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Courtney Sharp, longtime New Orleans transactivist, on the ongoing struggle against Winn-Dixie's firing of crossdresser Peter Oiler

Holly Boswell and Zantui Rose on Trans spirituality and their spiritual retreat center, the Bodhi Tree House

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00:00 Introduction
15:07 Question of the Week
Question: " Why is there so much anti-trans hostility within the trans community? In some online chats I've visited, and unfortunately even at the local trans support group, I seem to have encountered MtFs who put a lot of effort into promoting the negative stereotypes and things that discredit trans people, including defending autogynephilia and making being trans out to be something crass and unsavory. Some of the MtF support materials I've seen online seem to push the idea that an MtF's main reason for being is to be subservient to men, regardless of their orientation. Why would MtFs promote seemingly anti-woman and anti-trans concepts? And why does it seem like some trans people hate other trans people? And why does some of what's promoted as MtF support info seem more about serving the interests of the male admirers than about actually helping trans people? Some of the MtF materials I've seen online seem more focused on a male perspective than trans support, and it seemed like that was the focus of the support group I tried to get involved with. My lack of interest in men and being honest about being a lesbian-identified MtF got me banned from that group, so it's been a bit discouraging not to have access to local trans support. " (from: Simon(e), San Antonio, Texas)
25:23 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
38:27 Courtney Sharp, longtime New Orleans transactivist, updates us on the trans-pivotal lawsuit against Winn-Dixie brought by fired crossdresser Peter Oiler, including Winn-Dixie's underhanded attempt to undermine their web site, ShameOnWinnDixie.
We also spoke with Courtney about some of the good work being done by PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), and about her recent appointment as a regional director for the National PFLAG organization. She is also a Board member of the Louisiana Lesbian & Gay Political Action Caucus, as well as the chair of the New Orleans Mayor's advisory committee. Courtney was instrumental in passing the trans-inclusive New Orleans anti-discrimination ordinance.
For more information about the case against Winn-Dixie, please visit
65:16 Special Message
66:16 Boston area (and national) announcements
69:43 Holly Boswell and Zantui Rose, trans spiritual healers and leaders, talk with us about Holly's Virginia Prince award, the upcoming year with Kindred Spirits and the BodhiTree House, and transender spirituality in general.
Zantui Rose has been serving the transgendered community for the past eight years as a gender visionary, therapist, ceremonialist, spiritual guide and friend.
Holly Boswell is a longtime transgender spiritualist and leading advocate for non-surgical transgenderism. In April, she will be awarded the Virginia Prince award, the highest award given by the transgender community to those who have given most to the community.
Together, Holly and Zantui birthed the BodhiTree House, a retreat and guest house for the transgender community.
For more information, visit Kindred Spirits at or BodhiTree House at
88:34 End
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