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Fifty Shades of Gender

63 EpisodesProduced by Esther LemmensWebsite

We get curious about all things gender, sex and sexuality, as well as relationships, feminism (the inclusive kind), mental health and kink, and all that makes us humans unique and diverse. From body positivity to body dysmorphia, it’s all welcome here. Come with us on a journey of inclusion, accepta… read more

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63. JEN HARTMANN: non-binary, bigender

September 23rd, 2021

40:57

Jen Hartmann is a fashion designer and founder of the trans-positive label Baal Fashion. Jen is pretty much ok with all the traditional pronouns, but prefers he/him. He is non-binary and also identifies as bigender. …

62. JACOB PROFITT: non-binary, gay, drag queen

September 16th, 2021

36:04

Jacob Profitt is a geography teacher. Jacob's pronouns are they/them, and they identify as a gay non-binary person. Find out what that means to Jacob in this episode. We also talk about the freedom that comes with going …

61. DOROTHY 'THYO' PIERRE-LOUIS: non-binary, trans-masculine, bigender, toric, graysexual

September 9th, 2021

45:40

Dorothy Pierre-Louis uses he/him/his pronouns, and his nickname is Thyo (pronounced like Theo). He is non-binary and also uses the labels bigender …

60. EMME PORTER DeWITT: agender [transgender, nonbinary], queer [demisexual+]

September 2nd, 2021

55:59

Emme Porter DeWitt is an author, advocate, and authenticity coach. Emme's pronouns are they/them/theirs. They are agender and also identify as transgender, non-binary, queer and demisexual. Find out what that means to …

59. VICTOR MARTINEZ: non-binary, transgender, pansexual, panromantic

August 26th, 2021

58:39

Victor's pronouns are they/them, and they are non-binary and transgender, as well as pansexual and panromantic. Find out what that means to Victor in this episode. We also talk about identifying vs being, the freedom in …

58. GREYSON: trans man, xenogender (wolfgender), furry

August 19th, 2021

49:55

Greyson, a furry and budding artist, is a trans man, but identifies with wolfgender, which is a xenogender. Greyson uses he/him/himself as well as

57. JIN WICKED: agender, non-binary, autistic

August 12th, 2021

1:24:07

Jin Wicked is an artist, illustrator, and writer, on the autism spectrum. Jin's pronouns are they/them, and they are agender and non-binary. Find out what that means to Jin in this episode. We also talk about pushing …

56. JUNO ROCHE: trans & queer

August 5th, 2021

1:04:13

Juno Roche is a writer, campaigner and author of the books Queer Sex, Trans Power and Gender Explorers. Juno's pronouns are they/them, and they are trans and queer. Find out what that means to Juno in this episode. We …

55. BEVERLY LITTLE THUNDER: Two-Spirit Lakota woman

July 29th, 2021

44:05

Beverly Little Thunder is an activist, community leader and teacher, and founder of a non profit organisation that provides a safe space for ceremony for Indigenous LBGTQIA people. Beverly uses she/her pronouns, and she …

54. LYNN KEISER: transgender woman

July 22nd, 2021

55:08

Lynn Keiser is a professional in technology and mentor to younger transgender people. Lynn's pronouns are she/her, and she identifies as a …

53. LOR: intersex, non-binary, demiboy, bigender

July 15th, 2021

54:46

Lor is an entrepreneur, author and teacher and uses he/she pronouns. He is non-binary, and intersex – assigned female at birth but genetically male – and she is figuring things out when it comes to gender identities, …

52. DEAN RASMUSSEN: transgender, trans man, trans-masculine, genderqueer, non-binary, pansexual

July 8th, 2021

42:55

Dean is a Life Coach who is passionate about empowering the LGBTQ2S community. Dean uses he/they pronouns. He is a trans man, but they also resonate …

51. J LAURENCE SARNO: trans man

July 1st, 2021

1:04:22

Laurence Sarno is a former entertainer and journalist who now runs a marketing communications consultancy. Laurence's pronouns are he/him. He …

50. Reflections (part 2): discoveries so far

June 24th, 2021

1:15:30

In this second Reflections episode, Katy interviews Esther as she reflects on further conversations she’s had with gender-diverse folks, what she’s …

