The official podcast of the Queer and Trans Research Lab at the Bonham Centre, University of Toronto. The QTcast explores the experimental projects created by academics, artists and community leaders in the lab and beyond. Episodes will be released monthly on most major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Follow QTcast_ on Twitter or Instagram for updates.

Most Recent Episode

In episode 5, Elliott sits down with Dr. Jordache Ellapen, one of our Martha LA McCain Faculty Research Fellows here at the QTRL. The pair discuss Dr. Ellapen’s upcoming book project, tentatively titled Against Afronormativity: Afro-Indian Intimacies and the Queer Aesthetics of Race in South Africa, which examines Afro-Indian intimacies and the shifting nature of South African Blackness through a queer studies lens.

Read the transcript or view Dr. Jordache Ellapen’s Bio.

Past Episodes

Episode 3

Transcending Love: Rings & Tingz” is a community-led project seeking to examine the experiences of African, Caribbean, and Black Transwomen in Canada who are Single, Dating, or Married. Tune in to catch up with project lead Tatiana Ferguson, project research assistant Jade Nelson, and project community consultants Eva Simone and Vanessa Carter.

Read the transcript or learn more about Tatiana Ferguson’s co-founded organization, Black Queer Youth Collective.

Episode 2

In episode 2 of the QTcast, Elliott visits Abdi Osman at his studio. Abdi is one of the community leadership residents at the Queer and Trans Research Lab, and a Somali-Canadian multidisciplinary artist. Abdi discusses how he explores black queer Muslim identity, gay cruising in Toronto, respectability politics, and more.

Listen to the audio for Shadowboxing or watch the panel recording online.

Episode 1

In this introductory episode, host Elliott introduces the Queer and Trans Research Lab and our 2021-22 Cohort. Listen to learn about the guiding ethics at the lab, meet the team, and find out what you can expect from the future of the QTRL.