The Gender Spectrum - #48

Always Open: The Gender Spectrum - #48

Join Barbara Dunkelman, Jon Risinger, Kdin Jenzen, and Mariel Salcedo as they play a round of Cupidity, discuss Kdin's Coming Out, and answer a few questions from the Box of Issues! Sponsored by BioClarity (http://bit.ly/2eZSeI1)

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  • GTTX FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold GTTX

    4 days ago

    last time i saw kdin was when he(she?) was on the off topic podcast, holy fuck what? :O 

  • jeremythelee FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Isn't there a long running AH joke about jon risinger cumming in his own mouth? How did this get overlooked? 

  • PlatinumWalker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    The mass delusion is ridiculous. Please people.. get these people the help they need. Mental disorder is a serious issue that needs to be treated. 

    • Bl00dGulchGrif FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      The only mental disorder here is your ignorance and stupidity

  • Ryokugan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 俺はのんびりやるために生まれてきた。

    1 week ago

    I must've been living under a rock to not know everything Kdin's been going through with transitioning over the last year. Though I guess I haven't really seen her in anything since she's more behind the scenes for the most part. It's good to see that everything is going so well for her though, and it's great that she can work for a company that's so open and supportive. Anyhow, this one was great to watch, especially as someone who doesn't really know all that much about what it's like to be trans or how it all "works" so to speak. 



  • sellswordking FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Gay Nightmare

    1 week ago

    I love Kdin so so much. I just hate that she gets so much shit for being herself and then goes all fucking 'turn the other cheek' like a proper lady. Probably cos I'm not nearly as calm as her. I'm trans, queer, and pissed about bigoted fucks sharing air with me. I wanna be more like Kdin, honestly. But I'll just settle for admiring her for now. 

  • UltraPrimal FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Wow! I never knew anyone else who, when they were a kid, thought that you got to choose your gender when you went through puberty. I thought I was just a stupid ignorant kid who didn't know how puberty worked.


    I'm glad Kdin has people in her everyday life, co-workers, friends, and family, that support her. I'm not as lucky. My family is incredibly ignorant and bigoted. No way I could ever come out to them! I wish I could just move far away and start a new life. My friends are a little more supportive. They're all long distance/internet friends that I really only get to see a few times a year at conventions. I say they are kind of supportive because while they've showed concern for my physical and social health, they are mostly kind of (what's a good way to say it?) dude-bro-y. And some of them I think are a little ignorant of what it really means to be trans. And then there's my work, who I know would be supportive of me coming out as trans. My boss has nearly asked me if I was trans, and I've nearly told him I was. Or at least, I like to be. It's hard for me to consider myself trans when I'm not allowed to act the way I want because of how I currently look and because of my home life. 


    But anyway, enough of my shit. I am glad I finally decided to watch this episode. Kdin is a hero of mine. And I'm glad she's able to be the person she wants to be and she has tons of people who love and support her.

  • nesagsar FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I'm a genderfluid person who started college at 12 years old. I get where you are coming from Kdin.

  • beizsley FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Introverted Extrovert

    2 weeks ago

    Kdin's bit about just doing stuff to make yourself happy toward the end was actually super nice.


    It'll probably sound silly, and maybe almost kinda petty, but I've wanted to buzz my hair for years. I'm curious about how I'd look, and hate the hassle of long hair (fucking wind, man!).


    I've never gone through with it because of what I think other people will think about it/say (my sisters will probably roast me for it to be honest; I've had pretty long hair for well over half my life; I get it cut to about the length of my PP every 6-8 months or so, and it grows back quick). Ima do it tomorrow, after work.


    Happy to see Kdin again, and glad she's doing well. If you see this, thank you for being so open and honest. Made me just a little braver, even if it's about something so small and dumb (I mean, even if it looks fucking awful, and I hate it, it'll only last a few months; not worth procrastinating about for X more years). Hope to see you in more stuff again!

  • kevthejedi

    2 weeks ago

    This was really interesting to watch, on a subject that I have little knowledge or understanding Kdin's explanations were really informative and well delivered.  I felt bad for the difficulties she's had to endure for so many years, not just on the taboo of being transgender but started college at 13 - wow!  But to then be persecuted for that excellence because of peoples own limited understanding.


