Let’s get one thing clear. Jordan Raskopoulos is not a unicorn. Although, as she tells Meshel Laurie, she has no judgement if you identify as one.
But Jordan is sometimes treated as a unicorn, because she is a transgender woman, and a member of one of Australia’s most successful comedy acts, The Axis of Awesome. They’ve had 100 million YouTube hits.
Jordan has been in Axis since before, during and after her transition, and six weeks ago she”came out” as trans. And this week she is on Nitty Gritty Committee, Meshel Laurie’s podcast about the guts and glory of life.
And it’s a conversation worth hearing. Because it’s funny and frank, and you might learn something. Something like:
Growing up, the only representations of trans people in the media that Jordan saw were either as a joke, a punch line, or a ‘trap’ for heterosexual men.
Listen to Jordan explain what “dysmorphia” is. Post continues after audio.
“So rather than saying transgender people and normal people…we need a word. We need a word to say not–trans. So it’s cisgender,” says Jordan.
Some kids know that they’re transgender. Others don’t.
Meshel says her son went through a phase of wanting to be called Scarlett. Is that a sign?Listen to the whole podcast, here:
Don’t be so worried about saying the wrong thing to a trans person that you say nothing.
People don’t know what to say sometimes. But if the intent is genuine, then that’s what matters. “If you do something offensive, and you find out afterwards you have made a mistake, admitting to the mistake and asking for forgiveness and committing to changing your behaviour in the future is what we are trying to achieve.”