Bi Any Means Podcast #159: Escaping Islam with Zerin Firoze

My guest for today is Zerin Firoze. She’s an atheist from Bangladesh who faced death threats and got thrown out of her house simply for being an atheist. Thankfully she was able to move to the United States as a student, and she’s here with us today on the show to tell her story.

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I Miss Being Drunk — My Latest for Splice Today

No new Bi Any Means Podcast episode today, but I have this:

I’ve been sober for seven months now, but not in a row. The first lapse was in January, a month into recovery. I was still new to sobriety, so brushed it off and decided to try again. My second lapse in April almost cost me my life. Fed up with the world, I went into my parents’ liquor cabinet, opened up a brand new bottle of Jack, drank half of it, and then wrote, “I want to kill myself so bad right now” on Facebook. I don’t even remember writing it. The rest of the day was a blur: I recall getting a call from a friend to see if I was okay, me calling 911, getting interviewed by the paramedics when they arrived, and ending up in bed with my mom by my side. The next day I decided to take recovery more seriously, and tackle the underlying issues that fed into my addiction.

It’s almost four months since that incident, and I’ve made some progress. I got more serious about deconstructing the irrational beliefs that influenced my drinking using SMART Recovery, started attending a second weekly recovery group, and became more honest with my therapist. But I still miss being drunk. I miss feeling my muscles loosen up with that first sip, reality melting away, seeing the colors of the world blur like a Monet painting, and feeling more comfortably numb than Pink Floyd. There’s no need to slow down and rationalize things; I just fill up that 12 oz. tumbler with bourbon, and then it’s all aboard the Inebriation Express.

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The Biskeptical Podcast #52: Nick Little Cross-Examines Brett Kavanaugh

Morgan was unavailable for this episode, so today we have Nick Little from CFI joining us to take a look at Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s latest nominee for Supreme Court Justice. We’re going to take a look at his case history, and what that might mean for church-state separation, Roe v. Wade, and LGBTQ rights. Spoiler alert: It’s not a pretty picture!

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Bacchae Keeps DC Punk Alive — My Latest for Splice Today

The DC punk scene may have died down after Fugazi’s 2003 breakup, but the nation’s capital is currently seeing a new generation of bands picking up where Ian MacKaye left off. One such band is Bacchae, who gives the #MeToo movement the riot grrrl soundtrack it needs. With their punchy guitars, catchy synth melodies, and Katie McD’s high-pitched vocals, Bacchae’s sound is more B-52s than Bad Brains. Under the music’s playful nature, however, lays a giant middle finger to the patriarchy.

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Bi Any Means Podcast #158: Trans Rights Activism in Nashville with Dr. Marisa Richmond

My guest for today is Dr. Marisa Richmond. She’s a transgender activist based in Nashville, TN who, in 2016, became the first transgender woman ever appointed to a local government commission in Tennessee, nominated by Mayor Megan Barry and confirmed by unanimous vote to the Metro Human Relations Commission. She is also a professor in the history department at MTSU, and, in 2003, was the founder and first president of TTPC, the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition. Today I have her on the show to talk about her life and her activism.

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Bi Any Means Podcast #157: Beyond Gender with Caleb Arring

My guest for today is Caleb Arring. He is the main host of the Beyond Gender podcast which focuses on LGBTQ news stories and interviews with trans people about their lives. He also runs LGBTQEntrepreneur.com with his partner to help queer and trans business owners gain more clients. Today we’re going to get to know Caleb more and all that he does.

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How to Talk about Trans Issues — My First Article for Arc

The Atlantic’s Jesse Singal recently came under fire for an article about transgender youth. It focused on several people who first identified as transgender, went through medical transitioning, but eventually realized they weren’t trans and “detransitioned.” Critics noted that Singal used a study that was based on sketchy science, and presented a member of an anti-trans parent group called 4thWaveNow as an unbiased source. In response, Singal asked if transgender people are the only ones who can write about trans issues.

He probably meant this rhetorically, but it’s a question worth exploring. Yes, cisgender (non-transgender) people can talk about trans issues. However, when they do, they should practice some sensitivity, because language can either humanize or dehumanize people.

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