    Considering how full the box of issues was it makes you realise how many people have different 'problems', whether they're physical, psychological, hormonal, or just different from what is considered 'normal' in society.  I've never experienced that - I've always known my identity and fitted into the 'normal' mould that has always been expected - born male, heterosexual, never questioned it.  That doesn't mean someone who doesn't fit the mould is wrong, but tells me how lucky I am to not be in a position of victimisation.


    I came over here from YouTube and there's a fair amount of hate there (or comments about the hate, I didn't scroll enough to see the worst but I can imagine what it is).  What it boils down to is how narrow-minded people can be and the lack of acceptance in the world today.


    Personally I think it's left me with more questions than answers, some of which have or can be discussed in other places, and some purely from curiosity that are none of my business.  I applaud Always Open for covering what is still a controversial subject and opening my eyes a little wider.

  • Wanderfox FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Blackstar9K

    2 weeks ago

    This was a pretty serious episode. It definitely had its comedic moments, but the tone was more serious. I really enjoyed it, and it encompasses the title of "Always Open". Thank you to everyone for sharing! 

  • Jareor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I believed myself to be asexual until my mid twenties, when I fell in love with a girl for the first time.

    I had sex the first time at age 28 and stopped again at age 29.

    I have no idea if I will ever have sex again, as I rather enjoyed it, but after a few times I found that I would rather spend the time doing anything else.

    I have found that I am romantically inclined towards females, but there are some males I find to be quite beautiful as well, so I currently see myself as a heteroflexible asexual.

    Thankfully I am quite comfortable with who I am, as is all of my friends (which consists of straight guys and girls, lesbians as well as a genderfluid person).

    Kdin, it is awesome that you can be who you want to be, and I support you all the way.

  • Camo87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Let people be who they are, when it comes down to it if they are not hurting someone or themselves, then let them express themself, life is too short to be unhappy or spending your life trying to make other people unhappy, by making them fit into a one size fits all box like mainstream society or schools, try to do.live your life the best you can and don't give a damn what other people think, peace and love to all, love this show keep up the awesomeness Barbara :)

    • NoobPlayerFIN FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      Could not agree more.

  • Camo87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I know you probably hear this all the time Barbara but you are very beautiful, and that smile and those eyes are just amazing, also I love the show and all the topics you guys cover, looking forward to all the future content

  • Djuro

    2 weeks ago

    So can the next episode be about Jon's legs?

  • Ravyn4077 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I kinda fell off watching, but I knew that I had to when Kdin was gonna be on it.  I love her and am glad to see that she's doing well. <3

  • Insanity4789 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    We didn't get to see texas all episode. 

    • Psykoma FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      Texas isn't there for every shoot of always open. I don't think he was there for this one. 

  • rachelxjust FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Jon must be protected at all costs. So precious.

  • DrPleasure FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Gotto agree with Jon, Ive never tasted my "sexual fluids" and I definitely dont want to

  • dr4g0nslayer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I loved this episode I've been meaning to start always open and I loved hearing about trans issues and topics this was so nice to listen to and i loved hearing from kdin.

  • inryoku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭*:・゚✧

    2 weeks ago

    I'm so glad to see Kdin again! I've missed her. <3

  • Dystride FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I aspire to be as healthy and as good looking as Jon fucking Risinger

  • lizbae02 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I love how much Kdin spoke in this. I have never heard her speak for such an extended period of time and I love her so much. My sweet smol bean

  • deliala919 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold fuck

    2 weeks ago

    thanks guys i love to cry

  • GreyGhost9036 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Angry Beaver

    2 weeks ago

    Huh was wondering why kdin was looking a bit different from when i last saw him. Interesting hearing his story. FYI if you want to avoid a big youtube type of fight. Avoid the comments. WOAH boy avoid the comments. It is bad down there. 

    • minecraftnub FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      hey just a future heads up she use sher/her pronouns

  • Biotech2020 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Wow I never knew this about Kdin, really interesting to hear her story. Still a screen looking fuck

    • hazzard21 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Awwwww Goatly

      2 weeks ago

      Caleb was the screenlooker

    • Biotech2020 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      Well shit lol

  • HuggerMugger FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I'm so happy to hear Kdin's story and to see Roosterteeth giving equal opportunity to their employees to talk about how the world affects them. I absolutely loved this episode.

