About

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.

Our show began as a response to the never-ending anti-trans nonsense erupting all over the United Kingdom. We started this with the goals of debunking media lies, reporting on the trans and non-binary community and making as many silly jokes as we possibly can.

We don’t aim our content at cisgender people. Don’t get us wrong, we love cisgender people (our parents are cis!) but we don’t target any of our content at them. We present the show assuming that the listener is gender variant in some way. We do not claim (nor would we want to) speak for the community, but we do want to talk TO them about things we think they should know about.

Our episodes consist of two parts:

Terrible News

The first half is where we report on relevant news developments. The name started as a joke, but over time became more and more accurate. However, this isn’t all just doom and gloom, we report on just as many victories as defeats, just as many heroes as bellends – and often we find that after we have done some digging, the bad news isn’t always that bad.

The Meat

The second half of the show is where we dive deep into a specific topic. Previously we have covered mental health, racism, trans musicians, autism, media representation, disability during the coronavirus lockdown, and many, many, MANY other things. Sometimes this part has guests. Other times it is just Michelle and Ashleigh having a chat. But here is where we can go deep on a topic. It is pretty rad.

Who the hell do you think you are?

Fine, this is who we are:

Ashleigh is an activist, “media queer” and an excellent bass player in two bands (Ded.Pixl and St. Lucifer). She started reporting on the LGBTQIA+ community back in 2014 when she produced and presented “That’s Pride” on local Manchester television. Once that came to an end, she decided to go off and make her own thing and in 2017 she launched What The Trans!? with Michelle.

You will probably find her at pretty much every queer event in the Manchester area because she NEVER STOPS MOVING.

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Michelle O’Toole – Producer/Host

Michelle is a journalist, stand up comedian and lover of all things Nintendo related. She started covering the trans news beat in 2015 when she woke up one morning, decided to try journalism and got a thing published in the New Statesman on the first attempt. She then went on to work for PinkNews but then once the work dried up she decided to make her own thing… you can see where this is going.

You will probably find her at the back of a trans pride, trying desperately to get her dictaphone to stop being a dick.