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Amy Sonnie, editor of "Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology," a book of radical queer youth art and writing

Jaedon, a young Asian Pacific Islander activist, talks about prejudice

Max Cohen, a 17 year old radical white gender-queer activist and spoken word poet, on ageism in the trans community

Qwo-Li Driskill, a Two-Spirit writer and activist, on appropriation of Native American culture within the queer community

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00:00 Introduction
07:34 Question of the week
Question: " How can I get the strength to start the real life test? I started taking hormones, at the age of 32. I have realized and accepted my transexuality (rather late ?). Now, I want to proclaim and reveal my true gender to my family, but most importantly to my work and my everyday life and workplace and even become a transactivist. " (from: Denise, London, United Kingdom)
Question: " I have acknowledged my transgendered nature for many years yet now I am feeling a strong sense of disconnection from my entire life and society. I am also feeling such a strong desire to shake off my male identity to the point of having a hard time getting up in the morning and facing the world as John. These feelings are gradually intensifying despite counseling and attempts by my wife and children to accommodate my needs. We would probably face discrimination and maybe financial strife if I were to transistion, and there would be problems at home dealing with the consequences to my relationship with my wife etc. At what point, and according to what criteria, should a tranny choose a new life and start moving down the road to transition? How does one find the courage to go through with it? " (from: Josie, California)
14:49 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
26:02 Amy Sonnie is the editor of "Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology," a new multigendered, multigenre and multicultural collection of radical queer youth art and writing. She is a writer, educator and an activist who has been involved in the fight against prison expansion and youth incarceration, anti-racist organizing, and campaigns to free Puerto Rican political prisoners in the United States. We talked with her about the book, the caring process that produced it, and the young people who contributed.
Visit the Revolutionary Voices website
Read the author's endnote from "Revolutionary Voices."
45:15 Special Message
46:27 Jaedon is a 23-year-old Asian Pacific Islander (API) bi-gendered person currently living in San Francisco and working with queer API youth. S/he discusses API issues as well as lookism in the trans community and passability issues.
56:04 Boston area (and national) announcements
59:18 Max Cohen is a 17 year old radical white gender-queer activist and spoken word poet. Max has organized around many issues including queer/trans youth, prop 21 (an anti-youth bill in California), the Zapatista's, universal health coverage, and commercialism in schools. We talked with Max about racism & ageism in the greater trans community. We also talked about youth issues that are surfacing within mainstream GLBT organizations and how trans issues are apart of that.
73:26 Qwo-Li Driskill is a Cherokee Two-Spirit also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee and Osage *ascent.* S/he is a writer and activist who currently lives in Seattle. S/he reads hir poem entitled "For Marsha P. Pay It No Mind Johnson," and then we talked with Qwo-Li about racism in the Trans community, and how hir ethnicity effects hir gender identity. Says Qwo-Li, "I identify as Two-Spirit, and even the word Trans doesn't really cover that too well. I see non-Native Queer folks appropriating the term Two-Spirit all the time. My gender is really connected to Native struggles and de-colonization movements."
88:19 End
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