By Hosted by Amy Stephens
Transformation ThursdayApr 01, 2021
122 - Karen Rodriguez
In this episode of Transformation Thursday, Amy Stephens welcomes to the podcast Karen Rodriguez an Ithaca, New York based filmmaker and the sister of Transformation Thursday Podcast Network's General Counsel Emeritus, Francesca Rodriguez. Karen explains how she dealt with Francesca's coming out and Francesca adds her viewpoint of how she managed the process with her sister and other family considerations. In the second half of the interview Karen discusses the documentary film project she is working about Amy as she returned to referee ice hockey last season after taking two years off to deal with her transition related goals.
Editing Credit: Todd Gursslin
Artwork Credit: Caitlin Burns
121 - ImageOut Preview w/ Michael Gamilla
In this special episode of Transformation Thursday, Amy Stephens (she/her) previews the ImageOut Film Festival with Rochester LGBTQIA+ icon Michael Gamilla (he/him), who oversees the selection process for the festival's film selections. Grab your popcorn and favorite drink and hear what's coming to a big or device screen near you soon. Editing Credit: Todd Gursslin (he/him) / Artwork Credit: Caitlin Burns (she/her)
120 - Rachel Barnhart, Creating 5 Majority Black Voting Districts
In this episode of Transformation Thursday, Amy Stephens catches up with Monroe County Legislator Rachel Barnhart to discuss her and others' efforts to create five majority-black legislative districts in the county. Amy and Rachel discuss how she feels the map follows the law in creating these districts and the perceived bad optics of the Monroe County Democrats in opposing the map.
Editing Credit: Todd Gursslin
Artwork Credit: Caitlin Burns
119 - Caitlin Burns: Dad Bod, ADHD, and UHauls
Welcome to the 2022 fall season of the Transformation Thursday Podcast. To kick off this season, Caitlin Burns, a Rochester (NY) based queer artist, discusses growing-up in a small Finger Lakes town as a lesbian, dating in Rochester with a small lesbian dating pool, and how she and Amy deal with being recognized in the community for their art while trying to date.
118 - Queer AF Comedy.1 - Tuesday Thomas
In this episode, the first of the Queer AF Comedy Podcast on the Transformation Thursday Podcast Network, we welcome Tuesday Thomas. Tuesday discusses being trans in the early 80s and her career as a national touring comic who has appeared on Botched, the BBC, and other media outlets around the globe.
117 - Becca Moore - Transgender Procedures
In this episode, Sarah and Amy dive into the mind of Becca Moore to discuss her experiences as a woman of trans experience. Hear Becca reflect on her experience with surgery, as a queer mormon trans woman, and other interesting tidbits from an amazing life.
116 - Chris Davis - You're Coming Out, I'm Coming Out
This week on Transformation Thursday, Amy Stephens interviews fellow exmormon lesbian Chris Davis. Amy and Chris discuss Chris' upbringing in the Mormon Church, serving a mission, marrying a man, how a few years ago her kid came out as transgender and how Chris came out to him as a lesbian at the same time.
115 - Avery Smith Transgender Procedures
In this episode, Sarah and Amy begin their series of interviews with transgender and gender diverse folx about their transitions and the procedures they elect to get and not to get. In this interview, Amy and Sarah speak with Avery Smith about their vocal feminization, hair transplant, and bottom surgery.
114 - Sarah Cannon Late in Life Lesbian
In this episode, Sarah Cannon joins Transformation Thursday as Amy's new co-host, and the two of them discuss Sarah's life as an ASL Interpreter and coming out in her 40s as a lesbian. Plus, in the second segment, the girls discuss their future plans for the podcast and more.
113 - Amy's Transgender Life
In this episode, Amy Stephens shares with you the one-woman autobiographical set she performed at the Bread & Water Theatre in Rochester, New York, on November 18, 2021. Amy details her childhood, teen years, discovering she was transgender in the 1990s, and conversion to the Mormon Church. Even through sexual abuse, suicide ideation, and wrapping herself in religion, Amy found a way to accept who she was at the age of 45 in 2017.
112 - Yoga With Laura Fantinello
In this episode, Laura Fantinello chats with Natalie Walker and Amy Stephens on how yoga can help us overcome trauma and come home to ourselves.
111 - Bill Satre Interviews Amy Stephens
This special episode observes Transgender Awareness Week and the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Bill Satre asks me all the questions he has wanted to ask me about my transition. It's a great listen, and we hope you all enjoy it.
