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FTM TS Gary Johnson & activist Johanna Rasmussen, on discrimination against and firing of Gary, and his lawsuit against his former employer

Sylvia Rivera, Stonewall Revolt leader on actions now being undertaken on behalf of murdered transsexual Amanda Milan

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00:00 Introduction
12:12 Question of the Week
Question: "How does a man that has already lived with a pre op (and treated her like a princess) meet someone in Boston? He met her in a grocery store just by chance. He has tried clubs but mainly seems to meet professional working girls. The support groups are apparently frightened of admirers. What should a nice loving man do?"
(from Bob in Lexington, MA)
24:23 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
34:18 Gary Johnson & Johanna Rasmussen join us to talk about the lawsuit on behalf of Gary against his former employer, "Families for Children" a foster care social service agency. Gary tells us of the extensive harassment and discrimination he suffered, followed by his firing, and Johanna tells us about an activist organization called EQUALUS, which has taken on this case,
Gary is suing his former employer under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination against transgendered and other members of the LGBT community in both housing and employment. This case, as far as we know, will be the first actual test of that provision in the law which went into effect January 1, 2001. The new wording makes it illegal to not hire a transgendered person who would have been otherwise hired if they were not transgendered. The law also makes it illegal to fire a transgendered person for being transgendered. The law was passed by the Democratic majority of both houses of the California legislature and signed into law by California Governor Gray Davis late in 2000.
You can send email to Gary at
Please send contributions to Gary's legal effort to:
Richard Davis, Atty
re. CTA-Gary Johnson
225 30th Street, Suite 305
Sacramento, CA 95816
64:32 Special Message
65:04 Boston area (and some national) announcements
69:25 Sylvia Rivera, Stonewall Revolt veteran, is the person after whom the main character in the movie "Stonewall" was based. She founded, with Marsha P. Johnson, an organziation called Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries (STAR) in 1971, and is reviving that organization today in order to champion the cause of murdered transsexual Amanda Milan. We talked with Sylvia about what happened to Amanda Milan and what actions she and STAR are planning. We also spoke with her about the Stonewall Revolt, and finally asked her opinion of the movie.
You can send email to Sylvia at
STAR has a mailing list at
92:30 End
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