Topics Include

Topics Include

By Topics Include Podcast
Topics Include is an unapologetically Trans podcast that seeks to create a space for trans people to gather through pro-Black, sex positive, and healing-informed conversations that are educational by accident and liberational by choice.
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On self-care, support, and sectumsempra!
 CONTENT WARNING: this episode does touch on depression, self-harm, and suicide.   Ianne and Samy get together for a Harry Potter-themed check in, and a deep dive into what self-care means for them.    Like what you’re hearing? Become a patron today!  Miss Major's Monthly Fundraising Circle:  fundly.com/missmajor    Instagram: @topicsincludepod Website: www.topicsinclude.com Want to contact us? Send your topic to our inbox at topicsincludepodcast@gmail.com! Our theme music was composed by GypjaQ.
57:36
August 20, 2019
On updates, announcements, and community shoutouts!
Samy brings you an update on what everyone is doing, and a special announcement about the future of the podcast. Like what you’re hearing? Become a patron today!  A Strange Loop Cast Recording: Pre-order your copy! Community Shoutouts: Myla's Journey to Euphoria, Zachariah's Transition, Salem's Top Surgery   Instagram: @topicsincludepod Website: www.topicsinclude.com Want to contact us? Send your topic to our inbox at topicsincludepodcast@gmail.com! Our theme music was composed by GypjaQ.
12:52
August 13, 2019
On trains, elders, and the future!
Maybe, Ianne, and Samy are back from having done a week-long workshop, and they describe the experience of working on a production with a mostly-trans cast. Then we dive into the subject of aging as trans people, and ask each other, “what kind of trans elder are you going to be?”  CONTENT WARNING: This episode discusses instances of transphobia, violence, suicide, and death. Listener discretion is advised. Like what you’re hearing? Become a patron today! Today in Trans History: Connie Norman & AIDS Diva  Related Reading: "I Was Recently Informed I'm Not a Transsexual" Related Resource: Digital Transgender Archive Instagram: @topicsincludepod Website: www.topicsinclude.com Want to contact us? Send your topic to our inbox at topicsincludepodcast@gmail.com! Our theme music was composed by GypjaQ.
1:17:43
August 6, 2019
Hobbies Include: Harry Potter
Today's topics include Harry Potter... Harry Potter... and Harry Potter. Ianne and Samy have been teasing this episode for a while, and now they're sitting down in the soundstage to geek out. This is just the first half of a 90-minute episode, the full version of which was posted on Patreon for our supporters. To listen to the full episode, please consider becoming a patreon supporter! Today in Trans History: Miss Major Griffin-Gracy's Recovery Fund Like what you’re hearing? Become a patron today! Instagram: @topicsincludepod Website: www.topicsinclude.com Want to contact us? Send your topic to our inbox at topicsincludepodcast@gmail.com! Our theme music was composed by GypjaQ.
46:04
July 30, 2019
Today's Topics Include: Technical Difficulties
Don't think of it as a hiatus, think of it as a... slow-atus? Samy is here to explain where the rest of the gang has been, and why our regular recording schedule hasn't been regular at all. Please consider becoming a patron of ours, and follow us all on social media at @thefreeactorvist (T/IG), @lmorganlee (T/IG), @believeinmaybe (T/IG), and @nourypublic (T/IG).   Instagram: @topicsincludepod Website: www.topicsincludepod.com Want to contact us? Send your topic to our inbox at topicsincludepodcast@gmail.com! Our theme music was composed by GypjaQ. 
03:22
July 16, 2019
On actors, navy vets, and loneliness!
 Reunited, and it feels so good! The four of us are back in the studio (or the “soundstage,” as you’ll soon find out) to check in with each other on how we’ve been doing. We also revisited a question from one of our listeners, on being a trans actor. This is the first in a multi-part series on trans acting, and focuses on our early education and training. Finally, we answer another Topic from the Inbox, on how to deal with loneliness in our industry. Like what you’re hearing? Become a patron today!  Today in Trans History: The Trans Pride Flag Reparations or Nah? Avary Palmer's Emergency Relocation Fund Instagram: @topicsincludepod Website: www.topicsinclude.com  Want to contact us? Send your topic to our inbox at topicsincludepodcast@gmail.com!  Our theme music was composed by GypjaQ.
