Gender Stories

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In this episode, Alex Iantaffi interviews the incomparable Arique Aguilar, lead organizer at TakeAction Minnesota, about what it means to be a political healer, how she came up with this concept and why this work is so relevant at the intersection of race and gender. They had so much fun in this conversation that they talked for longer than one episode so please check out episode 4 for the second part of the conversation! You can follow Arique on Twitter at @arique777Support the show (
Dr. Meg-John Barker, amazing UK-based scholar, therapist, author, sex and relationship expert and Alex's friend for the past 15 years, as well as co-author of "How To Understand You Gender", shares vulnerable insights on writing, vulnerability and, of course, gender, as well as so much more! Join us at the kitchen table for a warm and vulnerable conversation on so many topics close to our hearts.Support the show (
Content warning: in this episode we talk about body image issues and sexual assault. In this episode, Alex Iantaffi interviews the formidable Erica Hanna, a speaker, video maker, activist and consultant, six time Emmy Award winner, Nobel Peace Prize Forum Social Media Ambassador, and Twitter personality for Minneapolis. Erica is the owner of Puke Rainbow, a business focusing on content strategy, video production, and education in these areas. She also raises funds for nonprofit @charitywater through social media and she has worked with Ellen Degeneres and Prince. We discuss topics such as being a video maker, running your own business, body image, visual diet, and sexual violence. You can find out more about Erica's work at or follow her on Twitter @meetericaSupport the show (
Alex Iantaffi offers some reflections on self-consent and gender expressions and roles. They start from defining self-consent using Sophie Graham's article at and then discuss why self-consent matters when it comes to gender, how it may be constrained by issues of power and privilege and how we're impacted by social and cultural pressures, which might get in the way of respecting our own needs, desires and boundaries around gender.Support the show (
Content warning: mentions of transphobia in healthcare towards the end of the talk during the Q&AThis is a talk given by Alex Iantaffi at the University of Minnesota for the School of Nursing (co-sponsored by the Office of Equity and Diversity and by the Gender and Sexuality Center for Trans and Queer Life). Here's the description of the talk:Gender liberation is often viewed as beneficial for trans, nonbinary or gender expansive people. In this talk, Dr. Iantaffi posits how a rigid gender binary is part of the ongoing settler-colonial project and, as such, it is a form of historical, cultural and social trauma that impacts everyone's health, albeit in different ways. Gender liberation, in this context, is then not only desirable for everyone, but also essential to the larger framework of healing justice, within which healing can be viewed as collective, interdependent, and sustainably rooted in community.Support the show (
Alex Iantaffi interviews Addison Rose Vincent (they/them), a 27-year-old queer transfeminine nonbinary advocate from Los Angeles, CA. Born in Canada and raised in Michigan, Addison moved to California at the age of 17 to come out as part of the LGBTQ+ community and pursue their dreams. Since graduating from Chapman University with a major in Peace Studies in 2015, they have worked for several Los Angeles non-profit organizations providing direct services to LGBTQ+ people facing sexual or domestic violence, housing insecurity, unemployment, addiction, and risk for HIV. Addison now serves as the Executive Director of the Nonbinary & Intersex Recognition Project (NIRP), a national advocacy organization working to create third gender options (X) on state IDs and help end invasive "corrective" surgeries on intersex youth. Addison is also the Founder & Lead Consultant of Break The Binary LLC, the Founder of the Non-Binary Union of Los Angeles (NBULA), and the Co-Director of History Reimagined. NIRP: www.intersexrecognition.orgEmail Break The Binary LLC: www.breakthebinaryllc.comAddison's Instagram page: @breakthebinary Support the show (
In this episode, Alex Iantaffi continues the interview with the incomparable Arique Aguilar, lead organizer at TakeAction Minnesota, about what it means to be a political healer, how she came up with this concept and why this work is so relevant at the intersection of race and gender. They had so much fun in this conversation that they talked for longer than one episode so please check out episode 3 for the first part of the conversation, if you haven't already! You can follow Arique on Twitter at @arique777Support the show (
CN: This episode addresses various forms of trauma. Please take care of yourself if you choose to listen. Thank you.For PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) Awareness Month, Alex Iantaffi talks about how complex PTSD and developmental trauma can impact our nervous systems, why gender matters when discussing trauma and how neuroplasticity gives us hope.Support the show (