110 - Lt. Col. Bree Fram Returns
On Veterans/Remembrance Day, Lt. Col. Bree Fram of the United States, Space Force, chats with Natalie and Amy about her new book "With Honor and Integrity." Bree's book documents the stories of transgender members of the military and veterans who are serving or who have answered the call to serve in the military forces of the United States of America.
If you would like an autographed copy of Bree's book, you can order it directly from the SPARTA website at https://spartapride.org/.
A special thank you to Transformation Thursday's General Counsel, Francesca Rodriguez, for her service in the United States Air Force.
109 - Ericamarie Schultz
108 - V. Sucy Returns, HRT and Transgender Sex
In this episode, V. Sucy returns to update Natalie Walker and Amy Stephens on faes life since the pandemic started. Hold on for another fun-filled episode with Transformation Thursday's most downloaded guest, V. Sucy. If you want the prequel to this episode, go back to episode 36.
107 - Comic Roundtable.1
CW: NSFW, NSFW, and NSFW
In this episode, Natalie Walker and Amy Stephens hold over Cindy Arena from episode 106 and Todd Gursslin joins in the conversation somehow out of the blue, and what entails is pure madness and a lot of laughs. The comic roundtable in 2022 will become a Patreon Patrons only feature, but for now, enjoy this first edition.
Episode 106 - EMDR with Cindy Arena
In this episode, we explore the uses of EMDR therapy with fellow comedian Cindy Arena (she/her) and go on tangents no one saw coming.
105 - Sara's Enby Life
In this episode, Sara Gaudioso (They/Them) discusses coming out non-binary at the age of 38, and the challenges they have relating to cis folx on how to explain their gender identity. Finally, Sara, Natalie, and Amy discuss how we can help the evolution of the English language to be more inclusive of non-binary identities. In the second Amy and Natalie share their final thoughts of their interview with Sara, and announce that podcast General Counsel Francesca Rodriguez will be taking a hiatus from her weekly segment.
104 - Jenny Hart Talks Comedy, Trains, and Coming Out as Trans
CW: Gender Base Violence and Transphobia
In this episode of Transformation Thursday, English comedienne Jenny Hart (aka, Jenny B Side) discusses her musical comedy style. She debuts a new song discussing her recent experience wearing a women's swimsuit in public. Additionally, Jenny details her process of coming out as a trans woman and some of the violence she has experienced on the last train out of London and at isolated train stations just for being herself in public late at night. General Counsel Francesca Rodriguez stops by to discuss how hard it is to sue government entities in the United States, even when an Assistant Principal asks to see the genitals of a trans student.
103 - Jessica Smith Talks Fear & Vulnerability
In this episode new co-host, Natalie Walker joins Amy Stephens to discuss fear and vulnerability with guest Jessica Smith. Amy also introduces Natalie as the official new co-host of the podcast, and Francesca Rodriguez stops by for the Legal Minute.
102 - Bill Satre, A Radio Life
In this episode, Bill Satre, the Program Director of B93 in Brainerd, Minnesota, joins Amy Stephens to discuss the transformation of local radio since the 1980s. Bill and Amy discuss their days of working together at KB-101 in Bemidji, Minnesota, how deregulation killed local radio as we knew it, and how small market radio is coming back during the pandemic. Bill also lets Amy know how her transition has helped him better understand the transgender experience. Also, General Counsel Jamie Rodriguez zooms in to discuss the legal cases she's keeping her eyes on.
101 - Todd Gursslin (Again)
Amy and Todd continue their in-depth chat that started in episode 99. This time they discuss restricting words in comedy, cancel culture, and Todd tells Amy how uncomfortable she was before she transitioned. Plus, General Counsel stops by with a new segment, the Legal Minute(10).
100 - Jamie and Amy Celebrate and Honor
In this episode, Transformation General Counsel Jamie Rodriguez interviews podcast co-creator and current host Amy Stephens. Amy discusses how the podcast came about while honoring the contributions and vision of former co-host Penny Sterling. Jamie and Amy also discuss what they feel are some of the best episodes of the podcast, and of course, Amy gets a bit emotional because she always does.
99 - Todd Gursslin, Pt. 1, How to Load Dishwashers
98 - Serena Jamison, Trans Missionary to the Mormons
CW: Religion and Dalin H. Oaks
This week's co-host and guest, Serena Jamison, discusses with Amy Stephens her experiences in the Mormon Church as a trans woman, church policies targeting transgender and gender diverse Mormons, and her experience attending a UCC congregation during Pride.
