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In a world where it seems that myths, disinformation and outright lies about transgender people are becoming more pervasive every day, and where accurate information is rather hard to come by, Trans Truth offers a source for, well... truth. Please join hosts Jeri Ann and Kelly as they bring news, interviews, items of interest, and opinion (Oh, lots of opinion, honey) on all aspects of the transgender experience.
  1. In this episode hosts Kelly and Jeri Ann talk about how they came to take on this project and why. Copyright 2022 Trans Truth (Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0)

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  2. In this episode Jeri Ann and Kelly discuss "transphobia", what it is, what causes it, how it affects us, and most importantly, how we can deal with it in a positive and constructive way. --- Send in a voice message:
  3. In this episode of Trans Truth, we are tackling the wave of hateful legislation and executive action being taken against trans kids by cynical politicians who are exploiting the fear and ignorance of their "base". These actions are nothing more than state sponsored terrorism of trans kids and their families in the 38 states where such action is being considered.
    Joining us this episode is Danielle Healy, a Houston area attorney who has done a great deal of advocacy and pro bono work for the LGBTQ community. Danielle will also discuss her role in the award-winning documentary, "Our Dad, Danielle".
    Below are the links to the reports mentioned in our news segment. You will also find a link to the letter that the U.S. Department of Justice has sent to the attorneys general of all fifty states, pointing out the many federal statutes and regulations that the GOP's reckless strategy will run afoul of.
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  4. In this episode, Aunt Kelly introduces the concept of "ambassadorship". We'll discuss what it means to be an ambassador from our community to the general public, why its important for us to engage in such "diplomacy", and provide some ideas on how to get your diplomatic credentials. :)

    News Links:
    Fern Feather Murder (Pink News)
    Kennedy Health Spotlights Trans Care (Worcester Magazine)
    Dan Patrick says "Don't Say Gay!"
    Several States Now Considering "Don't Say Gay" bills.

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  5. Like many red states, Texas is seeing it's share of anti-trans legislation being introduced. As we will make clear in this episode, and in subsequent episodes, this is part of a nationally coordinated campaign by the Republican Party and other right-wing hate groups garner votes for conservative candidates. Nothing gets out "the rube vote" like villifying some mintority group. Looking specifically at Texas, we're talking with Gin Pham, of the ⁠Transgender Education Network of Texas⁠, about what is happening in Austin and throughout the state.

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    ⁠As Alabama's trans youth care ban goes into effect, providers scramble for answers - ABC News⁠ ⁠Transgender treatment, doctors threatened by new Alabama lawAP News⁠
    ⁠Gender Affirming Care: Evidence-Based Reviews of Legislative Actions < Dean’s Advisory Council on LGBTQI+ Affairs (⁠

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  6. Yes, yes. We are back, at long last. In this episode, we will be talking about the deeply troubling national strategy by the Republican Party to garner political support by enacting laws against us, anything that might help us (like health care), and even anything like us (drag queens). No, they don't really care about "protecting the children". We're just their latest target for their fear mongering campaigns that they rely upon to get votes from a fearful and ignorant voting "base".
    Listen, as Kelly and Jeri Ann put the lie to the whole disgusting business. They'll also give you some motivation to get yourself involved as well.

    News links for this episode:
    2023 Anti-Trans Bills: Trans Legislation Tracker
    Mother Jones story of how the Republican Party is coordinating state anti-trans campaigns.
    The WPATH Standard of Care
    National Institute of Health on gender affirming care
    Let her speak!’: protests after Montana Republicans silence trans lawmaker | Montana | The Guardian
    Why Anti-Trans Laws Are Anti-Science - Scientific American
    These states are protecting health care for transgender people : NPR
    Answers to your questions about transgender people, gender identity, and gender expression (

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  7. In this episode, Jeri Ann and Kelly talk about public perception and understanding, or rather the lack of understanding, on the part of a large portion of the public, about transgender people and the issues they face.

