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What The Trans!?

77 EpisodesProduced by Michelle O'TooleWebsite

UK-based news podcast for trans and non-binary folks and our allies. Join snarky trans fact-finding team Michelle and Ashleigh as they dissect the news, interview guests and chat about pop culture.

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EP73 - One Party State? W/Brynn Tannehill

May 3rd, 2022

CN: Cultural genocide, extremist governments, authoritarianism, racism, LGBT phobia, dystopia, Fascism

This bi-week:

Things get dark.

The UK …

EP72 - Conversion Therapy Ban U-Turn and talking April Ashley with Felix Moore

April 20th, 2022

Look at this! We made another podcast that is mostly on time!

This bi-week:

Michelle gets approached by the Daily Mail
The government bins trans people from the conversion therapy ban: we report from the massive protest …

EP 71: New trans MP and why GRT communities need you!

April 5th, 2022

This episode contains references to rape and cultural genocide, specifically about GRT communities.

On this episode

Ashleigh talks about being …

EP 70 - Feminists stood up for transgender people in the 70's

January 12th, 2022


This episode:

Politicians hilariously fail to stick us in the wrong prisons! (Can a prison ever be right?)

Far right goons are taking blockers to …

EP 69 - Nice (Kink, protests and accidental sex parties)

December 14th, 2021


This week:

The BBC did bad so Michelle went to MANY PROTESTS

The government's conversion therapy ban doesn't ban conversion therapy?

We talk about …

EP 68 - Why we were gone and a chat with a trans asylum seeker

November 29th, 2021


This week we explain why we were gone so long.

But more importantly, we went and talked to a trans man who is stuck in the kafkaesque asylum nightmare in the UK. If you want to know the real story when it comes to how …

EP67 - Michelle counts bigots at the LGB Alliance conference

October 29th, 2021


No we aren’t dead

This week:

- Michelle covers the anti-LGB Alliance protest outside their garbage conference!

- Pride in Surrey speaks out against …

EP66 - Trans Pride London, the media is enabling the far right and we get a government document!

July 9th, 2021


Big episode

We cover Trans Pride London featuring Hollyoak's Ki Griffin, YouTube's Abigail Thorn and Kae Tempest

We get a government document that …

EP65 - Truss just bins the whole LGBT (and part 2 of our chat with Christine Burns!)

June 29th, 2021


So this is a weird episode

We finish our chat with Christine Burns!

We talk Stonewall founding with Lord Michael Cashman!

We dissect Liz Truss's latest nonsense!

We get angry over the government ignoring Non-Binary …

EP 64: Christine Burns on trans activism in the 90's (part 1)

May 20th, 2021


This week there is TOO MUCH NEWS

The EHRC are called out by LGBT Orgs!
A court case in Northern Ireland is COMPLICATED!
Trans masculine surgeries …

EP 63: The Stonewall Interview

May 13th, 2021


This week we chat to Stonewall CEO Nancy Kelley about media lies, the LGB Alliance gaining charity status, conversion therapy and the biggest myths about Stonewall (#StonewallDeepState).

We also cover the latest …

EP 62: We speak to activists you need to know about.

May 7th, 2021


This week:

Government finds a way to make cutting the price of a gender recognition certificate suck.

Thousands of non-binary people demand recognition.


And we speak to the …

EP61: This is what emotional abuse is and how transphobia enables it

April 23rd, 2021


CN: Abuse, child abuse, transphobia, references to transphobic organisations and 'thought leaders' and one audio clip of Posie fucking Parker.

Michelle breaks down what emotional abuse is and how transphobia enables it.

EP 60: Good news except for Arkansas, microaggressions and yelling at Dave Chappelle

April 9th, 2021


This week:

- The Bell V Tavistock decision has been significantly undone!

- Arkansas does it's own Bell V Tavistock only far worse!

- Working life for trans people exposed!

