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.

You can find information about the lab itself and this year’s cohort and bios here. The episode transcript can be found here.

Most Recent Episode

Episode 13: TDOV Flash Cast

Students and faculty of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies send messages of support for the Rally for Trans Rights in Toronto on March 31st.

Past Episodes

Episode 12: Undergraduate Roundtable

For this special QTCast Undergraduate Roundtable, hosts Ezra and Henry delve into what it’s like working at the QTRL alongside fellow Undergraduate Research Assistants Annisa, Luna, and Zoe! Join them as they explore their initiation into the lab, their experiences thus far working with their supervisors, and their future aspirations for their personal research endeavours.

Episodes 10 + 11

In this special two-part graduate student spotlight, you’ll meet Elio Colavito, Kanika Lawton, Anna Kozak, and Camille Rogers, and you’ll hear all about the amazing work they’re doing with the lab this year!

Episode 9

In this special video interview, community leader in resident Jade Elektra stops by the lab to share updates on her community work and chat about her iconic career.

Episode 8

Dr. Shana Ye shares how her research thus far has led her to the creation of her manuscript, Queer Chimerica: A Speculative Autoethnography of the Cool Child, which is a mix between autoethnography, science fiction, and queer theory.

Episode 7

Tune in to meet this year’s cohort at the Queer and Trans Research Lab! Find out what amazing things the scholars, students, artists, and community leaders are doing, and follow the links below to find out how to get involved.

Episode 6

Tune in to artist in residence Teiya Kasahara’s operatic journey ‘Little Mis(s)gender’ and hear the creative team discuss their experience producing this genre-defying work. Catch sneak-peek clips from their invite-only live performance which took place June 2022.

You can read the full transcript here.

Little Mis(s)gender by Teiya Kasahara 笠原 貞野 Workshop Presentation:

June 18, 2022 Tankhouse Theatre, Yonge Centre for the Performing Arts Toronto, ON

Performers: Teiya Kasahara 笠原 貞野 (@teiyakasahara), Lee Stone

DirectorSadie Epstein-Fine; Lighting DesignerEmerson Kafarowski; Sound Designer: Steph Raposo; Projections/Illustrations: Maddie Garces @sn0ttyn0se; Stage Manager: Rafael Lim Daunt; Pianist: Trevor Chartrand; Photography: Gesilayefa Azorbo / Lightplay Society (IG @gesila.lightplaysociety; FB @LightplaySociety); Videography: Ryan Harper

Additional Music Credits in order of appearance:

“In Trutina” from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff; “Pa-pa-pa” from Die Zauberflöte by Mozart; “Amor ti vieta” from Fedora by Umberto Giordano; “Una donna quindici anni” from Così fan tutte by Mozart


Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto; Ontario Arts Council; Toronto Arts Council

Episode 5

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.

Episode 4

In QTCast Episode 4, Elliott sits down with Dr. Andrea Allen, one of the our Martha McCain Faculty Research Fellows at the lab. Stay tuned to hear Dr. Allen discuss her current book project about LGBT evangelical Brazilians, race, religious identity, and sexual subjectivity, and to get the inside scoop on Dr. Allen’s time in the field conducting this research.

Find the episode transcript here.

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.