    • NateBond007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold NateBond007

      2 weeks ago

      I loved it too! I really appreciate them being an equal opportunity workplace!

  • Hanmace FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

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    • NicoliViro FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      That's all, "ew?" Not exactly a very good way to voice your opinion.

    • DrewLandis FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Nerd

      1 week ago

      Get over it

  • bittersweetbee FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    this could've  also beenan interssex episode if jon & kdin knew they were intersex

    • ChromadicCoder FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      Since you haven't elaborated and people haven't taken that comment well, I'd like to elaborate for you. From what I know, intersex covers many conditions including being born with female chromosomes but a biologically male body for instance with Kdin, and possibly also things like not producing enough of a hormone like testosterone like with Jon. Correct me if I'm wrong though, I may be interpreting the idea too broadly. I also checked Wikipedia which agrees with what I have said although may not be entirely accurate.


      Hopefully Kdin and/or Jon (or other intersex people) will be on another time so we can hear more about intersex as it is something that could do with more coverage as many people have no idea what it is.

  • raemigs FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Absolutely loved hearing about Kdin's experience! I love that RT is giving people a platform to talk about important issues like this. Thank you so much for this show <3 

  • homopolice FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Kdin is one of my absolute favorite people. It pains me to see so many people hating on her. She is such a kind, brave, and inspirational person. Keep doing you, Kdin! Let it be known that you have a whole community that will always support you! 

  • fenderlove FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Future PhD

    2 weeks ago

    I'm so excited to see Kdin in content again! So much love!

  • NickSexton FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    "School is easy, it's all about knowing how to take a test."

    YEAH YOU RIGHT

  • RoosterBrit FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    It's 2017. The LGBT community has achiveved more and has progressed further as a group, then ever before. I have the utmost respect for Kdin, because she had the courage to come out of her shell, to become the person she feels she was always meant to be.

    I'm a straight white male, and I SUPPORT KDIN because, it is her decision who she wants to be, and because I'm not a sexist bigot.

    • inryoku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭*:・゚✧

      2 weeks ago

      the transphobic legislator in viriginia that passed those terrible bathroom laws just got replaced by a transgender woman, we are just getting started!

      btw the LGBT movement was started by black transgender women, we need to respect the T and what they can accomplish 

  • Dodds001 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    There's... a lot going on here. I'd like to address an issue down here in the comments. Not everything makes sense to everyone.


    I was raised more conservatively. I reserved my right to pick and choose, but still lean more in that direction. In spite of videos like this and hour-long debates with people I know trying to explain it to me, the idea of transgender still does not compute in my mind. And unfortunately, I'm at an age where my mind isn't the malleable clay it used to be. My thoughts and opinions are starting to harden and become more resistant to change. I doubt I will ever understand the concept of being transgender.


    But that's okay. Because I also realize that I have no ability or right to force my opinions on anyone else. Just because I don't understand this, doesn't mean I should try and eliminate it from the face of the earth. I know this and I accept this. I choose to simply distance myself from the issue and let it be. I'll do me. You do you. Let's not do each other because that will just be a big mess. I don't know and I don't care. Live and let live.


    I know others are not so cooperative like this. I know there are assholes. (Sorry, but there will always be assholes. There will never be a world without hate.) But a lot of what I'm seeing in these comments is people acting aggressively and on the offensive in defense of the transgender ideal. People being called scumbags. Comments that get downvoted to hell for not being a 100% ally while anything aginst them is raised to the heavens. I read a description of how someone will be the "rasict grandpa" that the whole family is waiting to die. Do you not see what you're doing? You're doing the exact same thing as those you condemn. Though the sides may be different, the actions are the same. You have joined the assholes. (If you have not said anything mean, vengeful or rude, don't worry. You're good.)


    Just know that people like me exist: people who don't get it; who don't get it but don't do anything against it. And we're human just like everyone else. We feel pain just like the next person. And this aggression hurts. Sometimes we're looped into a category we don't want to be in. Sometimes being called transphobic hurts. Sometimes we listen to a podcast and spend the day worried that we're the villains of the story of life.


    I am not the bad guy.


    Not everything makes sense to everyone. But we don't have to understand everything. I say this to those who do and those who don't. Everything's fine. I'm fine. You're fine. Just don't be an asshole about it and I'll do the same.

