What The Trans!?

is creating podcasts and investigative journalism for the trans community

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Producer

$1.30
per month
You produce the show, you get your name in the credits!

Your name will be read at the end of the show. Maximum of 50 names per episode. If we get more than 50 on this tier the names will be cycled out.

Sticky Producer

$3
per month
Not only do you get your name in the credits but you also get a sticker through the post as well as any future stickers that we come up with as and when we come up with them (not often, maybe twice a year?).

You will also get yourself everything in the Producer tier!

Time Travelling Producer

$7
per month
Hear our bonus mini podcast "What The Trans!?: Nights" 6 months before everyone else!

What The Trans!?: Nights is a shorter podcast recorded late at night by Michelle and Ashleigh where they discuss weird topics, weird experiences they have had, and just get super weird.

Time Travelling Producers will get access to What The Trans!?: Nights here exclusively for 6 months before they are released for everyone later.

WTT: Nights will never ever contain real journalism, interviews or information that we believe trans and non-binary people need to know. By its nature it is not what we would call "important" but it will be weird. Super weird.

Includes all other producer rewards!

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patrons

$252

per month

About What The Trans!?

What The Trans!? is a UK-based weekly podcast with news and interviews, made by and for transgender and non-binary people. We fact-check, raise voices from our community, and top it all off with a generous helping of snark.

The UK trans community has been attacked. As transphobia dominates the media, we want to fight back by debunking lies, sharing news, and keeping our audience well-informed about what's happening.

We started this podcast in 2018 and we have already produced some pretty great content. We cover all kinds of topics, from Pride events and film festivals to politics, healthcare, intersectional feminist issues and trans representation in video games.

We strive to offer our platform to trans and non-binary people (and indeed anyone who isn't cis!), and we have an open-door policy for people of colour who meet the 'not cis' requirement to come on the show and talk about whatever they want. (Except for hate speech and bigotry, of course... Not that any of you lovely people would ever do such a thing!) We also have a once-a-year Cis Allies Special to celebrate some of the awesome allies fighting for equality alongside us.

This year, when coronavirus led to lockdowns, we started a Discord to create a supportive social space for isolated transgender, non-binary, intersex, genderqueer and questioning people. With hundreds of members, we think it's safe to say we've helped a fair few people!

Also, thanks to the support of our audience, Michelle was able to get her ADHD diagnosis - and that led to her taking on a new assistant, Kate, to help organise everything and spread the workload a bit. We also gained a group of audio editors who give their time to make sure episodes sound fantastic.

We all love being there for the trans and non-binary community, which is why we changed from being a fortnightly podcast to a weekly one, and why we chose to run an online social space during this unprecedented weirdness. We put in hours and hours of work every week, but at the moment we meet our hosting costs but can't afford to pay any of our team.

With your support, we can work towards our fair pay funding goals - we want to be able to pay everyone who works on What The Trans!? minimum wage (£8.76 per hour). If you become one of our Patrons, you'll be helping to ensure that our team of trans and non-binary talent get paid for all their hard work making the podcast the best it can be!

Patrons also get access to a whole range of rewards, including end-of-episode shout-outs to all the people that make what we do possible. We also offer thank-you cards, monthly ten-minute minisodes, Q&As, live video chats, and even balloon modelling lessons from Michelle. Why not check out the reward tiers and see what appeals to you?

Goals
$251.52 of $719 per month
Fair Pay Funding Goal - Pay Michelle!

At this level, we'll have enough money to cover our overheads and pay every member of the team £8.76 (minimum wage) for each hour of work they put into the podcast.

Michelle insisted she should be the last person out of all of us to get paid, because she's all about that worker solidarity. We still want to pay her for all her hard work as a producer and co-presenter, though!
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