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TransLash Presents: Sounds Gay

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Imara shares a new podcast that TransLash listeners are sure to love: Sounds Gay.

In this mixtape of documentaries, host Sarah Esocoff takes you to rap battles, mosh pits, and songwriting sessions. It explores non-binary identity through emo music and trans history through a lost VHS tape. Sounds Gay tells stories of queer people whose lives have been transformed by music.

In this episode, Sarah learns about a videotape made by a trans woman in the 90s called Melanie Speaks. In the tape, Melanie offered tips for trans women looking to change their voices. Hundreds of women used the tape, but then it, along with the woman who made it, disappeared. This episode asks: how did Melanie help a generation of trans women find their voices? And who was she?

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