    • Dodds001 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      (Heavy exhale) That was therapeutic.

    • homopolice FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      If my 60 year old conservative mother, my 92 year old grandfather, and my republican, catholicfamily can accept transgender people, then I don't believe it is hard for others to do so as well. It's not easy to change your way of thinking, I accept that, but at the end of the day, they are still people and they deserve the same respect you would show anyone else. You may not understand them and you may not even like them (though you claim that is not the case) but I believe that ignorance breeds hate. The LGBT+ community is growing and evolving, and it is becoming more common and acceptable. If you don't understand something, Google it. Talk to someone. Ask questions! You can either change with the times or stay stuck in the past.

    • Dodds001 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      @homopolice

      Accepting was never my issue. And I've had hours of conversation trying to get it. The idea of mix-matching and gender being a spectrum just doesn't make sense to me. It contradicts the way I've known the world to work for my whole life until about 2 years ago. It's very difficult to rewrite the laws of nature as I've known them for so long.


      But I accept that it doesn't matter if I understand or not. My lack of knowing how to fly a plane doesn't invalidate pilots. I can give up on understanding how it works and accept that it just does for some.


      It's the black and white, all or nothing, "if you're not with me then you're against me" attitude that irks me. And it's being suddenly and completely surrounded by that attitude and seeing others condemned and damned for things I may think, but don't act upon, that makes me worry and puts me in a bad place.

    • ouch-eddie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      If I can assume that "Sometimes we listen to a podcast and spend the day worried that we're the villains of the story of life" refers to you and this podcast, I'd really wonder what you heard that made you feel that way, because I think the cast and Kdin in particular were very understanding towards those in your position. Take your own advice-- if you have not said anything mean, vengeful or rude, don't worry. You're good. 

    • inryoku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭*:・゚✧

      2 weeks ago

      The gender stuff is easy. gender is a social construction, you aren't born with it. You become your gender. Lots of people identify as the gender they were assigned at birth (cisgender). Others grow to learn their gender is actually different then what they were assigned, (transgender). The root word trans, like trans Atlantic. it merely means across from, cis means on the side of in latin. Transgender also includes all non-binary genders such as gender fluid and agender. It's really quite simple. We've been around for a very very long time, its just the age of technology makes it a lot easier and safer to be more vocal about our existence.


      Now the problem here is you're feeling guilty. As if that's the fault of transgender people existing and demanding equal treatment. I was also raised very conservatively in a small very catholic farming community. But here I am trans and very queer. It doesn't matter you don't understand but what concerns me is you want to say you're a good person but also say you distance yourself from it all. You don't get to do that. If you're feeling guilty it's your fault, not mine. Instead of sticking on the sidelines and saying you don't know what to do or think, educate yourself. Stop those you can from acting like assholes. We need help, people like you need to speak up because those like me aren't always safe to do so. I can't even count the number of times I have stayed silent and endured for my own survival. But you could make a difference. Then you wouldn't have to worry if you have been the asshole bad guy.

    • Levigumba_Van-Dyne

      2 weeks ago

      The hero the comment section needs

    • Kindyno FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      So, the idea of feeling guilty when you've done nothing wrong I understand. Related to a different issue, but same feeling, I was talking to someone that has 2 degrees in criminal justice that can't find a job where we are from because it is a male dominated field and none of the men in the area will give her a chance to prove herself. I felt guilty because there is no way I can ever understand what that is like because at the end of the day if the two of us were equally qualified and went for the same job i would get it because I am a cis white male. Even if she was more qualified i would probably still beat her out for the job. Even if I think it is unfair and would never make those decisions myself, I feel guilty because those decisions are made by people "like me".

  • imbriaarts FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Don't really watch Always Open... mainly do to time available but glad to see Kdin discussing her coming out. From one transwoman to another congrats girl and thanks for sharing a moment in your life!  

  • GanglyLimbs9947 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I'm also so happy that RT is talking about these issues.The more information gets out there, the more it becomes accepted. I love it. 

  • iloynd FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Blob of Zac

    2 weeks ago

    After reading some of the comments here, I have the overwhelming urge to give my two cents. This is because I am seeing a lot of negativity towards others who either don't agree or even dislike the LGBT community.


