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Gunner Gurwich, activist founder of, on Boston area transactivism, including Day of Remembrance, a new trans political group, stopping a transphobic ad campaign, and more

Karen Dolan, head of the Progressive Challenge project at the Institute for Policy Studies, on the public backlash against privatization of government services

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00:00 Introduction
11:14 Daphne Prideaux-Tchknski tells us about some Imperial Court events happening this week in the Boston area. Although the events have now passed, you can learn more about the Massachusetts chapter of the Imperial Court at, or call 617-733-6243.
18:28 Question of the week:
Question: " Is showing up at my parents door (after surgery) and saying "Congratulations, you have a son!", the wrong approach? " (from: Oscar W. Ravenos, Long Island, New York)
20:46 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
36:51 Gunner Gurwich, founder and director of, "An on-line resource for the Boston Transgender and Gender Queer Communities - and for free thinkers of all kinds, everywhere!" Gunner started Butch Dyke Boy Productions in 1999 to fulfill a need for more events serving the Trans, Bi, Dyke, and other marginalized communities. Gunner is also organizer/outreach coodinator for The Network/La Red, an organization dedicated to ending abuse of Lesbians Bisexual and trans Women.
We talked with Gunner about a few of the many projects he is working on, including:
  • Local events commemorating the upcoming National Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • An effort to provide care for GLBT victims of domestic violence. For Boston-area information about The Network / La Red, for Battered Lesbians & Bisexual Women, visit their website at or call 617-423-SAFE.
  • Efforts to put an end to Transphobic television advertisements by Shaw's, a local supermarket chain. Call Shaw's at 1-888-431-7429 to let them know what you think of their trans-degrading humor.
  • A new Boston-area trans political group that is seeking to obtain the passage of a trans-protective ordinance in the city of Boston
62:38 Special Message
63:33 Boston area (and national) announcements
66:37 Karen Dolan, who runs the Progressive Challenge project at the Institute for Policy Studies. She is the co-editor of a new report on the public backlash against privatization of government services, "Our Communities Are Not for Sale". This comprehensive new 22-page pamphlet details privatization battles in six sectors: Education, Health Care, Public Housing, Welfare, Prisons, and Water. It also includes an update on global trade agreements.
We spoke with Karen about changing attitudes towards the public sector post-9/11.
87:41 End
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