1:20:16
July 5, 2019
On pedestals, pectorals, and Pride!
Today, we’re joined by special guest Shanarrous Briggins-Pollard to talk through our conflicting emotions during Pride month, and how exhausting it is to always be looked at as an educational resource for the community. Other topics include: ideal relationships, how to “feel seen” as a stealth trans individual, and embarking on a new chapter of life. Like what you’re hearing? Become a patron today! (bit.ly/tipatreon)  Today in Trans History: Ali Forney & The Ali Forney Center Reparations or Nah? Futaba’s Top Surgery Fund & Rio’s Top Surgery Fund Community Shout Out: Werk Those Pecs! Instagram: @topicsincludepod Website: www.topicsinclude.com  Want to contact us? Send your topic to our inbox at topicsincludepodcast@gmail.com!  Our theme music was composed by GypjaQ (gypjaq.com)
1:08:06
June 25, 2019
Mother Knows Best (feat. Pooya Mohseni)
We're baaack. Samy is in the studio with a special guest: trans actor, activist, and community mother Pooya Mohseni. We talk about her life and career, what Pride means to her, and we answer listener letters! You can find Pooya online at pooyaland.com, or on Twitter and Instagram at @pooyaland.  If you're the parent of a LGBTQ+ child and you're looking for resources, consider PFLAG or the Gender & Family Project.   Like what you’re hearing? Become a patron today! Our theme music was composed by GypjaQ. Instagram: @topicsincludepod Website: www.topicsinclude.com Want to contact us? Send your topic to our inbox at topicsincludepodcast@gmail.com! 
48:49
June 18, 2019
On bodies, binders, and bulges!
... oh my! With Ianne and Samy gone, L Morgan and Maybe talk about how we see and celebrate trans bodies. In light of recent reviews of "safeword.", Maybe addresses being misgendered by theatre critics. L Morgan's money shot begs the question: why do we police the procedures other trans people choose to get—or don't? Finally, a listener writes in to ask us: is it possible to identify as cis, but still feel dysphoria about parts of your body? Like what you’re hearing? Become a patron today! Money Shot: All money shots are posted on our patreon! Become a patron today! Our theme music was composed by GypjaQ. Instagram: @topicsincludepod Website: www.topicsinclude.com Want to contact us? Send your topic to our inbox at topicsincludepodcast@gmail.com! 
53:27
May 7, 2019
The Lost Episode!
We may have had audio issues this past weekend, but we're way too #bookedandblessed to be stressed! Ianne is currently in rehearsals for Messiah, which will open May 23rd. L Morgan is rehearsing for A Strange Loop, which opens May 24th. Samy is still performing in Into the Woods, which closes May 22nd. Maybe just opened safeword., which runs now through July 7th.   Like what you’re hearing? Become a patron today! Our theme music was composed by GypjaQ. Instagram: @topicsincludepod Website: www.topicsinclude.com Want to contact us? Send your topic to our inbox at topicsincludepodcast@gmail.com! 
02:30
May 1, 2019
On reparations, Victorians, and impostors!
Samy was out, so we replaced him with an extra special guest and introduced a new segment: Reparations or Nah? In light of a recent casting controversy, we discuss what it means when an actor identifies as "gender non-conforming," as opposed to trans or non-binary. Are we gatekeeping if we say they can't play trans or non-binary roles? We also discuss the idea of Impostor Syndrome, and more. How much more? You'll have to listen to find out! Like what you’re hearing? Become a patron today! Reparations or Nah? Honey Walker: Venmo (@honeywalker)  Meliq Zaddy: Venmo (@Meliq_Kay) | Cashapp ($MeliqAugust) Muhlaysia Booker: Gofundme No money shot this week, but please buy your tickets for Michael R. Jackson’s A Strange Loop! Community Shout Out: Kiki Road to Cannes Our theme music was composed by GypjaQ. Instagram: @topicsincludepod Website: www.topicsincludepod.com Want to contact us? Send your topic to our inbox at topicsincludepodcast@gmail.com!