    I am a very blunt and straight forward person, and unlike a good portion of my generation I don't make decisions or comments based off of emotions. I am a Libertarian Anarchist, and do not give a damn about what others do with their lives. This comes with a caveat of course. If something hurts or forcefully changes the lives of other people, then I cannot stand idle while it happens.


    This brings me to the topic at hand. I do not care for the LGBTQ+ community. I do not care for heterosexual people either. Both are full of assholes, but I have had far fewer good interactions with trans people. What I do care about are my friends and family, and not random strangers online who want to be friends on facebook or want me to support their community. So you'll have to forgive me when I don't use the "correct" pronoun to a transgendered person. If I use a pronoun, then it is correct... for my situation. Others can say what they want, and I will not try to change them. I refuse to accept people who want to force others to use their pronouns to describe someone they either don't know or barely know. I will only say him or her because those are apart of the correct pronoun groups in the English language. For example, if I were to meet Kdin for the first time I would say "He", or "Him". That's because Kdin looks male to me at first glance. If I was a friend, and knew better then I would like say whatever pronoun was requested.


    Does this mean that I endorse hate towards any group? No. What this means is maybe we can all take care of those close to us, and not deal with others who do not accept that. If you truly want to be a good person, act only in a positive manner. Attacking others who don't support you will get you nowhere. I honestly hope that this comment helps other recognize that you can still be a nice person when you hear something you don't like or agree with.


     Perhaps I'm just an ass who spoke out of turn.

    • inryoku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭*:・゚✧

      2 weeks ago

      Misgendering is dangerous, by doing so you are committing violence towards someone and putting them in danger. You are outing them without permission. Majority deaths of transgender people, especially women, are murdered by someone they knew and saw everyday. If you are unsure of someone's gender you can ask them privately. It's simple and easy, keeps us safe.


      And another thing, all the nice gays got bullied into suicide or silenced or murdered, so what you get are us rat fucks who are sick and tired and pissed off with being told to be nice. I've been nice all my life and it wasn't until I stood up for myself that I stopped getting hurt. Simply asking for respect and to stop murdering us isn't mean and if it feels that way to you then you've got some problems. You should probably go looking for those emotions you claim to not have, they would help you have some empathy towards those that want to live without fear of being killed for who they are.

    • Peccavi

      2 weeks ago

      inryoku - I get how using the wrong label can offend someone and possibly make them depressed but laying murder charges is a bit excessive. People have free will and being a bully isn't acceptable, but accusing people who have made a honest mistake is quite rude. I have yet to slip up and use the wrong pronoun but I would hope that as another human being they would accept my apology and not call me a murderer. Kdin even brings this up that misgendering is something people do on accident.


      Humans are not super kind but can you please not label those who have almost no experience with the gender spectrum community murderers if and when we slip up? We (read: I) have no ill will towards other wonderful people, but I'm only human... (after all). (((That's for you Jeremy)))


      Response to Reply:

      If I'm just meeting you I will use the pronoun that suits your appearance, so saying that misgendering might out them is pretty ridiculous. I'm not going to argue with you about what may or may not happen to you because you have been outed in public but, again, how would I know? Asking everyone you know to meet you one on one is kind of like advertising to the world you are trans, which is still beyond the point of my comment.


      The point is you cannot generalize the statement that misgendering someone is violent. Misgendering someone with intent to go against their wishes, maybe. The issue arises when you generalize a group of people, some of whom are making a mistake and those who might not be, to say that they are murderers. I might be in that group one day and I should not have the disrespect of being called a murderer heaped on me.


      I'm not angry just a little hurt that someone would do this. I would ask that you edit your post to target the correct group and that you refrain from calling those who make mistakes, "murderers."

    • inryoku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭*:・゚✧

      2 weeks ago

      @Peccavi it is dangerous. you don't know if that person is open about their gender. you don't know if your actions will make them lose their job or get evicted. it is violent because it effects our lives so much with something you think of as bullying. it isn't feeling sad when someone misgenders me, its fear. its having my insurance taken away and being told I need to go to conversion therapy for my 'mental illness'. it's someone deciding they can fix me with rape to make me a real woman.


