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Karen Doering & Shannon Minter, lead counsels in the groundbreaking transsexual custody case televised on Court TV, tell the inside story

Alexandra Halkin, independent documentary producer and founder of the Chiapas Media Project, on empowering embattled people to tell their own story

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00:00 Introduction
10:35 Question of the week
" I have never kept anything about my transgenderism from my 9 & 6 year old children. They understand, accept and love me for who and what I am. I chose to tell them early in life as it would give them plenty of time to come to terms with my transgenderism. Recently someone tried to tell me that I was wrong to tell them so young, and my decision would rebound on me. This seems contrary to everything I have ever heard about informing your children. At first I dismissed this as inane, but recently it has played on my mind so much, it's really affecting me. Do you think I was wrong to tell them so young? "
(from: Gillian, London, UK)
" If laser epilation was developed to aid plastic surgeons ie to eliminate hair before grafting skin into sensitive areas where hair growth is not wanted then can skin from hirsute areas be grafted on to a head with male pattern baldness thereby stimulating growth? "
(from: Helen, UK)
18:07 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
27:57 A judge in Florida bones up on gender issues, preparing to rule in a controversial transsexual custody case. Lead counsels for Female-to-Male TS Michael Kantaras, Karen Doering & Shannon Minter, tell the inside story on this groundbreaking case that promises to set an important precedent on transsexual marriage and parenting.
Karen Doering is former Director of Equality Florida Legal Advocacy Project. She is now a staff attorney for NCLR and is also continuing to provide legal assistance to Equality Florida, which is one of the largest and most effective state LGBT advocacy organizations.
Shannon Minter is Legal Director of NCLR (, and also a founding board member of the Transgender Law & Policy Institute (
Kantaras v. Kantaras: In a groundbreaking trial televised by Court TV, this Clearwater, Florida custody case is one of the first in the country to determine whether a transgender man has the right to marry and be a parent. Michael Kantaras was born female. He completed sex-reassignment in 1987 and married Linda Kantaras two years later. During their nine-year marriage, Michael and Linda raised two children together. The children are now ten and twelve years old. Linda was aware that Michael is transsexual before she married him. Now that the couple is divorcing, Linda is changing her position and asking the court to invalidate the marriage and to deny Michael any parental rights, solely because he is a transsexual person. The trial ended on February 8, 2002. The judge is expected to issue a decision this summer.
For more information, visit:
Transgender Law & Policy Institute at
National Center for Lesbian Rights at
62:57 Special Message
63:57 Boston area (and national) announcements
67:15 In Chiapas, Mexico, an indigenous community fights for their land and lives. Like the 'Indian Wars' that obliterated a Native American way of life, events in Chiapas threaten to destroy a whole society. People there are fighting back with video portrayals of their struggles. Alexandra Halkin, founder of the Chiapas Media Project, talks about arming people under seige with the technology to tell their story to the world.
Alexndra Halkin is founder and director of the Chiapas Media Project and an independent documentary video producer who has been producing documentaries for 20 years. In 1995, she made her first visit to Chiapas, Mexico where the indigenous population was (and still is) under seige by corporate-driven authorities determined to take over and exploit for profit the land which had been communally owned by the people living on it. Alex was told by community members there that they had a great interest in having access to video and computer technology, in order to tell the story of their plight to the world. This led to a series of consultations with indigenous community leaders throughout the state of Chiapas in 1997. In February of 1998 the CMP delivered its first video equipment to the indigenous people of Chiapas.
For more information:
A list of videos available from the Chiapas Media Project, with ordering information
88:37 End
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