Monday, 1 August 2016

UBC 100 Radio Documentary: Obstacles and Outcomes

Also for Pride season, currently airing on CiTR FM (where I hosted a program for seven years), is my radio documentary "Obstacles and Outcomes", about my journey through the health care system in British Columbia and Canada set against some of the landmark struggles for better trans health care over the past twenty years.

The documentary was made as part of the UBC 100 Radio Documentary series in which each piece features archival radio clips. My documentary features segments from the long-running LGBTQ issues program Queer FM, hosted from 1993-2010 by Heather Kitching. Enjoy the documentary (completed this past April) and follow-up interview (recorded over the phone in May).

The Switch Airs on OutTV!!!

Finally, the day (the month, the summer) has arrived! The Switch, the world's first transgender TV sitcom, broadcast its first episode on OUTtv last Monday evening, July 25. Over three years ago I was part of the writers' room that crafted the story arc and developed the characters and their hopes, fears and motivations. The Switch, the brain child of film maker and Executive Producer Amy Fox (who also stars as Chris in the series), features transgender characters portrayed by transgender performers; in addition many trans folks were writers and on the production crew. The show was recast three times and the writing has also been through many changes. In May, the Switch won two Leo Awards for Best Comedy Series and for Best Actor (Amy Fox).

It's been a long time coming! I saw the first three episodes at the red carpet gala a week ago. Tune in tonight at 9:00 pm for episode 2, story by yours truly. There are six episodes in total. Most importantly tell OUTtv that you like what you see and help The Switch get a second season produced and on the air.