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    Arizona governor vetoes transgender bathroom bill, condemns it as ‘attack’ on children | The Hill

    Maryland Declared Safe Haven for Transgender Medical Care (

    Washington women's spa with compulsory nudity is ordered by judge to start admitting trans women | Daily Mail Online

    Activists push to make Lawrence a transgender sanctuary city (

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    Houston Trans PRIDE Tickets, Fri, Jun 23, 2023 at 8:00 PM | Eventbrite

    Transgender, nonbinary people are often sidelined at Pride. This year is different | AP News

    Monica Roberts - Wikipedia

    Transgender Day of Remembrance: Remembering Monica Roberts | Time

    Transgender and nonbinary people are often sidelined at Pride. This year is different – KXAN Austin

    Opposition to transgender athletes on teams matching gender identity rises: Gallup | The Hill

    Most Americans support anti-trans policies favored by GOP, poll shows (

    Americans' Complex Views on Gender Identity and Transgender Issues | Pew Research Center

    Americans split by party over impact of society accepting transgender people | Pew Research Center
    Mixed Views Among Americans on Transgender Issues (

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  8. In this episode, Jeri Ann and I interview Gen Pena, one of the organizers of Veterans For Equality. The group has set for itself the mission of providing overwatch for LGBTQ events; everything from Pride events to drag brunches to mass protests at state capitols.

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  9. For the second year in a row, Houston has had a rather unique event that is a part of the Pride celebration, Trans Pride Houston. The event was held at The Social Beer Garden in mid-town, and the proceeds were to benefit the recently opened "Monica Roberts Resource Center". The organizers were kind enough to let us set up and do our first ever remote podcast. It was a noisy venue, and we apologize for the audio quality, but it was a party, y'all!
    At any rate, we had a great time and managed to capture some very interesting interviews.
    Please, enjoy.

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  10. What a goldmine!

    On very short notice (like... two days!), we learned of this event, a fundraiser for this year's Houston Roundup, being held at Houston's Lambda Center. BTW, y'all need to update that Roudup website. :)

    Anyway, we were thinking it might be a chance to get an interesting interview or two, and to promote the Houston Roundup conference and, what we quickly learned has been a very important part of the Houston LGBTQ+ community for decades, Lambda Center. Sharon, the director of the event, quickly got approval for us to show up and do our thing. On the night of the event, we were just finishing setting up when we were approached by a friendly gentleman who ask Jeri Ann and I if we knew "Phyllis Frye". We allowed that we certainly did, with Jeri Ann adding that Ms. Frye was her attorney. Introductions were quickly done, and Don Kelly sat down and chatted with us for some time. We learned many things in those few minutes and that kind of set the tone for the rest of the evening.
    I am almost embarrassed to say that it was not until I did some research during post-production that I learned what a true dignitary our first guest was. Be sure to check out the link about Don Kelly and "The Don Kelly Research Collection of Galy Literature and Culture".
    As I said, that first interview set the tone for the rest of the evening, with one wonderful interview after another. I say wonderful for several reasons. First of all, every single one of the people we talked to had a story to tell about what the group hosting the event (Lambda Center) meant to them. These weren't just admirable success stories. They were stories of people who had come to know the value of what that organization had given them. Several used the term "family", in a way that Jeri Ann and I have mentioned before, that "chosen family". Wonderful too, was our interview with Christene Y. Christene teaches history, to high school and college students, and she was a font of fascinating things about LGBTQ history.
    We fully intended to be talking one-on-one with some of these people in future episodes. Meanwhile, enjoy this episode that we recorded around the showing of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", complete with the de rigueur live performers in front of the screen.

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  11. Today, in the third installment of the "Our Stories" series, Jeri Ann and Kelly interview their long-time on-line friend Sara Doepner.
    Sarah refers to herself as a "late bloomer", having transitioned relatively late in life. Like so many of us baby boomers, she grew up in a time when there was less understanding of, and certainly a lot less tolerance for, those whose gender identity was "at the far end of the curve", so to speak.
    Lots of insight and useful information from another one of us who's found herself after a long search.

