Even though transgender-themed TV shows like Transparent and Pose have achieved mainstream popularity, trans people still face huge barriers to employment, housing, and safety. In fact, many trans people of color say that their lives are harder than ever before. In this first episode of the new podcast, Transcripts, hosts Myrl Beam (Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Minnesota) and Andrea Jenkins (Minneapolis City Council) investigate how trans activists are trying to change that. Transcripts is a project of the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project, which is based at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Later in the show: Across three volumes, the Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History tackles wide-ranging topics, including masculinity in Iranian cinema and crossdressing in the Middle East. Hanadi Al-Samman (University of Virginia) coordinated the 56 entries in the encyclopedia connected to the Middle East. Plus: Hate crimes against LGBTQ people have been on the rise since 2012. Liz Coston (Virginia Commonwealth University) discusses what these crimes look like and how police and doctors are failing victims.

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