Alex Iantaffi reflects on the value of sisterhood in their life as a survivor and on losing a sense of belonging after they came out as trans. They look at their life and how their survival has in the past depended on using 'women's services' while exploring their own gender identity. Alex addresses domestic and sexual violence as gendered violence and invites the listeners to join them on a journey that honors their past while troubling easy binaries. CN: This episode contains mentions of domestic violence, abuse and sexual assault.Support the show (
Alex Iantaffi interviews Sam Lofgren. They are the owner of Companion in Shadow and are dedicated to helping folks in transitional times find clarity and affirmation. They offer services as a 20+ year professional tarot reader and educator; death, abortion, and loss doula; shadow work specialist; and jewelry artisan, exploring the intersections of divination and death. Sam is the author of Tarot of Little Secrets, and the column "Death Needs a Bureaucrat" (on the paperwork involved with end of life planning). Their call to action is for folks to complete their end of life/advanced planning paperwork, to ensure their decisions about their care are honored and respected. You can find out more about Sam's work at or follow them on Instagram and Facebook  @companioninshadow Support the show (
In this solo episode, your host, Dr Alex Iantaffi reflects on the impact of gender during the COVID-19 public health crisis. How does the way in which we are gendered influence the ways in which we are impacted by this pandemic? Why is talking about gender relevant and necessary at this time? Listen to find out what Alex thinks and feel free to share your thoughts and experiences by emailing them at You can also support the podcast on Patreon. Thank you for listening.Support the show (
Dr Alex Iantaffi interviews Dan Hinz, MBA about money and relationships. Dan is the gentle soul and financial coach behind Adulting With Money. For six years, Dan has taught newlyweds how to be on the same page with money and stop money fights before they start. His 20,000+ word ebook, How to Talk About Money with Your Spouse: The Ultimate Guide, teaches couples how to focus on meaningful, lifelong habits and sprinkles in some helpful hacks. To download the free guide "How to talk about money with you spouse; the ultimate guide", please go to: the show (
Alex Iantaffi and Root Holden recorded a live episode during the Podcast Movement Conference in Orlando, Florida on August 14th, 2019. They comment on the conference through the lens of gender and discuss Root's upcoming podcast Grave Decor. If you want to get a sense of what podcasters are up to when we all come together for the largest gathering in the US, this episode is for you!Support the show (
On Trans Day of Visibility, Alex Iantaffi talks to Root Holden, a trans masculine, nonbinary person living on Anishinaabe territory, currently known as Minneapolis. They are a Reclaiming witch, podcast producer (for this podcast!), and have twenty years of experience in the tech industry. They talk about visibility across gender, geographical location, at work and as a pagan. Root talks about the process of becoming more visible to themselves in their own gender journey and how this impacted them. Support the show (
Dr Alex Iantaffi interviews Lex Pulice-Farrow about their research on the experiences of nonbinary people in romantic relationships. They discuss the opposite of microaggressions, that is microaffirmations of nonbinary identities and experiences in romantic relationships, as well as the joys and challenges of dating as a nonbinary person. Lex Pulice-Farrow is a second-year graduate student in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. They work with Dr. Kirsten Gonzalez, and, presently, their work focuses on positive psychology of transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming individuals and their experiences of community connection and belongingness. Lex hopes to someday become a professor, and use their research to advocate for policy changes of gender and sexual minority individuals. Outside of research, Lex competes in short-course triathlons, enjoys cooking, video games, reading, and hiking in East Tennessee, as well as spending time with their fiancee, dog, and cat. You can find Lex's publications at: and follow them on twitter @LexPuliceFarrowSupport the show (
Alex Iantaffi talks about Captain Marvel, why representation matters and what it means to be a girl in superhero fandom with their 15 years old daughter, Melissa Iantaffi-Wright, who is a huge Marvel fan. Support the show (
Alex Iantaffi interviews Jackson Bird about his first book - Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place -  as well as being a trans creator and so much more! Jackson Bird is a writer and digital creator dedicated to demystifying the transgender experience by sharing his and others’ stories online. You can hear some of those stories on his YouTube channel jackisnotabird. A TED Resident and Speaker, Jackson’s TED Talk “How to talk (and listen) to transgender people” has been viewed over a million times. Jackson was also a 2018 GLAAD Rising Star Digital Innovator, a YouTube NextUp Creator, and a LogoTV Social Trailblazer nominee. Currently a Civic Media Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Innovation Lab, he is also known for his past work with the Harry Potter Alliance. Jackson lives in New York City, where he regularly puts his apartment at risk with his slapdash YouTube series, Will It Waffle? You can follow him online @jackisnotabird Support the show (
