The Masks of Gender is a podcast which gives a voice to those valuable insights into gender that may not usually be heard.

In the form of conversations with Persia West the podcast covers people who live with gendered intersections around race, age, LGBT+ identities, masculinity, intersex bodies, transgender and non-binary identities and more, impart their wisdom.

Persia’s sharing of her own transgender identity and experience in human rights and equalities work helps open doors to the hearts of others.

The podcast currently features conversations with an intersex activist; a feminine woman in the masculine world of tech; a gay man on culture and the power of words; different ways of seeing gender in India, recorded in Kolkata; the compassion of a transgender Christian priest; and more. It also includes posts of Persia’s personal insights, from her own writing or from a wide range of unusual writing, expanded upon and clarified through her individual perception, forged through a lifetime of meditation and the unique view of gender and identity that comes with being trans.

The podcast aims to help bring about respect, openness and greater inclusion in our changing society by facilitating understanding of real, living people and their experiences. By opening our eyes to the realities of others, differences and barriers fade, not only for those who diverge from the gender norm, but for everyone in our gender-divided world.

I am looking for support in developing the podcast, with promotion, funding or sponsorship to make the long-term possible, and with more remarkable people with something to say about gender in their world.

The Masks of Gender podcast will continue for six months, with a fresh post every week, a mix of conversation and insight, until mid-August 2019. Then I’ll take a break to take breath and look at what has actually happened, and see where to go next.

Please comment and get in touch. I’m interested in hearing from you to see what has meaning and value for you, or suggestions about where I can go with it, who I could talk to next, or support this not-for-profit venture.