#transgender #mormon #lgbtq
Episode 97 - Kerry Pray
In this episode, Jamie and Amy discuss scientific communication of queer issues, the bimodal distribution of gender, teaching at BYU as someone who couldn't admit to being gay, and the beautiful mess of humans and queer relationships.
Episode 96 - Natalie Walker
In this episode, Natalie and Amy talk about renovating campers, the War of 1812, and residential schools. You just have to listen to figure this one out.
Episode 95 - The Decriminalization of Being Gay
Episode 94 - Rev. Meredith Cox, The Spiritual Queer
This week Amy Stephens' (she/her) guest is Reverand Meredith Cox (they/them). In this episode, I discuss with Meredith holding space for transgender and gender diverse folx who are beginning their journey as their authentic selves, religious rites as we mark transition milestones, and what it means to be a spiritual queer in Tennessee.
Episode 93 - Emma Bruce Switches Teams
This week's podcast co-host and guest Emma Bruce returns to Transformation Thursday to discuss the changes in her life since she started living authentically as herself as the world went into lockdown in March of 2020.
Episode 92 - Cindy Arena "The Hard Lesbian"
This week co-host and guest Cindy Arena chats with Amy Stephens about being a hard "L" lesbian and returning to comedy after a year off. Cindy puts Amy on the spot regarding her preferences for dating and the status of her relationship.
Episode 91 - Jamie Rodriguez, SCOTUS Analysis
In this episode of Transformation Thursday, Jamie Rodriguez joins Amy Stephens to discuss the recent changes to Transformation Thursday and to provide her expert analysis of the United States Supreme Court decision in the case of Fulton v. The City of Philadelphia.
Episode 90 - Rachel Barnhart
In this episode of Transformation Thursday Amy Stephens (she/her) and guest host Woody Battaglia (he/him) interview Monroe County (NY) Legislator Rachel Barnhart. We discuss her vision for Monroe County, how county government can serve the needs of their transgender citizens, how people monitor her speech and Tweets more than any other woman in our area, and how working the local campaign trail she is viewed by her constituents as a 43 year old woman.
Follow Rachel on Twitter at: @rachbarnhart
Episode 89 - Ralph & Woody
In episode 11 of the Transformation Thursday Podcast Rochester, New York based comedians Ralph Tetta and Woody Battaglia take over the show, while Penny and Amy shopped on Amazon for clothes, shoes, and makeup. While the girls were shopping Ralph and Woody had a very in depth conversation about comedy, how it has changed, what can & cannot be said on stage, restrictions on comics, and a lot more. Listen in and enjoy this very frank conversation about comedy.
Episode 88: Jamie Francesca Rodriguez and the Biden Presidency
Amy & Penny sit down with Jamie Francesca Rodriguez Senior Counsel at Holland & Knight LLP, about how nice it is to be able to say "The Biden Presidency," and also all the things he's going to have to erase, especially in the area of transgender rights.
Episode 87 - Jamie F. Rodriguez
Links to Transition Guidelines we discussed in the episode...
HRC, Workplace Gender Transition Guidelines
Society for Human Resource Managers, Managing Gender Transition in the Workplace
Center for Transgender Equality, Know your Rights (Sections on more topics than employment)
GLAAD, Transgender Resources
Episode 86 - Carolyn Hoffman Runs for Monroe County Legislature
In this episode, Carolyn D. Hoffman (she/they) discusses their run for the Monroe County Legislature in District 25 with Penny and Amy.
Episode 85 Cathryn Oakley and Anti-Trans Legislation
In this week's episode state legislative director and senior counsel at the Human Rights Campaign, Catherine Oakley stops by to talk with Amy and Penny about the 19 anti-trangender bills that have been signed into law already this year, how legal they are (hint: not very), and what we can do to combat this wave of transphobia.
CW: discussion of suicidal ideations.
Episode 84: Lindsay Boylan on Cuomo, Manhattan, & Donuts
Amy and Penny sit down with Lindsay Boylan, candidate for Manhattan Borough President, to talk about her time on the staff of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the toxic work environment she detailed in her tweets and her Medium article about the abuse she's received, both while she's on staff, and after tweeting about it. We also talk about progressive politics, the changes she would make as borough president, and also about how good a kruller can be.
