Episode 055

Write It Better: Transgender Characters (Interview)

In the first of our “Write It Better” interview episodes, we sit down with illustrator Matthew Spencer to discuss his experiences as a transgender man, the portrayal of trans characters in media, and ways writers can better incorporate trans characters into their work.

Items mentioned:
  • The Sleepless, by Victor Manibo
  • Black Sun, by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Amberlough, by Lara Elena Donnelly
  • The Song of the Lioness Series, by Tamora Pierce
  • Our Flag Means Death, tv show on HBO
  • Manhunt, by Gretchen Felker-Martin

Drink Pairing: Improved Grasshopper
  • 1/2 oz creme de menthe
  • 1-1/2 oz creme de cacao
  • 1/8oz (two dashes) absinthe
  • 1/4oz Luxardo maraschino
  • 2oz cream

(Note: Absinthe addition taken from the Cocktail College podcast interview with Pam Wiznitzer.)

  1. Shake really well with just a few ice cubes and strain into a chilled glass.

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