2003 Programs

Program Length: ~90 minutes

  • December 29, 2003: (#441):
    Toni Amato, transgender writer, performance artist and creative writing teacher, and co-editor of the forthcoming transgender anthology called “Pinned Down by Pronouns”
    Monica Helms & Angela Brightfeather, transactivist co-founders of the Transgender American Veterans Association, on their reasons, purpose and plans
  • December 22, 2003: (#440):
    Rosalyne Blumenstein, respected transactivist, therapist and writer, on her new book “Branded T”
    Jonathan Leavitt, director of the Massachusetts Anti-Corporate Clearinghouse, on their organization and purpose
  • December 15, 2003: (#439): Sex Reassignment Surgery:
    Jude Russell, transgender activist and male-to-female transsexual just 5 days out of surgery, on her process and progress
    Dr. Marci Powers, a gynecological surgeon (and post-op TS woman) who recently became head of a leading SRS team in Trinidad, Colorado, on her philosophy and practice
  • December 8, 2003: (#438):
    Bob Pederson, director of a non-profit organization that deals with food security issues, on the safety and security of your food
    Renee Simousek, male to female transsexual, on how her relationship with her wife changed when Renee transitioned
  • December 1, 2003: (#437):
    Kate Moses, author of the novel “Wintering” based on the real-life struggles of Poet Sylvia Plath, on Sylvia’s writing and events leading up to her suicide
    Also featuring music by trans musician Namoli Brennet
  • November 24, 2003: (#436):
    David Hill, director of the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, on the status of the effort on behalf of Leonard
    [name reomved by request], transgender activist, on queer organizing in a San Francisco college environment
  • November 17, 2003: (#435):
    WMBR Fundraising Program: Thank you to all who gave!
    Ethan St. Pierre, trans man and activist whose aunt, trans woman Debra Forte, was murdered in 1995, talks about the TG Day of Remembrance and his new appreciation for feminism
  • November 10, 2003: (#434):
    Victoria Collier, of Votescam.com, on the integrity of our balloting process. According to a growing concensus, our electoral process suffers from a glaring fatal flaw in which big media is complicit and which threatens the future of democracy.
  • November 3, 2003: (#433):
    Anne Stanback, president of ‘Love Makes a Family’, a Connecticut coalition working to expand the state marriage laws to include same-sex couples
    Staci Haines, author of “The Survivor’s Guide to Sex”, in a far-ranging discussion spanning pleasure and desire, dissociation, embodied sex, consent, boundaries, and beyond (repeat)
  • October 27, 2003: (#432):
    Gwen Smith, San Francisco transactivist who created the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, on violence against transgender persons
    Gunner Scott, Boston area transactivist whose ButchDykeBoy website is one of Boston’s leading resources for the young trans and FTM communities
  • October 20, 2003: (#431):
    Steven Riel, a poet whose words speak uniquely to the free spirit that gives our souls and our gender their lifeblood
    Ellen Bass, poet, therapist and co-author of “The Courage to Heal,” a lifeline for many survivors of child sexual abuse, on her newest work, a book of poems called “Mules of Love”
  • October 13, 2003: (#430):
    Donna Rose, transsexual author of a memoir entitled “Wrapped in Blue: a Journey of Discovery”, on the more human elements involved in a gender transition
    Molly Hurley Moran, author of “Finding Susan”, about the murder of her sister in 1994, leading to her advocacy for victims of domestic violence
  • October 6, 2003: (#429):
    Diane Wood, director of the Center for a New American Dream, on ways we can all help move us towards a more ideal future
    Mike Mancilla, author of a new book called “Love in the Time of HIV”, about the changing rules of gay dating
  • September 29, 2003: (#428):
    Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority Foundation president, on the FMF and the current state of abortion rights and activism
    Pearl Cleage, a black feminist woman whose new book considers the effects of the participation of black women in political leadership
  • September 22, 2003: (#427):
    Namoli Brennet, gender variant singer/songwriter, whose work aims to challenge the binary gender system and the stereotypes that propagate it
    Geoffrey Kors, executive director of Equality California, on recent legislation protecting the rights and fair treatment of GLBT citizens
  • September 15, 2003: (#426):
    Lisabeth Melendez, representing LLEGO, the National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Organization
    Bob Shanke, author of a new biography titled “That furious Lesbian: The story of Mercedes de Acosta”
  • September 8, 2003: (#425):
    Dr. Sam Winter, director of the Transgender Asia Research Center
    Harry Brod, men’s studies pioneer and professor, whose new book tells the personal stories of white men who are challenging racism
