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Is It Transphobic Podcast

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A Podcast of trans and non-binary folks exploring media others have deemed Transphobic asking is it? Is it really?

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Stage Beauty
We are back.  Thank you all for understanding! Claire Daines and Billy Crudup star in this Patreon requested analysis of 2004's Stage Beauty!  It uh... Well here it is.   Maya Murphy and Bailey C Ellis talk with Ashley about this adaptation of a stage play about Shakespearean actors!
October 02, 2021
Sailor Moon
Kissing Cousins (only in English), Fish Eyes just wanna have fun, and "Gentle Uterus" attacks... Yeah we're talking about Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon!  Ashley welcomes back Vivian and welcomes Kat to the show to talk about the ICONIC property.  Truthfully this can't be the final time we talk about Sailor Moon because in broad strokes we've only scratched the surface.
June 19, 2021
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
It's "Is It Transphobic," time!  Ashley is joined by Jonathan Alexandratos to talk about their love of and accidental/unintentional influence of Jonathan's journey as a nonbinary person!
May 10, 2021
King of the Hill: Peggy Horror Picture Show
Sorry all, thought this uploaded but I guess there was some issue... anytways! Ashley welcomes back Hilary and her friend,  writer JR Dawson to talk about '90s into early 2000s Fox TV Show King of the Hill.  In particular the seaons 11 opener "Peggy Horror Picture Show," Where Peggy befriends someone named Carolyn!  Carolyn turns out to be a drag queen and early 'oughts hilarity ensues... but was the comedy actually subversive like a lot of King of The Hill tends to be or did it miss the mark and just rely on the "Haha men in dresses," tropes? Available now right here, publicly April 1st! Youtube link below:
April 16, 2021
Community and Dan Harmon
Ashley is joined by her friend Jace in talking about the NBC/Yahoo (Remember when Yahoo tried to become a streaming platform?) show Community!  Should this show and (problematic) Rick and Morty Co-creator get six seasons and a movie, or be relegated to the darkest timeline? Special thanks to Rachel Weekley for handling the edit on this episode! Youtube vid
April 16, 2021
Ty Defoe Minisode Interview
I'm really excited to share my conversation with my (Producer Ashley)'s friend Ty Defoe.  Ty and I talked the day after the inauguration of Joe Biden and that is reflected in the interview.  We also chat about Ty being on Broadway, working with (#Icon) Kate Bornstein, and helping the craft the indigenous representation and public acknowledgement of the crimes, treatment, and genocides committed against indigenous people throughout history in the North American Continent for this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. TY DEFOE (Giizhig) is from the Oneida and Ojibwe Nations. He is an interdisciplinary-hyphenated artist, activist, writer, cultural worker, and shape-shifter. As a two-spirit person Ty aspires to an integral approach to artistic projects, social justice, indigeneity, and environmentalism. Ty gained recognition in many circles around the world including a Grammy Award for his work on “Come to Me Great Mystery.” Ty’s global cultural arts highlights are: the Millennium celebration in Cairo, Egypt with the Call for Peace Drum and Dance Company; Turkey for the Ankara International Music Festival, and Festival of World Cultures in Dubai. Ty’s frequents his own community where he learned to hoop dance, eagle dance, and play a variety of wooden flutes.
April 04, 2021
Adventure Time: Princess Cookie
Come on, grab your friends... Or... maybe... don't?  Ashley is joined by returning guest Kat and new to the podcast, author Crysta K Coburn to talk about Adventure Time S04 E 14 titled Princess Cookie! CW/TW: This episode deals with discussions of self-harm, suicidal ideations and attempts, and poor depictions of mental health/mental illness.
March 18, 2021
Space Sweepers Livestream (Audio)
ON Feb 24th we livestreamed a discussion about the Netflix Movie SPACE SWEEPERS!  We are providing you the audio from that featuring Jonathan Alexandratos, Sylas Barrett, and Emmet Asher-Perrin.
March 02, 2021
Emmanuel Ortiz of Nerd Caliber Minisode Interview
Ashley sits down with Emmanuel Ortiz the creator of Nerd, Cosplay, and general pop culture media news network Nerd Caliber!  Emmanuel is a cis ally and Ashley wanted to chat with Emmanuel because he has a lot of experience in content creation and in professional media, and because,   Emmanuel and Nerd Caliber have created spaces to argue for queer and trans rights in popular and geek focused media, and they've been working together as friends for over a decade. Ashley and Emmanuel recount some of the large highs and incredibly harsh lows of being in geeky media creation and coverage (Our chat talks about Emmanuel's experience dealing with racism in the industry, and we touch upon the time I was assaulted at NYCC which Emmanuel helped me deal with and you can read about here if you so choose), but more than anything Emmanuel and Ashley had a really fun conversation that she wants you to enjoy as well. Check out a small curated playlist of me (from years ago) interviewing folks on Nerd Caliber! If you'd prefer to listen on Youtube here is the link! ALSO I'm trying a new software which generates transcripts SO this will be the first piece with a written transcript! What episodes would you like to see adapted into a written transcript?
February 28, 2021
A Blade In The Dark
(CW: This film is about a man in a dress who murders) We go from a movie which surprised and delighted us to a movie which... Exists.  Ashley is joined once again by  Morgan of Diversity Horror Blog and you can blame our other guest, Sammie James (Creator of Boo Haha, All My Friends Are Animals, and We Are Trans podcasts) for this one.  A Blade in the Dark is an Italian Giallo horror film from 1983 Directed by Lamberto Bava.  Morgan also wrote a fantastic multi-part article about trans representation in Horror (Which also talks a bit about A Blade in The Dark) for Morbidly Beautiful linked here.
February 25, 2021
Boy Meets Girl
Ashley is joined by returning guest Paola "PJ The Whip" Gonzalez and new to the podcast guest Mya Byrne to talk about 2014 (or maybe 2013, but according to Evilzon 2015???)'s Boy Meets Girl starring Michelle Hendley!  Ashley found out about this movie searching for movies of questionable trans representation and... not to give away the episode but this is a delightful piece!  There are definitely some problems, oh absolutely, but...  wow!  Hard to believe a lot of folks (Ashley) haven't heard of it! Here's a link to it if you have Evilzon Prime Here's a link to rent the DVD on Netflix If you'd prefer to listen to episodes via Youtube: Youtube video ---------------------- TW/CWs for the Boy Meets Girl movie itself: The R-slur, Cringeworthy trans 101 humor, mentions of suicide, attempted violence against a trans individual. Apologies for lateness, Patreon shoutouts will be in the publicly released version!
