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25 – Responding to Transphobic Messages About Caitlyn Jenner

25 – Responding to Transphobic Messages About Caitlyn Jenner

On this episode of Tiny Conversations I talk to Chris Studer, Executive Director of Get Real. Get Real is a non-profit organization who's goal is to help others, "unlearn LGBTQ discrimination and bullying."
In June 2015 Get Real was preparing to host a fundraising event during World Pride at Toronto, ON bar El Furniture Warehouse. During that time Caitlyn Jenner came out as transgender in this Vanity Fair article. It was a moment where transgender issues were forced into the public arena. Some responded positively, some negatively, and some made transphobic jokes on Instagram, including someone using the El Furniture Warehouse account. When Buzzfeed published an article outlining the clear discrepancy between Get Real hosting a fundraiser at this bar and the Instagram post from this bar, things came to a grinding halt...
In this episode I talk to Chris about how Get Real chose to respond - not by distancing themselves but by attempting to understand. I asked him why they chose to switc