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Chris Bohjalian, whose novel "Trans-Sister Radio," broaches transgender love to a mainstream audience

Riki Anne Wilchins, GenderPAC executive director, on the recent - and exciting - Lobby Days results

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00:00 Introduction
10:42 Question of the Week
22:55 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
31:58 Chris Bohjalian, author of "Trans-Sister Radio", whose previous novels, "Midwives", and "The Law of Similars", were New York Times best sellers. In "Tran-Sister Radio" he explores many aspects of the complex relationships with those we love, in this case centering around a love relationship involving a transsexual woman. The story unfolds through the eyes of 4 characters, often focusing on the fictionalized character of Dana Stevens, a male-to-female transsexual film professor. Allison, an elementary teacher, falls in love with Dana prior to Dana's transition and "sex reassignment surgery". The reader follows their relationship before and after Dana has SRS, wondering if their love is strong enough to survive such a change, as well as a petition by some members of the Vermont town where they live that Allison be removed from teaching their children following Dana's SRS!
In a fascinating look behind the scenes, Chris tells us where the story came from, and why he presented TS Dana as he did.
63:08 Special Message
64:21 Boston area (and some national) announcements
70:39 Riki Anne Wilchins, executive director (and founder) of GenderPAC (, the leading federal lobbying organization on behalf of inclusive gender issues, tells us about the exciting results from the most recent Gender Lobby Days effort in Washington, DC. GenderPAC lobbyists obtained over 40 commitments by federal lawmakers to establish gender non-discrimination policies in their own congressional offices! (see press release). Riki is the author of "Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender", and is currently co-editing a new anthology entitled "GenderQueer: Voices from Beyond the Binary Zoo". She has been a queer activist since l979, and prior to GenderPAC, founded the Transexual Menace. She writes articles and lectures widely on gender and activism.
88:39 End
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