This hour, stories that grab hold of our expectations and smash the binary.
My Name Is Shawn and I Prefer He
by Judy Campbell & Amy Standed for The Leap from KQED (2015)
Shawn Demmons is a 50-year-old man now, but when he was growing up, he was Shawna Demmons. Lately we’ve heard a lot of stories about people who, after years in the closet, found the courage to come out as transgender. But for Shawn, courage was never the problem. His leap was a four decade journey to realize he was a man. And then he had to decide just what kind of man he wanted to be.
by Kaitlin Prest for The Heart (2017)
Todd once loved a woman. And she loved him back, but there was one thing that she just couldn’t get over, he twirls. This piece explores what it means to be effeminate when you’re a straight cis-dude. Kaitlin talks to men who embrace and resist their femininity.
The Accidental Gay Parents
by Hillary Frank for The Longest Shortest Time (2015)
in this story, gender is just a small piece of a complicated situation our protagonists find themselves in. Theirs is a tale that turns assumptions upside down: it’s a passionate love story, a tense legal drama, and a complicated family affair, that starts when boy meets boy.
This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk