Society & Culture

Trans Rural Life

podcast July 4, 2024

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Cities are often seen as the epicenter of trans culture and activism. But there are trans people living in rural communities across the United States whose unique perspectives are overlooked. This week, Imara takes a deep dive into the challenges and opportunities of trans rural life. First, she’s joined by community educator and advocate, Ray Holloman, who shares why he decided to move to rural Tennessee, the ways his Blackness is more visible than his transness, and how he weighs the risks of raising his family in this part of the country. Next, Imara talks with farmer and advocate Ashley Swartz about what it was like to transition in her small Nebraska town and the miracles she experienced during her journey. 

Make sure to check out TransLash Media’s political show “The Mess: Imara’s Guide to Our Political Hellscape.” You can subscribe by getting a TransLash Fam membership in Apple Podcasts. Just scroll to the top of this show in the Apple Podcasts app to find the subscribe button. 

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Trans Farmers 4 Trans Farmers: Instagram (@transfarmers4transfarmers)

Ray Holloman: Instagram (@theraymkholloman)

TransLash Podcast is produced by Translash Media.

Translash Team: Imara Jones, Oliver-Ash Kleine, Aubrey Calaway. 

Xander Adams is our senior sound engineer and a contributing producer.

Oliver Whitney and Courtney Cobb are our social media producers.

Digital strategy by Daniela “Dani” Capistrano.

Theme Music: Ben Draghi and ZZK records. 

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