Bi Any Means Podcast #129: The Recovery Diaries—A Monologue

Today’s episode is going to be another monologue episode. Today’s going to be a very bare-bones episode where I talk about my drinking problem and the steps I’m taking toward recovery. It’s going to be pretty raw, just to give you all a head’s up, so you might want to skip this episode if you’re not in a good space. For everyone else—especially those struggling—I hope this episode will benefit you in some way.

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How Walk-It-Off Culture Delayed My Autism Diagnosis — My Latest for Ravishly

All the warning signs were there. I flapped my hands when I was excited. I watched the other kids play instead of joining them. I didn’t start talking in complete sentences until I was two. I’d get upset and smack myself in the head if something didn’t go as expected. Yet, every time my mother brought it up to the pediatricians, they always said, “Trav will get over it.” My mom, who was struggling to raise me after my father walked out on us when I wasn’t even a year old yet, decided to trust the doctors and wait it out.

There was just one problem: I didn’t get over it.

The meltdowns continued throughout school. If I couldn’t do something right, I had a meltdown. If the other kids called me stupid because I didn’t do something right, I had a meltdown. One time in first grade the teacher said something I didn’t like, and I had such a tremendous meltdown that they had to call in the principal.

Of course, the other children gladly took notice of this, so every day they pushed my proverbial buttons. Children already tend to repeat a certain phrase over and over again until they get a reaction from grown-ups, and that’s how they bullied me. Sometimes they would call me names over and over again, and sometimes they would threaten to beat me up repeatedly. It didn’t matter what they said, though, because it would always end the same way. I’d yell and scream and hit myself in the head. While the other children laughed, the teachers just said, “Knock it off! Don’t be a baby!”

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The Biskeptical Podcast #38: Festivus Airing of Grievances 2017

Today’s episode is our annual Festivus Airing of Grievances episode. We start by airing our own grievances, and then we read grievances submitted by our listeners. Get ready because we got a lot of problems with you people, and now you’re gonna hear about it!

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Bi Any Means Podcast #128: How to Win an Election with Andrea Jenkins

My guest for today is Andrea Jenkins. According to Wikipedia, “Andrea Jenkins is an American policy aide, writer, performance artist, poet, and transgender activist. She is known for being the first African American openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States. Jenkins moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota in 1979 and was hired by the Hennepin County government, where she worked for a decade. Jenkins worked as a staff member on the Minneapolis City Council for 12 years before beginning work as curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota’s Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies. Starting in 2018, Jenkins will represent Ward 8 on the Minneapolis City Council.” And today I have the privilege of interviewing her.

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Bi Any Means Podcast #127: Youth Activism with Madison Kimrey

My guest for today is sixteen-year-old activist Madison Kimrey. According to Wikipedia, “Madison Kimrey is a political activist from Burlington, North Carolina. Her focuses include youth involvement in politics, the humane treatment of animals, and women’s rights. She has also been involved with petitions, including a petition to meet with North Carolina governor Pat McCrory. She spoke at a Moral Mondays event in North Carolina, and at the ‘We are Woman’ rally in Washington DC. Kimrey’s first encounter with activism was in Jacksonville, when a same-sex couple had to pay extra for a family membership at the ‘Hands-On Children’s Museum’ because the museum argued they weren’t ‘really a family.’ After she returned to North Carolina, Kimrey started to notice Pat McCrory and started going to “Moral Monday” protests. Kimrey is also the author of the blog ‘Functional Human Being,’ which contains a collection of political writings, opinions, personal insights and occasional accompanying music video.” And today I’ve got her on the show to talk about her activism.

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The Biskeptical Podcast #37: #NoMoore

Since our recent #MeToo episode, there have been a lot more famous men outed for sexual misconduct, including Al Franken, Matt Lauer, and Garrison Keillor. Today, however, we focus on Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore because holy shit, there’s so much to unpack with this one! Who’s still supporting him, who’s calling for his resignation, and is this the end of his political career?

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Bi Any Means Podcast #126: Social Justice and Humanism with James Croft

My guest for today is James Croft. According to his bio, “James Croft is a Humanist activist and public speaker who has swiftly become one of the best-known new faces in Humanism today. He is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, and is recently completed his Doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As a leader in training in the Ethical Culture movement – a national movement of Humanist congregations – he is an in-demand public speaker, an engaging teacher, and a passionate activist for human rights. James is a committed Humanist and a Humanist Celebrant, who wants to build communities which foster the development of non-religious social capital and give naturalists the space to come together and appreciate each other more deeply. To further this aim, James works as the Outreach Director of the Ethical Society of St. Louis – one of the largest Humanist communities in the world. He believes that society is desperately in need of living communities dedicated to human flourishing and freedom.” And today I’ve got him on the show to talk about why humanism and social justice should go hand-in-hand.

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