February 14, 2021
Nikki Woolfolk Minisode Interview
This month Ashley welcomes Proud Blerd and self-proclaimed Kween of the Side-Eye, award-winning author Nikki Woolfolk sculpts decadent desserts and fantastical fiction with equal skill and flair. When they're not playing a never-ending game of "what if" in a writing space that's part DieselPunk, part Willy Wonka, they are drawing on their former STEM career and collection of quirky experiences to work up new recipes in the kitchen (tasting encouraged), designing their Goth-inspired garden (tasting decidedly DISCOURAGED), and mashing up real and fictional worlds on social media (virtual kitchen table is always open). Nikki is also the Owner and Chocolatier of Belle Monde Chocolates.  Belle Monde Chocolates crafts and delivers high-end confections, making these luxury flavors of chocolates and candies both affordable and accessible. Check out Mise En Death today! Thought I uploaded this, sorry folks! 
February 03, 2021
Do Clowns Have Gender?
Ashley welcomes back Rachel Weekley, and their friend Aubrey, to the show to talk about their experience and a brief history of clowning and performance to ask the question: "Do clowns have gender?"  We delve further into the performance aspect and character creation within clowning and how "expected androgyny," intersects with "Coded masculine," expectations. (As a note some of the language being used by pundits include the phrases "Male body," and "Female body," which we do address in the episode)
January 28, 2021
Great Books for TGNC Youth/Parents
Hello all!  Thank you so much for supporting the Podcast! Ashley welcomes her friend Seth Day from Rad Child Podcast as they both discuss a series of children's books about various trans and nonbinary issues when it comes to being or having a family member who is trans or nonbinary!  We also chat about Seth's experience as a nanny, and how children's books can be useful educational tools for adults as well! This episode, much like last episode and the episode after this one are all concept episodes as opposed to specific media analysis episodes (Those will be back in February). Books discussed include: It Feels Good To Be Yourself by Theresa Thorn Who Are You?  by Brook Pessin-Whedbee When Aiden Became a Brother by Kaylani Juanita and Kyle Lukoff 47000 Beads by KOJA AND ANGEL ADEYOHA My Maddy by Gayle E Pitman
January 14, 2021
State of the Pod 2021
Happy New Year.  We need to raise our regular Patreon rate to $250/month if we're going to continue regularly creating the podcast. If you want to contribute, at least $1/month, here is the link to our Patreon
December 31, 2020
Star Trek Discovery
This episode is so good even Vulcans are excited about it!  Whether you're a Trekkie, a Trekker, or none of the above we hope you enjoy Jonathan Alexandratos joining Ashley to talk about the new trans and non-binary characters in Star Trek Discovery as well as a lot of context for those not so well versed in the expansive lore of Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets. This discussion is not expansive (Ashley wasn't even caught up when the episode was recorded) but multiple people, Jonathan included, were incredibly moved by finally feeling represented.  If you have been following, or like Ashley, had to play catch up because the first season didn't click for you we want to hear from you.  Send us a message on Anchor using the "Message" Button to tell us your thoughts on Adira, Gray, and Star Trek in general!
December 31, 2020
Enby People Don't Owe You Androgyny
FREE TO ALL, MERRY CHRISTMAS IF YOU CELEBRATE.  HERE'S A FREE EPISODE IF YOU DON'T! Ashley is joined by her friends Rocco and Kat to have a frank discussion about the expectation of androgyny from nonbinary folks. 
December 25, 2020
We welcome Robyn Bennis back to the show and Bailey Elis for the first time to talk about Tootsie!  In a hilarious piece of happenstance, Robyn and Ashley watched the movie and Bailey watched the live musical adaptation of the movie but we make it work! This fucking movie... Also here's a link to the article from Broadway World we reference about the Tootsie musical co-opting the "T" In LGBTQIA...
December 17, 2020
Cleo Stiller Minisode Interview
We welcome Robyn Bennis back to the show and Bailey Elis for the first time to talk about Tootsie!  In a hilarious piece of happenstance, Robyn and Ashley watched the movie and Bailey watched the live musical adaptation of the movie but we make it work! This fucking movie... Also here's a link to the article from Broadway World we reference about the Tootsie musical co-opting the "T" In LGBTQIA...
December 16, 2020
Ashley welcomes her friend, performer Chloe Koser to gush about Patti Harrison (NOT Patti Jenkins) from the Hulu show Shrill, her character Ruthie, and Chloe's experience in the comedy world!
December 03, 2020
But I'm a Cheerleader
My friend JN and I tackle a piece of iconic queer cinema in "But I'm a Cheerleader."  I highly recommend y'all watch this movie if you haven't.  It's (Legitamately, not pirated) on Youtube for FREE. That said it does tackle conversion therapy so you should know and understand that before going in.
November 19, 2020
Leanna Renee Hieber Minisode Interview
Author, actor, cisgender ally, (and good friend of Ashley's) Leanna Renee Hieber talks about her background as a performer and how that influences her writing, how historical fiction draws from contemporary politics as well as historical precedents, and we even chat, as fans, about DC's Doom Patrol! Also, side-note, one of the writers on the Doom Patrol Comic (Famous writer in his own right) Grant Morrison came out as nonbinary!  Check out all of Leanna's work at her website:
November 16, 2020
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Six inches forward, five inches back... We've got a new episode for you!  Ashley, Bear, and AJ talk about the controversial punk rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch written by John Cameron Mitchel and Steven Trask! November 9th Girl Tales Podcast November 10th The Parsnip Ship will be having a Parsnip Play Club featuring my work in Progress Untethered Angel I meant to do this before Halloween but the world, unfortunately, exhausted me.  This past night, Halloween MAXA went live on Facebook for the release of the "Strange Power" music video, followed by an interview with the artists including L Morgan Lee as well as a few others. If You’d like to be one of our amazing patrons and get episodes a week early, and interviews a month early go to and sign up, or if you heard an episode you particularly liked and want to get us a coffee go to and support!
