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drunk TED talk – how jame gumb saved my life


*That* Jame Gumb.

So my RSI is a bastard today, hence my audio experiment. Please note the following.

1. I am not a professional anything 

2. I have a stutter which makes me super anxious. Try not to mention it THANKS BABES.

3. Silence of the Lambs is DEEPLY problematic and transphobic and I wish I didn’t have such an obsession with it.

4. Trigger warnings for suicide. YAH REALLY. 

5. I do not support the wearing of women’s skin.

jame gumb, my childhood role model. PROBLEMATIC.

Clicky clicky here to listen to my dumb voice

Stats referenced in audio:

“Nearly half (48 per cent) of trans people under 26 said they had attempted suicide, and 30 per cent said they had done so in the past year, while 59 per cent said they had at least considered doing so”

Nearly half (45 per cent) of LGBT pupils – including 64 per cent of trans pupils – are bullied for being LGBT in Britain’s schools. This is down from 55 per cent of lesbian, gay and bi pupils who experienced bullying because of their sexual orientation in 2012 and 65 per cent in 2007

More than four in five trans young people have self-harmed, as have three in five lesbian, gay and bi young people who aren’t trans”


3 thoughts on “drunk TED talk – how jame gumb saved my life

  1. Omg, first of all, I loved listening to you so much. Your voice is just beautiful and the way you speak is somehow incredibly calming. I would love to hear more like this.

    Regarding your last few sentences: I’m queer and autistic and especially regarding being autistic, I used to put so much work into trying to pass as neurotypical because anything else wouldn’t have been safe for me. Now that I’m in a better situation and have a job at a university where I can afford to be more open, I’m trying my best to openly be my weird self as much as possible to show others that it’s okay to be like this, that it’s actually possible to be in my position and have job and be competent and know lots of stuff when you’re weird and autistic and queer – I totally agree with you that it’s important for kids to have role models and to see “actually, there is a place in the world for people like me”, because it’s devastating when you look at all the people around you, all the people in positions where you want to be etc. and it seems like you just don’t fit in and you have no idea if you’ll ever get where you want to be because maybe there’s no place in the world for a person like you.

    Okay, um, enough with my life story. I basically just wanted to say that I enjoyed listening to this so, so much (and also, I think I need to read Silence of the Lambs now).

    side note: omg, don’t even get me started on the trope of queer-coded villains. This is everywhere and I hate it so, so much.


  2. From one former weird kid* to another: That was funny, heartbreaking, perceptive and moving. Something about your voice really reached me — I don’t know if I would have responded so viscerally had I been reading instead of listening. (Though I quite like your writing.)
    In other words: Thank you.
    * I was also queer, but I didn’t come out to myself (I’m bi) until years after school. So good on you for realizing your truth as early as you did.


    1. Ahh I’m so glad! Thanks for listening, I know audio is very different style and not that popular but I totally agree – I’ve been trying to write that for six months and it just came out flat. Three drinks, mic, done in one 20 minute take. Thank you so much, you made my day.


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