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Patricia Thomas, author of "Big Shot: Passion, Politics and the Struggle for an AIDS Vaccine", reveals some of the surprising reasons why a vaccine for AIDS is still not available

Carl Tripp, transman and community organizer, shares his insight into the process of moving into one's true gender

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00:00 Introduction
13:50 Question of the week:
Question: " I'm 29 years young MtoF TS. I started hormones when I was 22 and I pass very well, I am always told that I am very pretty. I have several tough questions to ask you. First, if a straight guy I don't know approaches me and is trying to get to know me or possibly interested in asking me out, what should I do? Should I tell him about myself right away or wait? Also, is it unrealistic to think that a straight guy would want me now before SRS? Is it unrealistic to think a straight guy would want me after SRS? When I say "Want Me" I mean a dating relationship. Should I just stay away from men? I prefer men, but since they don't always treat us right, I know why straight women have turned gay, I have thought about it myself. " (from: Jamie, Ft Worth)
22:15 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
31:56 Patricia Thomas, author of "Big Shot: Passion, Politics and the Struggle for an AIDS Vaccine," has written about medical research for many years. From 1991 to 1997 she was editor of the Harvard Health Letter, and was also a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. She was also among the first healthy volunteers to be injected with an experimental DNA vaccine for AIDS, in a study at the National Institutes of Health. In 1998 she was awarded the Leonard Silk Journalism Fellowship for BIG SHOT, a work-in-progress at the time.
We talked with Patricia about the search for an AIDS vaccine and some of the conflicts that arose and prevented its development.
Go to BigShot website
58:19 Special Message
59:28 Boston area (and national) announcements
64:17 Carl Tripp is a transman and former president and treasurer of Atlanta Gender Explorations, and one of the founding members of Transmen Atlanta, a social group. For the past five years he has been a volunteer and staff member for the Southern Comfort Conference. Carl is an Emergency Medical Technician, and the divorced parent of a 14 year old daughter that lives with her father.
Carl talks about some of the issues that he thinks are important for transitioning transpeople to consider in their quest for more personal integrity in their gender expression.
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