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Lynn Conway, renowned transsexual computer scientist, on coming out and helping out

Marijane Meaker, pioneering author of young adult novels that include GLBT issues

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00:00 Introduction
12:22 Question of the Week
1) When a person decide to go through the sex operation, I often here that person say that he or she ''feels'' that he or she belongs to that particular gender. What does ''feels" implies?
2) Another statement that I also hear is :"Sex is between the legs and gender is between the ears." Is gender something that someone is born with (from St�phane)
20:13 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
33:27 Lynn Conway ( is a professor Emerita of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is also a renowned computer scientist who underwent sex reassignment surgery back in 1968, then rose to prominence as a woman without revealing her transsexual past. Recently outed from stealth mode, she tells us her story, how she was outed by computer historians tracing her accomplishments, and her work now on behalf of other transgender folks.
60:38 Special Message
62:33 Boston area (and some national) announcements
67:22 Marijane Meaker (pen names Mary James & M.E. Kerr), is an award-winning author of novels for young adults (she won the 1993 Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing young adult books). She wrote the first novel (adult or young adult) about AIDS featuring gay young men in the early 80's, called "Night Kites." (AIDS was called GRID then). She wrote a novel about lesbians, "Deliver Us From Evie," followed by a novel called "Hello, I Lied" about a young gay man who fell in love with a young woman one summer. (He went back to his boyfriend at the end... but had a fling at bisexuality). She has also written an adult novel "When we're Alone" featuring an M2F transsexual detective who tells her daughter to call her daddy, but hasn't been able so far to find a publisher for this book.
Marijane tells us about how she got her start writing lesbian pulp fiction in the 50's, and about how she continues to this day to write about difference.
Visit her extensive website at
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