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A Minnesota Trans-Atheist

Maddy Love, transwoman living in Minnesota, talks with and about people in the trans, atheism, skepticism, and science communities. Then, since there's no one to stop her, she talks about anything else she finds interesting or irritating - like podcast hosts writing summaries in 3rd person


Ep 50 Stephanie Zvan
Call the show at 612-643-1108 or email Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Main show page is The Trans Lifeline is US: (877) 565-8860 and Canada: (877) 330-6366 Quick links 00:00 New Direction (for the show - not the boy band) 02:37 Initro to Stephanie Zvan 85:25 Intro for "Ghosts of Tomorrow" by Feathers Wise This episode I sit down via Skype with radio host, author, speaker, organizer, and activist Stephanie Zvan.  Stephanie has been a major impact on my life through her friendship, her writing, and her ability to bring people together in an effort to improve the world.  I'm grateful to have the chance to chat with her one on one, across a variety of topics from Minnesota Atheists to the conferences she has organized and some behind the scenes radio stuff.  I hope you enjoy this conversation. Links: Feathers Wise Bandcamp: Feathers Wise Facebook: Feathers Wise Instagram: Stephanie Zvan home page: Stephanie's blog, Almost Diamonds: The Orbit blog network: Secular Woman: Skepticon: Minnesota Atheists: Atheist Talk Radio Show: Thanks again for downloading and listening!
91:35 8/30/19
Ep 49 Cup of Words with Paige Converse
Call the show at 612-643-1108 or email Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: This podcast is proud to be a part of the Trans Podcaster Visibility Initiative: Main show page is The Trans Lifeline is US: (877) 565-8860 and Canada: (877) 330-6366 Paige Converse is the host of the Cup of Words podcast, a podcast that features their spoken word pieces and her interviews where people share their favorite poem with her, and the two talk about it.  I’m excited to say I was their first guest for this podcast, and I shared my favorite poem, Storm by Tim Minchin…so if you want to hear me recite Storm in its entirety and then hear the two of us discuss it check out their podcast, link is in the show notes.  Upon reflection, I do have one regret following this conversation with Paige…both her and I share a deep love of punning…and yet I don’t think either one of does a single pun in this entire conversation, and that is definitely something I regret.  With that regret in mind, we move to this conversation, which I hope you find interesting, entertaining, and leaving you wanting to know what’s beyond the written word that you find on this Paige. LINKS: Cup of Words podcast: Jokes: What's the difference between 3 and 2?  One!   Jesus said, "come fourth and receive everlasting life"  Well I take a while, the lube was running dry, so I came 5th...all I got was a damn toaster oven.   Why couldn't the pirate sit down?  Cause she had her booty stolen!  
95:33 6/27/19
Ep 48 Maddy is Interviewed
My guest this episode is Shanna Felix, and she will actually be interviewing me.  Shanna is a 3rd year phD student with Georgia State University working on a dissertation relating to criminal justice where her field of study is criminology, queer criminology, and the experience perceptions of people who identify as queer have with the criminal justice system.  One of the driving forces for Shanna was the realization that academia has largely ignored this area of knowledge, and its difficult to find answers when you don’t even know what questions need to be asked.  Shanna identifies as a queer lesbian herself, and is a former Jehovah’s Witness.  If you want to hear more from Shanna, she was recently a guest over on Queersplaining a podcast by the amazing Callie Wright.  The episode is titled Queer Criminology, and was release on March 21st 2019, just one week after Shanna and I chatted…yes that’s right I’ve had this conversations sitting in my computer for like 6 weeks…I’m sorry Shanna! Links: Need bad jokes? listen to Maddy's pun run over on Secular Soup, it takes place in the first 10 minutes of the episode, but really the whole movie is awesome... Thanks for listening and downloading!
119:39 4/30/19
Ep 47 Everyone's Agnostic
Call the show at 612-643-1108 or email Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: This podcast is proud to be a part of the Trans Podcaster Visibility Initiative: Main show page is The Trans Lifeline is US: (877) 565-8860 and Canada: (877) 330-6366 Quick links 04:30 Christianity is Oppressed 46:26 Gender Confetti Introduction & Music So you may have noticed the interview was a little off sounding on my end...that's because although I was talking directly into my wonderful ATR2100 mic, I neglected to plug that mic the entire conversation on my end was recorded using my lap top mic.  I won't be making THAT mistake again. LINKS: Everyone' Agnostic Main Page: Facebook: Gender Confetti Facebook: Bandcamp:    
52:20 1/4/19
Bonus Episode Shout Out to Marissa Alexa McCool
The following show were compiled by Rich & Deanna Joy Lyons from the Living After Faith Podcast....but I absolutely endorse them! -Maddy We’re here to bring you an extra special crossover episode in support of Marissa Alexa Lennox-Mccool. She is a podcaster, author, performer, speaker, ​and an LGBT rights and atheist activist. She co-founded the Trans Podcaster Visibility Network, she is the host of the podcasts The Inciting Incident and The Cis Are Getting Out of Hand, and she produces a few other shows and helps out numerous other podcasters in many ways, including being a rad guest. She is the author of 6 books with a 7th coming soon, as well as several screenplays. She’s now about to go in and get a Science Vagina, and we wanted to show her some love from her community to perk up her spirits, and share her go fund me and her work to perk up her bank account. You can find links to her writing and more information on her website, Okay, so before we go on, here’s a plug for Rissy’s gofundme: Operation Science Vagina Recovery She’s gonna need as much help as we can provide to get through these lean times. We donated and it would be super helpful if you can donate too, or share the link. In this episode, you’re going to hear a lot of gushing of love, support, and admiration for Marissa. This is being released simultaneously on several other podcast feeds. We wanted to get this out as widely as possible so we’ve partnered with other shows to get these audio messages together and out to the world. And it’s a surprise! Contributors in order of appearance: Bethany Turner – The Transatlantic GeekCast (coming soon!) Charlotte Page – The Transatlantic Geekcast (coming soon!) Skeptic Brett – Atheists on High Podcast Ingrid Stone Zach Law – The Zachriledge Cast Ari Stillman and Jeremiah – The Gaytheist Manifesto Amy Withawhy – Secular Soup Ami with an i – Secular Soup Maddy Love – A Minnesota Trans Atheist Podcast & Atheists Talk Hertzy Hertz – Atheists Talk & Hertzey Talks Wren – The Cis Are Getting Out of Hand (guest) Sylia Stevie Faithless – Trans Punk Rock Girl podcast Larry Yellingman – Man Yells at News Podcast Alisha Ann – The Inciting Incident Podcast (guest) A Koch’s Cakes Cory Johnston – Hardcore Skeptic Examines & Brainstorm Podcast Tris Mamone and Morgan – Biskeptical Podcast Nathan Dickey – A Leap of Doubt Jen – Not Another Atheist Podcast Donate here:
45:45 9/1/18
Ep 46 Slurm Flirty Worm
Call the show at 612-643-1108 or email Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: This podcast is proud to be a part of the Trans Podcaster Visibility Initiative: Main show page is The Trans Lifeline is US: (877) 565-8860 and Canada: (877) 330-6366 Quick links 00:20 Christianity is Oppressed 07:31 Initro to Slurm Flirty Worm 47:53 "Dr. Oolongs Couples Therapy" by Slurm Flirty Worm This episode features an interview with a really fun punk band from the Pacific Northwest, Slurm Flirty Worm.  Slurm's drummer and back up vocalist (Abbi) is trans, and a listener local to Slurm helped connect Abbi and I.  The whole band, Abbi, Michael, & Zakk are awesome, and I had a lot of fun chatting with them about how they got their name, what kind of music they play, and of course which hot pockets are the best hot pockets. Links: Slurm Flirty Worm Bandcamp: Slurm Flirty Worm Facebook: Slurm Flirty Worm Twitter: Obsidian Shell: Jokes How can you tell a timberwolf from a grey wolf? From its bark! What do you call an everyday potato? A commentator Why is that new cell phone wearing glasses? Because its lost all its contacts! Thanks again for downloading and listening!      
