Amid a record-setting year of anti-transgender legislation, TransLash Media presents our limited-series podcast, The Anti-Trans Hate Machine. This four-part program takes us behind the curtain of the dark money, right wing organizations, radical figures and extreme ideology driving the anti-trans backlash across the country.
We expose a highly-organized political apparatus, which makes the future potentially darker for everyone. To do so, we center the voices and stories of trans people, as well as their families, who are victimized by this hostile movement with our award-winning journalist Imara Jones guiding us along the way.
In the opening episode for TransLash Media’s riveting new mini-series, award-winning journalist Imara Jones introduces us to a key component of the anti-trans hate machine through a historic case: Hecox v. Little. She walks us through the introduction to HB 500, the law that made Idaho the first state to ban transgender athletes participating in sports, and the investigation that quickly followed suit. We hear from aspiring college athlete Lindsay Hecox, as well as Ritchie Eppink, the Legal Director of the ACLU of Idaho, and Chase Strangio, Deputy Director for Transgender Justice, who aided her through her case. And Imara receives an unexpected surprise when Idaho Representative Barbara Ehardt, the sponsor of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act (HB 500), takes her call. In the end we learn about the organization behind these bills, a far-right group called Alliance Defending Freedom.
In episode 2 of 4 of The Anti-Trans Hate Machine mini-series, we investigate and uncover the forces and organizations, including the Family Research Council and Promise to America’s Children, responsible for the reinforcement of bills meant to ban trans youth from access to life-saving and equal healthcare – starting specifically with Alabama’s SB 219 (2020) – Prohibits Gender Affirming Care Bill. We hear from some of the youth and parents affected by these bills, and learn about their choices to fight back, despite the hardships it brings to do so.
In the third episode of the TransLash Media’s mini-series The Anti-Trans Hate Machine, Imara investigates the influence the Heritage Foundation had in infusing anti-trans ideology into the government during Trump’s presidency—a legacy the Biden administration is still trying to unravel. Through that investigation, Imara shares what she’s learned about one man who orchestrated many of those attacks on trans rights. Plus, we hear the stories of two brave women fighting against one of the most vicious attacks and suing the government to make sure trans people have equal access to healthcare.
Over the past three episodes of our first ever mini-series, Imara has detailed the institutions that are the major components of the anti-trans hate machine. But in this episode we dive into the people funding this machine and why. We enter into the shadows of the anti-trans movement and unpack how their hate intersects with a larger, even darker agenda. Household names like Betsy Devos take centerstage as does those less well known such as the The Council for National Policy, the National Christian Foundation, the New Apostolic Reformation, and Dominionists.
“Nothing written about the rise of the anti-trans right has sufficiently captured the massive threat it poses to trans lives and its deep financial relationship with the broader onslaught on our democracy. Imara Jones and TransLash Media are finally telling that story.”
National Women’s Law Center
"[Imara Jones] is also the host of an incredible new podcast, the Anti-Trans Hate Machine: A Plot Against Equality which explores the people & financial institutions driving the anti-trans backlash and the phenomenal trans activists who are standing up against it. I absolutely love Imara’s mission and I really LOVED giving the podcast a listen, so please join me in checking it out."
"Give Imara Jones a Pulitzer
This podcast is ABSOLUTELY required listening and should be for every American. Not only does this podcast do an amazing job breaking down the current anti-trans political climate, but goes much deeper in exposing how Christian extremists are using decades of investment in political power to steer the American government toward chaos and the total breakdown of democracy. That trans people have become a political football for these people is both terrifying and unsurprising. Everyone should be listening to this immediately."
"Critically important journalism.
As a parent of a trans child, I deeply appreciate the exceptional investigative journalism throughout this series. I will be sharing it far and wide."
"Best reporting out here
This is well researched, well reported journalism at its finest! People who actually wish to learn have the opportunity here."
"Staggeringly well crafted
The mixture of hard researched facts, ferocious journalism, storytelling, interviews, and more just continues to amaze me. This is such a nourishing program!"
High Annointed Paaul