49. Being LGBTQIA+ in Higher Education (HE)

June 17th, 2021

1:01:51

This episode was created in collaboration with NEACO (Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach) and the University of East Anglia for Pride …

48. CARA WILDE: parent of a transgender teen

June 10th, 2021

45:41

Cara Wilde is a neurodiverse channel, mystic and Empath. She has two children, one of whom is transgender. Find out more about Cara's journey in this episode. We also talk about questioning your gender and looking …

47. HELEN BELCHER: woman with a trans history

June 3rd, 2021

55:11

Helen Belcher is an activist working to promote trans inclusion for more than a decade. Helen's pronouns are she/her, and she is a woman with a trans history. Find out what that means to Helen in this episode. Find out …

46. CHARLIZE JAMIESON: transgender woman

May 27th, 2021

54:13

Charlize's pronouns are she/her, and she is a transgender woman. Find out what that means to Charlize in this episode. We also talk about the importance of community and local connections, owning who you are, society's …

45. JAY GENESIS: trans-androgynous, genderqueer, non-binary, abinary, maverique, bi/pan oriented aroace, multiply disabled

May 20th, 2021

48:03

Jay Genesis is a German living in the UK, and lover of languages, podcasts and art. Jay's pronouns are any except he and she, with the neopronouns ve/ver/vis as a favourite. Ve uses the gender labels transandrogynous, …

44. TARA DAX: non-binary

May 13th, 2021

44:52

Tara Dax is a biologist, streamer, cosplayer and Trekkie. Tara's pronouns are they/them and they identify as non-binary. Find out what that means to …

43. SALLY GOLDNER: bi/pan trans introvert HSP woman

May 6th, 2021

46:41

Sally Goldner AM is an educator, speaker, leadership consultant and life coach. Sally's pronouns are she/her, and she identifies as a bi/pan …

42. EVEY WINTERS: transgender, transsexual woman

April 29th, 2021

54:40

Evey Winters is a transgender advocate, educator, and hot sauce addict. Evey's pronouns are she/her. She uses the labels transgender and transsexual woman, and also educates about both of these labels. Find out what …

41. HARRIS EDDIE HILL: trans non-binary, agender, trans-masculine

April 22nd, 2021

49:15

Harris is a coach and LGBTQ+ advocate on a mission to educate the general population about gender identity. They're also the host of The Transection …

40. BELLA CASCARINI: trans woman

April 15th, 2021

51:39

Bella's pronouns are she/her, and she is a trans woman – with more emphasis on the woman part than the trans part. Find out what that means to Bella in this episode. We also talk about what affects how we're perceived, …

39. GENEVIEVE: trans non-binary, genderqueer

April 8th, 2021

32:51

Genevieve is a sex and relationship therapist (in training). Genevieve's pronouns are they/them. They say the easiest terms are non-binary and queer, and they definitely identify as trans as well. Find out what that …

38. DEVI IRONY: non-binary, dominant

April 1st, 2021

49:26

Devi Irony is a dominant and sex worker, as well as an activist and educator in the kink and BDSM scene. Devi's pronouns are they/them, and they are a non-binary person. Find out what that means to Devi in this episode. …

37. CHARLIE ORRISS: transgender FTM

March 25th, 2021

24:28

Charlie Orriss says he would love to be a mental health ambassador one day. Charlie's pronouns are he/him, and he identifies as an FTM (Female To …

36. YAS NECATI: non-binary

March 18th, 2021

32:01

Yas is a journalist and writer based in London. Yas's pronouns are they/them, and they identify as non-binary. Find out what that means to Yas in this episode. We also talk about detaching activities from gender, …

35. JARETH NEBULA: transgender, agenderflux, demiboy, alien

March 11th, 2021

42:55

Jareth is a multifaceted transgender creature who dabbles in multiple types of artistic expression and crafting, and is also a professional model. …

34. CASSIAN LODGE: non-binary, agender

March 4th, 2021

1:06:12

Cassian's pronouns are they/them and they identify as non-binary and agender. Find out what that means to Cassian in this episode. Cassian started the Gender Census in 2011 and they talk about their main learnings and …

33. RACHEL LANGE: non-binary, queer, autistic

February 25th, 2021

35:25

Rachel Lange is a parent, freelance writer and artist, as well as editor of QueerPGH, a community-led publication out of Pittsburgh. Rachel loves to hear they/them pronouns, but is not offended by she or he if they are …

