It’s the season finale of Chosen Family, and it’s an ocean of emotions! After six months and 15 episodes of sharing stories about life, love, family, money, spirituality, divas, comedy, and art, Thomas and Tranna try to tie it all together as they assess where they find themselves in their lives right now. Tranna finds herself at a crossroads in a life that’s totally career-focused at the moment, while Thomas reveals that he has learned to allow himself to be in love.
Joining the family for this very special episode are artists and friends, 2Fik and Jordan Arsenault. 2Fik and Jordan are not only brilliant and accomplished artists in their own rights, but they are funny (and shady) as hell! Together, they discuss their artistic practices, representations of masculinity and femininity, the power of high heels, and Thomas’ favorite term of the day: "queer diaspora"! The conversation ends with a monologue by Jordan Arsenault, inspired by a recent, violent crime committed against Montreal trans artist, Atif Siddiqi. Please read their story and make a donation to their GoFundMe campaign, if you can.
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In this episode, you’ll also find a conversation between Thomas and New York-based photographer, Dusty St. Amand (@dusterzdeux on Instagram). Together they discuss addiction, the intimacy of photography, and gay connections that go beyond the transactional limitations of hookups.
When Thomas and Tranna began Chosen Family, they never could have guessed that it would become such an enriching, life-affirming experience. Over the span of 15 episodes, our dynamic duo have gotten the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to talk with the most incredible artists, performers, and activists and we hope that in these conversations you have found inspiration, solace, and guidance. Hopefully you’ve also found yourself laughing along the way. We cannot thank you all enough for listening and for supporting this project; you’re family now and we look forward to connecting with you all again very soon. (Season two, anybody?)
We love you and we thank you so sincerely.
If you find yourselves going through Chosen Family withdrawal, make sure to catch Thomas and Tranna at one of their live shows! You can keep up with them on Instagram (@tomepark and @trannawintour) and you can catch Tranna, headlining in Toronto, May 16th.
Chosen Family is a podcast created by rising comedy stars Thomas Leblanc and Tranna Wintour featuring conversations with special guests, storytelling and cultural commentary that shines a light on the importance of friendship, resistance and community. Presented and produced by Phi.
Photo La Grande Intendante: 2Fik