationships, the highs and lows of performing and his take on many other topics your hosts ponder.

Guest Bio (from Athens Boys Choir) see website for full bio

Katz's spoken-word is raw, unapologetic, witty, and soulful. As Out Magazine wrote in 2006, "Katz avoids falling into the common spoken-word trap... and instead uses engaging wordplay, razor-sharp wit, and hip-hop rhythms." He has had the honor of sharing the stage with such artists as Ani Difranco, Indigo Girls, Bitch, The Butchies, Danielle Howle, and Michelle Malone. He has also opened for poets of HBO's Def Poetry Jam on more than one occasion.

Being a out Transsexual, Katz's spoken-word often becomes a platform for education and activism, but all work and no play makes for one intense performance so he lets loose with sarcasm, pop culture references, and video's featuring Barbara Streisand as Yentl and sassy footwork by the stars of the 1979 hit "Roller Boogie."


"Wedding Crashers: Marriage Equality From an Economic and Racial Perspective"  the last panel discussion in LGBTQ Allyship's  5th Annual Queerly Classed Discussion Series 

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Category:performance series -- posted at: 7:20am PDT

Episode 29: GC reflections on the 2012 Philly Trans-Health Conference

Gendercast Episode 29:  Reflections on the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference 2012 & TransMission Check-in

Join Sean and Jesse as they reflect on their conference experience at the Philadelphia Tran-Health 2012 Conference, which was on May 31 through June 2, 2012.  Along with Gendercast east coast intern, Gilligan, Gendercast presented a workshop, A Podcast by and for the Trans Community: Gendercast on Thursday of the conference.  Podcast basics, social justice platform and the importance of independent media done by our community were among the topics.  Gendercast thanks those who attended and appreciates the in-person dialogue.


Our Podcasting 101 overview document

Gilligan's reflections blog post, Gendercast at the Philly Trans* Health Conference

The workshops Jesse mentioned on Pretty Boys and Femmes: Feminine Trans Guys Discussion and Patriarchy from a Transman's Perspective

The workshops Sean mentioned on Effects of Testosteron on Mental Health and Sexuality in FTM/Genderqueer People and Transgender Activism in Europe with focus on the Balkins

Interview with Logan about TransMission (in Seattle, Aug 3 and 4, 2012)

Queer Social Club’s TransMission Brings the Best of Trans and Queer Art to Seattle and Your Mouth!

TransMission is a showcase of trans and gender queer artists being held at Seattle’s Washington Hall on August 3rd and 4th. Presented by Queer Social Club, doors are at 8:30 with both shows starting at 9pm.  Each evening  is totally unique,  featuring the best of queer performance art, film, poetry, burlesque, puppets and aerial  artists.  Not only can you feast your eyes on nearly two dozen performers over two nights, you can also actually feast on them! The Kitchen Sink Project will be providing concessions packs each evening, small bites and sips designed to allow the audience to taste the essence of each performer and Eat The Show.  Each evening will culminate with a dance party and several special bonus performances.

So join in for two very special and amazing evenings of art, food, drink, dance, identity, possibility and community.  Bring your friends, your co-workers, your family and anyone else that enjoys amazing art!  You can get tickets online (and cheaper!!!) at Transmission tickets here

TransMission facebook event here and Queer Social Club fb page

Check-in Links

Tobi Hill-Meyer's new filmDoing it Again: In Depth kickstarter to help fund the film and facebook event for the film

Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR) page and the Seattle Community Justice Program of YUIR where they have decided to focus on the Prison Industrial Complex affecting youth of color

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:02pm PDT

Episode 28: the GENDER book Project & Debauchery Check-in

Gendercast Episode 28:  The Gender Book Project & Debauchery check-in interviews

Guest Bio

Boston Davis Bostian is a nature poet relentlessly bent on transition. He illustrates, through compositions of color, body, and sound, the unbounded fluidity of experimental gender. He spent 19 remarkable months working on the GENDER book, a fun, beautifully-crafted, community-based resource, which is available online in rough draft form here  by creators Mel Reiff Hill, Jay Mays, and Robin Mack.  

