Take the Last Bite

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Listen to episode 7 on Spotify

Take the Last Bite is 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.



Ep. 7: Just(ice) joking with Hayden Kristal

December 7, 2021 | Apple | Google | Spotify

Prepare your diaphragm for some deep belly laughs! Comedian and intersectional accessibility educator Hayden Krystal talks about the craft of writing a good joke, the need for comedy to "punch up" to prevent harm against marginalized communities, and how social media such as Tik Tok and Instagram have become key tools for content creators to reach wider audiences during the pandemic.

Ep. 6: Trans abolitionist vision [redux]

November 9, 2021 | Apple | Google | Spotify

In this special episode, we're revisiting a conversation we hosted with four T/GQ/Enby folks doing abolition work and organizing around/against state-sanctioned violence. Throughout the 4th annual Transgender Justice Teach-in, The rise of a trans abolitionist vision, panelists highlighted efforts in the Midwest, emphasizing the connections between both queer/trans justice and abolitionist organizing.

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Ep. 5: Queers who make beers

October 26, 2021 | Apple | Google | Spotify

Today’s tap list includes: a savory blend of breaking gendered norms in customer service positions and mobilizing service workers to demand affirming working environments. We’re joined by three folks in the craft brewing industry who share how they ventured into the world of beer and some of the rad projects they’re working on to improve labor conditions for marginalized people.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • Deviant Minds: Supporting LGBTQIA+ folx in the hospitality and service industries

  • Witch Hunt: Promoting gender equity in craft brewing through education

  • Brewing Change Collaborative: Fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion for people of color in the brewing industry

Ep. 4: Rural v. urban queerness

October 12, 2021 | Apple | Google | Spotify

Ahh yes, the three genders: cities, college towns, and the farm. We share our personal experiences in rural and urban spaces, the disparate resource allocations to rural areas, and how geography impacts building queer community.

Ep. 3: Queer death and aging

September 28, 2021 | Apple | Google | Spotify

Why did we receive messaging that "queer death" happens at age 30? Join us as we explore the sacredness of aging, delayed adolescence, and caring for our queer elders.

Ep. 2: Midwest nice

September 14, 2021 | Apple | Google | Spotify

It's not just holding the door for strangers and long goodbyes. What is "Midwest nice" and why does it cause barriers to communication, boundaries, and relationships?

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Ep. 1: Serving the last bite

August 31, 2021 | Apple | Google | Spotify

What is "the last bite"? Why is it the stuff of Midwest social nightmares? And how is it actually a barrier to organizing? Join us as we serve it and flip this whole buffet table. Meet some of our humans and get a preview of what's on our radar.

Trailer - Introducing the Last Bite

Aug. 25, 2021 | Apple | Google | Spotify

Introducing Take the Last Bite, a new podcast from the Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity. Season one launches August 31, 2021 with new episodes bi-weekly. In the meantime, learn more about our intentions for this podcast and listen to a sneak peak of episode one.

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