50:46 8/8/18
Ep 45 Yannick Taylor
Call the show at 612-643-1108 or email Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: This podcast is proud to be a part of the Trans Podcaster Visibility Initiative: Main show page is The Trans Lifeline is US: (877) 565-8860 and Canada: (877) 330-6366 Quick links 00:20 The talking stuff starts 05:29 Intro to Yannick  51:24 "Sustaining", by Yannick Taylor My guest for this episode is Yannick Taylor who hosts the Black Tran and Beautiful podcast, which can be found pretty much everywhere my podcast can be found…I found her on Spotify.  When I was checking to make sure this show looked the way I wanted it to in Spotify I searched the word “Trans”.  That was back in December, and even now searching in June, the only two transgender podcasts that come up when I search “trans” are hers and mine…which is like really sad.  On the other hand, it gave me an opportunity to meet and chat with The Divine Priestess herself, Yannick Taylor.  Her show page describes The Black, Trans, & Beautiful Podcast as “an outlet to educate, enlighten, entertain, and to inspire. No topic is off limits.”  I’ve been a listener and patreon for a few months now, and it’s a great addition to my regular podcast rotation. In case it wasn’t obvious by the title, Yannick is a black trans woman, and she’s also a church leader…which makes yet another christian that has been willing to come on this atheist podcast…I guess hashtag not all christians? Stick around through the interview, as Yannick is also a musician, so I thought it would only be appropriate to close the show out with her music. Links: Naked Colors: Facebook Twitter: @YannickTMusic Instagram: @YannickTMusic Youtube: Soundcloud: Musique's Poetry: Cd Baby : BandCamp: Booking:   Thanks as always for downloading, listening, and supporting! Jokes! What do ghosts play in the school band? Haunting melodies! The future, the present and the past walked into a bar. Things got a little tense. Nurse I think I'm shrinking! Then go see the doctor and be a little patient If you're reading this Jes, this joke is for you (not about you mind you - just for you) Besides wood, can you name a poor conductor? The music teacher!  
66:53 6/15/18
Ep 44 Giving Birth as a Man
Call the show at 612-643-1108 or email Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: This podcast is proud to be a part of the Trans Podcaster Visibility Initiative: Main show page is Quick links 00:53 Feeling like I've failed my kids 05:50 Interview with Shane Armstrong-Phairchyld 45:23 Trap Girl, "Trapped For Life" Black Market EP My guest for this episode is Shane Armstrong-Phairchyld, artist, dad, and the branch co-director of the trans-youth education and support of Colorado.  I met Shane through a mutual friend Daylin.  Shane was responding to a question Daylin had posted on facebook regarding the experiences of trans men who had given birth.  Shane was so willing to share that I asked if we would be willing to share his experiences here on this show as well.  I am so happy that he said yes, and am so happy to have had the opportunity to talk to him here.  Shane’s life is much bigger than a pregnancy and I hope that you enjoy the conversation. Links: Shane Facebook: Trans Youth Education & Support of Colorado (TYES) on Facebook:  TYES on the web:    Music Links: TRAP Girl:  TRAP Girl BandCamp:  Review of Trap Girl:   Thanks as always for downloading, listening, and supporting! Jokes! Honestly, I'm struggling really hard with depression right now, feel free to send me your jokes, and I'll include them in the show notes, and thank you right here for sending them to me. (assuming they're not racist, homophobic, or otherwise hate filled - then again if you listen to this show you probably don't think jokes like that are funny). Thank you everyone!
47:46 3/16/18
Ep 43 Dr. Eric Meininger
My guest this episode is Dr. Eric Meininger specializes in adolescent health with special emphasis on transgender adolescents and LGBT homeless youth.  After the interview stick around for “American Punk”, a track from the recently released “Burning Rubber” the newest EP from The Homobiles. Dr. Eric Meininger specializes in adolescent health with special emphasis on transgender adolescents and LGBT homeless youth.  I first met Dr. Meininger about 6 years ago in a professional setting, but we don’t mention anything about in this episode because we are both cognizant of patient privacy and the ethics surrounding keeping patient information private. Dr. Meininger is a wonderful person, a wonderful doctor, and gasp shock & horror, the lead usher at All God's Children Metropolitan Community Church.  Yes Dr. Meininger is yet another christian appearing on an atheist podcast…but that’s because to me the god question is much less important than how we treat each other, how we respect, care, and treat our fellow humans...and Dr. Meininger respects, cares, and treats his patients and the people in his life wonderfully.  Too often in the trans community we are faced with gatekeepers who are trying to keep us out.  Dr. Meininger definitely manages a gate, but from this interview, and the years I’ve personally known him, his role at that gate is to help the trans community get through the gate and onto their true authentic selves.  We need more allies like Dr. Eric Meininger in healthcare. Links: Dr. Meininger Links Family Tree Clinic in St. Paul: U of M Transgender Health:  Minnesota Trans Health Coalition: Annex Teen Clinic: Rainbow Health Initiative: Music Links Homobiles on Facebook: Homobiles on Bandcamp: Contact: Obsidian Shell: Obsidian Shell Facebook: Jokes Apparently you can’t use “beef stew” as a password. It’s not stroganoff. I was just looking at my ceiling. Not sure if it’s the best ceiling in the world, but it’s definitely up there. I wear a stethoscope so that in a medical emergency I can teach people a valuable lesson about assumptions. There are 10 types of people: Those who understand binary, and those who don't.      
82:23 2/4/18
Ep 42 The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
Call the show at 612-643-1108 or email Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: This podcast is proud to be a part of the Trans Podcaster Visibility Initiative: Main show page is The Trans Lifeline is US: (877) 565-8860 and Canada: (877) 330-6366 Quick links 001:13 Brief personal transition story 007:58 Thank you 009:05 Interview with Jennifer Landuis - Director of Social change at The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence 138:35 Mya Byrne, American Dream (so far away) My guest for this episode is Jennifer Landuis, she is the Director of Social Change at the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence.  This conversation may be difficult for some listeners as it is a frank discussion on the work Jennifer is doing in combatting sexual and gender violence.  The conversation takes a few detours on the way, we touch a bit on her Christianity and social justice and getting deeper the conversation turns to why we sometimes use the term gender violence in lieu of domestic violence, what her recommendation is if you come across an abuse situation in public, and how to find resources in your area.  This is a pretty long conversation, and a conversation which was over much too quickly.  I hope you enjoy this episode, and while I hope no one listening is in a place where they need any of the resources Jennifer provides, the resources Jennifer and I discuss are in the show notes, they are right here for those that do. Links: Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence: Lewis House: Domestic Violence hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE Outfront Minnesota: MN Coalition for battered women: FORGEforward (yes I'm including a religious link): Anti-Violence Project: Northwest Network Seattle: Power Control Wheel for LGBTQIAA relationships: Music Links: Mya Byrne: Mya Byrne Bandcamp site: Thanks as always for downloading, listening, and supporting! Jokes! Ghosts don't have gender They're. . .         Non-boo-nary Q. Why are most monsters covered in wrinkles? A. Have you ever tried to iron a monster Q: What do you get when you drop a pumpkin?  A: Squash this one is actually ironic because technically a pumpkin is a type of squash, like Libby's Pumpkin that I use for my pumpkin pie is made from squash Also, always remember, jokes are more funny when they come with footnotes!
