The newest series of the long-running Anthems podcast will look at topics and issues affecting the transgender community, creator Broccoli Productions has announced, with a five-part season launching to coincide with Transgender Awareness Week from 13 to 19 November this year.
Titled Anthems Talks: Transgender Awareness Week, the new series will feature one-on-one conversations with 10 influential voices from the Trans community, who will be talking about their inspirations, creative processes, and the important issues that affect their community. The new series will also include video for the first time, and will be available to listen to across all major podcast platforms.
Contributors that will be featured in the podcast include authors Nicola Dinan and Juno Dawson, actors Felix Mufti (Sex Education) and Mika Onyx Johnson (Pink Lemonade), Gal Pals Xandice co-founder Armah and Trans Pride Brighton co-founder Sabah Choudrey, journalists Jackson King and Juliet Jacques, Nail Transphobia founder Charlie Craggs, and activist Kenny Ethan Jones.
"Thank you to Anthems as well for having us," said Mufti. "It's nice to get the opportunity to say what you want to say, and have honest conversations. Because a lot of the time our industry doesn't really want us to have them."
The Anthems podcast is a wider series under Broccoli Productions, featuring a collection of original manifestos, speeches, and stories by exceptional people such as artists and activists.
Broccoli Productions is an independent podcast company, founded by Renay Richardson, which produces a number of original series that aim to provide more opportunities for minority talent in front of and behind the mic. This includes series like Human Resources which explores Britain’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade and We Were Always Here on the untold stories and perspectives of the UK HIV epidemic.
The company is also behind the BUILD e-learning subscription platform, which offers over 40 podcast masterclasses hosted by experts across the industry, as well as the BUILD incubator programme aimed at developing the skills of podcasters by awarding five successful applicants with a grant of £1,000 each.