1:09:34
April 26, 2019
On tops, beards, and people of color!
Things are a little different in the studio today! Maybe is in a new off-Broadway play and Samy is in DC, so we brought in an extra-special guest host to round out our panel. Today, we get into life at the intersection of being trans and a person of color; we answer a Topic from the Inbox, about coming out to a potentially unaccepting family; and we're introducing a fun new campaign to promote the show.  Like what you’re hearing? Become a patron today! Today in Trans History: Samy’s TED Talk Money Shot: All money shots are posted on our patreon! Become a patron today! Community Shout Out: Trans Lifeline (US: 877.565.8860, Canada: 877.330.6366) & Jorja's Recovery Fund Our theme music was composed by GypjaQ. Instagram: @topicsincludepod Website: www.topicsinclude.com Want to contact us? Send your topic to our inbox at topicsincludepodcast@gmail.com! 
51:02
April 16, 2019
On love, desire, and T4T!
Today, we’re talking about love & desire, our experiences with T4T dating, and a crew of cis gay men. What do you do when you get told you’re “not queer enough” by your own community? And will we ever forgive Scarlett Johansson?! Like what you’re hearing? Become a patron today! Today in Trans History: Dante “Tex” Gill… and why ScarJo should never play him. Money Shot: All money shots are posted on our patreon! Become a patron today! Community Shout Out: Melanin and Magic Productions Our theme music was composed by GypjaQ. Instagram: @topicsincludepod  Website: www.topicsinclude.com  Want to contact us? Send your topic to our inbox at topicsincludepodcast@gmail.com!  
1:01:44
April 9, 2019
On gender outlaws, broken beds, and the non-binary experience!
Today's Topics Include outlaws, broken beds, and bodybuilders. The group answers a very weighty question from a friend. Also, Maybe gets kicked off the podcast. Today in Trans History: Kate Bornstein's Gender Outlaw Money Shot: All money shots are posted on our Patreon! Community Shout Out:  Bronx Book Festival Our theme music was composed by GypjaQ.  Instagram: @topicsincludepod Website: topicsincludepod.com  Like what you’re hearing? Become a patron today!  Want to contact us? Send your topic to our inbox at topicsincludepodcast@gmail.com! 
58:48
April 5, 2019
On historical Black people, problematic faves, and... a Kelly Clarkson song?
Today's topics include historical Black trans people, a Kelly Clarkson song, and how to love and criticize your problematic faves. Also, JK Rowling just announced via Twitter that we've been cis this whole time.   Today in Trans History: Lucy Hicks Anderson Money Shot: All money shots are posted on our Patreon!  Community Shout Out: Under the Covers Collective Our theme music was composed by GypjaQ.  Instagram: @topicsincludepod Website: topicsincludepod.com  Like what you’re hearing? Become a patron today!  Want to contact us? Send your topic to our inbox at topicsincludepodcast@gmail.com! 
59:01
April 3, 2019
On wigs, desire, and visibility!
Happy Transgender Day of Visibility! Today, we're talking about what it means to be visible, the politics of desirability, and... wigs? You know, just some lighthearted fun for our first episode! Today in Trans History: Trans Day of Visibility Money Shot: All money shots are posted on our Patreon!  Community Shout Out: Black Beauty and Hair Supply   Our theme music was composed by GypjaQ.  Instagram: @topicsincludepod Website: topicsincludepod.com  Like what you’re hearing? Become a patron today!  Want to contact us? Send your topic to our inbox at topicsincludepodcast@gmail.com! 
55:38
March 27, 2019
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