102:25 10/30/17
Ep 41 Dara Hoffman-Fox LPC
Call the show at 612-643-1108 or email Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: This podcast is proud to be a part of the Trans Podcaster Visibility Initiative: Main show page is The Trans Lifeline is US: (877) 565-8860 and Canada: (877) 330-6366 Quick links 00:50 Trans Podcaster Visibility Initiative 01:55 Con Controversy 07:32 Interview with Dara Hoffman-Fox LPC 89:29 FLOWTUS My guest this episode is Dara Hoffman-Fox, a queer-identified gender therapist, writer, educator, and transgender rights advocate.  Frequently serving as a subject-matter expert on transgender and non-binary issues for the media, Dara is a prolific thought leader on the topic of gender identity whose articles and videos have empowered thousands worldwide.  Dara provides education resources through a blog, YouTube channel, social media networks, trainings and presentations. This episode runs long, because the conversation that Dara and I were having was so great, that neither one of us were in a hurry to end it.  Dara is an amazing person, and I'm extremely happy to finally make this show happen, and that the conversation went so well. Dara Links: Discovering Your Gender Identity:  Dara on Facebook:  Dara on YouTube:  Dara on Twitter:  Dara's website:  Music: To close this episode out I asked FLOWTUS if I could play one of the tracks they recorded outside of the studio.  As I'm typing this I had just heard them last night, they were amazing, and I didn't want to wait for them to hit the studio before I shared their music.  Give it a listen, imagine you're sitting 6 feet from the band with a gorgeous fire burning behind you, surrounded by friends.  FLOWTUS will forever have a special place in my heart for being a great soundtrack on such an amazing night. You can find FLOWTUS on Facebook at and you can purchase, download, and be alerted when new music is released at  Opening and bumper music was provided courtesy of Obsidian Shell you can find them at where you will find links to all of their albums and social media sites. Trans Podcaster Visibility Initiative: You can learn more and follow the Trans Podcaster Visibility Initiative on Facebook at  Con Links: For more information on what happened at MythCon I highly recommend listening to Callie Wright's interview with the organizers:  Reading PZ Myers Freethought Blog:  Reading Stephanie Svan's Almost Diamonds blog regarding division in the Atheist Movement:  Jokes: These were all told last night during the FLOWTUS concert. What do you call a cow with no legs?  Ground Beef! What do you call a cow with one leg?  Steak! What do you call a cow with 2 legs?  Lean Beef! What do you call a masturbating cow?  Beef Stroganoff!
92:20 10/2/17
Ep 40 Terra Snover
Call the show at 612-643-1108 or email Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: This podcast is proud to be a part of the Trans Podcaster Visibility Initiative: Main show page is The Trans Lifeline is US: (877) 565-8860 and Canada: (877) 330-6366 Quick links: 01:44  Eclipse Essay for Dimland Radio 10:20  Interview with Terra Snover  In this episode I am happy to be joined by Terra Snover.  The following is from Terra's website:  Terra is someone who sees injustice in the world and wants to make it right. Hears the needs of those around her and can’t help but feel the need to improve it. Who stands tall with all her sisters and brothers of all races, religions, and creeds and hopes to support them in their dream of becoming a part of this amazing melting pot we call home. Who will fight for the needs of all the people, not just the select few who already have it all and want to exploit us just so they can have a little more. She hopes for a strong education for all of our children and young adults, no matter their upbringing or where they live. She believes in the armed forces of this union but feels that many of these brave woman and men don’t have the support the need once they return home. And she won’t sit by and watch this country be broken apart by the very people who are sworn to serve the public.   Jobs and Wages: There is a significant problem with disproportionate income distribution leading to stagnant wages which have not kept up with the cost of living.  The minimum wage MUST be increased. (Read more.) Healthcare: Healthcare in the United States has been broken for far too long. The ACA was a good starting point, but we need to go further and make Medicare-for-all a reality. (Read more) Immigration: Almost all Americans are immigrants.  We came here looking for a better life, hoping this land would care for us, and that dream hasn’t changed. We need to create better, more streamlined legal paths to become citizens.  The American dream does not diminish the more who become a part of it: It only grows stronger. (Read more) Agriculture: Given the recent demand for water in California, and the subsequent effect of groundwater levels, it is imperative that we be proactive to incentivize more efficient use of land and water resources.  I propose tax cuts and further subsidies for farms that work to be more ecologically friendly. (Read more) Infrastructure: One of the most important but least sexy issues facing the USA. We need to find a way to repair and modernize our infrastructure without breaking the bank.  We need to invest in better technology, especially for dams and bridges. Science: We find ourselves facing one the largest problems of the past 200 years in the form of widespread science denial. Science has made our country what it is today, from the Wright brothers taking flight and JFK’s challenge to one day go to the moon, we now having robots operating on other worlds. We can not lose this love of the unknown and quest to do and create the next big thing. (Read more) Criminal Justice: We live in a time when the criminal justice system is broken. We currently incarcerate more people than any other place in the world: 2,000,000 + people.  That’s more than the population of New Mexico! We need to shift from punishment to rehabilitation whenever possible and disincentivize prisons from keeping people in the system by making all prisons non-profit. (Read more) Equality: California’s own anti-discrimination laws should serve as a template for the entire country, at the federal level. (Read more) Support for the Arts:  America has some of the lowest per capita funding for the arts. I propose not only restoring, but expanding the National Endowment for the Arts. (Read more) Links:  Terra Snover: Terra Snover Facebook:  Vote Terra Snover page: Obsidian Shell: Dimland Radio:  Thanks as always for listening  Orion's belt is made up of just 3 stars....don't you think that's a complete waist of space? How bad is that first joke?  I bet you're only gonna give it 3 stars.
83:47 9/19/17
Ep 39 Culhane Brewing Company
Call the show at 612-643-1108 or email Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Main show page is The Trans Lifeline is US: (877) 565-8860 and Canada: (877) 330-6366 Quick links: 6:15  Kathleen Culhane of Culhane Brewing Company In this episode I sit down with Kathleen Culhane of The Culhane Brewing Company to discuss how she came to open her first, and now her second taproom right here in Saint Paul. I love beer, I love music, and I love touching, smelling, and experiencing history.  Kathleen and I met through a mutual friend and classmate, and as a podcaster who enjoys profiling the local transgender community, I was extremely interested in having her on the show, and just as cool, well for me at least, was she said we could chat in her unfinished taproom-which is a former concert venue…It used to be Ryans, and The Lab, and Station 4…but for the last few years it was just empty. Kathleen had suggested we meet outside, as the renovations on the building meant that she currently didn’t have a front door, and that we would have to “wind through a labyrinth” to get to the tap room.  Labyrinth was an apt description, once through the front door we quickly turned to go down a flight of steps, and as we did so, modernity began to quickly leave.  My favorite part of the basement was the old unused and unrepaired boiler in the corner, which had for some reason that had long ago vanished from memory, an old dusty typewriter perched on it.  The typewriter seemed both out of place, but at the same time, it was somehow exactly where it should be, just like the new owner. The majority of craft brewers in Minnesota are middle age white cisgender heterosexual men with bushy beards or, at the very least, fanciful mustaches.  Like finding an old typewriter on top of a boiler, Kathleen is not what you expect to come across when visiting the many St. Paul craft breweries, and as she states in the interview, she is aware of how few women there are in the craft brew industry, but just like that typewriter, she has had years of experience in standing out. Links:  The Culhane Brewing Company: Culhane Brewing on Facebook: Culhane Brewing Indiegogo Fundraising: Barley's Angels: Obsidian Shell: Trans Reason House podcasts The Ginger Snaps: Inciting Incident: For Trans Men: The Cis Are Getting Out of Hand: Thanks as always for listening :) Yesterday I accidentally swallowed some food coloring. The doctor says I'm OK, but I feel like I've dyed a little inside. Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of soda? He was lucky it was a soft drink The experienced carpenter really nailed it, but the new guy screwed everything up.
