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What The Trans!?


UK-based news podcast for trans and non-binary folks and our allies. Join snarky trans fact-finding team Michelle and Ashleigh as they dissect the news, interview guests and chat about pop culture.

UK-based news podcast for trans and non-binary folks and our allies. Join snarky trans fact-finding team Michelle and Ashleigh as they dissect the news, interview guests and chat about pop culture.


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UK-based news podcast for trans and non-binary folks and our allies. Join snarky trans fact-finding team Michelle and Ashleigh as they dissect the news, interview guests and chat about pop culture.






EP 54: Cis Allies Special feat: Owen Jones & Josie Long!

So this was a bad news week. But whilst it is so easy to hate certain cisgender people (f**k you Liz Truss) Michelle and Ashleigh reach out to some astonishing cisgender allies! This week we talked to Josie Long and Owen Jones about how they became aware of trans issues, why all is not lost at the Guardian and why Michelle should make another podcast about terrible video game movies! Link sheet: https://bit.ly/331FO8S http://whatthetrans.com http://twitter.com/whatthetrans


EP 53: Are we sick of cisgender people?

WE ARE BACK After an extended break Michelle and Ashleigh return to grumble about cis people. Are we sick of them? With Shaira Bambi Choudhury (UK Civil Service) and Ciara Murphy (Co-founder of Mindline Trans+). Link sheet: https://bit.ly/35Je2iV http://whatthetrans.com http://twitter.com/whatthetrans


EP 52: What The Pride!? Panel 2 -Black Trans Lives Matter!

This week Michelle hands the keys to the show over to Diamond Stylze (Marsha's Plate) as she chats with fellow US black trans people Josephine, Felix and Yannick Taylor (Conversations With The Priestess) as well as UK activist and campaigner Nim Ralph (co-founder QTIPOC London) about Black Lives Matter, police brutality, white supremacy and finding solace in cooking. Link sheet: https://bit.ly/3h7BdXE http://whatthetrans.com http://twitter.com/whatthetrans


EP 51: What The Pride!? Panel 1 - Transgender parents!

WELCOME TO WHAT THE PRIDE!? We are doing a pride! All through June we will have panels, music and speeches aiming to fill the pandemic pride gap. This week, Michelle is joined by guest co-host Casey Explosion as we host a panel of trans and non-binary parents! Also, we cover how to enjoy Harry Potter despite the author's bigotry, developments in Hungary and how you can help Black Lives Matter! Link sheet: https://bit.ly/3cmUJMh http://whatthetrans.com http://twitter.com/whatthetrans


EP 50: The UK press lies about trans women being dangerous again...

To celebrate our 50th episode as a podcast thing Michelle and Ashleigh spill the beans from behind the scenes after two years of accidentally find themselves on the front lines of the UK's never-ending transphobic shit-fit. Also... The Daily Mail and The Times lie about trans women sexually assaulting cis women in prisons AGAIN. And face no consequences AGAIN. Aimee Stephens, the trans woman who could well be the catalyst for nationwide trans discrimination protections in the US has...


EP 49: We talk to former "gender critical" trans people!

This week Michelle and Ashleigh chat to Asha and Haven, a trans woman and an agender person who are former members of an anti-trans hate movement ("gender critical feminists"). We ask them: How do trans people become anti-trans? What did they experience when they were inside? How did they escape? Links sheet: https://bit.ly/2AnalSD http://whatthetrans.com http://twitter.com/whatthetrans


EP 48: Disabled & Trans During Lockdown

This week: We talk to Coffee Spoonie (they/she, @coffeespoonie) and Shash (she/her, @itsShash1) about being trans, disabled, under lockdown, and how suddenly institutions are doing #AccessibilityForAbleds which they wouldn't do for disabled folks before Covid-19! (Hashtag by Kate McWilliams @kateandcrps) And Liz Truss says that a project tackling transphobic bullying "isn't government policy." Excellent! Link sheet: https://bit.ly/35F9jwW whatthetrans.com twitter.com/whatthetrans


EP 47: The government is announcing trans policy intentions whilst 1000 people are dying every day

COVID-19 is claiming lives all over the world and the UK is all set to have the highest death toll in Europe. So what did Women & Equalities minister Liz Truss announce whilst speaking to a Parliamentary committee? Guess. Just guess. We talk to Dr. Ruth Pearce (Spectra Trans Learning Project) and Susie Green (CEO of Mermaids) for their take on an announcement that is as terrifying as it is vague from the UK government. References:...


EP 46: Are they still open - Gender clinics, domestic abuse, and trans video games during COVID-19

This week: What to do if you are in lockdown with an abuser. What are the Gender Identity Clinics doing during all this? And Michelle & Ashleigh are joined by their new producer (and Steam Curator) Jo Ross-Barrett to talk video games to play whilst stuck at home that have PEOPLE LIKE YOU IN IT! Check out Jo's Steam Curator page: https://bit.ly/2Vm1R69 Info links: https://bit.ly/2xKfG5p Discord server:...



