Feb 12, 2019
While the fundamentals of money are the same for all of us, our experiences, risks and concerns are all unique. In that way, queer money is different from straight money. And within the LGBT community, the degree of struggle varies. Our experience as cis, white, gay men is different from that of a transgender individual who may find it challenging to open a bank account because they don’t look like the picture on their driver’s license. So, what can we learn from listening to their stories? Brynne Conroy is a personal finance writer who started covering money when she didn’t have any. As she discovered ways to save and earn more, Brynne shared them on her blog, Femme Frugality. In October of 2018, she published the Amazon bestseller The Feminist Financial Handbook: A Modern Woman’s Guide to a Wealthy Life. One of the women featured in Brynne’s book is Nicole Lynn Perry, a transgender veteran and rainbow community advocate based in Seattle. Today, Brynne and Nicole join us to discuss The Feminist Financial Handbook. Brynne explains what drew her to Nicole’s story and why she chose to include it in the book, and Nicole shares her background serving in the US Marine Corps before transitioning and eventually becoming an activist for the queer community in general and transgender service members specifically. Nicole also explains what life is like for a transgender person in the US, describing the challenges around changing your name and gender marker and the difference in quality of life based on location. Listen in for insight into the transgender experience and learn why you should always take the time to listen to someone else’s story!