70:09 7/30/17
Ep 38 Aro / Ace Education with Mikayla
Call the show at 612-643-1108 or email Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Main show page is No iTunes?  Download here: The Trans Lifeline is US: (877) 565-8860 and Canada: (877) 330-6366 Quick links: 01:20   Message for the Queer Community 05:45  Mikayla 40:41  4th Curtis Mikayla is part of one my favorite podcasts, The Web of Queer.  I had the pleasure to have the entire cast of The Web of Queer on this very show back in April of 2015.  For those unfamiliar, The Web of Queer is a Doctor Who fan podcast that reviews the show, but also looks at current and past radio and television episodes from a queer perspective.  While they are huge fans of the show, who are never afraid to tell you how great Doctor Who is, they also never shy away from criticizing when the canonical Who-verse use an old and problematic queer trope or when Whovian fans wrongly try and pin queer labels on The Doctor themself. About a year and a half ago The Web of Queer dedicated about 30 minutes to discussing asexuality and aromanticism, and the misapplication of this label to The Doctor.  As someone who identifies as an asexual / aromantic person Mikayla did a wonderful job educating the audience on what those labels mean.  She opened my eyes a bit, and showed me how ignorant I was about the feelings and struggles of those who identify with The Forgotten Letter. Music: Opening and bumper music is provided courtesy of Obsidian Shell.  Find them at where you can download and purchase their fantastic music. The featured closing music for this episode is by 4th Curtis.  The bio on their home page describes them as : 4th Curtis is St. Paul’s premier all-trans indie pop band. Originally the solo project of singer/songwriter/guitarist Lex Noens, it has since expanded to include Maddie Morley (drums) and Ty Gale (keys/vocals). Since the full band got together in late 2015, they’ve attracted a tight-knit following with their experimentally glamorous tunes and insatiable need to broadcast their transness to the greater Twin Cities area. Keep an eye out - they’re lying in wait to seduce your ears and grub for your money. Mikayla Links: Mikayla Twitter: Support Mikayla on Ko-fi: Web of Queer Twitter: Web of Queer Asexual episode: A Minnesota Trans-Atheist: 4th Curtis Links: Facebook: Bandcamp: Mainpage:   Thanks again everyone for downloading and listening! Quick question though...does anyone think poop jokes are the best?  No, are they at least a solid number 2? Did I tell you about the time I tried to catch the fog?  As you may have guessed already, I mist. Recently France had a minor explosion in their most popular cheese factory.  No one was hurt, but apparently there was burnt De Brie everywhere.
43:54 7/17/17
Ep 37 Trans and Queer Legal Clinic
Call the show at 612-643-1108 or email Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Main show page is No iTunes?  Download here: The Trans Lifeline is US: (877) 565-8860 and Canada: (877) 330-6366 Quick links: 03:27  Interview with CB with the Queer and Trans Legal Clinic My guest today is CB, a volunteer lawyer with a Minneapolis / Saint Paul based Queer and Trans Legal clinic that helps people in the trans and queer communities by providing free legal advice help in navigating legal issues specific and common to the trans and queer communities.  The services are provided through a network of volunteer lawyers, who provide free 15-30 minute legal consultations and help those who identify as trans and queer navigate legal issues and help find and identify solutions. The Queer and Trans Legal Clinic meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7pm. The Exchange: 3405 Chicago Ave. S, Mpls. MN 2nd & 4th Monday of each month from 2-4pm, and the 3rd Saturday of each month from 11-1pm. @ Family Tree Clinic: 1619 Dayton Ave. #205. St. Paul, MN What we can do to help: Attorneys will be available to give information, forms, and advice about identity document corrections, such as name changes and gender marker changes. We can advise about the process in Minnesota and help you figure out how other states work. We can help fill out forms, make phone calls, get information from third parties, and provide written information about your legal issue. Name and gender marker info specific to Minnesota: Do you have another type of legal issue? We can help with general information about the law and referrals to other free and low cost resources. Make an appointment at: Walk-ins are welcome, too! Before you visit us: Gather all documents that are related to your legal question. Bring these with you when you meet with the lawyer. Things to look for: letters from government agencies, court orders, existing identity documents, lease agreements, court records such as criminal history. Think about what outcome you would like, so the lawyer knows what you are trying to do and what is most important to you to resolve the problem. If you have a friend, advocate, or caseworker who is helping you with your legal issue, consider bringing them with you. You can also contact with questions. For a complete list of Volunteer Lawyers Network clinics, see Queer & Trans Legal Clinic Links Homepage: Appointment page: Email: The Exchange Facebook page: Family Tree Clinic website: If you need help, you have a fantastic place to ask. Other Links: Grease Rag's WTF day podcast episode can be found on SoundCloud: Opening and bumper music provided courtesy of Obsidian Shell you can find their music at or find them on Facebook at Thanks again for listening and downloading. Do you know what's really odd? Numbers you can't divide by two The inventor of the throat lozenge died There will be no coffin at their funeral Are you even reading these?  If you are, this is where the bad jokes I just heard today go, and apparently my son Drake has the same horrible sense of humor I do.  Julie and I were making dinner, I put one of our limes on the floor and asked her if she knew what it was.  I then picked it up and said it was a good "pick up lime"...she obviously walked out of the kitchen - I'm sure it was because the joke was so funny that she was having difficulty catching her breath.  ANYWAY, my son came downstairs and I told him I had just told Julie a hilarious joke, I then promptly set the lime on the floor again, and he promptly picked it up and told me that was the best pick up lime he had ever seen.  We fist bumped (because we're cool and hip), and realized we had made the same terrible joke within 5 minutes, without talking to each other.  If I didn't love my son already, that moment would've sealed the deal, with zest.  
32:44 5/25/17
Ep 36 Marissa McCool
Call the show at 612-643-1108 or email Facebook: Twitter:   Instagram: Main show page is The Trans Lifeline is US: (877) 565-8860 and Canada: (877) 330-6366 Quick links: ·         06:46  Interview with Marissa McCool   My guest today is Marissa McCool.  Marissa is an author, podcaster, mother, photographer, columnist, and activist.  She hosts the Inciting Incident podcast and cohosts the Cis Are Getting Out of Hand podcast, along with a being a prolific writer of autobiographical works, essays, and fiction. In this episode Ris discusses her future move to Minnesota, her favorite guests on Inciting Incidence, her relationships, graduating college, and reads a short section of her book The PC Lie.  Marissa McCool Links Marissa’s home page where you can buy her books:   Marissa on Patreon: Cis Are Getting Out of Hand: Marissa on Facebook: Marissa on Instagram: Marissa on Twitter: Opening and bumper music provided courtesy of Obsidian Shell you can find their music at or find them on Facebook at Thanks again for listening and downloading. What did the buffalo say to their son when he left for college? Bison Where does a king hide her armies? Up their sleevies! How did the hipster burn their tongue? They drank their coffee before it
74:40 5/19/17
Ep 35 Bi Any Means, Trav Mamone
Call the show at 612-643-1108 or email Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Main show page is The Trans Lifeline is US: (877) 565-8860 and Canada: (877) 330-6366 Quick links: 04:46  Thank you to Patreon Supporters   05:14  Interview with Trav Mamone 41:59  Music by MeanGirls My guest today is Trav Mamone, a bi-sexual genderqueer humanist whose podcast Bi-Any Means strives to show how Humanism and Social Justice intersect.  Trav has written for both Queereka and the Humanist blogs, must can now be found over on Freethought Blogs.  This interview was recorded back in March, and I want to thank Trav for being so patient with me in how long it took for this to be released.   Trav Mamone Links: Bi-Any Means podcast on iTunes: Listen directly to the Bi-Any Means podcast on Spreaker: Read Trav's writings over on FreeThought Blogs: Find the Bi-Any Means podcast Facebook page: MeanGirls Links: Find MeanGirls on Facebook: Purchase and stream MeanGirls music on Bandcamp: Listen or watch their interview over on The Queer Life Radio Show: Opening and bumper music provided courtesy of Obsidian Shell you can find their music at or find them on Facebook at Thanks again for listening and downloading. Hey, have you heard about this new invention, its called a shovel, apparently its groundbreaking! What do clouds wear under their shorts?  Thunderpants! Why was the sand wet?  Because the see-wee-d! What do you call a cow who has just given birth?  De-calf-inated!  
