In this episode, host Bear Bergman sits down with Kai, a trans man and therapist living in the States, to talk about how he’s navigated coming out (or not) in various situations, and how he’s he’s found agency in deciding when that’s right for him.
About our guest, Kai
Kai (he/him/his) is a licensed therapist who lives in the Pacific Northwest. He has worked with youth, families and queer adults for the past fifteen years. When he’s not working, he’s out running, biking or baking cookies.
Glossary + additional reading
Here are some of the references you’ll come across in the episode, with links to more reading:
- Boys Don’t Cry: a 1999 film based on the story of Brandon Teena, a trans man in the U.S. who was murdered in 1993 by two friends after they learned that he was trans. The film, which stars Hilary Swank as Brandon, helped bring attention to hate crimes against the trans community, but it leaves behind a divisive legacy.
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