- We discuss microaggressions FROM SOCIETY

- …

How the UK's Government has abused trans people and tried to look doing it

March 14th, 2021


The UK Government has abused trans people for the last 12 months.

People need to know what they have done.

Please share this everywhere.

EP 59: This pod is very late and too long because bigots attacked the Census

March 12th, 2021


This was the news week that never ended.

3 hero's quit government advisory committee to protest anti-LGBT nonsense!

Transphobic trouble from the House of Lords!

Fairplay For Women SUCK!

And we break down the latest …

EP 58: We made a whole other show! Also there is a census!

March 3rd, 2021


This week we have something very different: a whole other show!

What The Trans: Nights is our new monthly podcast that is available to patrons now …

EP 57: Awesome Cis Allies W/ David Paisley & Grace Petrie!

February 24th, 2021


This week we talk to two amazing cisgender allies who have stood up for the trans community in very cool ways.

Grace Petrie, folk singing, …

EP 56: We gotta think of the trans kids part 2

February 17th, 2021


Last week we talked the legal ramifications of the Bell V Tavistock puberty blocker bull....AHEM... so this week we talk to people effected on the …

EP 55: We gotta think of the trans kids part 1

February 9th, 2021


Everything is terrible. The High Court has ruled that under 16's are incapable of giving consent to puberty blockers. This week:

We examine the …

EP 54: Cis Allies Special feat: Owen Jones & Josie Long!

September 24th, 2020


So this was a bad news week. But whilst it is so easy to hate certain cisgender people (f**k you Liz Truss) Michelle and Ashleigh reach out to some astonishing cisgender allies!

This week we talked to Josie Long and …

EP 53: Are we sick of cisgender people?

September 17th, 2020



After an extended break Michelle and Ashleigh return to grumble about cis people.

Are we sick of them?

With Shaira Bambi Choudhury (UK Civil Service) and Ciara Murphy (Co-founder of Mindline Trans+).

EP 52: What The Pride!? Panel 2 -Black Trans Lives Matter!

June 9th, 2020


This week Michelle hands the keys to the show over to Diamond Stylze (Marsha's Plate) as she chats with fellow US black trans people Josephine, Felix and Yannick Taylor (Conversations With The Priestess) as well as UK …

EP 51: What The Pride!? Panel 1 - Transgender parents!

June 1st, 2020



We are doing a pride! All through June we will have panels, music and speeches aiming to fill the pandemic pride gap.

This week, Michelle is joined by guest co-host Casey Explosion as we …

EP 50: The UK press lies about trans women being dangerous again...

May 19th, 2020


To celebrate our 50th episode as a podcast thing Michelle and Ashleigh spill the beans from behind the scenes after two years of accidentally find themselves on the front lines of the UK's never-ending transphobic …

EP 49: We talk to former "gender critical" trans people!

May 12th, 2020


This week Michelle and Ashleigh chat to Asha and Haven, a trans woman and an agender person who are former members of an anti-trans hate movement ("gender critical feminists"). We ask them:

How do trans people become …

EP 48: Disabled & Trans During Lockdown

May 6th, 2020


This week:

We talk to Coffee Spoonie (they/she, @coffeespoonie) and Shash (she/her, @itsShash1) about being trans, disabled, under lockdown, and how suddenly institutions are doing #AccessibilityForAbleds which they …

EP 47: The government is announcing trans policy intentions whilst 1000 people are dying every day

April 28th, 2020


COVID-19 is claiming lives all over the world and the UK is all set to have the highest death toll in Europe. So what did Women & Equalities …

EP 46: Are they still open - Gender clinics, domestic abuse, and trans video games during COVID-19

April 21st, 2020


This week:

What to do if you are in lockdown with an abuser.

What are the Gender Identity Clinics doing during all this?

And Michelle & Ashleigh are joined by their new producer (and Steam Curator) Jo …


April 14th, 2020



As we finish restructuring behind the scenes, please enjoy our interviews with amazing cisgender allies Adam Conover (Adam Ruins Everything, The Crystal Maze), Susie Green (Mermaids …

EP44: Cis allies FROM THE PAST!