44:57 8/19/16
Ep 34 Secular Buddhism with Ted Meissner
  Call the show at 612-643-1108 or email Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Main show page is The Trans Lifeline is US: (877) 565-8860 and Canada: (877) 330-6366 Quick links: 01:02  Thank you! 07:36  Interview with Ted Meissner 71:58  Nicki Andro "Cylinder Spin" 75:30 Nicki Andro "Distant Hearts (Raise Community Awareness)" My guest today is Ted Meissner, the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of their official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. His background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted works at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society doing community development and teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. In addition to all that formal stuff, Ted is also one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.  Whether or not mindfulness, is your cup of tea or not, Ted’s approach to life is definitely working for him.  When I asked Ted if I could sit down with him, it was with the goal of learning more about Secular Buddhism, because it seemed like a contradictory term.  Just like when someone identifies as “Christian” there is no way to know whether they take communion with wine or grape juice (and don’t for a minute think that’s not an important question to a lot of Christians) It is important to remember not all Buddhists have the same philosophy, there are many differing ideas and schools of thought. Some Buddhists believe in reincarnation and some don’t. There are around 350 million Buddhists worldwide, and just 6 months ago I was completely ignorant of different and nuanced those different belief systems were. As Ted is a secular Buddhist, this interview will focus on what he believes, and I hope that you find it as interesting and thought provoking as I did. Ted Meissner Links: The Secular Buddhist Associations main page: The Present Moment, Mindfulness, Practice, and Science: Ted mentions as a website you can peruse to see how people have been harmed by pseudoscience they thought was harmless. Ted discusses the book Mindfulness for Depression and Anxiety by Mark Williams.  You can find the book online just about anywhere books are sold, here is the link for Google Books Another podcast referenced by Ted: Ted tells a humorous story about Uri Geller and James Randi.  Here are a couple clips from YouTube: The first one is a bit longer in the setup, but is well worth the watch. The second is a TED talk given by James Randi on why skepticism is so important....and you should be asking tough questions of those who claim to have supernatural powers. Nicki Andro Links: Here is an interview with TransMusePlanet: Here is Nicki's SoundCloud Page: You can also connect with Nicki on Facebook: Here is her YouTube channel: And links to both of the songs played in the episode:   Opening and bumper music provided courtesy of Obsidian Shell you can find their music at or find them on Facebook at Thanks again for listening and downloading. Why don't robots have any brothers?  Because they're all trans-sisters!   Two molecules are walking down the street and one starts looking around. The other asks, "What's wrong?" "I have lost my electron!" "Are you sure?" "I'm positive!"   Q: Why do the Daleks eat apples? A: Because an apple a day keeps the doctor away.    mdvuwqhc  
80:31 4/16/16
Ep 33 RainbowRadio.FM
Call the show at 612-863-1108 Email the show twitter: @transatheistpod or like the show on Facebook Quick: 00:40 Thanks! 01:14  My endorsement for US President 07:00 Interview with Rainbow Radio spokesperson Eddie Cabbot (aka Nice Guy Eddie) 40:47 Musical Guest The Subwave Network UK Today’s guest is Eddie Cabot, the spokesperson and one of the broadcasters over on Rainbow Radio, a radio station that went live January 19, 2015.  They are a 24/7 news, entertainment and talk radio station dedicated to the LGBT community and its allies.  Rainbow Radio is a licensed, legal station paying royalties to those artists whose music is played.  Rainbow Radio spotlights LGBTQIAA and LGBTQIAA friendly artists, producers, and remixers, and believes that artists should be paid for their work.  Rainbow Radio is a station with a wide variety of talk shows pertaining to different interests within our community, with presenters from around the world giving their individual perspectives. Rainbow Radio FM is taking a stand and doing their part in giving the LGBTQIAA community a voice, saying loudly and proudly; “We are here and our voices will not be silenced” Eddie Cabot is the host of the successful weekly radio show, In My Humble Opinion, airing on Rainbow Radio with new episodes every Tuesday and Saturday at 8pm Eastern on http://RainbowRadio.FM If you miss the live show, it is replayed Wednesday at 4pm on RainbowRadio.FM, Friday at 9pm on DanceWorldRadio, and Sunday at 8PM on Sobel National Radio….of course, just like all high quality radio programs, you can always catch Eddie’s show as a podcast on During the interview Eddie mentions a trans author, alas I cannot find a link to her. Opening and bumper music for this episode is courtesy of Obsidian Shell find them on the following links: Closing music for this episode is from the Subwave Network UK an alternative dance project based in Bournemouth founded by Mr Electrosketch and Miss Fortunate and is heavily influenced by bands such as Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, The Prodigy, Groove Armada, Chase & Status and Rudimental. Despite battling many prejudices, they are beginning to make some well-deserved ripples. A combination of keyboards with Guitars, ukulele and an unusual looking device called a Pin guitar from Thailand. There are songs like the 80’s influenced “The Sound of my Heartbeat” and the slightly risque “Touch Me all Over”, which both have a really upbeat danceable feel to them" The Subwave Network UK have recently recorded and released their debut and released their debut album ALIEN DATA MIX via BANDCAMP which is a concoction of heavy rock, bangra dub reggae, dub step, trance, house and drum n bass.  They are aiming to eventually play the big stages also so if you'd like to follow them, please do so via Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Thanks for listening, thanks for downloading! Hey did you know that according to Disney, 6 out of 7 dwarves aren't Happy? Mushroom walks into a bar, bartender yells, "Hey we don't serve the likes of you here!"  The mushroom was understandably upset, after all, everyone has always told him he is a "Fun-Guy" It’s hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs because they always take things literally. What do you call a big pile of kittens? A meowntain!  