November 05, 2020
Hello Boils, Ghouls, and Non-Batnary individuals!  Welcome to The Is It Transphobic Podcasts's  Halloween  Frightacular!  For tonight's auditory autopsy Ashley is joined by comedian Sammie James and mime, clown, performance artist Rachel Weekley for Ridley Scott's Alien. It was revealed in the DVD box set of (sequel movie) Aliens that the character of Joan Lambert  (The only female character aside from Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley).  The specific wording from the special feature is: “Despite conversion at birth from male to female, so far there are no signs of suppressed trauma from gender reassignment.”   This is a lot to unpack!
October 22, 2020
SA Hunt Minisode Interview
Samara Abigail Hunt is the Georgia-born author of the Amazon Top 10 Horror Malus Domestica series, and the Outlaw King fantasy series, winner of's /r/Fantasy "Independent Novel of the Year" 2014 Stabby Award. She is also a "Mentor of Poetry, Prose, & Performance" with the National Creative Society. ​In 2005 she joined the Army and after an ill-advised stint in the military police (ACAB), she went back to school to be a transportation coordinator in order to deploy to Afghanistan. Stationed in Camp Arena, Herat, Samara was promoted to Specialist and placed in a Lieutenant position in a joint Italian-Spanish command room, where she coordinated and recorded hundreds of convoys and outreach missions into far-flung parts of RC West, the western quadrant of the Afghanistan theater. She was awarded a Joint Services Achievement Medal for her efforts.
October 15, 2020
Hazbin Hotel
Ashley and Morgan (of Diversity Horror Blog)  talk about Hazbin Hotel, a cartoon show about Hell!  It  was announced in August that A24 optioned Hazbin Hotel to become a full series!  With that of course comes scrutiny...  But how does the pilot created for Youtube hold up to the issues presented?  Let's jump in and figure that out! From their website: "Hazbin Hotel is the story of Charlie, the princess of Hell, as she pursues her seemingly impossible goal of rehabilitating demons to peacefully reduce overpopulation in her kingdom. She opens a hotel in hopes that patients will be "checking out" into Heaven. While most of Hell mocks her goal, her devoted partner Vaggie, and their first test subject, adult film-star Angel Dust, stick by her side. When a powerful entity known as the "Radio Demon" reaches out to Charlie to assist in her endeavors, her crazy dream is given a chance to become a reality. "
October 08, 2020
The Lost Boys
Cry little sister, love is with your brother.  Today Ashley chats with Sylas and SA Hunt talk about late 80s classic Vampire flick The Lost Boys... But wait, there are no trans people in The Lost Boys... are there?  After Ashley's friend Thom pointed out some interesting choices in set design we took a deep dive into the history of the film, analysis of the plot as it relates to other horror movies of the period, and the queer interpretations of the film that already exist to ask Is It Transphobic? Tickets to We Are Trans Fest:
September 23, 2020
Dallas Buyer's Club
It's been 4 years since we started this Podcast.  Thank you all so much for listening... Now Ashley, V, and Sylas tackle Dallas Buyers Club...  DBC was the reason Ashley started the Podcast, it was an academy award-nominated film with both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor awards going to its actors...  So was DBC as transphobic as everyone made it out to be or was there more nuance?  Buckle up buckaroos because this is going to be a bumpy ride... 
September 10, 2020
Work In Progress
Ashley and AJ talk about Showtime's "Work In Progress."  Both Ashley and AJ gush about how much they enjoy the show for its messy but realistic portrayal of queer relationships and the comedy which doesn't let up!  Check this one out!
August 11, 2020
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Today Ashley is joined by her good friend Jonathan Alexandratos to talk about The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang!  We highly reccommend you read this graphic novel ahead of time as we will be diving right into spoiler territory but both Ashley and Jonathan found the piece to be incredibly fun and affirming (While acknowledging that there is a forced reveal near the end of the book, just to warn).   Link to The Prince and the Dressmaker: Link to Jonathan's NPX Site: Link to SCOWL: Self Isolation Devastation:
July 11, 2020
Big Mouth
Ashley and her friend Lillian of the Podcast JukeBox Zeros talk about Netflix's Big Mouth! Donate to These Orgs to Support Black Trans People
June 12, 2020
Birds of Prey: and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Ashley and her good friend Rachel sit down and talk about a movie they love...  BIRDS OF PREY!  "But wait Ashley," I hear you saying, "there were no openly trans/NB characters in BoP!"  Aaaaaand yeah... you're right BUT looking at media from a TGNC lens isn't just about analyzing TGNC media! No YOU just wanted an excuse to talk about a movie with badass, complicated, and interesting women that is simultaneously well put together and fun as hell!  
May 07, 2020
Wrestling in 2020: Intergender Wrestling
Ashley, Sylas and Paola chat about Intergender wrestling, which is pro wrestling amongst people of various genders! Candace LaRae v. Johnny Gargano Intergender Wrestling a Documentary by Kenny Johnson ESPN: EQUAL FIGHTS MOVEMENT
April 05, 2020
Wrestling in 2020: COVID-19, Nyla Rose, and an update of PJ "The Whip"
Ashley and Sylas sit down with Paola (PJ "The Whip" Gonzalez) to chat about the indie wrestling scene, how her character has changed since last Ashley and she talked.  They also talk about AEW Women's Champion Nyla Rose! Paola's Instagram: ----------- Article about Nyla being signed to AEW and its impact Nyla talking about being a “trailblazer” Riho (c) v. Nyla Rose Nyla Rose, first promo after winning title First video package leading up to her first defense Nyla Rose on the Talk is Jericho Podcast
April 04, 2020
Chromosomes... What are they?
Ashley sits down with her good friend Hilary to talk about Chromosomes, how they get used as a tool against trans existence, and what they are!
March 26, 2020
Insidious 1 & 2 with Diversity in Horror Fiction Blog!
