With so much emphasis on the trans community in recent times regarding gender affirming surgery and trans rights, I think it was time to have an overdue conversation with trans activist, Velvet Steele. Velvet is a longtime educator, advocate, SWer and icon in the queer community in Vancouver who I’ve been looking forward to having on the show. Velvet provides her crystal clear perspective on how language has shaped, impacted and harmed the community. Going from the past to present, we discuss problematic terms such as a sex reassignment surgery to outdated and offensive terms like “shemale” and how other buzzwords have discriminated and harmed the trans community. We speak about the importance in language and how its become more trans inclusive, shying away from terms we had once used in the past. Velvet took so much time to answer many fan questions and gives us a crash course on trans history – a fantastically educational episode that you don’t want to miss.