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Rae Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote, Lee Henderson

Appearances can be deceiving. What happens when society's reading of our body doesn't match with our true identity? When our gender assignment feels wrong? When our skin colour hides our background? Shelagh explores these questions and more in this week's episode.
From the cover of Gender Failure by Rae Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote.
Listen to the full episode53:59

In this episode (originally aired January 12, 2015):

* Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon on Gender Failure
* Donna Bailey Nurse says if you liked Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi, you'll love Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady
* Lee Henderson on The Road Narrows as You Go

"Gender Failure" by Rae Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote, "Boy, Snow, Bird" by Helen Oyeyemi, "Emancipation Day" by Wayne Grady, "The Road Narrows as You Go" by Lee Henderson


Rae Spoon (JJ Levine)
Ivan E. Coyote (Eric Nielson)

Shelagh's extended conversation with Rae Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote

Rae Spoon was born in Calgary into an evangelical Christian family. Rae felt from childhood that life as a girl wasn't the right fit. A few years earlier growing up in Whitehorse, Ivan Coyote experienced a similar sense of feeling "square peg'ish" about being identified as a girl.   

Both Rae and Ivan have experimented with different gender and sexual identities and sometimes the outside world hasn't agreed with their choice.

In their collaborative book Gender Failure, they begin with stories of childhood and describe the transformations each of them has undergone in establishing identities that feel like a better fit than the girl assignment they both received at birth.  Both Rae and Ivan describe themselves as people who failed to fit into the gender binary.

Rae is a writer and musician. Ivan is a performer and writer. As well as the book version of Gender Failure, the two collaborated on a touring stage show of the same name.

Shelagh reached Rae Spoon in Montreal and Ivan E. Coyote in Vancouver.  We hope you enjoy this extended version of their conversation.

Shelagh's extended conversation with Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon, authors of "Gender Failure". 39:10