We're dropping a bonus track today because we think you need to hear this conversation RIGHT NOW. This is the recording from our show launch event at the Minnesota Institute of Art in Minneapolis. Hear our hosts Myrl Beam and Andrea Jenkins in dialogue with LaSaia Wade (Brave Space Alliance) and Diamond Stylz (Black Transwomen Inc). They discuss the uprisings against white supremacy and police brutality, the relationship between anti-Black racism and COVID-19, and how YOU can help them in their work.
The audio is a little wonky because it's a Zoom call. Transcription will be up on our website soon. Special thanks to the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Third Thursday Event Host Ameriprise, to the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Fund, and especially to Anniessa Antar.
Black Visions Collective
Black Trans Femmes in the Arts
Black Trans Protestors Emergency Fund
The Okra Project
For the Gworls - Medical Fund
G.L.I.T.S. - Gays and Lesbians Living In a Transgender Society
The Marsha P. Johnson Institute
Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project
Art Hoe Collective
Homeless Black Trans Women Fund
Trans Women of Color Collective
Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative
The Transgender District
Trans Justice Funding Project
Even though transgender-themed TV shows like Transparent and Pose have achieved mainstream popularity, trans people still face huge barriers to employment, housing, and safety. In fact, many trans people of color say that their lives are harder than ever before. In this first episode, "I’m Seeing My Liberation Right Now," hosts Myrl Beam (Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Minnesota) and Andrea Jenkins (Minneapolis City Council) investigate how trans activists are grappling with those contradictions - and what they’re doing to change the system.
Guests include LaSaia Wade, founder of the Brave Space Alliance, Diamond Stylz of Black Transwomen Inc., Gabriel Foster, founder of the Trans Justice Funding Project, Rickke Mananzala, former Executive Director of FIERCE, and Dean Spade, founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law.
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Learn more at bit.ly/transcriptspod.
Myrl Beam, senior project scholar, producer, and oral historian for the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project.
Cassius Adair, lead producer.
Rachel Mattson, managing producer and curator of the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies.
Myra Billund-Phibbs, production assistant.
Sound design: Ariana Martinez
Musical direction: Casper
Podcast logo art: féi hernandez
Digital designer: Lars Mackenzie
Transcriptionist: Raines Whittaker
Banner design: Students in Fall 2019 Augsburg College Design & Agency class
“Villian,” by Jupiter Gray
“Trenches,” by Carlx
Protest recording by Tom Callahan at Sensitive Visuals
Selection of “Guaranteed Broken Heart” used with permission from Karen and the Sorrows
Special thanks to:
Introducing Transcripts: a podcast about how trans people are remaking the world.
Donate to Brave Space Alliance and Black Transwomen, Inc.
Music: "Villian" by Jupiter Gray.
Sound from 2017 trans liberation march in Chicago courtesy of Tom Callahan of Sensitive Visuals.
Podcast art by féi hernandez.
A program of the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota. Learn more at bit.ly/transcriptspod.