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  12. The right is currently obsessed with the myths and horror stories about regret and detransition among transgender individuals, and while we must honestly say that such things do happen, they represent a tiny fraction, like less than one percent, of the total number of trans men and women who have transitioned.

    So we're going to tell the truth about these things because... that's what we do.

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  13. Another in our series entitled, simply, "Our Stories". In this episode we ask the same questions, and as we're learning, we get some of the same answers and a lot of stuff that's different. That's what we love about this series. We get all get the affirmation of learning that we're not alone in what our journey has been, but we also get some very different, and very personal insights into the unique experiences we all have.

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  14. Much has changed since we first discussed transphobia on Trans Truth, and frankly not much of it has been for the better. As we have documented regularly, the Republican Party and other right-wing hate groups have been waging a concerted national campaign of propaganda against trans people. This has led to laws being passed, in at least 21 states, which restrict or eliminate the rights of transgender people. It has also led to a measurable increase in the number of people who disapprove of transgender folk.

    So join us for part one of Transphobia Revisited, as we dig into what's been happening and why.

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  15. As you've probably heard, Trans Truth will be on-site at the 5th Annual Woodlands Pride Festival. One of the board members was kind enough to sit down with us for an interview about the festival, it's history, and even a little bit about her role in that history.

    Little did I know, the interview was going to involve a little bit of serendipity. You'll have to listen to the interview for the whole story, but it turns out that The Woodlands Pride Festival is not the only time Rachael and my paths have crossed.

    Anyway, this festival is one you don't want to miss. It's something special.

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  16. Like we were saying in Part 1, much has changed about transphobia, how the vanilla population understands (or more accurately, does notunderstand transgender people.

    In Part 2, we're focusing on the "moral" objections often made about trans people, and we'll dig into the root of those objections. Here's a hint... it almost always boils down to religion, or more precisely, to the religious right's predilection for (as Jeri Ann puts it) "bellying up to the scripture buffet", to cherry pick the passages they believe will substantiate their judgement. You guessed it... we will not let that stand.

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  17. We're taking a break from the serious stuff. We've decided to do a few episodes about transgender subjects in entertainment media; moves, television, and music.

    First up - the movies, because I am a big ol' film buff and Jeri Ann is a real live movies star!.

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  18. In part 2 of our series on trans influences, characters, and themes in various forms of entertainment, we're looking at television. Again, this is a very selective look at those things, but we found some gems that we just had to share.

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  19. We all know about artists like Boy George, Dee Snider, etc. but the history and influence of the transgender community goes back much further.

    Join Jeri Ann and Kelly as they dig through "the record library" (that's an old radio term for the room where the kept all the vinyl) to learn about all that history.


    Contemporary Trans Artists:

    The Cliks

    Ryan Cassata


    Teddy Geiger


    Skylar Kergill

    Against Me

    Ethel Cain

    Iceis Rain

    Dalice Malice (Not to be confused with Dallas Alice, last seen on the highway outside of Tucumcari ;) )

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  20. Rather late in the game, we got wind of the first ever Katy Pride Festival, in Katy, Texas. We quickly reached out to the organizers and asked if they had a spot for us. The quickly and generously offered space for Trans Truth to set up our remote recording studio.

    In this special episode, we interview Amanda Rose, the president of Katy Pride, and Heather Tolleson, Senior Pastor of Katy's First Christian Church. You'll hear about how the festival came to be, and about First Christian Church, Katy, has been bringing their message of hope, love, and inclusion to this Houston suburb for the last ten years.

    The event is free. There is also an after party, "Wicked With the Queens". Tickets are $25 and $40 (VIP), with proceeds going to the church's "TransParent Closet"

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