  • September 1, 2003: (#424):
    Gabriel Bauer, director of a new documentary on people born female who express masculinity, titled Venus Boys
    Diana Bryer, a New Mexican painter whose art marries a brilliantly colorful aesthetic with loving environmental consciousness
  • August 25, 2003: (#423):
    Caitriona Reed & Michelle Benzamin, social activists and buddhist teachers, on their practice of Buddhist mindfulness
    Allan Armstrong, producer of a CD called The Taroist on Tarot, divination, and the dimensions beyond male and female that touch the spirit in all of us
  • August 11, 2003: (#422):
    Shelly Prevost, independent film maker and video activist, on the aftermath of Gwen Araujo’s murder and her short film Isn’t It Obvious
    Seth Kilbourne, National Field Director for the Human Rights Campaign, on their national strategy for trans inclusion
  • August 4, 2003: (#421):
    Brenna Paige, a transgendered musician who is working to bring some fresh new trans music out of the hearts and closets of some talented musicians, with the goal of helping improve trans standing
    Linda Phillips, a transwoman who has authored a fascinating new book – under her former male name – on the art of automotive antiques and the people who love them
  • July 28, 2003: (#420):
    Sharon Bridgeforth, African American artist, on lesbian parenting and the beauty of life with her daughter, whose music mixes gracefully with her mom’s poetry on their new CD
    Jennifer Boylan, highly respected professor of English, on her new transsexual memoir entitled “She’s Not There”
  • July 21, 2003: (#419):
    Jill Weiss, transgender lawyer and graduate student, on anti-trans discrimination at Northeastern University
    Roger Lancaster, professor of cultural studies, on how the media misrepresents scientific studies of sex and gender
  • July 14, 2003: (#418):
    Jill Weiss, transgender lawyer and graduate student studying Human Resource policies regarding trans persons in workplace, on current trends in the employment of transpersons, and the effect of legislation on jobs.
    Harlyn Aizley, whose new book relates some of the trials and tribulations she encountered in her odyssey towards lesbian parenting.
  • July 7, 2003: (#417):
    All about Drag Kings: 
    Donna Troka, organizer of the first International Drag King Extravaganza in Columbus Ohio in 1999, and…
    Kegan Allee, a west coast scholar who is investigating the effects of gender performance on so-called natural bodies…
    …on the history of drag kings and gender in performance, the DK extravaganza, and much more
  • June 30, 2003: (#416):
    Jake Rich, popular WMBR disc jockey, reports on his recent transition from Deb to Jake, and the response of his listeners as “Debbie Does Dallas” becomes “Jake’s Juke Joint”
  • June 23, 2003: (#415):
    Gordene MacKenzie reports on the recent Women’s Studies conference in New Orleans
    Michelle Blake, novelist whose clerical mystery series explores challenges to the Episcopal priesthood being mounted by the issues of female and gay priests.
  • June 16, 2003: (#414): Joan Roughgarden, world renowned expert on biology and ecology, on her challenge to Darwin’s theories and promotion of diversity-affirming models of biology and evolution
  • June 9, 2003: (#413):
    Andrea James, former advertising writer who has now committed her skills to promoting the healthy depiction and well-being of the transgender community
    Calpernia Addams, transsexual whose romance with murdered soldier Barry Winchell has been made into a movie adaptation titled “A Soldier’s Girl”
  • June 2, 2003: (#412):
    Melissa Regan, director and creator of the award-winning short documentary film “No dumb Questions,” about three young girls whose uncle is becoming their aunt
    Imani Henry, trans playwright activist performer, about his new play and current activism, and reading his poem, “Corn Fed Girl”
  • May 26, 2003: (#411):
    Barbara Jones, anthropologist and author of “Bike Lust: Harleys, Women and American Society”, on women and motorcycling
    Will Adams, professor of political science, on the inside story behind transsexual J’Noel Gardiner’s lost court case that invalidated her marriage
  • May 19, 2003: (#410):
    Josh Silver, managing director of Free Press, on consequences of the upcoming FCC decision on the proposed relaxation of media ownership rules
    Inja Coates, co-founder and director of Media Tank, on efforts to fight the impending changes to the rules of media ownership
  • May 12, 2003: (#409):
    Peter F. Murphy, author of “Studs, Tools, and the Family Jewels: Metaphors Men Live By”, on how the language of masculinity shapes men’s experience.
  • May 5, 2003: (#408):
    Deborah Lake Fortson, playwright and activist, on the international trade in sexual slaves. This forced prostitution preys on vulnerable young girls and boys, luring them into situations from which escape is all but impossible without outside help.