45:14 2/29/16
Ep 32 Minnesota Skeptics
  Call the show: 612-643-1108 Email the show: Like the show on Facebook: Follow me on twitter: @transatheistpod QUICK 01:12   Drake comes on to say thank you 03:25  Baloney Detection Kit 10:12   Interview with Travis Peterson of Minnesota Skeptics 60:48  Closing music by Advntr Gelidity Galdr My interview this episode with Travis Peterson, lead organizer of Minnesota Skeptics.  Minnesota Skeptics are a passionate group of science advocates dedicated to the pursuit of scientific skepticism.  During this interview I bring up the subject of diversity, I won’t spoil the answer, but I will point out that as a gender non-conforming transwoman I’ve always felt welcome, safe, and completely accepted as is.  I’m consistently greeted with the correct name, pronouns, and don’t ever feel as though I’m being judged.  I can’t promise you every skeptic group is as awesome as Minnesota Skeptics, but I can promise you Minnesota Skeptics is a place I feel safe to be myself, and of course, question everything. This interview was recorded inside the Be’Wiched Deli, which is on 800 North Washington Avenue in Minneapolis, right next to Target Field.  They’re super nice, have the most delicious homemade caramel sauce, and were gracious in allowing me to record in their lobby. LINKS: Minnesota Skeptics Meet-up: Minnesota Skeptics Facebook: Drinking Skeptically: Be'Wiched Deli: How to build a cloud chamber (yeah we tried and failed the night of the recording - but failure is a result!) Graphic Link of baby struggling to breath with whooping cough (B. pertussis) due to low vaccination rates...I cannot stress enough how graphic this is. Confused on who Bel Biv Devoe is? Explanation of Homeopathy Music: Obsidian Shell Facebook: Or their mainpage: Musical guest this episode is Advntr, she is a 24-year-old multi-genre music producer from Illinois who shifts between a lot of Electronic dance music and Ambient music that could be deemed as "music for film and video game related content" You can find her Soundcloud page here: [soundcloud url="" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height='166' iframe="true" /] [soundcloud url="" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /] Thanks for being such awesome listeners! How many ears does Mr. Spock have?  He has a left ear, a right ear, and the final front-ear! What do you call a cow with no legs?  Ground Beef! What do sprinters eat before a race?  Nothing....they fast! -Maddy  
69:55 1/29/16
Ep 31 Brianna Z
Call the show at 612-643-1108 Email the show Find us on Facebook: Find me on twitter: (@transatheistpod) Download the free show app by searching any app store for "trans-atheist" Quick 05:05 Interview with Brianna 63:03 Closing Music introduction by Bradley Ard My guest today is a local listener, where local is defined as living about an hour south of me in the gorgeous town of Rochester, Minnesota.  I say gorgeous because it has lots of bike trails, and if you fall down and get hurt you’re never more than a block away from some part of the Mayo clinic. Brianna and I were exchanging emails for at least the last year, I’m pretty sure it was before she even began medically transitioning.  We talked about atheism, transitioning, family, being married, staying married….and I realized I was talking about someone going through some of the same kind of things I was going through…and thus began the process of getting her on the show. I hope enjoy this conversation as much as I enjoyed having it, because this was one of those conversations that didn’t need a microphone.  It was just a lovely conversation with a lovely person, and at the end of it I left a better person for it. The music for this episode is by Bradley Ard, someone I met on twitter who makes really great music, check them out below and follow them on Twitter. Opening and bumper music is by Obsidian Shell find them at Links: Southeast Minnesota Transgender website is Mayo TISCC link: Currently unable to find :( will update when available. University of Minnesota Center for Sexual Health: Quick Mayo Clinic video I found interesting: Less Wrong: Clergy Project, for those involved in the clergy but are actually atheists: Music: Closing Music: Soundcloud: Atheist Talk: AM950 KTNF: Hey did you hear about the little boy who farted in church?  Everyone just let him sit in his own pew! Why did Cinderella get kicked off the softball team?  Because she kept running away from the ball! What do you make with epileptic lettuce?  A seizure salad What did the big bucket say to the little bucket?  You look a little pail! Okay, that's enough bad jokes for one episode Thanks again for downloading and listening! -Maddy
74:13 1/13/16
Ep 30 The Satanic Temple of Minneapolis
Call the show at 612-643-1108 Email the show Quick 00:42 Thank you Rex, Trav, and Zoey! 01:36 Soapbox 10:36 Bi-Any Means Promo 11:40 The Satanic Temple 69:09 Listener Feedback 76:16 The Subwave Network UK Today’s guest is John Wreisner who is the chapter head of the Minneapolis Chapter of the Satanic Temple.  Fair warning to all listener; if you’re going into this interview looking for the best recipe for cooking babies, you will be sorely disappointed.  The Satanic Temple is actually a wonderfully progressive organization that is working to better the day to day lives & experiences of everyone on the LGBTQIAA spectrum better.  That’s not their only goal, but it’s one of the main reasons I reached out to John and asked him to be on the show.  Satanists provide a much needed contrast to the arguments of religious freedom, because as a religion they force themselves into conversations about the proper place for religion in our society and governments. Prior to the interview I get on my soapbox and discuss my views on political correctness, why I think George Carlin might be a bit wrong, and of course, why I'm right. After the show find some empty space on the floor and get ready to find your dancing feet as you enjoy the wonderful sounds of The Subwave Network UK Thanks as always to Obsidian Shell for opening and bumper music, you can find them over at or look for them in iTunes and youtube LINKS: The Satanic Temple of Minneapolis:  Main page, chronicling the goings-on of our national body  Minneapolis Chapter Facebook Page. Folks can follow our activities here and contact us directly, as well as request to be added to the mailing list.  Minneapolis local chapter e-mail address The Satanic Temple on Atheist's Talk The Subwave Network UK: Facebook Page Soundcloud Page Bandcamp Page [bandcamp width=100% height=120 track=3583587954 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small] Miscellanous Geeks Without God podcast: Episode 28 of The Queer Life Radio show featuring an interview with Yui Karlberg frontwoman for this episodes musical guest: Monster Talk podcast discussion of Satanic Panic: Thanks again for downloading and listening. Bad Joke of the episode: I went to the Doctor yesterday because I had a lettuce lodged in my backside after a night of kinky salad play.  She had me drop my skirt and bend over a bit, and was quite astonished.  "Why Maddy, I can see a small leaf!" I was non-plussed, "Yes Doctor, but you know that's just the tip of the Iceberg." :)
80:06 10/4/15
Ep 29 Claire Renee Kohner
Call the show 612-643-1108 Email the show Trans Life Line US: (877) 565-8860 Canada: (877) 330-6366 Quick Episode Summary 00:35 Ooops from last episode 01:26 Patreon thank you(s) 01:42 Poverty rant 06:46 Claire Renee Kohner interview 01:53:56 Music by Steffo I usually edit my interviews a bit, cut out some tangents, remove the ums the dead air, the oops did I just say that parts….however this interview was different.  Claire came over to my apartment and we just hit it off right away, it was so much fun. You’ll hear us talking about that original Caitlin Jenner interview, and for perspective we were having this conversation right after the interview aired and Caitlin was still using her birth name and male pronouns…lest you think Claire is misgendering a fellow transwoman. During the conversation Claire does discuss some rough patches in her life during transition, and we also discuss our separate experiences interviewing one Cathy Brennan, so I just want to give any listeners the necessary trigger warnings for TERFs, suicide, misgendering, and reparative therapy.  If you are struggling, worried about your personal safety, or just need to talk to someone who understands, you can always call the US number at 1-877-565-8860 or  in Canada you can call 1-877-330-6366 those numbers and the website are available in the show notes as well. As I said, this was a fantastic conversation, and I am so happy to have the opportunity to share it with you. Claire-Renee Kohner is a woman who is transgender and does freelance writing from her home in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has written for Original Plumbing, TheAdvocate, Bustle, PlanetTransgender, TransgenTimes and covering transgender issues as well as the transgender and queer music and movie scene both locally and nationally. Claire-Renee identifies as pansexual, uses female pronouns exclusively and has been married to the same woman for 16 years. She came out to her family in January 2014 and has been transitioning for over a year now. She has three children ages 8,10,15   Music Steffeny "Steffo" Messinger refers to her pseudonym/moniker "My Parents Favorite Music" for the video game and pop culture influenced music she writes, produces, and records independently.  Created in 2000 and through many different variations over the years, MPFM has released 5 albums independently.  With topics ranging from silly and simple like coffee and robots, to topics as dark and complex as lost loved ones and the duality of self, all backed by familiar pixelated soundtracks. Releasing albums as pieces of the map to a mysterious island, she tours the country bringing clever wordplay and a colorful presence to her musical adventure, and every listener is welcome to be a part of the MPFM story. Misc. Links Thanks as always to Obsidian Shell for providing opening and bumper music for the show! Need a laugh, well then go read a funny joke!  Need a bad joke?  Read on dear listener! Which of Santa's reindeer are banned from all dinosaur theme parks? Comet! -Maddy  