32. CAMERON: female but trans, trans-feminine

February 18th, 2021

30:57

Cameron is a Doctor of Computer Science and University Lecturer. Cameron's pronouns are she/her, and she is a newly discovered woman. She refers to herself as female but trans. Find out what that means to Cameron in …

31. CN LESTER: trans

February 11th, 2021

37:24

CN Lester is a musician, writer, researcher, queer/trans/feminist activist, and author of the book Trans Like Me. CN's pronouns are they/them, and they are a trans person. Find out what that means to CN in this episode. …

30. CASSIE BRIGHTER: Latina woman of trans experience

February 4th, 2021

1:03:51

Cassie is a writer and public speaker focusing on intersectionality and social justice. She's the founder of Empowered Trans Woman and Smart Sluts, a sex-positive community of women. Cassie's pronouns are she/her, and …

29. JOE: femme boy, non-binary, trans

January 28th, 2021

59:45

Joe is an educator and trainer on improving inclusivity in workplaces and schools at the Norfolk LGBT+ Project, and he's also an artist running a …

28. RACHEL LAWSON: no gender labels, thank you very much

January 21st, 2021

44:45

Rachel is a keen traveller and regular speaker at tech events, usually on the subject of community building. Rachel's pronouns are she/her, and she's …

27. RAY: binary transgender man, FTM, gay

January 14th, 2021

30:41

Ray's pronouns are he/him, and he identifies as a binary transgender man, who also happens to be gay. Find out what that means to Ray in this episode. We also talk about how feminism includes everyone, why some men need …

26. ANGUS BROWN (ANNIE): transgender woman, butch lesbian

January 7th, 2021

32:57

Angus Brown (or Annie to her close friends) is a musician and performance poet whose writing is heavily influenced by themes of gender, sexuality and mental health. Angus's pronouns are she/her and she identifies as as …

25. Reflections (part 1): discoveries so far

December 31st, 2020

1:05:39

This is another episode that’s different from the usual format. We are reversing roles, so Katy is interviewing Esther as she reflects on …

24. ALF RAVN: agender, transgender, non-binary

December 24th, 2020

41:50

Alf is a Danish tiny-house-living minimalist training to become a circus artist. Alf's pronouns are they/them. They are transgender and identifiy as agender and non-binary. Find out what that means to Alf in this …

23. ROBIN RICE: parent of a transgender adult

December 17th, 2020

21:01

Robin Rice is an internationally published author, social change artist and mentor to leaders. Robin uses she/her pronouns and considers herself a cisgender woman. She is the mother of two sons, one of whom is …

22. HANNAH WATSON: transgender

December 10th, 2020

36:57

Hannah's pronouns are she/her, and she doesn’t mind they/them. She is transgender, and although not fond of labels, the terms non-binary and asexual semi-resonate with her as well. Find out what that means to Hannah in …

21. FELIX: non-binary, transgender, queer

December 3rd, 2020

16:35

Felix is a figure skater and university student, who plans to go into teaching. Felix's pronouns are they/them. They are non-binary transgender and …

20. ELA XORA: transgender woman, anti Intersex Genital Mutilation activist

November 26th, 2020

52:33

Ela is an artist from London, who epicentres her work on classics, binarism and horses. Ela's pronouns are she/her or they/them. She identifies as a transgender woman and is an anti Intersex Genital Mutilation activist. …

19. How to be a better gender-diverse ally

November 19th, 2020

52:54

This is a slightly different episode than usual. It’s Transgender Awareness Week this week, and Esther has a conversation with two cisgender LGBTIQA+ people; Tiga-Rose, an intimacy coach and sex therapist in training, …

18. SOPHIE JAMES: transsexual, transvestite

November 5th, 2020

22:34

Sophie is a forty-something married parent of three kids and somewhere on the trans spectrum. Sophie's pronouns are she/her. She uses the words transsexual and transvestite of herself, but considers herself to be a work …

17. SAM BETTENS: transgender man

October 29th, 2020

43:33

Sam Bettens is a musician and lead vocalist of the Belgian band K's Choice (founded in 1992) and also of new Belgian electropop band Rex Rebel. Sam's pronouns are he/him, and he identifies as a transgender man. Find out …

