S5E8 – Queer Self-Naming

In this queer themed episode, Jenn and Daren celebrate LGBT History Month and Asexuality Awareness Week by marking the importance of “self-naming” and the power of being able to define yourself for yourself outside of society’s rules and standards. They talk about vulnerable queer youth and how self-naming can be a source of empowerment for them, and furthermore, how acceptance from their family and friends can lead to healthier life outcomes. From there, they discuss the difference between “coming out and “welcoming in” and the challenge of overcoming guilt and shame around your own identity.

They close out the episode with a discussion of pronouns, why people choose different pronouns, and why using someone’s chosen pronouns is an act of seeing and respecting someone as they would like to be seen and respected. It’s basic human decency and respect.

Reference Material:
* The Trevor Project 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health – https://www.thetrevorproject.org/survey-2022/
* Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law: New estimates show 300,000 youth ages 13-17 identify as transgender in the US – https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/press/transgender-estimate-press-release/
* New HRC Data Reveals Over Half of Transgender Youth Ages 13-17 Could Soon Face Barriers to Life-Saving, Medically Necessary Gender Affirming Care – https://www.hrc.org/press-releases/new-hrc-data-reveals-over-half-of-transgender-youth-ages-13-17-could-soon-face-barriers-to-life-saving-medically-necessary-gender-affirming-care

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This is an accidentally funny podcast about the realities of Blackness and adult life. We do “adult” differently. We are That Black Couple.
Our goal is to create a space for Black millennials to discuss and embody adult life on their own terms. We aren’t beholden to “traditional” gender or parenting roles, queerness is fluid and present in the ways we show up in our relationships and in the world, and we want to build community with other 30-something Black folx who are trying to figure this ish out.