  • April 28, 2003: (#407):
    Dallas Denny, transgender academic, activist and editor of Transgender Tapestry magazine, on transgenderism in the 90’s
    Melinda St. Louis, of Witness for Peace, on some of the repercussions of American policy in Latin America
  • April 21, 2003: (#406):
    John DeVito, film scholar who has partnered with a local film critic to teach a course on Transgender Cimena in Cambridge
    Dr. Napewastewin, Native American transperson, on how trans- and homophobia have struck too close to home, resulting in the deportation of the woman she wants to marry.
  • March 31, 2003: (#405):
    Virginia Stephenson, transgender activist, on New Mexico’s recent adoption of broad statewide protections for gender diversity
    Pauline Park, political scientist and transperson, challenges “post identity” politics and the lack of visibility of persons of color in the transgender movement
  • March 24, 2003: (#404):
    Noelle Howey, author of “Dress Codes” and daughter of a man who changed his sex, shares some of her criticisms of the HBO film “Normal”
    Dean Kotula, photographer and author of a new book called “The Phallus Palace: Female to Male Transsexuals”
  • March 17, 2003: (#403):
    Tina Sievers, transsexual advisor to the HBO film drama “Normal” which portrays the experience of a married couple whose male half comes out as a transsexual woman.
    Isis Nusair, scholar and activist, on the situation of women’s and human rights in the middle east and North Africa.
  • March 10, 2003: (#402):
    Peter & Shirley Oiler, on the aftermath of his firing by Winn-Dixie and the court judgement against him.
    Jim Potter, author of “The 11 Myths of Media Violence,” on the effects of violence in the media and what we can do about it.
  • March 3, 2003: (#401):
    Terry O’Neill, attorney, professor and National Organization for Women Vice President, on the recent Supreme Court decision that undercuts the security of abortion clinics nationwide, and other issues of importance to women today.
  • February 24, 2003: (#400):
    Dean Spade, transgender attorney and activist on trans activism, global issues, and the groundbreaking Kantaras ruling from Florida on the legal sex of a transsexual man
    Dr. Donna Lopiano, Executive Director of the Women’s Sports Foundation, on Title 9, the equal opportunity measure passed 30 years ago that is under attack for diverting funding from boy’s athletics
  • February 17, 2003: (#399):
    Dr. Napewastewin Sch¸tzer, Native American born transsexual woman who transitioned over 15 years ago, on her life adventure, her love of horses, and more.
    Dr. Monica Casper, new executive director of the Intersex Society of North America, on the connection between fetal surgery and intersexuality, gender and children’s rights
  • February 10, 2003: (#398):
    Ray Rivas, an outspoken trans person with strong ideas about transgenderism, activism, beauty and more
    Tom Jackson, producer of “Greetings from Missile Street,” a video documentary witnessing the effect of sanctions on civilian life in Iraq
  • GenderTalk 397: (2/3/03):
    John Shope, Bay Village Neighborhood Association president, on problems that Jacque’s, Boston’s leading trans bar, creates for it’s neighbors
    Alejandro Marcel, former director of Boston’s Transgender Education Network, on problems created by John Shope and the BVNA for those attempting to do outreach work with transpersons
    Valerie Boyd, author and researcher, on the life of Zora Neale Hurtston, one of America’s great writers and a groundbreaking African-American woman
  • GenderTalk 396: (1/27/03):
    Andrea Holley, Human Rights Watch Director of Outreach and Public Education and manager of their International Film Festival, on a few good documentary films
    Aliza Shapiro, drag event organizer and performer in the drag personna of Heywood Wakefield, on drag king culture
  • GenderTalk 395: (1/20/03):
    Zach Nataf, director of the first International Transgender Film Festival in 1997, on representations of transgenderism in the media
    Stephen Whittle, a leading trans activist, author and academic, on trans representations and the rights of transsexual and transgender persons
  • GenderTalk 394: (1/13/03):
    Holly Boswell, transgenderist and longtime advocate for non-surgical transition alternatives, on transgender bodies and related issues
    Dorian Solot and Marshall Miller, founders of the Alternatives to Marriage project, on difficulties faced by couples who elect to not get married
  • GenderTalk 393: (1/6/03):
    Dallas Denny, respected writer, activist and Transgender Tapestry journal editor, guides us through the last 50 years of trans history
    Lisa Mottet, transgender civil rights legislative lawyer for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, reviews the past year’s legislation on transgender issues