117:29 8/5/15
Ep 28 Transition Transmission
Call the show 612-643-1108 Email the show   Quick Episode Summary 01:45 Thanks Rex! 02:35 Mad Max & Men's Rights 07:34 Transition Transmission Interview 67:17 Music by The Y Axes This interview was recorded WAY back in January, the same day as I recorded The Web of Queer interview. I interviewed Amber, Ramona, and Alexandria, the transgender trio who make up the transition transmission podcast way back in January.  Yeah, that was almost 6 months ago.  If you listen to transgender podcasts, you know like this one, you probably already know who Transition Transmission are, and most likely already listen.  And if you listen to this show, you’ve already heard one of their hosts here, back on episode 18, Amber Meador author of the speculative fiction book Otherselves, which was nominated for a Lamda award in transgender fiction. Alexandria, Ramona, and Amber make a great team, providing a range of opinions on topics and news in the transgender community, not always agreeing with another, and not always agreeing with the trans agenda that is annually supplied by the trans cabal. Transition Transmission is first and foremost entertaining, but along the way these girls educate, opine, and have super awesome guests.   I can’t thank them enough for their patience, and for allowing me the chance to chat with them here, in the past, and hopefully again in the future.   AMBER NEKO - Host [Producer] / Web Contributor  Youtube:   Twitter:  Amber’s Books & Writing Site: ALEXANDRIA TIBBY - Host / Web ContributorTwitter: RAMONA MONA - Host / Web Contributor Tumblr: Twitter: Ramona’s Vlog/Thought/Gaming Blog: Youtube Channel: Musical guest for this episode is The Y Axes The Y Axes hang out in the San Francisco area, and in the past have been wrongly labeled the future of pop music, when they are in actuality pop music from the future, at least that’s their claim, and I’d rather just enjoy their music than sit around and ponder the reality of that claim. If you are curious as to what their bio page says about them, let me read it to you.  San Francisco’s The Y Axes are a unique amalgam of anachronistic sound.  Drawing influence from a myriad era of popular and esoteric music to craft a fun original style.  Lush synths, technical guitar, and groovy rhythms help dive their quirky compelling stories about coming of age in chaos and finding love in the direst of situations.  The Y Axes are pop for music nerds. Opening and bumper music for this episode is courtesy of Obsidian Shell find them at where you will find links to their YouTube and iTunes pages. Oh, and just in case anyone was missing it, a really bad joke for you! What do you call a sunken ship anxiously awaiting discovery? A Nervous Wreck! Yeah that was a shippy joke - I mean it really sunk! (people actually put up with me in real life - can you believe it!) Looking for a Minnesota Atheist's link?  Saved it for the end of the show! -Maddy  
72:58 5/21/15
Ep 27 The Web of Queer - A Doctor Who podcast
Call the show: 612-643-1108 email the show Quick Episode Summary 00:36 Funerals 07:23 Web of Queer Interview 56:20 Patreon 56:46 Music by Julia Amore "Reality" The Web of Queer: As a Doctor Who lover, wait that's wrong, I've never had sexual relations with a lord of any kind, especially not time.  As a Whovian, I have listened to quite a few podcasts with Doctor as the subject, but this is the first one I've listened to with a Queer focus.  The Web of Queer does a great job reviewing classic and new Who episodes, and then using the Who universe to discuss our's, focusing on the LGBTQIAA spectrum....and I mean the whole spectrum, not just the LG portion. Episode 12: The Laws of Timelord Attraction features a discussion of asexual aromantic by someone who actually is asexual and aromantic.  This podcast is both entertaining, and is also very education for anyone who is interested in hearing more about the Queer community, by members of the Queer community. Juli Amore Juli Amore is a multi instrumentalist that focuses on synth driven indie rock and underground dance music. She was picked by Tegan and Sara as a pop vote winner for her remix of I Was A Fool and she most recently worked with American Drum and Bass pioneer Jordana LeSesne a.k.a. 1.8.7. Her club hit Fvcking Dance is lighting up dance floors across the states and she is currently working on her solo LP release titled Juli Amore - Lies Truths and Unknowns expected to be released in 2015.  @juliamoremusic   Patreon You can donate money to my son's transition over at and if you have other ideas for cool rewards let me know, I'm always open to new ideas! Obsidian Shell Opening and bumper music provided by Obsidian Shell   Thanks again for listening, and remember you can find the show just about everywhere.  If you find a podcast app that doesn't include this show make sure to let me know so I can get the show added.  Facebook: @transatheistpodListen on Stitcher: in iTunes:
65:02 4/27/15
Ep 26 Sylvia Rivera Law Project
  Call the show 612-643-1108 Email the show Say hi Facebook Follow on Twitter @transatheistpod Quick Episode Summary 5:36     Introduction of Sasha Alexander & Sylvia Rivera Law Project 28:00  Music by G.L.O.S.S.  Track 1: Outcast Stomp Track 2: Targets of Men This episode features an interview with Sasha Alexander, Director of Membership for the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.  Sasha is someone I would love to just sit and chat with, for hours as I have met few people with as much life experience, diverse interests, and willingness to put themselves out there and fight for our trans and non-binary siblings as Sasha. The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence. SRLP Links: Sasha Alexander Links: G.L.O.S.S. Links: Find, listen, and purchase all of GLOSS's music over at their bandcamp page There you can also see their tour schedule. [bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=1773662764 size=large bgcol=333333 linkcol=fe7eaf tracklist=false artwork=small track=1409712387] As always thank you for listening, thank you for downloading, and thank you for all the kind words you've shared with me.  Words truly cannot express how much happiness this podcast, and sharing it with you has brought me.  So in lieu of words I'll leave you with a couple bad jokes. I think I want a job cleaning mirrors, because it's something I could really see myself doing! Voldemort: Knock Knock Harry Potter:  Who's there? Voldemort:  You know! Harry Potter:  You know who? Voldemort: Exactly! What does a clock do when it's hungry? It goes back four seconds! Oh, and yes, these actually do make me laugh, which probably says something about my terrible sense of humor. -Maddy  
32:58 2/27/15
Ep 25 The Queer Life with Kaiya Kramer
Call the show! 612-643-1108 Email the show! Leave comments for the show at or follow on Twitter @transatheistpod Not feeling?  Need talk?  The US Trans Lifeline is 877-565-8860 and the Canadian Trans Lifeline is 877-330-6366 or vist online Quick Episode Summary 00:38 Some quick thoughts about Leelah Alcorn 05:03 Kaiya Kramer interview 69:08 Music by Leelah Alcorn This episode features an interview with Kaiya Kramer, who as you may know, is a host of The Queer Life right here, on the show page for this podcast.  No really!  If you head over to the show page for this podcast (the same place you can leave feedback for this show) then scroll up and click on "KBBF 89.1 FM Episodes" and you can easily watch and listen to all of the awesomeness that is The Queer Life!  Or you can always head over to The Queer Life is a weekly radio show out near San Francisco in Calistoga, California or "The North Bay Area". In this episode Kaiya discusses her work on The Queer Life and how she found herself hosting a Queer focused radio show in the bay area, how she found herself working with #AllBlackLivesMatter, Planet Transgender, and of course why she at one time had to delay a show because of Prune Packers (get your mind out of the gutter they're a baseball team). Kaiya then delves deep into her personal life discussing coming out to her family, her pre-transition life, and some very difficult times that she made it through.  Although to show that it is not all serious she also claims she is able to live off the land and kill large predators with her bare hands - well I guess I make that claim, and Kaiya doesn't argue it. After the interview I share some original music by the late Leelah Alcorn, turns out her incredibly stupid parents weren't able to erase her life and work from the internet.  Perhaps they should've spent more time loving their daughter instead of trying to squish her into a box she didn't belong in. Opening and bumper music for the show courtesy of Obsidian Shell, closing music by Leelah Alcorn Links: Planet Transgender: KBBF: Queer Life: Queer Life on Twitter: Queer Life on Facebook: Queer Life on YouTube: Kaiya Kramer personal YouTube: Leelah Alcorn YouTube: Obsidian Shell: Obsidian Shell Facebook: Thanks so much for listening and downloading.  Your feedback is always welcome. Bad Joke(s): How does a tree get on the internet?  It logs in! Why did the police officer smell?  Because he was on dooty! Have a bad joke to share?  I would love to hear it, please share!  
