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December 22, 2016 @ 4:04 pm

Holidays and Bigotry


Holidays are a time that brings the whole family together. And as anyone who's ever had a family can tell you, that's not always a good thing. It's especially difficult for LGBTQ people who might find themselves having to pass the mashed potatoes to the transphobic or homophobic person sitting next to them at dinner. 

This holiday season we answer a question from Embedded Emily on twitter (@embeddedemily). She asks "I'm a grown up transgender person who lives on my own and my parents refuse to use preferred name/pronouns. They've claimed it's explicitly for religious reasons. Should I go to holiday events with them and just accept their disapproval or is their disapproval such that I should just avoid them and all the family's holiday gatherings?"  

Ted Chiang's "Stories of Your Life" book on which the film Arrival is based.  

Info on Leela Alcorn's tragedic death

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  1-800-273-8255

Trans Lifeline - 877-565-8860
When we talk about "the good subreddits" we mean /r/TransSupport  and r/transpositive

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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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