Out of the Blue: Ep. 88: Raquel Strange

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Sexuality & identity are such a gigantic part of our culture. But only recently has some conversation emerged (partially thanks to shows like Transparent and Sens8, or movies like The Danish Girl) about identity beyond what society labels “normal.” While it’s great that awareness is slowly raising, what’s being talked about is only the tip of the iceberg. Raquel Strange recently posted about frustration dealing with constant mis-gendering, even by friends, because of the lack of a voice for the rest of the trans community. So, I offered Raquel a chance to be that voice.

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  • Raquel Phryne Strange


  • Proxy Senpai

    woot! here for the strange!

    • Come for the strange. Stay for the weird. 🙂

  • ldypayne

    I have to say this was a very interesting and informative podcast. I have had experience with bi, gay, lesbian and transgender people in the past but nothing about binary (which doesn’t refer to 1’s and 0’s of computer code that is) identifying people. I will definitely need to do more research on this as I don’t quite understand it completely. To my knowledge I don’t know anybody who identifies themselves as a non-binary though I do recall some vague mention of it on a forum site I used to be on which i just dismissed at the time. (It was a new addition to each member’s profile which allowed them to specify which pronoun they preferred to be used to refer to them. As I was fine with whatever pronoun people want to use with me, I didn’t pay much attention to it). If I had stayed on the site longer I would have noticed if people were using that feature. I haven’t seen it used on other forum sites I go to regularly. At least now, thanks to this wonderful podcast i have a better understanding of what it is all about and why it is important to pay attention to.

    • Glad to hear. I was of similar experience. And it was nice to broaden my horizons a little.

  • Spaceman Dan

    I wish there was a little more clarification. She’s says people are transphobic because of their sexual orientation? To discount someone’s sexual preferences in such a way seems to fly in the face of homosexual people who have been fighting for the right to be recognized for who they are. I don’t think that’s exactly what she is saying. It just wasn’t every clear.

    • Nevermind what?

      • Spaceman Dan

        Deleted my response. I feel there are aspects of the conversation that could be had, but can’t but done at this time. The likelihood of any disagreement will be taken in the most negative way possible is very high. It also wasn’t a hill I wanted to fight on at this point.