Responding to Hate & Judgment
Transgender Woman Talking
by E.E. Loewen
1w ago
Elle talks about some recent experiences she's had with haters, and how she chose to respond. She reflects on some of the principles she's used in the past (and present) for shaping reactions, offering a matrix of priorities that may arrive in a variety of priorities depending on the situation. The themes and topics addressed in this episode include Nex Benedict's death, verbal and physical threats, intimidation, personal safety, blocking and deleting on social media, attending to self-respect, getting our needs met, fighting for justice, ghosting, reconciliation, forgiveness, intimacy, and le ..read more
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Interview with Bekki Lorton, Nonbinary Community Organizer
Transgender Woman Talking
by E.E. Loewen
2w ago
This week's show features an interview recorded some time ago with one of Elle's coworkers at the LGBTQ Center of the Desert in Palm Springs, Bekki Lorton. They are a nonbinary person who shares their experiences on the path of self-discovery and self-love. In addition to doing community work at The Center, Bekki also worked with exotic animals in a zoo. Learn more about Bekki and their work here: https://thecentercv.org/en/about-us/our-people/bekki-lorton/ . If you have a story or insight relevant to the work of Transgender Woman Talking, and would be willing to sit for an interview, please r ..read more
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Am I Transgender? (Part 7)
Transgender Woman Talking
by E.E. Loewen
3w ago
This episode concludes (for now) Elle's series asking the question about gender identity, Am I Transgender? This final episode again will work just fine on its own but will be best absorbed in the context of the previous six (linked below). In it, Elle talks about the Erin in the Morning's fabulous response to a transphobic hit piece published by the New York Times this last week. She also reflects on themes of intersex experiences, HRT as an experiment, the persistence of Gender Dysphoria over the years, and the collective weight of all the little "signs" along the way. If you have a story or ..read more
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The Impending Doom
Transgender Woman Talking
by E.E. Loewen
1M ago
Elle this week reflects on the stress of existing as a trans person (and more generally a minority person) in the world today. She talks about the weight of discouragement and hopelessness that some trans people get covered by, and why it shows up for us. Among other themes, Elle recommends the work by Erin in the Morning who tracks anti transgender legislation in the United States (read with caution because the facts can be depressing). In addition, she references the concept of Minority Stress which is widely considered a significant stress factor by medical providers. She closes with some p ..read more
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Understanding Transgender Identities: Four Views | A Conversation with Christian Educators
Transgender Woman Talking
by E.E. Loewen
1M ago
In this episode, Elle reflects about a conversation she had with educators and medical providers at Loma Linda University, a Seventh-day Adventist college and hospital in southern california. The table talk itself was not recorded, but Elle brings her report before, immediately after, and in retrospect of what happened. What she had erroneously thought of as an interview or panel discussion prior turned out to be an intimate chat with a group of empathetic educators, many or most of whom were allies. The group is exploring a book published by Baker Academic, exploring four contrasting Christia ..read more
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The Voices in Our Heads
Transgender Woman Talking
by E.E. Loewen
2M ago
Elle talks about the voices of doubt and self-hate and transphobia that rattle around in our heads -- where they may have come from, and how she navigates them in the present. She reflects on a conversation she once had with Rachel Freemon Sowers (of Road to Radical Visibility) about people's projections on us, in addition to her work in the therapy world. Among other themes, this program includes exploration of distorted thought patterns, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), CBT (cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and trauma work. Please reach out to Elle with ideas and constructive feedback at ..read more
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Chosen Families and Survival (Live Lecture from Kinship Kampmeeting)
Transgender Woman Talking
by E.E. Loewen
3M ago
For this week's episode, Elle shares a lecture she gave for SDA Kinship's 42nd annual Kampmeeting held in Riverside, California. Her lecture was given to a small audience of queer Christians in a hotel conference room. The lecture features her reflections on queer and chosen families, the imperfections amongst families, the ways in which we survive, and how to build thriving communities that can help us love well. Please reach out to Elle with your constructive feedback at twatpodcasting@gmail.com ..read more
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Interview with Stephanie Kolton from Patchwork
Transgender Woman Talking
by E.E. Loewen
3M ago
This week on the program, Elle interviews the founder and leader of Patchwork, a network of mutual support communities for and by transgender people. In the episode, Stephanie reflects on her own personal journey with gender, some of the key experiences that shaped her, and what she gives her heart and soul to today. In addition, she also discusses the importance of building networks of love for our survival as transgender people. Learn more about Stephanie's background in crisis support and emergency services, and how these skills have influenced the creation of Patchwork. https://www.transpa ..read more
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Intersectional Identities
Transgender Woman Talking
by E.E. Loewen
4M ago
During this episode, Elle reflects on some of her experiences with intersecting aspects of marginalization, as well as with enjoying privilege. She highlights the AWIS map of intersecting oppressions and privileges (click here), as well as similar diagrams from Sylvia Duckworth (click here). She talks about how she grew from dismissing systemic racism as an adolescent to becoming antiracist as an adult. In addition, she also invites a call to action for those of us who enjoy aspects of privilege in our lives today. Some of the books and ideas mentioned include: The New Jim Crown by Michelle A ..read more
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The Politics of Transgender Bodies
Transgender Woman Talking
by E.E. Loewen
4M ago
Elle talks about recent elections in the United States, the politics of being transgender, and therefore the ways in which our bodies are politicized in a hierarchical gender binary whether we choose it or not. She explores the benefits and drawbacks of being invisible to society, including a brief description of Resmaa Menakem's work on bodily trauma in My GrandMother's Hands. She also references Alok V. Menon's work, and the power of nonbinary experience. Find the intersectionality diagram to map your own oppression, privilege, and domination here: https://www.awis.org/wp-content/uploads/AWI ..read more
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