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October 6, 2017 @ 12:31 am

Coming Out in a Tough Situation- featuring Brooke Guinan

Coming out is hard, and a non-supportive situation only makes it harder. In this episode we answer a question a lot of listeners have asked: How do you come out when your family, friends, co-workers, and neighborhood may not be supportive? To get some insight from someone who did just that, we talk with Brooke Guinan. She's the first openly transgender firefighter in the FDNY, the New York City Fire Department. We'll learn about this third-generation firefighter who grew up steeped in tradition, and how she found the courage to come out and be her true self. 

Be sure and check out the new documentary film, Woman on Fire, which tells Brooke's story. It was awarded an Official Selection at DOC NYC.  We saw an advanced copy and this movie is funny, heartfelt, and moving. Check out the trailer here or watch now on iTunes

Also, Brooke mentioned GSA, Gay Student Alliance Network, which is a student-led organization dedicated to helping LGBTQ junior high and high school students.  They support each other and provide safe spaces to be who they are. 

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Music by one of our favorite bands, the super cool, all-female punk band Jasper the Colossal. Download their new album "Take Your Time" and all their tracks on iTunes. 
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The Gender Rebels is a weekly question-and-answer podcast that explores life outside the binary; crossdressing, transgender topics, queer life and anything else that helps break down the gender binary. It's hosted by Faith, a transgender woman in Brooklyn, and her cis female partner Kath. You might also hear a bark or two in the background from our cis dog Rocket. To ask us a question or share a thought emails us at

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