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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 60: Good news except for Arkansas, microaggressions and yelling at Dave Chappelle

This week: - The Bell V Tavistock decision has been significantly undone! - Arkansas does it's own Bell V Tavistock only far worse! - Working life for trans people exposed! - We discuss microaggressions FROM SOCIETY - And Michelle talks about telling Dave Chappelle to go f**k himself (he deserved it). References: https://bit.ly/3s41Wsc https://linktr.ee/whatthetrans


How the UK's Government has abused trans people and tried to look doing it

The UK Government has abused trans people for the last 12 months. People need to know what they have done. Please share this everywhere. https://www.whatthetrans.com/the-uk-government-has-abused-trans-people-for-a-year/


EP 59: This pod is very late and too long because bigots attacked the Census

This was the news week that never ended. 3 hero's quit government advisory committee to protest anti-LGBT nonsense! Transphobic trouble from the House of Lords! Fairplay For Women SUCK! And we break down the latest on the Census with Census Engagement Manager Adam Dale! References: https://bit.ly/3lch8lx https://linktr.ee/whatthetrans


EP 58: We made a whole other show! Also there is a census!

This week we have something very different: a whole other show! What The Trans: Nights is our new monthly podcast that is available to patrons now and will be made available to everyone in 6 months! On this episode, we tell our coming out stories and fight anti-semitism by sharing the contents of our desks! Also it is the census! Click the link below for more info! References: https://bit.ly/3q8WTFX Podcast links sheet: https://linktr.ee/whatthetrans


EP 57: Awesome Cis Allies W/ David Paisley & Grace Petrie!

This week we talk to two amazing cisgender allies who have stood up for the trans community in very cool ways. Grace Petrie, folk singing, transphobia slaying guitar god & David Paisley, LGB Alliance botherer and actor on BBC Scotlands River City! References: https://bit.ly/3r4lsp7 Podcast links sheet: https://linktr.ee/whatthetrans


EP 56: We gotta think of the trans kids part 2

Last week we talked the legal ramifications of the Bell V Tavistock puberty blocker bull....AHEM... so this week we talk to people effected on the ground. We talk to trans youths, a parent and the folks at GenderGP. References: https://bit.ly/3qvtSWa Podcast links sheet: https://linktr.ee/whatthetrans


EP 55: We gotta think of the trans kids part 1

Everything is terrible. The High Court has ruled that under 16's are incapable of giving consent to puberty blockers. This week: We examine the Bell/Mrs A vs Tavistock judgement. We look at how religious extremist hate groups may have influenced the decision. We talk to the Good Law Project's Jolyon Maugham about their Trans legal defence fund and their plans for fighting this judgement. And Ashleigh is sick and Michelle owns two Tamagotchis. References:...


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:...