He is the manager/facilitator of, a resource wiki which began as a component of the GENDER book Project for the purpose of giving community the opportunity of co-authoring the full-length version of the GENDER book. is no longer officially affiliated with the GENDER book Project, though a huge fan, always. Boston is currently working on his first poetry collection, TransPoetica_1: The Pre-Op Version, which is the first of a trilogy of poetry manuscripts. Titles for the second and third collections are: TransPoetica_2: The Post-Op Version, and TransPoetica_3: The Final Cut. The trilogy is intended to document Boston’s physical, spiritual, and emotional transition(s) while performing his own personal gender.


the GENDER book here on vimeo

The GENDER book, full book link

Lily Divine Productions/Debauchery Check-in Links

Check-in Guest

Lily Divine Productions website and the July 21 Debauchery Seattle event here and tickets here

Lily Divine Productions is a small non-profit production company committed to cultivating a vibrant and prosperous queer community by:

  • Establishing sex-positive spaces that celebrate the identity and experiences of each person present
  • Supporting the work of queer artists by providing opportunities for performance, shared resources and mentorship of developing artists
  • Connecting our audiences with non-profits providing health and social services within the queer community, and raising funds to support these organizations’ work

Check-in Links

TransActive - Education & Advocacy website here and the In A Bind program 

LGBTQ Intersectional Coping Study at Western Washington University facebook page

and survey website here


Direct download: ep_28.mp3
Category:episode 28 -- posted at: 8:01am PDT

Episode 27: The Prison Industrial Complex; Roots in Slavery:  Interview with Walidah Imarisha

Gendercast Episode 27:  The Prison Industrial Complex; Roots in Slavery:  Interview with Walidah Imarisha

Join Sean and Jesse for our interview with Walidah Imarisha and discussion of the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC), its roots in slavery and the 2.7 MILLION people in prison now in the US.  We will discuss the concept of borders around identity, around physical bodies, and how it is especially harmful to trans people of color.  Walidah will also cover the Black Codes and mass incarceration of people of color. We discuss prison abolition vs. criminal justice/prison reform strategies and how some abolition theory and work is coming out of queer/trans youth of color communities.

Guest Bio

Walidah Imarisha is a writer, organizer, educator and performance poet. She is one half of the poetic duo Good Sista/Bad Sista. She has shared the stage with Kenny Muhammad of the Roots, Chuck D, Saul Williams, war resister Stephen Funk, Ani DiFranco, John Irving, dead prez and organizer and revolutionary Yuri Kochiyama. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications, including the hip hop anthology Total Chaos. Walidah has facilitated poetry and journalism workshops third grade to twelfth, in schools, community centers, youth detention facilities, and women’s prisons. She directed and co-produced the Katrina documentary Finding Common Ground in New Orleans. She has taught in the Portland State University’s Black Studies Department, Oregon State University’s Women’s Studies Department and Southern New Hampshire University’s English Department.


Walidah's website and facebook page

Info on Black Codes

The books, The New Jim Crow, Slavery By Another NameQueer (In)Justice and Captive Genders: trans embodiment and the prison industrial complex

The Audre Lorde Project Safe OUTside the System Program



PBS Video Slavery By Another Name

Western States Center

Decolonize PDX (Portland)

Support CeCe McDonald

David Gilbert's book, Love and Struggle and video on Weather Underground

The book, Last One Over the Wall: The Massassachutes Experiment in Closing

Check-in Links

Unequal Opportunity Race youtube video

Debauchery's Community Fund Grant announcement for Gendercast and the facebook event page for the June 21st Debauchery event where we will be presented with the check and a lot of awkward blushing!  Use code Gendercast for $5 tickets!

Democracy NOW June 7th episode about "Stop and Frisk."