Alex Iantaffi interviews the creator, host and producer of the weekly, award-winning podcast Gender Reveal. Molly Woodstock is a journalist, audio producer, and inclusivity educator. They are queer and trans and biracial and other things. Molly frequently leads diversity & equity workshops with an emphasis in transgender topics. They have been featured as a gender educator in the New York Times, NPR, Washington Post, SF Chronicle, and other publications. They were a 2019 Third Coast/Ragdale radio resident and a 2019 Third Coast featured speaker. Molly has previously worked as a health editor, a vegan food writer, and the editor of the Portland visitors guide. They’ve written 500+ articles for various publications and edited hundreds more. Their bylines include such outlets as the Washington Post, Bitch, and Portland Monthly, You can find out more about Molly and their work at the show (
Alex Iantaffi interviews De Ana Jones and the conversation is wide-ranging: from why we need diverse games, what stories we choose to tell and how conventions can be more truly inclusive. De Ana Jones is a blogger and podcaster from Southern California who in elementary school learned that the stories in her head were easier to keep track of on paper. She previously liked to talk about nerdy things on the Nerdgasm Noire podcast (and hopes to start again soon) and currently enjoys playing Indie RPGs with The Reclaimers group on the I Need Diverse Games twitch channel. She's had fiction previously published in Hidden Youth by Crossed Genres and an essay published by Fireside Fiction. She's also working on a web comic ( and is a self-proclaimed Professional Smartass on twitter as @NaniCoolJ.Support the show (
Dr Alex Iantaffi discusses the often hidden and gendered labor of making vacations happen, for those who have the privilege to do so. They break down the various components of vacations, from decision making to underlying assumptions underpinning our choices, and how gender might influence all of these things. Support the show (
In this special joint episode of Gender Stories and the Meg-John & Justin podcast, Meg-John Barker and Alex Iantaffi reflect on how a non-binary approach might influence the way we approach the COVID-19 crisis. Support the show (
Melissa, Alex Iantaffi's teen daugher, takes over Gender Stories to talk about life as a girl: what it means to like certain things, to dress and behave in different ways, and to interact with unconscious bias. She discusses femininity and dealing with societal ideas of gender. Support the show (
In this opening episode for season 2, our host, Alex Iantaffi gets vulnerable talking about the pressures they feel around holidays and especially times that mark a new year. They share how some of these pressures are gendered for them and also for other people. Alex talks about the pressures we might experience during these times when we might be expected to come together to celebrate cultural, religious or family holidays. They invite the listeners to consider an approach that privileges intentions over resolutions, kindness over obligation and compassion over trying to do it all. If you have ever felt pressured around the holidays, and especially marking new cycles, such as a new calendar year, this episode is for you. And, if you never have, maybe this episode might help you understand people around you who might feel this way. Support the show (
Dr Alex Iantaffi moderates a live panel discussing 10 years of Reclaim, an organization devoted to to increasing access to mental health support for queer and trans youth so they might reclaim their lives from oppression in all of its forms. The panelists are: Janet Bystrom, Reclaim's Founder; Autumn Brown, Co-Host of the Podcast How to Survive the End of the World and former interim Executive Director of Reclaim; and Reclaim Alum Elizabeth Soleayst. They discuss Reclaim's history, how the organization touched their lives and the way in which their gender stories were shaped by Reclaim. If you're interested in queer and trans youth, mental health and healing justice, this episode is for you.If you would like to find out more about Reclaim, please visit the show (
In this episode, Marcel Byrd talks with our host, Alex Iantaffi, about dance, how it intersects with gender and other aspects of identity, such as race, and the joy it can bring us. Marcel Byrd is a 25 year old dancer and public health activist that has been living in the Washington DC area for a little more than three years. An avid lover of health equity, dance, and social justice, Marcel aims to better health and wellness outcomes through creativity and access to the arts. Marcel is also about to co-host a brand new podcast These Colored Pages. You can soon find out more at or follow their podcast on Twitter @TheColoredPages Support the show (
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Feb 27th, 2018
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Aug 4th, 2020
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