Ashley Skypes with Morgan, the writer, and creator of the blog Diversity in Horror Fiction! Morgan's Blog DIVERSITY IN HORROR FICTION: Morgan's article on transphobia in horror: Join our Patreon to support: 
March 17, 2020
Mrs. Doubtfire
Ashley is joined again by Jonathan Alexandratos as they take a look at the Robin Williams film Mrs. Doubtfire and speculate how the producers of the upcoming Broadway musical could make it better (if it can be..).  Does it still hold up?  Is it more than just a tired "Man in a dress" joke?  More importantly... Is It Transphobic? Does ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ at The 5th Ave transcend the original’s problematic elements? ~ Seattle Times ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Musical Is Headed to Broadway ~ Variety
February 01, 2020
This episode Ashley takes us on a series of 30(ish) second mini "Is It Transphobic"s!  JK Rowling, Too Faced, Crocodile Dundee all get quick breakdowns and snap decisions in Is It Transphobic's first-ever LIGHTNING ROUND!  Do we talk about Ricky Gervais?  Yep.  Do we follow up on Contrapoints?  Better believe we do!    Make a Tax Deductible contribution to SCOWL: Laddermageddon Follow us on Twitter @IsItTransphobic, and consider donating to us on Patreon or going to to support us there.
January 21, 2020
Due South
Sylas suggested Ashley check out the show Due South, so they sat down with one episode!
January 03, 2020
MCU Firsts...
Ashley and Sylas delve into the idea of the First openly trans characters in the MCU and why it is simultaneously important to note, how many media companies misreport "Firsts," as well as talk about the hopeful future of TGNC representation in the MCU! Make a Tax Deductible contribution to SCOWL: Laddermageddon Follow us on Twitter @IsItTransphobic, and consider donating to us on Patreon or going to to support us there.
December 19, 2019
2019 Holiday Toy Guide
Today Toy Expert and writer Jonathan Alexandratos joins Ashley for a discussion on how the Toy Aisle became a Pink and Blue segregated battleground and talks about some amazing toys for TGNC folks of all ages this holiday season! Make a Tax Deductible contribution to SCOWL: Laddermageddon Follow us on Twitter @IsItTransphobic, and consider donating to us on Patreon or going to to support us there.
December 05, 2019
30 Rock
Today Ashley and AJ tackle a few episodes of 30 Rock.  In particular, we're talking about S02 E14 Sandwich Day, S04 E19 Argus, and S04 E22 I Do Do.  Make a Tax Deductible contribution to SCOWL: Laddermageddon Follow us on Twitter @IsItTransphobic, and consider donating to us on Patreon or going to to support us there.
November 21, 2019
a little ahead of thanksgiving Ashley talks about many of the things she is thankful for... Make a Tax Deductible contribution to SCOWL: Laddermageddon Thanks to my friend Doug for inspiring this episode, follow us on Twitter @IsItTransphobic, and consider donating to us on Patreon or going to to support us there.
November 07, 2019
Nonbinary...ness, "Truscum", and the Contrapoints Controversy
Today Ashley sits down with her friend and colleague Rachel to talk about being non-binary, the perils of "Truscum" aka "Trans Medicalists," and the recent controversy with/a deep dive into the work of Natalie Wynn and her YouTube show Contrapoints.   It's going to be messy and complicated but the real question is (as always)... Is It Transphobic? CW/TW for discussions of Non-binary erasure, and discussions of "Truscum" mentalities.   Make a Tax Deductible contribution to SCOWL: Laddermageddon Follow us on Twitter @IsItTransphobic, and consider donating to us on Patreon or going to to support us there.
October 24, 2019
Sensitivity Reading with Maybe Burke (2/2)
Ashley and Maybe Burke talk about sensitivity reading and consulting on pieces that involve trans characters and trans actors! Check out Maybe's Website: Ashley's Website: Subscribe to Topics Include Podcast featuring Maybe, IIT Contributor Ianne Fields Stewart, Samy Nour Younes, and L Morgan Lee:
October 19, 2019
Sensitivity Reading with Maybe Burke (1/2)
Ashley and Maybe Burke talk about sensitivity reading and consulting on pieces that involve trans characters and trans actors!   Check out Maybe's Website: Ashley's Website: Subscribe to Topics Include Podcast featuring Maybe, IIT Contributor Ianne Fields Stewart, Samy Nour Younes, and L Morgan Lee: Make a Tax Deductible contribution to SCOWL: Laddermageddon Follow us on Twitter @IsItTransphobic, and consider donating to us on Patreon or going to to support us there.
October 10, 2019
Adam Part 02
Ashley and AJ continue their discussion on Adam (2019).  
September 26, 2019
Adam Part 01
Today Ashley and AJ talk about the film Adam. It has developed a bit of a reputation online and AJ and Ashley go through a number of the issues but more than anything else talk about how the experience of making full-scale performance art projects are complicated, and celebrating art that is run by trans artists... but of course, we have to ask... Is It Transhobic? We won't be able to answer that question in one episode however so stay tuned for part 2 on a few weeks! Make a Tax Deductible contribution to SCOWL: Laddermageddon Follow us on Twitter @IsItTransphobic, and consider donating to us on Patreon or going to to support us there.
September 12, 2019
Trans Narratives in Rock and Pop
Sylas and Emily talk about story-telling rock songs (Lola, Walk on the Wild Side, etc) and the evolution of how rock has talked about trans people and trans stories. A brief glance at songs from the 1970s-2018. Check out our Spotify playlist to listen along! IITP: Ep 53 Songlist Make a Tax Deductible contribution to SCOWL: Laddermageddon Follow us on Twitter @IsItTransphobic, and consider donating to us on Patreon or going to to support us there.
August 29, 2019
Farscape, The Flax
Sylas guests hosts this week as he and Emily AP talk about Farscape, and the season one episode The Flax. Become a Patron! Visit our website Make a Tax Deductible contribution to SCOWL: Laddermageddon Follow us on Twitter @IsItTransphobic, and consider donating to us on Patreon or going to to support us there.
