To celebrate Pride Month, I’m playing two of the Allusionist episodes that have stuck with me the most during the show’s existence.
The first is Joins. You listeners talk about your particular experiences in your trans bodies, dealing with the available vocabulary for sex and the associated body parts. Read all about the episode, with links to additional materials, at theallusionist.org/joins.
Content note: this piece contains language pertaining to sex and the associated body parts.
Second is Pride: the story of how that word was chosen in 1970 for LGBTQ Pride events. Read all about the episode, with links to additional materials, at theallusionist.org/pride.
The transcript is at theallusionist.org/transcripts/joins-pride-rerun.
A FEW MORE THINGS TO READ/HEAR:
About Stormé DeLarverie, “the Rosa Parks of the LGBTQ rights movement”.
Congrats to fellow podcaster Theresa Thorn of One Bad Mother, whose new book It Feels Good to Be Yourself was published this week! It’s a gorgeously illustrated book for kids - and adults - about gender identity. I wholeheartedly recommend it. Find out more at theresathorn.com and get it at book-getting places.
Professor Grace Lavery’s regular despatches on The Stage Mirror are elegant and thoughtful.
Our Radiotopian sibling Radio Diaries just revisited their first ever diarist, Amanda, whose parents were struggling with the idea of their teenage daughter being gay. Hear it here.
The other day, Australia’s fave radio host Richard Fidler interviewed me on ABC Conversations. Hear our chat about invented languages, synaesthesia, Welsh Patagonia and more HERE, and on the Conversations podcast feed in the podplaces.
The Allusionist live tour of the new show, No Title, is making its way around Australia! We’ve added extra shows in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, and Darwin has just gone on sale. Get tickets at theallusionist.org/events.
YOUR RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
Thanks to all the people who appeared on these episodes: on Joins, Andre, Lee, Lorelei, Marshall, Mattie, Owl, Rebecca and Sez; on Pride, Craig Schoonmaker.
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