16. KATY JON WENT: transgender, non-binary, asexual

October 22nd, 2020

1:11:36

Katy Jon Went is a public speaker and educator on gender, identity, sexuality, mental health, human rights, diversity and inclusion. Katy's pronouns are they/them or she/her. They are transgender and identify as …

15. KYL MYERS: genderqueer woman, gender-creative parent

October 15th, 2020

37:07

Kyl Myers is a sociologist, educator, and globally recognized advocate of gender creative parenting. Kyl's pronouns are they/them or she/her. They …

14. ALLAN D. HUNTER: genderqueer, gender invert

October 8th, 2020

39:24

Allan came out in 1980 as an identity he distilled on his own, as nothing of the sort was being discussed anywhere that he could find. As …

13. THEO WILL (TW) McKENNA: genderfluid, non-binary, asexual, grayromantic lesbian

October 1st, 2020

43:43

Theo is an aspiring queer writer and lover of memes and video games. Theo's pronouns are they/them (or fae/faer online) and they identify as genderfluid, non-binary, asexual, and a grayromantic lesbian. Find out what …

12. KIT RACKLEY #2: non-binary, trans-feminine, demigirl, genderfluid

September 24th, 2020

51:44

Kit is an ex-high school teacher and a passionate educator, blogger, author and performer – focusing on environmental and LGBT+ issues. Kit’s …

11. CHARLIE CAINE: gay trans man

September 17th, 2020

33:42

Charlie Caine is a theatre composer, lyricist and LGBT+ and political activist. Charlie's pronouns are he/him and he identifies as a gay trans man. …

10. BONNIE BAKENEKO: trans-masculine, non-binary, graysexual

September 10th, 2020

45:40

Bonnie is a multimedia artist working with themes of gender, body horror, psychosexuality and trauma. Bonnie's pronouns are he/him or they/them and …

9. ALYS WILFRED EARL #2: trans-masculine, non-binary, genderfluid

September 3rd, 2020

31:46

Alys Wilfred (or Fred, for short) is a writer, storyteller and folklorist. This is our second conversation, just over 20 months after our first …

8. MEL DAFNIS: non-binary, asexual, aromantic

August 27th, 2020

23:04

Mel is a former professional Jockey who sold her house and most of her possessions in 2015 to follow her dream of living and travelling America in an …

7. ANGE DE LUMIERE: parent of a transgender child

August 20th, 2020

36:46

Ange de Lumiere is a Spiritual Lawyer and Intuitive Business Strategist. Ange moved to the UK from Paris in 2001. She has four children, one of which …

6. SOPHIA WISE ONE: gender-transcendent

August 13th, 2020

47:09

Sophia is a speaker, singer, mentor, transformational storyteller, visionary, and prayer of prayers. She is also the host of several podcasts, including “Vagina Talks with Sophia Wise One”, “Medicine Caller”, and …

5. SARAH CORKE: intersex, non-binary

August 6th, 2020

26:54

Sarah's pronouns are she/her or they/them. She found out she was intersex at 19 and subsequently got involved with local charity Evolve, which …

4. EDALIA DAY: transgender, non-binary

July 30th, 2020

49:04

Edalia Day is a spoken word artist, video designer and theatre maker. Edalia's pronouns are they/them. They are transgender and identifiy as non-binary. Find out what that means to Edalia in this episode. We also talk …

3. HARRI ELOUISE NELLAR: trans-feminine, non-binary

July 23rd, 2020

57:28

Harri Elouise was a couple of years into their gender journey when we recorded this conversation in January 2019. Harri’s pronouns are they/them, and they identify as trans-feminine and non-binary. Find out what that …

2. ALYS WILFRED EARL: trans-masculine, non-binary, genderfluid

July 16th, 2020

37:03

Alys Wilfred (or Fred, for short) is a writer, storyteller and folklorist who specialises in orality, and medieval and early modern textual cultures. …

1. KIT RACKLEY: genderfluid, trans-feminine, non-binary, demigirl

June 29th, 2020

45:38

Kit Rackley is an ex-Geography high school teacher, now working as an education and program officer for a non-profit that promotes and facilitates …

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