August 15, 2019
Good Omens
Sylas and Ashley talk about the Amazon adaptation of the Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman Apocalyptical farse "Good Omens". We were challenged that we wouldn't be able to get a full hour out of "One scene" but really there was a lot of gender-based material we found, analyzed, and asked Is It Transphobic? Become a Patron! Visit our website
July 31, 2019
Good Girls Season 01 E 01 - 04
Today Ashley and Amy talk about NBC's Good Girls! Become a Patron! Check out this episode's guest Amy Ackerman in BIG KITTY IN THE BIG CITYJuly 22nd The MX Nobody Pageant Chonburi International Hotel & Butterfly Club JULY 26
July 18, 2019
Assassination Nation
Happy post-Pride! Happy Pre-4th of July! Welcome to Queer Wrath Month! In this episode, Ashley and Rachel tackle Assassination Nation a very difficult watch but one hell of a visual spectacle and really interesting story... Also, Joel McHale is in it... Didn't see that coming! We know it's violent, we know it tackles life as a millennial teen, but today we ask "Is It Transphobic?" Become a Patron! Catch Rachel in MAHOGANY BROWN AND THE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING KID July 8-11th at The Tank Check out next episode's guest Amy Ackerman in BIG KITTY IN THE BIG CITYJuly 22nd
July 03, 2019
Minisode 06 Rae Mariah MacCarthy
Ashley sits down to talk with Rae Mariah MacCarthy to talk about writing, life coaching, and the emotional vulnerability of performing on stage... Also a brief bit about ice cream... Become a Patron! Rae's Book "Squad" Girl Tales Podcast Reading of A REAL BOY BY RAE MARIAH MACCARTHY More info on April Rain defending her title in an Open Challenge June 19 and 24th:
June 20, 2019
One Day AT A Time
Happy Pride Month! Sylas and Ashley chat about select episodes from Season 02 of One Day At A Time. To be up front, we absolutely loved what we watched. That's not to say we don't go into a few issues but really... We all shoulda watched this while Netflix was producing it, watch it now, give all these artists your time and money. We all love Syd.
June 18, 2019
A Series Of Unfortunate Events On Netflix
Look away, look away! Ashley is joined by Rae MacCarthy and Sylas to talk about A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix. Specifically talking about the Henchperson of indeterminate Gender and the end of Season 01 where Count Olaf (played by Neil Patrick Harris) pretends to be a woman in order to try and steal from the Baudelaire Orphans! Is it Tragic? Is it Unfortunate? Most important... Is It Transphobic? Become a Patron! Rae's Book "Squad" Girl Tales Podcast Reading of A REAL BOY BY RAE MARIAH MACCARTHY More info on April Rain defending her title in an Open Challenge June 19 and 24th:
May 27, 2019
The IT Crowd
New episode talking about the IT Crowd Season 03 Episode 05 with author and cool person Robyn Bennis! We recorded it live at Writers Weekend For more information about Robyn visit For more information about Writers Weekend check out Become a patron on patreon at Finally if you're interested in the book Ashley mentioned The Brothers Jetstream (written by cis ally and all around awesome person) Zig Zag Claybourne visit him here
May 01, 2019
Sierra Burgess Is A Loser
Today Ashley and Sylas discuss the Netflix Comedy Sierra Burgess is a Loser. Full disclosure we recorded the episodes back in February so some of our humor and references may become dated (it was 2 month ago!) but tune in to find out whether Sierra Burgess wins at trans inclusion or whether, as the title suggests, Sierra Burgess is a loser! Become a patron on patreon at Support Generation (laz)Y April 9-12 8PM at The Tank NYC for more details Come be a part of a writers retreat in NH Ashley'll be teaching at!
April 04, 2019
Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina
We're back, doing a Patreon Sponsored review of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina! Can we look past a non-puppet version of Salem who doesn't talk? Does queer, trans, and non-binary representation on production staff translate to positive representation on screen? Is "positive" representation the goal? Is this show on Netflix worth your time or should you avoid the CAoS? Want to support Ashley's new show Generation (Laz)Y?! Check out more info at: April 9th-12th 8PM The Tank, NYC Donate to us on Patreon:
February 21, 2019
Hitchcock's Psycho LIVE
LIVE FROM THE TANK IN NEW YORK CITY! Ashley, Jo, AJ, and Sylas tackle Hitchcock's Psycho in this live edition of Is It Transphobic! In addition to talking about the movie Ashley interviewed Kita Updike on her roles in The Misandrists, Hulu's Difficult People, as well as her most recent role in Gimlet Media's podcast The Horror of Delores Roach: Donate to us on Patreon: Follow Us on Twitter:
October 31, 2018
Toni and Ashley talk about M. Night Shyamalan's Split. Are agreed in our opinions or are our opinions.... Split! Is Shyamalan's ultimate twist making a not ableist, not transphobic piece about a person with DID or Is It Transphobic?
October 11, 2018
Sleepaway Camp
Ashley and Jo go to Camp! Sleepaway Camp! Is this forgettable yet iconic slasher flick Transphobic? I think we all know the answer to that one.... but is it enjoyable? We've got a live show coming up on October 21st 2018 at 3PM at The Tank in NYC! Donate to us on Patreon:
October 04, 2018
Being John Malkovich
In this episode, wherein the IIT Podcast celebrates it's 2nd anniversary, Ashley and AJ take a deep dive on a very strange film Being John Malkovich. If you like Puppets, Pet animals, and Performance art you won't want to miss Being John Malkovich but the question (As always) Is It Transphobic?
September 15, 2018
Queer Eye
Ashley and Jessica address that episode of Netflix's Queer Eye... You know the episode. The one with Skylar! Support us on Patreon
August 29, 2018
Nanette By Hannah Gadsby
On today's episode Ashley welcomes Jo and AJ onto the show to talk about Nanette by Hannah Gadsby. Support us on Patreon at Watch AJ's film Words on Amazon Prime!
August 06, 2018
Future Man
Episode 37 Future Man by Is It Transphobic
June 29, 2018
Rhonda Rousey
Ashley touches the surface of Rhonda Rowsey being a garbage fire when it comes to trans issues, and the issue of Mack Beggs winning a TX Girls Championship. Support our indiegogo: Support us on Patreon:
May 11, 2018
The Cobbler
On this (Slightly belated) episode Ashley, V, and Phoenix take on the "Walk a mile in their shoes," Adam Sandler Dramady The Cobbler.
April 03, 2018
Jack And Jill Episode
On this episode Ashley and Vi take a look at the Adam Sandler "Classic," Jack and Jill...
