episode 2

// episode 2: “The South Deserves People Like Me”

transcripts episode two

“The South deserves people like me.” That’s what Black trans activist Kayla Gore told interviewer Myrl Beam during their conversation last year. But for many trans activists of color, the South hasn’t always been an easy place to call home. That’s why, on this episode of Transcripts, we’re doing a deep dive into how trans Southerners find their place in the South, even if it means literally building the houses themselves. With the voices of Aurora Higgs (Richmond, VA), Toni-Michelle Williams (Atlanta, GA), Kya Concepcion (Marietta, GA), Mariah Moore (New Orleans, LA), Jay Corprew (Virginia Beach, VA), and Kayla Gore (Memphis, TN), and hosted by scholar Myrl Beam and community leader Andrea Jenkins, Transcripts: The South Deserves People Like Me is a thoughtful exploration of home, family, and belonging through a trans of color lens.


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This episode dug deep into issues like trans life in the South and housing justice activism. Hear more from our guests on these topics and learn how you can get involved.

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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 and Sam Leeds
Musical direction: Homoground
Podcast logo art: féi hernandez
Web design: Lars Mackenzie
Transcriptionist: Erica Edwards

Additional sound

Rubythroat” by Brand New Key
Muddy Waters” by Delish Da Goddess
Passion” by Special Interest
Boonkey” by Khx05
“Catastrophe-,” by data.data.data
Found a Way” by Mama Duke
Villian” by Jupiter Gray
Richmond protest recording from Mallory Noe-Payne of Radio IQ
Additional field recording from Cookie Woolner (Memphis) and Mara Lazer (New Orleans) Additional field sound from FreeSound.org


LaVelle Ridley
Kai Pyle
Special thanks to Tuck Woodstock