April 10th, 2020


This week, due to being thoroughly exhausted by lockdown-based nonsense as well as bringing in new staff to help this thing become bigger, better and amazing, we took a week off to recharge and rebuild.


EP 43: Terfs, T**nts and Hungarian Tyrants!

April 3rd, 2020


We didn't want to do the first half of this show, but the Mail on Sunday has continued being awful, the LGB Alliance don't appear to have noticed …

EP 42: LOCKDOWN SPECIAL - Pulling Together in Quarantown!

March 27th, 2020


You know what is going on and it is all a bit much so we bunkered down and spoke to the amazing Ica Nienz (Isolation Collective), Sabah Choudrey …

Minisode - GRA Reform believed to be in the bin.

March 20th, 2020


The I Paper has reported that sources in the Government have said that GRA reform has been postponed indefinitely.

Here are Michelle's thoughts.

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EP 41: Transphobia, Parliament & the Guardian. Again…

March 17th, 2020


We are back from our break! This week:

Transphobes do the transphobia thing in the UK parliament on International Women's Day!

Allies do the ally thing in the UK parliament because they are awesome!

We barely …

EP 40: Republicans are targeting trans kids

February 17th, 2020


Trans kids are being targeted by Republican lawmakers! Should we be concerned? We talk to Molly Woodstock (Gender Reveal podcast) and Cassius Adair …

EP 39: Why we should support intersex folk

January 24th, 2020


This week:

Intersex people have so much common ground with trans people, we should support each other! Ash & Meesh talk to intersex trans woman …

EP 38: Autistic trans people are a thing, LISTEN TO THEM

January 17th, 2020


This week:

Michelle talks to Felix and Jo Ross-Barrett about being autistic and being non-binary!

Transphobes are on the march in Scotland!

Celebrities are coming out all over the place!

And anti-trans group The LGB …

EP 37: How should trans people talk to journalists? With Jennie Kermode!

January 11th, 2020


This week:

The press has published easily debunkable lies (again...)

We talk trans and non-binary people WINNING AT THINGS!

And we talk to Jennie Kermode from Trans Media Watch about how, and even if trans and …

The real Queen’s speech 2019

December 25th, 2019


Screw "royalty," there is only one queen this Christmas and she is Ashleigh! Here is her Christmas message for the trans community!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Helplines open TODAY:

LGBT Switchboard

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EP 36: What on earth are the Tories going to do to us

December 20th, 2019


This week we are joined by Vic Parsons ( gender & identity reporter) to commiserate over more Tory rule. We talk:

How do we report …

EP 35: The Tories won - Here is an hour of hope

December 13th, 2019


This week

To cushion the blow of the worst goddam election result, we put together an hour of tales about trans heroes and how you can keep it …

EP 34: Helen Belcher could be the first openly trans MP

December 6th, 2019


This week (and every week till someone stops us):

India has a bad trans bill!

Christie Elan-Cane could get us X gender markers in passports!

We chat …

EP 33: Manifesto Mayhem! (Don't vote tory, seriously)

November 29th, 2019


This...week (we are weekly now!)

The manifestos are out! Which parties suck the least?

Michelle grills LGBT Labour, Lib Dem Jasmine Josephine and trans campaigner/author/legend Christine Burns for their take on this …

EP 32: Trans witchcraft vs The Government

November 1st, 2019


It is the spooky season, so Ash talks magic, queers and witches!

Former minister appears to reveal the results of the gender recognition act …

EP31: Why non-binary people are valid

October 18th, 2019


This bi-week:

Gender recognition act reform is being abandoned?

Voter ID laws may be a thing soon!

A summary of all the events at the US Supreme court!