March 18, 2018
Neil Gaiman Sandman A Game Of You
On today's episode Ashley and Kelsey take a look at the iconic graphic novel series The Sandman by Neil Gaiman!
March 07, 2018
Zoolander 2
In this episode Ashley is joined by Filmmaker AJ Mattioli and model/activist Rain Dove to discuss the role of "All," in Ben Stiller's Zoolander 2! Is Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal "All," it's cracked up to be? Support us on Patreon at:
February 17, 2018
Dog Day Afternoon
In this episode Ashley, Bear, and AJ discuss Dog Day Afternoon.... and yes it was recorded during/before the holiday season. Support us on Patreon: Watch Mattioli Productions Words a Documentary on Amazon (Free with Prime!): Clip from Jack and Jill used with Fair Use Copyright protection for criticism. Jack and Jill (2011) produced by Columbia Pictures, Happy Madison Productions, Broken Road Productions
January 28, 2018
The Orville About A Girl
Ashley, Bear, and Kelsey talk about Seth McFarlene, with particular focus being paid to The Orville's Season 01 Episode 03 "About a Girl." It's received surprisingly mixed criticism. If you'd like to donate anything to the funeral costs for Christa go here:
January 15, 2018
Rhianna Marketing And Trans Tokenism
In this panel, Ashley, Kelsey, and AJ talk about trans casting, tokenism, and the recent remarks by singer/make-up mogul Rhianna about hiring trans models.
December 15, 2017
Trans Day Of Remembrance
Today Ashley talk about the Trans Day of Remembrance. Consider supporting us on Patreon:
November 17, 2017
Curse Of The Queerwolf
Ashley, Jo, and Kelsey watch a movie so frightening(ly bad) it took weeks of planning to finally get us to sit in the same room to talk about it. Curse of the Queerwolf is an objectively unsettling movie... but not because it meant to be. Like every joke your non-comedian uncle who loves to be "Un-PC" likes to tell Curse of the Queerwolf is not for the feint of heart. Prepare a Steven Universe chaser if you attempt to do as we have and watch... Curse of the Queerwolf! Become an Is It Transphobic Patron:
October 31, 2017
The White Dress
In this special episode of Is It Transphobic Ashley sits down with non-binary actor Izzy Castaldi, star of the upcoming play The White Dress opening in New York City for a limited run Nov. 2 through Nov. 5 Tickets are available at: Become an Is It Transphobic Patron:
October 28, 2017
Sense 8 Season 01
Ashley, Jess, and Ian tackle Sense 8! 8 protagonists, a lot of different countries, and queer representation! What more could you ask for!? Find out if a piece created by two trans folks CAN be transphobic and what we think about Sense 8!
October 14, 2017
World According To Garp
Toni joins Ashley in the hot seat talking about The World According to Garp! A Robin Williams, John Lithgow, and Glenn Close starring film based on the book by John Irving!
September 22, 2017
One Year Anniversary
Our first released live stream! Jo and Ashley talk a little bit about what we've covered, what we will cover this year and how our year was!
September 07, 2017
The L Word Part 02
In the second part of our L Word extravaganza, Ariel, Bo, and Hudson discuss Season 3 and beyond, specifically talking about Max! Follow us on Instagram! Ariel: @ariel_chiq Hudson: @nonboynary Bo: @bo_remy_grows Become an Is It Transphobic Patron:
August 18, 2017
The L Word Part 01
Guest host Ariel Mahler is joined by Bo and Hudson to dive in to the wonders and horrors of The L Word. In this, the first episode of a two part series, we discuss what The L Word has meant to us as trans individuals, and dive in to the trans representation in Season One: primarily the characters of Lisa and Ivan. We also talk about the L Word reboot that has been announced. In the next episode we will fully explore the character of Max: the good, the bad, and the transphobic. Become an Is It Transphobic Patron:
August 03, 2017
Minisode 05 Accidental Trans Anthems With Maybe Burke
In this mini-episode Ashley talks with performer and trans advocate Maybe Burke about their one person show "Accidental Trans Anthems premiering tomorrow! July 18, 2017 Performed by Maybe Burke A cabaret of songs that you didn’t know were meant for trans people! Growing up trans, there haven’t always accurate representations of trans people in pop culture and the media. Many queer and trans people have had to find metaphors in stories that weren’t intentionally about their lives and their experiences. Join Maybe Burke as they sing songs with messages and themes that can apply to their experiences as a trans person. 60 minutes Tuesday, July 18 @ 7pm $20 tickets
July 17, 2017
Trans Theatre Fest 03
IN our final installment of Is It Transphobic's look at the upcoming Trans Theatre Fest at The Brick Theatre in Brooklyn which opens TONIGHT with a free cabaret Ashley sat down with Oddity director Ariel Mahler and star Kelsey Jefferson Barrett to talk about her show "ODDITY" Come on out to the FREE cabaret tonight at 8PM 579 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn NY Become an Is It Transphobic Patron: Oddity: Thursday, July 20 @ 9:20pm Saturday, July 22 @ 2pm Monday, July 24 @ 9pm Accidental Trans Anthems; Tuesday, July 18 @ 7pm LAURAS Thursday, July 27 @ 8:30pm Mongrel Friday, July 21 @ 8:30pm Tuesday, July 25 @ 7pm Saturday, July 29 @ 7pm STERILE Friday, July 21 @ 10:40pm Sunday, July 23 @ 6pm Wednesday, July 26 @ 7pm T(estosterone) Saturday, July 29 @ 3:30pm
July 17, 2017
Trans Theatre Fest 02
In this, the second episode dedicated to the Transgender Theatre Fest at the Brick, Ashley delves deeper into our producers worries and what is exciting them the most about being a part of the festival! Become an Is It Transphobic Patron: Accidental Trans Anthems; Tuesday, July 18 @ 7pm LAURAS Thursday, July 27 @ 8:30pm Mongrel Friday, July 21 @ 8:30pm Tuesday, July 25 @ 7pm Saturday, July 29 @ 7pm Oddity: Thursday, July 20 @ 9:20pm Saturday, July 22 @ 2pm Monday, July 24 @ 9pm STERILE Friday, July 21 @ 10:40pm Sunday, July 23 @ 6pm Wednesday, July 26 @ 7pm T(estosterone) Saturday, July 29 @ 3:30pm
July 01, 2017
Trans Theatre Fest 01
In this, the first episode dedicated to the Transgnder Theatre Fest at the Brick, Ashley learns a little about some of the festival producers backgrounds, a little about their shows, and what makes them tick as artists! Become an Is It Transphobic Patron: 
June 18, 2017
Happy Pride Month everyone! In this new episode of Is It Transphobic we shift focus in preparation of our coverage of The Trans Theatre Fest at The Brick in Brooklyn! Ashley sat down with long time contributors, who are also the star and director of her new play Oddity, Kelsey and Ariel to talk about the phenomenon of Shit Media Fatigue wherein one may have trouble continuing to consume media that is either poorly crafted or has deeply problematic messaging. Buy Tickets to Oddity:
June 01, 2017
South Park Part 03
In this (Super late) Final installment of South Park Ian, Bear, and Vivian join Ashley in looking at... The first few seasons of the "Mrs. Garrison," arc... Is it offensive? You better believe it. Did it age well? No way. But the question is... Is It Transphobic? Tickets to ODDITY July 20 9:20PM, 22 3PM, and 24 9PM: The Is It Transphobic Patreon: Is It Transphobic on Twitter:
May 24, 2017
Minisode 04 Pro Wrestling With PJ Gonzalez The Whip Mistress
Ashley and Ian sit down with Paola "The Whip Mistress," Gonzalez about pro wrestling culture and wrestling while trans.