Episode 83: El Chenier Gender Mentor and Home With Stinky Feet
This week Amy and Penny interview El Chenier (They/Them/Their), who discusses their evolution of gender in society and with themself. El also discusses their Gender Mentor program, where they teach a course for non-binary folx on coming home to their non-binary bodies and writing "Letters from Home" and the importance of trans and non-binary persons finding their chosen home. (CW: Sexual Abuse)
Episode 82 - Victor Sanchez for City Council
This week, Amy and Penny chat with Victor Sanchez, who's running for an at-large seat on the Rochester (NY) City Council. Victor talks about how his heritage and sexuality have informed his activism, and about the difference between changing the system from the outside vs the inside.
He also increases Penny's Spanish vocabulary.
Episode 81: The Fashionating Natania Barron
Our guest this week is the fabulous and fascinating Natania Barron, author, meme generator and host of #Threadtalk on Twitter!
Episode 80 - Amy and Kimberly Anderson, AFMT Geek Out
In this episode, Amy Stephens and Kimberly Anderson, AFMT, geek out on mental health care issues related to the transgender and gender diverse community (TGD), conversion therapy in Utah, and how the TGD community intersects with Mormonism. Additionally, Amy and Kimberly go off on a few tangents related to Amy's relationship road trips, jokes that are groaners, and a special Taco Tuesday.
Episode 79 - The Nightingale Sings & Speaks
While Amy Stephens is recovering from surgery, Penny has a conversation with Matt Nightingale, Co-Pastor of The Quest Novato, an educator, a parent, a singer, and #faithfullyLGBTQ. We were supposed to talk about the intersection of sexuality and spirituality. And we did. But we also talked about love, booze, music and about the meaning of the word peripatetic.
Episode 78: Penny Faces Her Face
While Amy Stephens is in the hospital recovering from her successful GC surgery, Penny Sterling takes the mic...and never lets go. Penny talks about her battle with social security over getting a new card, tells a story about beards, and for funding for her own facial feminization surgery.
Episode 76: Kyle Wallace Talks Comedy and American Politics
In this episode, Transformation Thursday General Counsel Jamie Rodriguez and Amy Stephens chat with Kyle Wallace. Residing in London, England, Kyle produces, hosts, and performs at many of the shows he puts on through G&B Comedy. Jamie and Amy discuss with Kyle Amy's first set in London with G&B, how operations have changed during the lockdown, what comedy could look like post-pandemic. In the second segment, Kyle discusses what American politics looks like to him from across the pond.
Episode 75: An Amy State of Mind
Podcast co-host Penny Sterling checks in with podcast co-host Amy Stephens as she prepares for Gender Confirmation Surgery (GCS), a procedure that has been scheduled and rescheduled for nearly a year. They talk about the emotional toll of these delays, the excitements and fears of surgical procedures, and the amount of effort it takes to try and continue living and growing while this happens.
Also in this episode: Amy forgets how to breathe. We are not making this up.
Episode 74: PUSH-ing 20
This Thursday Penny Sterling chats with Darren and Heather Stevenson, Founders of PUSH Physical theatre, about the rigors and rewards of two decades of making often grueling art while also raising a family while taking the show on the road.
Episode 73: Amy Does a Mental Health Check-In on Penny
CW: COVID-19 Pandemic, Mental Health, and Suicide Ideation/Planning
Eleven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Amy checks in on Penny to see how she's doing and purposely asks Penny, "Are you safe?" Penny describes some of the mental health challenges she has had recently, and the girls discuss how their friendship has suffered since the outbreak of the pandemic. In the second segment, Penny discusses how the New York State of Health vaccination website is transgender and gender diverse exclusionary. Finally, Penny reads the letter she has sent to the department looking for answers.
Episode 72: TGD Vocal Training w/ Gerriann Jackson
In this episode, Jamie Rodriguez and Amy Stephens interview Senior Speech-Language Pathologist from the University of Rochester Medical Center Gerriann Jackson, M.S., CCC-SLP. Gerriann (she/her) discusses the importance of vocal training for her transgender and nonbinary clients. How recent policy changes from the outgoing Trump Administration affected health insurance approvals. In the second segment, Gerriann guides Jamie and Amy through a set of vocal training lessons. To reach Gerriann about her private practice, she can be reached directly at 585-365-4633.
#transgender #nonbinary #vocaltherapy