Today’s guest has spent equal time in her life as a performer and a maintenance technician.

She is an author, educator, speaker, LGBTQIA+ advocate, and compassionate DIY expert known widely as the Trans Handy Ma'am. Her unique brand of compassionate education in the Home Repair space has earned her internet fame. Her expertise includes rental maintenance, landlord negotiations, clogs, drywall, painting, minor electrical repairs, caulking, and more.

She is the author of the #1 NY Times Bestseller, “Safe & Sound: A Renter-Friendly Guide to Home Repair,” where she shares information geared towards renters who need help fixing their homes, moving into their first apartments, and navigating the complexities of dealing with landlords.

Please join me in welcoming Mercury Stardust.

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Join us on a journey with Mercury Stardust, the Trans Handy Ma'am, as she shares her unique life story, from performing in cabaret to becoming a compassionate DIY expert and NY Times bestselling author, all while championing LGBTQIA+ advocacy.

In this episode, we discuss:

🛠️ Mercury, also known as the Trans Handy Ma'am, brings compassion and empathy to the world of home repair and maintenance, making it accessible and renter-friendly.

🛠️ She is the author of the #1 NY Times Bestseller, “Safe & Sound,” providing valuable insights for renters dealing with home repair and landlord interactions.

🛠️ Mercury's leadership style emphasizes rolling up one's sleeves and getting your hands dirty, paired with compassion and empathy, rooted in her experiences growing up as a farm kid.

🛠️ Her journey from performing in cabaret to becoming a blue-collar maintenance technician highlights her resilience and ability to thrive in diverse roles.

Get ready to DIY with a twist – Mercury Stardust's story will have you nailing both home repairs and self-acceptance, all while celebrating diversity and authenticity!


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