      I know Kdin was talking about accidents, those are fine, I'm not mad about those. Its when people like OP decide they are just going to do what they want with no regard and put people in danger. I've been at a doctor's office where a nurse read that I have preferred name and asked me my pronouns in front of several medical students, I was mortified, she outed me to people I didn't agree on letting know I'm transgender. I told her later after calming down that she should never do that, do it privately. What if it had been at a more public place? A bar? the wrong people hear and see this, they get violent. That's what I mean when I say it's violent. It violates our safety. It's so tiring to be scared all the time. this isn't about slip ups, this is about someone purposely taking put us in danger. Please, I just want to safe and make sure others can be safe too.

    • Suileron FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      inyoku - But isn't the situation you just described an accident? Sounds like the nurse was trying to be consiterate of how you self-identify by asking you what pronouns you use...so was this nurse just supposed to throw out whatever gender they thought you were? Saying misgendering is commiting violence towards someone is absurd. I have a close friend now who is transgender. I hadn't seen him for years when he came out as transgender, so when we met up again i refered to him as as her. he just said "oh hey i go by him and stuff now" and that was that, I corrected myself and now we are very close. This happens to him every once in a while and he has no problem with it. A nurse asking you what pronouns you perfer sounds like a nurse being very polite and thoughtful, not trying to get you killed. Plus when you meet someone for the first time, it could be likely that you misgender them. You don't know them. Also side note i would consider myself a nice LGBT memeber (Im a Bi male), and for my personal life if someone has a problem with me liking dudes, that is their porblem. Same with my friend who is transgender, he does what he wants, and if people don't like it is their problem. I get that their are instances where you can feel unsafe, that is totally valid, but there is a line where you have to just exist without expecting people to be nice and lovely to you all the time. People are shitty, thats how it goes sometimes.

  • baconluver69 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    The people who are disliking this video and/or just hate this video only hate it is because they don’t understand what they don’t understand and are scared of understanding it. It’s perfectly acceptable to not understand that gender does not have to be two genders, but it is NOT okay to shove your ignorance and wrongness down other people’s throats. Really the only way to get a better understanding about transgender or non binary or LGBT+ issues is to just sit down and educate yourself. Educate yourself, learn what you don’t get, accept it, and be able to educate others as well. And the transphobic people or people who are still under the mindset that there can be only two genders who are commenting their ignorance or disliking this video from the title alone proves to me that we humans have a lot to learn. I am extremely happy for Kdin and how far she has come and it was so lovely to hear about her journey so far, but it still pains me, yet does not surprise me that she is still facing the angry comments on both here and on the Rooster Teeth site and even on Twitter. 

    • Viper0hr FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      Only "angry or hateful" comments I am seeing are SJWs attacking anyone who has a different opinion  LMAO. smh.


      Civil disagreement is hate now according to SJWs.

  • sleepyguyy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Who... the fuck.... is Kdin Jenzen.
    Why.... do I recognize them.

    • Daniel6231 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Denny Fuhkous

      2 weeks ago

      Kdin has worked there for a long time, been in productions in the past i think.

    • Peccavi

      2 weeks ago

      Why did this get negative mods?

    • DrewLandis FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Nerd

      1 week ago

      You may remember Kdin from either Achievement Hunter or The Know. Those tend to be the main two.

  • M19A85T FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    You don't have to go to the doctor because you're strait, There is no side effects for being Strait many Transgender people have some sort of mental problem due to being Transgender like Anxiety, Depression, people are Transgender due to a chemical imbalance in the brain like homosexuality and paedophiles.

    • White_Rice FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold PE/\KE!!!!

      2 weeks ago

      Huh, Queer people that are continuously harassed and discriminated against have higher rates of anxiety and depression. I WONDER WHY!?!?!?

    • M19A85T FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      White_Rice - Gay people don't commit suicide like Transgender people do 1 in every 4 Transgender person kills them selves so you are wrong! If you do not like the Facts I have stated then that is unfortunate. 

    • raemigs FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

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      Actually the rates of suicides by trans folks goes WAY down when they have a supportive family and a supportive community. It's not being transgender that drives the depression, it's other people's hate and lack of acceptance that'll drive a person to depression and suicide. Being trans is not an illness.

