The Leftscape is back after a week away, which allowed time for Wendy Sheridan to attend WorldCon 76 in San Jose, CA. Wendy brings us news on the Hugo Awards given by the World Science Fiction Society, plus a protest outside the convention. This week’s feature is Wendy’s interview with Joy Denebiem, who tells a wonderfully freewheeling and personal account of her gender transition at the age of 58, with great insight from her partner, Cheryl Martin. The blossoming that Joy has experienced through her journey to gender confirmation is audible and an enjoyable, educational listen.
Robin Renée shares a sound bite of a counterdemonstration she, Anne Sabagh, and friends staged on the day of the Unite the Right 2 rally in Washington, DC, plus the announcement of a forthcoming queer, polyamorous superhero novel centering people of color. News includes the Scottish efforts to correct the historical record on John A. MacDonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada, prison labor strikes, and the continuing sagas of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. Mary McGinley reminds us that while we’re living it up to get the most from the end of summer, we should remember the meaning of Labor Day – to celebrate workers and labor unions – and to remember the reasonable working conditions that many of us enjoy as a result of union organizing. In addition to Labor Day, it’s time to celebrate or recognize International Day Against Nuclear Tests, International Day of the Disappeared, and Krishna Janmashtami.
Birthday shout outs go to Michael Jackson, notorious punk rocker GG Allin, and most especially to Biff Bam Pop!’s own Glenn Walker – pop culture writer, co-host of the GAR! Podcast, the French Fry Diary guy, a friend, and a fan of Robin, Mary, and Wendy’s previous podcast adventures.
Next week’s show will feature Mary’s interview with Peggy Farrelly of NOW.
Listen to The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “Blossoming (Episode 13).”