We talk to Theo Hendrie (YouTuber) and May Bowen (podcaster on …

EP30: A tale of two supreme courts

October 7th, 2019


This bi-week-


We go deep into the US Supreme Court's upcoming LGBT employment discrimination hearings.

The UK has decided to list a Dad as a Mum …

EP29: Good prides! Bad prides! And having jobs whilst trans!

September 19th, 2019


We are back!

On this episode:

Trans+ Pride London happened and was great!

Manchester pride happened and it was less than great!

Travis Alabanza speaks!

Brexit is...guuuuh

Michelle and Ashleigh talk doing job things …

EP28: Domestic abuse chats with Diana James

August 10th, 2019


This bi-week:

The press appoints a new guy to regulate them...because that's how it works apparently...

Andrew Gilligan goes to Downing Street!

Gay …

EP27: Trans Pride Brighton 2019 and BORIS JOHNSON ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

July 26th, 2019


This by-week:

Boris Johnson is the prime minister, what does this mean for trans equality?

We talk about Hacked Off's report on media transphobia!

We talk IPSO's response to media transphobia!

And Michelle reports from …

EP26: Sparkle Minisode!

July 17th, 2019


Michelle and Ashleigh report from Sparkle 2019!

We talked hate crime with Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Manchester!

We talked music with Alex Valentine and Husk!

We talk shop with the amazing trans team at the LGBT …

EP25: UK Black Pride (and London Pride) SUPER SHOW

July 10th, 2019


This by-week:

Michelle covers all the Pride shenanigans London!

Shadow Women & Equalities Minister Dawn Butler tells us how the Government has failed trans people!

Billy Porter (Pose) tells us about Season 2 AND why …

EP24: Scotland caved to transphobes!

June 27th, 2019


This by-week:

Scotland caves and delays trans rights reform pending another consultation!

The Dems DIDN'T block the trans military ban!

The Times are …

EP 23: America is killing us (Feat Peri Jones)

June 15th, 2019


This bi-week, we are joined by Peri Jones who helps us break down Trump, Trans Rights, ICE, trans women of colour murders and border horrors.

Also -

EP 22: Cis Allies Special 2 - Electric Boogaloo!

May 22nd, 2019


This bi-week

- We talk to Natasha Devon, Sue Perkins, Baroness Liz Barker, Adam Conover, Neville Southall, Rachelle Foster and Susie Green about …

EP 21: The Trans Music Boogie-Tacular!

May 8th, 2019


This bi-week

- Caster Semenya! US Supreme Court dissected! Brazil needs help! Trans woman sues The Times!

- 16 beautiful songs by 16 amazing trans …

EP 20: The Cis allies spectacular! (Part 1)

April 25th, 2019


This bi-week

- LGBT news outlet lets bigots write for them!

- American trans people are going through some stuff

- We talk to Linda Riley (Diva magazine), Dr Adrian Harrop, Amelia Abraham (Dazed) and Olly Thorn …

EP 19: BFI Flare LGBT Film Festival DOUBLE EPISODE!

April 4th, 2019


This bi-week

- Homophobes protest schools!

- Brexit is coming (maybe?)

- Michelle heads over to the BFI LGBT film festival to talk to the directors …

Ep 18: Race, Racism and being a baby trans boy with Jackson King!

March 21st, 2019


- (Possibly) Transphobic gyms?

- GRA reform confusion!

- America is the worst!

- We talk race, racism and being a trans guy with Jackson King!

All links and references are here:

Ep 17: Trans spies, trans singers, trans hospitals, trans prisons

March 7th, 2019


- Trans panic on hospital wards! (Debunked)
- Trans panic in prisons! (Debunked)
- Tales from trans history including a trans spy from the 1700s and a stealth trans pop star in the 60s!
- Ashleigh moves house!
- …

Ep 16: You should podcast! Here is how! (Live from Manchester)

February 13th, 2019


This bi-week’s transgender content comes live from the LGBT Foundation in Manchester where Ash and Meesh will teach you how to start your very own podcast!