    • M19A85T FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      raemigs - Again No, Depression can be a killer and many Transgender people suffer with it, 

      Depression a Mental Disorder which in turn is a physical illness but an Illness none the less. Maybe if it was considered an Illness less Transgender people would die! If more Transgender people went to the Doctor more often with urgency the statistics would be less then 1 in 4 which it currently is.  

    • SUPERJOE9999 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      Its not even the bigotry that pisses me off, its the stupidity. No I lied, its both  

    • M19A85T FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      SUPERJOE9999 - The Liberal snowflake has arrived thanks SUPERJOE9999 I was wondering when someone like you would make an appearance.  

    • NicoliViro FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      Actually, first, being trans is not in the DSM5, which is the main resource for addressing and diagnosing psychological disorders; so no being trans is not "some sort of mental problem." Addressing your second point, you are simply stating a statistic without sourcing it or examining the surrounding circumstances around a situation (one example being the harassment that trans people receive for simply existing,) which makes it very clear that you are not arguing a point you may fully understand, as shown by the "so you are wrong! If you do not like the Facts I have stated" clearly shows. addressing your fourth point, because I already addressed the third earlier, Rather than choosing to debate a person's point, you immediately choose to dismiss them with an insult with the most cliche insult possible.


      As a sidenote, try actually having a dialogue with an actual trans person, rather than comparing LGBT people with pedophiles and intentionally choosing to insult people simply because they disagree with you. I'm sure you will probably give some sort of rebuttal insulting me or dismissing my points, but in every debate faulty points should be addressed and debunked.


      Please try to expand your research and actually converse with people of contrasting opinions.

    • M19A85T FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

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      NicoliViro - I am simply telling people what I have read on google from Doctors or other people who have studied this topic in question can I recall every website I have visited or list, No! clearly I can not. Its not cliche to say that most of the People who watch this site are Liberals, it's true most Rooster Teeth fans are Liberal who come across easily offended Snowflakes. Liberals do more harm than good ignoring this topic when 1 in every 4 Trans Person dies I'm not arguing against that bullying is one of many factors to add to the 1 in 4 stats, of cause there are other factors but a huge portion of the Transgender community are suffering from Depression which is an illness and is overlooked by people especially by the Left and Far-Left and there should be more of an urgency to see a Doctor if you're Transgender to make sure they are in a good place mentally. Yes, I am actually conversing with people of contrasting opinions on this very website and others.

  • Josey_wales_ FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Love that you're covering subjects about mental illness, however, wish you wouldn't support this man's delusion about being a women. Instead maybe talk about seeking a therapist that could help him realize that he is a man and could help him not be suicidal like so many with gender dysphoria are.

    • camsteirie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The rest is history

      2 weeks ago

      I was going to post some sort of reasonable comment, but you're an unreasonable individual. So fuck you.

    • Josey_wales_ FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      @camsteirie wow, what a great point you made you really changed my mind.

    • homopolice FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

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      There is absolutely no evidence of this being even remotely true. Can I see where you're getting your information? Or are you just spouting hate because you don't understand the complexities of the human gender? 

    • Andy_Pandy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      @Josey_wales_   "You are literally too stupid to insult"

  • CaAm3216 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    hi my name is joey and ive always said im straight and believed that. But now after watching your show ive realized that im pansexual and always have been and have been only lying to myself. My question is how do i come out to my family. Im scared that they wont accept me and will think bad of me. My father is a retired marine and has showed his views on the lgbt community And not always in a good way.I know my mother doesn’t care and that my twin sister will always stand by me but i am terrified that my father will shun me. Me and my father have always had a struggling relationship but i have tryed to make it work. What should i do? P.S. you guys have been great and helped me find who I really am thank you. 

    • donut_squad_2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      No one says that you have to come out to all of them all at once. Perhaps, since you seem to be sure that she will not shun you, tell your sister first, and tell her your concerns so she doesn't accidentally say anything to anyone else. Maybe ask your sister how she thinks your mom and dad will react. Then tell your mother, and she how she handles it. Baby steps. And that way, if both those people are supportive, you will have people to support you and fall back on if telling your father doesn't go as well. <3 I told my brothers about my pansexuality first, then my dad, and then my mom because my mom was the most against it, for religious reasons. I still have a great relationship with both my parents, so sometimes it does work out, even if you think it won't. I hope it works out with you and your family.

