episode 1

// episode 1: “I’m Seeing My Liberation Right Now”

transcripts episode one

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.


This episode is just the beginning.

Our first episode explored some big themes, such as mutual aid, trans visibility, and systemic inequality. If you’re curious about digging into these topics in more depth, we’ve compiled some resources to get you started.

You’ll hear more from the people featured in this episode and get a chance to explore some of the context for their work.

Featured in this episode

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episode credits

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Tretter team

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.

Additional production team

Sound design: Ariana Martinez
Musical direction: Casper
Podcast logo art: féi hernandez
Web design: Lars Mackenzie
Transcriptionist: Raines Whittaker

Additional sound

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