Ethan Avanzino

“TEA: The Transgender Experience in Arkansas,” an eight-part audio/video series produced by KUAF-FM 91.3 in Fayetteville, premiered its first episode Wednesday.

Hosted by Taylor Johnson and Sophia Nourani, the series features candid conversations with seven transgender people living in Northwest Arkansas, with each segment focusing a different individual. In addition to spotlighting the trans community, one of the interviews is with professor Lisa Corrigan, director of the Gender Studies program at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, who provides a discussion about pronoun usage amongst queer people.

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“Rather than dwell on rising trans oppression and erasure in Arkansas, we ask our TEA guests, which include several trans teens, trans adults, a drag queen and drag king, to provide insight into their lives by revealing their trans self-realization, medical integration, and social acculturation,” a press release from KUAF states.

The first episode’s guest is Ethan Avanzino, a 35-year-old trans man who resides in Eureka Springs. Subsequent episodes will be released online every other Wednesday through early May.

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