Season 4, Episode 2: Behind the Scenes of “Diving for Rays: A Queer Conservationist’s Story”
We take a bite out of marine conservation and documentary filmmaking with Nova West (they/them), Angel Morris (they/them), and Nicole Morris (she/they/he)– the producers and muses of “Diving for Rays: A Queer Conservationist’s Story.” We chat about how what started as an impromptu instagram DM and a conversation about childhood dreams manifested into a cinematic journey deeper than the ocean.
View the transcript for this episode.
Additional resources and references
From the episode
Stream “Diving for Rays: A Queer Conservationist’s Story” for FREE on WaterBear
Jackson Wild—provided equipment that aided the filmmakers in capturing underwater footage. An organization that “elevates impactful storytelling at the nexus of nature, science, and climate.”
500 Queer Scientists– a visibility campaign for LGBTQ+ people and their allies working in STEM and STEM-supporting jobs
“Undrowned: Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals” by Alexis Pauline Gumbs
“Evolution’s Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People” by Joan Roughgarden
From the introduction
Rep. Zooey Zephyr barred from the Montana state legislature for defending trans rights
Rep. Mauree Turner removed from committee assignments for protecting trans protestors in Oklahoma
Tucker Carlson fired from Fox News
L Word cast recognized at the White House for Lesbian Visibility Week
About the podcast
Take the Last Bite is a podcast by the Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity. It's a direct counter to the Midwest Nice mentality— highlighting advocacy and activism by queer/trans communities in the Midwest region. Through each episode, we're aiming to unearth the often disregarded and unacknowledged contributions of queer and trans folks to social change through interviews, casual conversations and reflections on Midwest queer time, space, and place.