BONUS CIS ALLIES FROM THE VAULTS! As we finish restructuring behind the scenes, please enjoy our interviews with amazing cisgender allies Adam Conover (Adam Ruins Everything, The Crystal Maze), Susie Green (Mermaids CEO), and Neville Southall (Former goalkeeper for Wales and Everton and equality campaigner!) JOIN OUR LONELINESS BATTLING DISCORD: discord.gg/X2GJSak References:...


EP44: Cis allies FROM THE PAST!

This week, due to being thoroughly exhausted by lockdown-based nonsense as well as bringing in new staff to help this thing become bigger, better and amazing, we took a week off to recharge and rebuild. BUT WE HAVE NOT LEFT YOU HANGING! We have dragged out from the vaults our interviews with amazing cisgender allies Oliver Thorn (Philosophy Tube), Linda Riley (DIVA Magazine publisher), Dr Adrian Harrop (LGBT campaigner and NHS doctor/hero) and Amelia Abraham (Dazed Media)! Enjoy! JOIN OUR...


EP 43: Terfs, T**nts and Hungarian Tyrants!

We didn't want to do the first half of this show, but the Mail on Sunday has continued being awful, the LGB Alliance don't appear to have noticed that there is a global pandemic on and the pandemic is being used as an excuse to kill democracy and trans equality in Hungary. But to cheer everyone up after that, Michelle chats to comedian and creator of Comedy Central's TRANSACTION Jordan Grey about how to make lockdown go super weird! References: https://bit.ly/3aG2UTT Discord server:...


EP 42: LOCKDOWN SPECIAL - Pulling Together in Quarantown!

You know what is going on and it is all a bit much so we bunkered down and spoke to the amazing Ica Nienz (Isolation Collective), Sabah Choudrey (Trans Pride Brighton/"reluctant activist") and Kate Glanfield (Trans Gloucester) because honestly, what else were we gonna do? Volunteer for the NHS! GO HELP SOME VULNERABLE PEOPLE! - https://www.goodsamapp.org/nhs Our brand-spanking new loneliness busting Discord server! - discord.gg/X2GJSak References:...


Minisode - GRA Reform believed to be in the bin.

The I Paper has reported that sources in the Government have said that GRA reform has been postponed indefinitely. Here are Michelle's thoughts. Original piece: https://bit.ly/2xREOH2 Join our Discord server! https://discord.gg/X2GJSak


EP 41: Transphobia, Parliament & the Guardian. Again…

We are back from our break! This week: Transphobes do the transphobia thing in the UK parliament on International Women's Day! Allies do the ally thing in the UK parliament because they are awesome! We barely mention Coronavirus! And Ash and Michelle break down the latest Guardian transphobic nonsense! We have opened a discord server to fight loneliness during the pandemic, join here! discord.gg/X2GJSak References:...


EP 40: Republicans are targeting trans kids

Trans kids are being targeted by Republican lawmakers! Should we be concerned? We talk to Molly Woodstock (Gender Reveal podcast) and Cassius Adair (Transcripts podcast) to find out! Also: Graham Linehan spreads hate on news night...hilariously. We talk to the Labour Campaign for Trans Rights. Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham is bamboozled into meeting the LGB Alliance. And Michelle has ADHD! References:...


EP 39: Why we should support intersex folk

This week: Intersex people have so much common ground with trans people, we should support each other! Ash & Meesh talk to intersex trans woman Diana James and intersex activist Izzy MacCallum about what is going on for intersex folks We analyse the Labour leadership contest candidates! And Ashleigh is basically a secret agent. References: whatthetrans.com/ep-39 Facebook.com/whatthetrans Twitter.com/whatthetrans whatthetranspod.tumblr.com


EP 38: Autistic trans people are a thing, LISTEN TO THEM

This week: Michelle talks to Felix and Jo Ross-Barrett about being autistic and being non-binary! Transphobes are on the march in Scotland! Celebrities are coming out all over the place! And anti-trans group The LGB Alliance...released a single? Jesus christ.... Link & references: https://bit.ly/2FXbvUb twitter.com/whatthetrans facebook.com/whatthetrans whatthetranspod.tumblr.com


EP 37: How should trans people talk to journalists? With Jennie Kermode!

This week: The press has published easily debunkable lies (again...) We talk trans and non-binary people WINNING AT THINGS! And we talk to Jennie Kermode from Trans Media Watch about how, and even if trans and non-binary people should Links & references: https://bit.ly/2R8OrHl We now have a Patreon to help us cover costs! Like what we do? Throw a quid our way! Patreon.com/whatthetrans twitter.com/whatthetrans facebook.com/whatthetrans whatthetranspod.tumblr.com


The real Queen’s speech 2019

Screw "royalty," there is only one queen this Christmas and she is Ashleigh! Here is her Christmas message for the trans community! Merry Christmas everyone! Helplines open TODAY: LGBT Switchboard 0300 3300630 www.switchboard.lgbt (for the instant messaging service) Switchboard Brighton 01273 204050 info@switchboard.org.uk https://www.switchboard.org.uk/ LGBT Foundation 0345...