May 04, 2017
South Park Part 02
We go deeper into the world of South Park as Ariel, Jesse, and V join Ashley in dissecting Season 19. Who is PC Principle? is Caitlin Jenner Stunning and Brave? bu most importantly South Park, Is It Transphobic? Support us on Patreon We're on Twitter: And Facebook: Salt Kid Watches Brooklyn Burn starring Bear Spiegel April 27 9PM "Tag Your Dead," by Ashley Lauren Rogers as part of Nasty Women Unite Festival April 28th at 11:30PM Words a documentary by AJ Mattioli May 1 PM
April 20, 2017
South Park Part 01
On this episode Ashley invites AJ and Charlie to watch for episodes of South Park: D-Yikes, EEEK A Penis, The Cissy and Handi-car
April 10, 2017
WWEs Goldust
Mr. DeMille.. we're ready for our close ups... Ian, Ashley, and real life pro wrestler PJ "The Whip Mistress" Gonzalez discuss the evolution of one of WWE's most distinctive characters Goldust just in time for Wrestlemania weekend! We look at his Hollywood Backlot Brawl with Roddy Piper, his casket match with The Undertaker, and his shoot interviews talking about how he came up with the character. Will he compete in the Andre The Giant Battle Royal this weekend? Will Ashley and The Whip Mistress make a wrestling fan out of Ian? Most importantly we ask; Goldust, Is It Transphobic? Our Patreon Paola's Wrestling Videos Revry.TV's panel on Trans Inclusive Feminism Mar 31 at 7PM EST (feat. Ashley) A Chorus Line starring Ian Mar 31-Apr2 Bear in Salt Kid At Joe's Pub 04/27 Puffs Play Happy by Vivian Aladren Queer & POC emerging media art show at WOW Café Theatre hosted by Phoenix May 19 & 20 International Steampunk Symposium Steampunk World's Faire
March 30, 2017
Her Story
Ashley and Kelsey delve into the intricacies of our first ever unanimous "No, It's not transphobic!" Her Story is everything and more. Her Story: Support us on Patreon: Minorities in Publishing Podcast: A Chorus Line (Starring Ian) Mar 31-Apr 2: The CSA Townhall on Casting for Trans Folk: Salt Kid Watches Brooklyn Burn (Featuring Bear) Apr 27: Steampunk Empire Symposium Apr 28, 29, 30: Queer & POC emerging media art show at WOW Café Theatre (Featuring Phoenix) May 19 & 20 Play Happy by Vivian Aladren: Puffs:
March 20, 2017
To Wong Foo Pt. 2
The long awaited follow up to our conversation about To Wong Foo is finally here! NOW with more Pooya Mohseni, an actor featured in USA's Falling Water among many other pieces of stage and screen. If you love what we do consider supporting us on Patreon:
March 03, 2017
Minisode 03 My Teacher My Enemy
Written by Kelsey Jefferson Barrett Performed by Lara Fox Directed by Ashley Lauren Rogers Adapted from the short story by Kelsey Jefferson Barett Originally printed in Light Speed Magazine June 2012 Edition Lara Fox is a New York City based actor, singer, and performer To get more Minisodes at least a month before the public consider donating to our Patreon
March 03, 2017
To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Numar Pt. 1
We had SO MUCH to talk about when it came to To Wong Foo that we couldn't contain it in one episode! We ask the hard hitting questions like "Do you like my nails," are the writers actually telling a compelling trans narrative but using the words "drag queens," and Do you have a warrent sir? But most importantly... Is It Transphobic? Support us on Patreon
February 16, 2017
Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert
We're taking a look at the Australian classic "The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert!" Join Is It Transphobic veterans Phoenix, Bear, Ashley, and our new guest Ariel as we examine one of the two most iconic drag movies of the nineties. We ask the hard hitting questions like is Guy Pearce the inspiration for a Japanese Death God? Will our panelists be able to express our complicated love/hate relationship with drag queens? Will Ashley remember that Hugo Weaving ISN'T Vigo Mortinson? All this and so much more on Is It Transphobic! Facades Web Series directed by Ariel TRAP at Judson WHEN February 06, 2017 at 7pm - 9pm WHERE Judson Memorial Church Assembly Hall 239 Thompson St New York, NY 10012 United States We're Not all Ninjas Podcast
February 02, 2017
Minisode 02 Womens March
Ashley (The Producer) felt this was a necessary mini-episode to release now. To the public. While it is timely. Ashley, marched on Washington DC January 21st 2017 and found a lot of the trans community unhappy with the way the marchers handled trans rights and trans acceptance. She wanted to respond. You are heard, you are respected, and we should look at why we have issues with the march. The opinions expressed are that of Ashley's, not the panelists as a whole.