Also this bi-week:

Terfs go on tour!

Janelle Monae is …

Ep 15: There is a fascist running Brazil right now

January 30th, 2019


This bi-week:

- Ashleigh returns to the podcasting fold!

- Meesh and Ash talk to Alis, a non-binary trans girl from Brazil who talks about life under …

Ep 14: Michelle gets I,Daniel Blaked!

January 17th, 2019


Things get real this bi-week as Michelle tells the story of the fights with her mind, the fights with the department of works and pensions, and the fights with the national press!

Links and sources

Like our podcast? …

The real Queen’s speech 2018

December 25th, 2018


We all know that the royal family is quite silly, so here is a far better alternative Christmas message for the transgender community!


Merry Christmas everyone!



LGBT Switchboard

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Ep 13: We need to talk about Graham Linehan

December 19th, 2018


Michelle finds herself alone on the pod as Ashleigh takes a well deserved break. Does Michelle have some kind of breakdown? Is she able to handle the pressure? Well...listen to the show and find out...(spoilers - …

Ep 12: Trans Day of Remembrance is Complicated

November 21st, 2018


Meesh & Ash have mixed feelings about trans day of remembrance!

A well respected doctor believes anime causes transness!

Ru Paul! Super Girl! …

Ep 11: The Nazis burned down a sex museum and it was awful

November 7th, 2018


As the Americas struggle with new forms of Fascism taking root, Ash and Meesh go back in time to 1930’s Germany to learn about how a gaggle of science queers made shop above a sex museum and lead the way on trans …

Ep 10: The GRA consultation has killed us

October 24th, 2018


...we are so tired...

The gender recognition act consultation has brought the fires of hell down on the trans community...

...but Meesh and Ash …

EP9: The gender recognition act showdown! (With Cass Smith)

October 15th, 2018



This bi-week Meesh and Ash are joined by Cass Smith, trans advocacy officer for the LGBT Foundation to discuss the GRA consultation, bad …

EP 8: The Trans Movie Spectaculaaaaar

September 26th, 2018


This bi-week Michelle and Ashleigh go to the talkies and are horrified at how much film makers want to examine trans people’s junk.


This episode …

Ep 7: Sex, Sex offenders and stupid studies

September 12th, 2018


This bi-week, Meesh and Ash get real about dating. SPOILER ALERT - dating whilst trans is a nightmare.

Also this episode:

Why is everyone losing their minds over trans people?

Is Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria coming for …

EP6: Trans TERFs are doin it to themseeeelves!

August 29th, 2018


This bi-week:

Transphobes ruin stickers

Michelle says a bunch of things that will be edited out of context

Ashleigh sings a bit

America has a …

Ep 5: Trans History with Morgan M Page!

August 15th, 2018


This bi-week, Morgan M Page (writer, artist and created of the Out From the Vaults podcast) gives me us a lesson on the almost forgotten history of …

EP4: (Not really) Live from Trans Pride Brighton!

July 31st, 2018


This bi-week, Ash and Michelle go to the seaside to eat ice cream, shout at cis people and fly flags for trans pride Brighton! Inside this content …

Ep 3: Ash goes to Downing Street (Pride Month Special!)

July 10th, 2018


Pride month is happening and so are we. This biweek we have a special, bumper, extended episode that contains tales of queer from all across the British land mass, including:

Ashleigh getting called to Downing Street

Ep2: We’re not crazy anymore! (But boy, have we got problems)

July 1st, 2018


This week:

The UN announces that we aren’t crazy anymore!
Emmerdale adds a trans dude to their show!
The press lies!

And Michelle and Ash hatch a plan to give male fish breasts!

Ep1: Supergirl punches Section 28!

June 11th, 2018


A new podcast approaches... Being trans is amazing, but every now and then we as a group face challenges that most will never have to think about. But fear not! Michelle and Ashleigh are here to dissect the latest trans …

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