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September 8, 2017 @ 12:38 am

Fear.

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Transition can be scary. Transgender people face fear of rejection, fear of loneliness, fear of poverty. They fear for their safety. In this episode, we answer a listener question from Sabene who asks "How do you combat and overcome that fear? I am really struggling with that right now. I mean, it's almost pathological. And so I'd love to get your points of view and your experiences.  I have to get over this hurdle... and I don't know if I ever will." 

Some songs that deal honestly with mental illness (not that transgender people are mentally ill) and fear, and might prove inspirational, include Better Son/Daughter by Rilo Kiley, Bravado by Lorde (again with the Lorde), and Silk by Wolf Alice.

 

Also check out Faith's review of Boy Meets Girl featuring the wonderful trans actress Michelle Hendley.

 

And if you're in the greater New York area, why not stop by the Alley Pond Adventure Course where you can learn to overcome your fear by jumping off a 40-foot telephone pole. You'll survive. Faith did.  (Kath chickened out.) Have faith. 

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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 questions@genderrebels.com