  • Daks FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Jersey Devil

    2 weeks ago

    I'm glad RT is speaking about these topics more. It's a company that has always been ahead of the curve and if you're some transphobic asshole who think it's edgy to wax poetic about ~them sjws~ and ~doing it for attention~ while bemoaning the fact that RT is starting to accept ALL of their community and being ahead of a social curve, all I have to say is: hope the door smacks your ass on the way out!

    You'll just end up as the "racist grandpas" of the next generation. Bitching about trans folks in 30 years while your family smiles awkwardly and push food around their plate, waiting for the day they can dump your ass in a nursing home and forget you. 


    Always Open has been such a treasure for teaching the community about various issues we don't hear about much. Whether it's how to put in a tampon or how to approach your girlfriend becoming a friend who is a boy, it's so important. RT has a young community who doesn't always get to hear this from candid, open sources, or doesn't know where to begin to look. 


    At 26, I've met people who are trans, thought they were trans and turned out not to be, thought they were bi, realized I was bi, they realized they weren't. People are a spectrum on so many levels. And the path of one does not invalidate another. If one woman claims to pretend to be bi for male attention, it doesn't change the fact that I wanna kiss both masculine and feminine people. 


    Nothing about the human experience is average. Gender and sexuality included.


    • TheLunchBunch FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      Is believing in 2 genders trans-phobic? 

    • Daks FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Jersey Devil

      2 weeks ago

      Yep! Against nonbinary people. 3 or more genders is not a new thing, in fact, many cultures modern and ancient had no gender binary. Gender, like sexuality, is a spectrum.

    • TheLunchBunch FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      But that doesn't make sense for it to be a spectrum. Nature easily disproves it. However I am for people calling themselves and feeling how they want. And if someone feels they need to transition, I am in support of that as well. 

    • Josey_wales_ FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      Hi, I want to look into what you said about some ancient cultures having no gender binary so I was wondering if you could list a couple of them. thanks

    • hidden_mind FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold cocktail man

      2 weeks ago

      https://sites.psu.edu/evolutionofhumansexuality/2014/02/19/third-genders-new-concept-or-old/ 

    • Josey_wales_ FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      thanks @hidden_mind for the link and to be honest it was kinda what I was expecting 3 cultures that are not that important compared to others and ones we should not really strive to be like.

    • sleepyguyy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      I don't think RT is ahead of the curve usually... I think its generally traditional in topic and tone actually.

    • Ozferatu

      2 weeks ago

      Believing in 2 genders is not transphobic, it's being rooted in science and reality. Sexuality is a spectrum, gender is not. Pretty strict boy-girl dichotomy there and, no offense to Kdin here, anyone who says they're gender fluid is full of it.

      Call yourself whatever the hell you want but to start exerting social and legal pressure to get people to conform to your beliefs and desires, not based even slightly in science, is the same shit the Christian right did for the longest time. 

  • GavinElwes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    chromosomes don't matter!

  • TheLunchBunch FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I think it's important to speak out like this, and it can help others who have to deal with stuff like this. However to say that gender is a spectrum is false. Listening to the process of transitioning is eye opening and makes me realize how just....involved it can be? That's putting it in some nice terms. 

  • memethesupremelord FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Really really good episode. As a transboy most of everything that is spoken rly hits home to me. Thank you for talking about this.

  • timmahdee FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Now the dang Dawson's Creek theme song is stuck in my head. Thanks for that.

    • camsteirie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The rest is history

      2 weeks ago

      Same.

  • khemi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    This episode was super important and it's going to stick with me. I never hear this stuff talked about so frankly and with respect, attention and focus on a trans person who is sharing their experience in such an open and relatable way. Kdin was already someone I looked up to a lot but that's swelled immensely today and I'm really happy to see everyone else at the table being so engaged and supportive without trying to talk over or silence what she had to say. Thank you for this, it's a great summary of why I love Always Open and makes me hope it will continue to be a place voices that usually don't get given a respectful center stage will continue to be showcased. A lot of kudos to Barbara for what this show is already, and a lot of excitement for the future and how inclusive, proud and open it's growing to be.  heart

  • plaidistic FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Been saying Malibu tastes like sunscreen for years, that intro meant so much already.

  • JohnKerns FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    KDIN! Legends of the Hidden Tower memories. Lol