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S3 E31: Fighting Transphobia within the Family Tree with Chris Cochrane

Season #3

Being 'great' at Grand-parenting isn't so hard. But what happens when you're a Grandparent and you've learned one of your grandchildren is trans? How do you keep the 'Grand' in Grandparent?

Welcome to Season 3: Episode 31 of Hey, Cis!

Want to be THAT Grandparent who has earned their bragging rights? In the season launch episode of Hey, Cis! podcast, we're celebrating Grandparents Day leading up to September 11th and talking with Trans Black activist and public speaker, Chris Cochrane (She/Her), about the challenges that relationships between Grandparents and family members experience, after learning they have a gender-expansive, transgender or non-binary grandchild.

And it's not only for Grandparents, Nona's, Papa's and Ami's! Maybe you're the parent or caregiver grappling with this very situation. Or a close family member. Tune-in and go beyond binary with us.

Our guest Chris Cochrane is from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia and shares her experience transitioning and the reactions of some extended family. Chris speaks and educates about her lived experience through her intersectionality. 

Chris is also a Grandparent, or as she says, 'Ami' because she's just too young to be a Grandma! Chris has five grandchildren  - yep, five fab grandkids and she talks with Isaac and Cyn, about ways for Grandparents (and extended family members) can focus on strengthening family connections, rather than dismantling them; while they learn to understand the complexities of gender identity.You won't want to miss this episode. 

Head over to our Blog THE BRIDGE on Sunday for more TIPS in talking with Grandparents, extended family members and resource links.

Educational resources, books and comics:

Tune-in next time when we will be talking with Rachele Manet (she/they), a Queer Educator at Venus Envy about trans youth and accessibility to resources and supports! This episode is all about pleasure, accessibility and breaking down stigma linked to cisnormative bias. 


GUEST: Chris Cochrane works toward creating spaces for QTBIPOC people, as well as working with 2SLGBTIQIA+ youth to ensure those spaces will be upheld for years to come. Currently she is The Support Service Educator for The Youth Project. Chris also sits as the Vice Chair of Halifax Pride where she uses that platform to ensure equity for all of the the community, while focusing on our marginalized and racialized communities. You can connect with Chris at [email protected].

Hey, Cis! is hosted by Cyn Sweeney (She/Her) and Isaac Cook (He/They).

Cyn is a cis, straight beyond binary educator and author focusing on 'beyond binary' inclusion and breaking heteronormative and cisnormative practices.  As a storyteller and community writer Cynthia is inspired by peoples stories - and listening fully. In her late 20s she felt insulted to be described as a 'bull in China shop,' when it came to her commitment to pushing through barriers and red tape to meet her goals. At 50, she now realizes it's served as one of her best assets in being a role-model to her 3 children and family.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Isaac Cook is a transgender, non-binary, queer person with a passion for making change. With a degree in Linguistics and Criminology, Isaac has more than six years of communications, marketing and web development experience with a particular passion forSTEM- focused and non-profit organizations. Outside of his work with Cyn at Simply Good Form Inc., Isaac enjoys cooking, travelling, astrology and hanging out with his dogs Aspen and Timber.

Produced and edited in-house.

MUSIC: Hey, Cis! thanks musical artist Craymo for our intro/extro song: Be Myself

Written by: Craig Stephen Raymo/Brandon Jarrett/Joshua Daniel Hershfield (c) (p) 2015 Craymo Music, BMI/Moho Music, ASCAP


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