Direct download: episode27__walidah._final.mp3
Category:prison industrial complex -- posted at: 7:11pm PDT

Episode 26: Interview with Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Gendercast Episode 26:  Interview with Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Join Jesse and Sean for a Gendercast interview with Mattilda to discuss her new book, Why are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification and the Desire to Conform.  You are invited to our dialogue as we dedicate much needed air time to her radical queer analyses of gay/same sex marriage, military and the repeal of DADT, family structures, gay assimilation, and the mainstream gay and lesbian movement.  Mattilda brings a widely accessable window to understanding the importance of having a critical analyses around who the mainstream gay and lesbian movement leaves out and further marginalizes.


Mattilda's website and bio

Mattilda's blog

Check-in Links

Tobi's blog post Translations Film Festival Report Back about the shorts films at Translations (The Seattle Transgender Film Festival)

Gendercast's Philly Trans Health workshop

Donate to Gendercast, Fundraiser for a new mic and Philly!

Direct download: ep_26_mattilda_air.mp3
Category:mattilda bernstein sycamore -- posted at: 2:22pm PDT

Episode 25: Young People's Voices, the B-GLAD Interviews

Gendercast Episode 25: Young People's Voices, the B-GLAD Interviews

Join Gendercast and our former (and very first!) intern, Cat, for our group interviews with some amazing young people who are part of a bright ray of sunshine in east King County (east of Seattle) called B-GLAD.  Listen with us as this group of young people, self-identified BGLADIATORS, tell you their stories and talk about work they are doing as they answer these three questions they  as important topics for Gendercast and our listeners to hear about:

  • What is B-GLAD and what should people know about it?
  • What is it like having a non-binary experience in school and work?
  • What activism/social change are we working on?

Jesse and Sean were glad to be part of these refreshing and honest dialogues, and we are so very appreciate of each and every one of these individual’s willingness and courage to get behind the mic and share their voice.  Special thanks to Kennedy (from episode 5) and Cat for setting up the interview and engaging Gendercast.

B-GLAD Teen Support Group

Bi-Gay-Lesbian Adolescent Drop-In Group is a drop-in support group open to kids ages 12 to 19 who may identify themselves as lesbian gay, bisexual or transgender or who may be questioning their sexuality.  Co-facilitated by trained professionals, the B-GLAD group enables youth to:

  • Meet their peers and share common concern
  • Ask questions in a safe environment
  • Receive information and support in a professional setting that encourages responsible decision-making


Youth Eastside Services B-GLAD website and the B-GLAD brochure

Outspoken LGBT Youth Speaker’s Bureau at the Northwest Network

Three Wings

Queer Youth Space

Youth Suicide Prevention Program

Check-in Links

Being Transgender in America on the MSNBC Melissa Harris-Perry show

Give Big on May 2

Translations - The Seattle Transgender Film Festival May 3rd - 6th, 2012

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Category:episode 25 -- posted at: 8:39pm PDT

Episode 24:  Interview with Lucien on Trans* Identity and Sex Work

Gendercast Episode 24:  Interview with Lucien on Trans* Idenity and Sex Work

Join Gendercast co-host, Jesse Lee, for an intimate and stigma-busting interview with Lucien, who shares his story around his trans* gender journey, genderqueer identity, navigating coming out multiple times and his sex work practice.

Guest Bio

Lucien is a 30-year-old transgender male sex worker.  He uses his work as an opportunity to observe and research gender identities, sexuality, and so much more (and to help his clients do so as well).  He stumbled upon this work accidentally, although he realized that it was by no means a coincident.  Participating in the sex trade offers him an experience of a lifetime, a window into the heart of humanity.  It is here that he's found unremarkable truths he would never have anticipated prior to his  work in this industry.  Allow him to share these truths in this podcast, his observations about where the core of humanity exists on its journey toward healing gender and sexuality on this planet.


Lucien's blog on trans male sex work

Sex Worker Outreach Coalition in Portland, OR

SWOP-USA Sex Worker Outreach Project

Best Practices Policy Project (this site also has information on the United Nations acknowledgement of Sex Worker rights that Lucien mentioned)

Check-in Links

The Seattle Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace

Gendercast goes to Philly! Check out our workshop at the 11th Annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference

For local events check out our website here (

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Category:episode 24 -- posted at: 8:32pm PDT