70:43 1/25/15
Ep 24 Grease Rag
Call the show! 612-643-1108 Email the show Leave comments for the show at visit us on Facebook or Follow on Twitter @transatheistpod Not feeling safe? Need to talk? The Trans Lifeline is 1-877-565-8860 remember you're never alone. Quick Episode Summary 1:02   Quick introduction for new listeners 05:18 Grease Rag Interview 58:08 PixelGoth This episode features an interview with Grease Rag, a mostly Minneapolis based Women, Trans, and Femme cycling organization who are successfully creating safe spaces not just for cisgender women, but also for anyone who is femme, trans, non-binary, or really anyone who doesn't fit into the standard cisgender masculine community. One of my favorite aspects of Grease Rag is how grassroots and welcoming they are.  You don't have to own an expensive bicycle to belong.  You don't have to know anything about a bicycle to be welcome at one of their open shops.  You simply have to be decent person. The people who make Grease Rag possible are passionate about bicycling, and about empowering everyone and anyone who identifies as a Woman, Trans, or Femme. Personally, I love my bicycle.  I've always loved my bicycle.  I love the freedom of moving fast, under my own pedal power, and the feeling of wind on my face.  I love the being alone among people in the city, riding through Minneapolis, not having to worry about finding a place to park before I find a place for coffee.  I love realizing I'm 30 miles away from home, and that I rode there, and the only way I'm getting home is back on that bicycle - or the bus :) If you live in, or are visiting Minneapolis, I highly recommend the Grand Rounds, a bicycle tour of the city park system that encircles the city.  You'll see Minnehaha Falls, the Chain of Lakes area, the Downtown Waterfront, and a lot more scenic and natural beauty nested in an urban area. Minneapolis and Saint Paul have a fantastic bike sharing program, called Nice Ride Minnesota, that I use quite frequently, its a wonderful way to see the city or even as a transportation solution. Music for this episode is by Pixelgoth, aka Grace Lynn, a pixel artist, songwriter, and game designer.  You can check out all of the amazing Pixel Art following the link below, and while you're enjoying the art, you can listen to some of Grace Lynn's music on the Soundcloud page (see the big giant picture/link below). As always opening and bumper music for the show was provided courtesy of Obsidian Shell. Links Grease Rag's home page: which is chock full of calendars, links, and so much Greasy Goodness. Grease Rag on Facebook: Babes in Bikeland home page: Minneapolis Grand Rounds: Witch Hat Hill / Prospect Park: Nice Ride Minnesota: Pixelgoth Homepage: Pixelgoth Soundcloud: Obsidian Shell: Bad Joke(s) I bet the butcher $50 that she couldn't reach the meat from the top shelf without a step stool.  She just looked at me, and said, "Nope, I can't make that bet, you see the steaks are just too high." Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl in the bathroom? Because it has a silent pee!  
77:36 12/24/14
Ep 23 Tri-Ess Minnesota
Call the show! 612-643-1109 Email the show! Tweet the show! @transatheistpod Interview with Karen Peterson of Tri-Ess Minnesota Episode Summary 1: 42  Lingerie saved my life 7:36   Intro/Interview with Karen Peterson Tri-Ess Minnesota 55:03 Become a Trans podcaster 57:55 Violent Pastels music This episode was important to me, because for the longest time, before I understood terms, I thought I was a crossdresser.  It wasn't until much later in life that I realized I was transgender.  I feel there are some misconceptions about the crossdressing community, where they fit into the trans spectrum, or even if they fit at all. Spoiler alert, most do, but it shouldn't matter anyway. Tri-Ess is a national organization that focuses on the well being and providing a community for dual gender crossdressers.  You can find Tri-Ess Minnesota is the chapter local to me, with monthly meetings, and monthly outings where they offer members a chance to go out to dinner dressed, and in a supportive group atmosphere.  Tri-Ess isn't for everyone, but that isn't a bad thing, they are focused, and do a fantastic job on their target group. If, after listening to this interview, you feel a Tri-Ess chapter might be a good fit for you, I encourage you to check them out. The national chapter website is The Minnesota chapter website is http://www.triessmn. Tri-Ess Minnesota voicemail: 612-870-8536 email Tri-Ess Minnesota One Voice Minnesota: If you want to hear more music by Violent Pastels head over to  You can download a free app for this show by heading over to the app store on your smartphone or tablet and searching"trans-atheist" If you're looking for more awesome content, on a weekly basis, head over to and catch Kaiya Kramer's show.  Kaiya is live every Friday 6-8pm US Central Standard Time, and live on KBBF 89.1 FM San Francisco Last but not least Did you know that 6 of the 7 dwarves in Snow White were insominacs?  Yep, only one of them was ever Sleepy! Thanks Angela for that joke, you apparently know my sense of humor! -Maddy
61:02 11/12/14
Ep 22 Zinnia Jones
Call the show! 612-543-1108 Email the show! Quick Episode Summary Zinnia Introduction 2:22 Sam Harris vs. Ben Affleck guest starring Islamophobia at 24:19 Paulina Angel "California Baby" & Closing remarks at 32:45 The episode begins with some housekeeping.  This podcast is moving to join the family over at  As a listener of this show, you shouldn't have to do anything to continue to receive the world changing, mind blowing content I provide, all of the technical issues should have already been handled on my end. The Queer Life is an independent broadcast for LGBT news and modern perspectives, is broadcast live on Fridays 6 - 8pm PST on KBBF 89.1 San Francisco and California's north bay.  Kaiya is awesome, and is definitely a voice for the trans community I am proud to be associated with. After the housekeeping, I introduce Zinnia Jones.  Zinnia has been making atheist videos for years, in fact it was her and Rebecca Watson (of that helped me overcome my fear of hell, the last stumbling block on my road to accepting my own lack of god belief.  Zinnia has also been documenting her bodily transition, and sharing it with the world.  She has never been one to shy away from a camera, is never afraid to eloquently posit her opinion, and (very important for this episode) represents a positive expression of a sex positive culture. Zinnia goes over many topics such as: Sex after transition - from the position of someone who has transitioned Why so many cis-het men fetishize people who are transgender Where you can find transgender porn online - that was not made for cis-het men Discussion of intercourse & the uniqueness of bodies Sex toy recommendations Other projects Zinnia is working on Transgender parenting Zinnia also provided me with a plethora of links to share with you: QueerPorn.TV Indie Porn Revolution Crash Pad Trans Women + Sex = Awesome, by Rebecca Kling F---ing Trans Women #0, by Mira Bellwether Magic Wand vibrator Tantus toys Tantus Ripple small Gender Analysis on Patreon Zinnia Jones homepage After Zinnia I move over to Sam Harris, which makes sense, because Sam made me so f'ing mad. A couple of weeks ago Sam Harris was on Real Time with Bill Maher, and the two of them got into a heated debate with Ben Affleck, who called them out on the "gross and racist" opinions of Islam.  You can watch the link for yourself here: I get a little preachy and paternalistic, and for that I apologize.  If you disagree with me, feel free to let me know.  You have my email, my phone, but I'm also on twitter @transatheistpod and you can comment on episodes on the show page or Facebook at Finally the show ends with music from Paulina Angel, and the single off her latest album Saturday Mornings Around the Pool, "California Baby"  Paulina was recently interviewed over on The Queer Life, episode 6 on September 5, 2014.  You can hear the whole episode here:  More Paulina Angel Links   And that's all I have for you this episode.   Wait!  I also have a fantastic joke!   Why did the rabbit plumber eat her lunch under the sink?  Because that's where she found the leek!   Oh the jokes just keep getting better and better!   -Maddy
39:22 10/22/14

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