January 26, 2017
Danish Girl Pt 2
Check out part two of our coverage of The Danish Girl! Is it Transphobic? You probably know answer though, don't you? In Thory featuring Ian Stewart: TONYC and AFC's "Trap": "Are Thongs Comfortable" by Taversia: Check out our Patreon to support making these podcasts!
January 19, 2017
Danish Girl Pt 1
Welcome to 2017! Join Ian, V, Kayah, and Ashley for our first of a two-part series on The Danish Girl. We ask the tough questions like can you put on a dress through osmosis and the stigmas around "Nose Periods," and find out whether through this movie you can learn whether Eddie Redmayne is circumcised... whether you wanted that information or not (thanks movie). Is it Good? Who cares, the real question is, The Danish Girl... Is It Transphobic? THE RESISTOR PROJECT (Featuring Bear performing a piece by Ashley) Running NOW through Jan 15 (Fight or Flight begins Jan 11) at the Kraine Theater. Responding to a divisive political campaign, THE RESISTER PROJECT is a variety show of performances featuring 10-new plays, stand-up comedy, music and poetry. By and for the community of indie theater artists to partake in peaceful resistance through the power of live performance, every night will also feature dialogues and talkbacks. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to the ACLU. For Tickets: IN THEORY (Featuring Ian) For your listeners, we created a discount code: intheoryintrans They get 35% off original price ticket. They can find ticket links on all of our social media: Instagram: @Intheorydp @crackedbinding Facebook: @Intheoryinaction Choose your Day, Choose Your Experience: January 10th: 9pm Showtime; 7:30pm Self Care Workshops #TreatYourseflTuesday This event will have mini workshops happening at the same time: Pilates 101, Tarot Card readings, Create Self Care Box, Hand Massage etc. January 11th: 7pm Showtime; 6pm Burlesque Acts #HumpDayBurlesque Before the show: Come check out Politically Infused Burlesque Acts January 12th: 7pm Showtime; 5pm-6:30pm: Pop-Up Shops #SupportYourLocalArtist #ThriftyThursday We will have tables set up throughout the theatre : Joi Sanchez- Hand Made Jewelry, Nicole Goodwin: War Cries (poetry book), Cracked Binding (Poetry Chapbook), Phoenix Sweeney- drawings & paintings. We will also have artwork up on the walls from a fundraiser that all proceeds will go to Standing Rock. January 13th: 7pm Showtime; 6pm OPEN MIC Discount Code for Students: CLASS2THEATRE #StudentDay #FreeYourselfFriday This is our Student day! All Social Media is welcome. There will be a sign up list to go up on the open mic, Everyone one gets 4 min / can perform two poems. January 14th: #INTHEORYMATINEE 2pm Showtime; Talk Back on Activism to Follow Show #SayItSaturday 7pm Showtime; 6pm Music Performance: Oya Noire (@oyanoire) #SingItSaturday January 15th: 2pm Showtime: Talk Back with Cast & Crew's Family #SauteeSunday #YourFamilyandOurs Food will be provided
January 05, 2017
Mixed Nuts
Based on a French movie that sounds FAR better than the one we got, listen as Ian, Bear and Ashley subject themselves to this Holiday (Christmas... This is a Christmas movie) classic which features Steve Martin, Adam Sandler, Juliette Lewis, the incomparable Madeline Khan, and Liev Schreiber as a trans person... of some sort. It's hard to watch, it's got a lot of wasted talent but today we're asking: Mixed Nuts, Is It Transphobic?
December 16, 2016
Family Guy "Quagmires Dad"
Yep. We tackled that episode. You know the one. The one where we meet Quagmire's dad who comes to Quahog to have SRS and they spend the episode making Family Guy-Like jokes? We ask... Is it Transphobic?
December 02, 2016
Power Puff Girls
Coming in a few days early to help with Post-election let down (And because our producer will be traveling this week) Fight-ing crime, try-ing to save. The. World. This sweet little children's cartoon always seemed to have a lot of adult humor and appeal but today we're asking: The Power Puff Girls, Is It Transphobic? Support us on Patreon: In WI on Nov 16? Check out Ashley's one person show! Theatre of the Oppressed NYC and Housing Works present "Things $ Can't Buy" Ashley's shows in December
November 14, 2016
Minisode 01 Medical Gatekeeping
In this first miniepisode (Initially posted to the Patreon subscribers a month ago) Ashley Delves deep into the world of what medical gate keeping, a practice we discussed in the Silence of the Lambs analysis really is. Support us on Patreon:
November 10, 2016
Star Trek TNG Part 02 The Host
Beverly Crusher falls hard for a diplomat. When this diplomat falls ill and is about to die he reveals that he is in fact a being who survives within a host body. But Is It Transphobic? Support our Patreon:
November 03, 2016
Star Trek TNG Part 01 The Outsider
Reicher helps a member of a "Genderless," society realize that they are happy to be gendered and the problems with enforcing gendered rules on a population of people. So Is It Transphobic? Support our Patreon:
November 03, 2016
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Here it is, I know you've been trembling with Antici... ... ... pation! It's astounding, time is fleeting, but is transphobia on the rise? Here's the episode where we discuss Rocky Horror Picture Show and Is It Transphobic? Support our Patreon: Check out Rantasmo and Needs More Gay:
October 20, 2016
Silence Of The Lambs
Happy October everyone! Silence of the Lambs is an academy award winning film which led to a sequel and prequel as well as a spin off series. Bear and Kelsey join Ashley as they talk about medical gate-keeping, whether one should respect a person's gender even if they're a serial killer (You should), and we ask Is It Transphobic? Check out our Patreon to support making these podcasts!
October 07, 2016
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
In this episode we tackle the tacky shirt, butt talking, piece of 90s cinema "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective." We're asking if it's funny, we're asking if it's still relevant, but most importantly we are asking Is It Transphobic? Check out our Patreon to support making these podcasts!
September 22, 2016
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
In the first of a series we discuss It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, in particular the four episodes featuring Carmen, a character who is transgender and we ask "Is It Transphobic?" Check out our Patreon to support making these podcasts!
September 08, 2016