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Esther Morris, on the response to her "Missing Vagina Monologue" activism from Eve Ensler and the MRKH intersexual community

Charlie Fernandez, program officer with the Colin Higgins Foundation, on those who have shown the utmost grace and courage in the face of overwhelming hostility and hate

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00:00 Introduction
13:31 Question of the week
" (summation of long email - ed.) About a year ago, I decided to go to grad school and study to become a psychotherapist. I'm clear that being an effective therapist does not require being totally free of one's personal issues. However, a counselor needs to take responsibility for his or her own issues and not have their own personal "struggles" become their client's struggles and vice versa. I think I can remain objective, bringing my compassion, experience and understanding to the process, but I'm afraid that my lack of resolution could hinder my becoming an effective therapist in this area. Yet "gender" is precisely where I seem to have a "calling." How can I be certain that my motivation is pure and not about resolving my own problems? Can I keep myself out of the way when asked, "How did I got involved in this?" How much of my own story should I share with my clients? "
(from: Fred (pseudonym -ed.), Northern CA)
21:08 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
33:00 One person CAN make a difference. In January, Esther Morris told us about the "Missing Vagina Monologue," she wrote, taking Vagina Mologues creator Even Ensler to task for her depiction of a young woman born without a vagina. In this visit Ester reports on the amazing results of her efforts, and the surprising responses from others affected by the MRKH syndrome. She takes us on a tour of some of the issues she is encountering in doing intersexual activism, including the idea of "normal" intersexuality and policing the borders of heterosexuality.
For more information:
• Learn about Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Hauser (MRKH) Syndrome (also known as Mullerian Agenesis, Vaginal Agenesis, or Congenital Absence of Vagina) at
• Write for more info at
• Visit the Intersex Society of North America at
61:21 Special Message
61:51 Boston area (and national) announcements
65:13 Many LGBT people, their friends and families endure terrible hostility. Some are able to muster uncommon grace, dignity, and courage in the face of such adversity. Our guest, Charlie Fernandez, is program officer for the Colin Higgins Foundation, which presents Courage Awards, including gifts of $10,000, to a few such persons each year.

As Program Officer for the Tides Foundation, which administers the Colin Higgins Foundation and the Courage Awards, Charlie covers the LGBT issues, economic justice, racial justice, and economic development program areas. Before Tides, Charlie was in the nonprofit resource development field. He has also worked as an advocate for community economic development and a researcher on race and social justice issues. At the Funding Exchange in New York, he was the founding program staff for the OUT Fund for Lesbian and Gay Liberation. Charlie has a BA from Wesleyan University and has done graduate work in sociology. He is on the boards of Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues and the Grassroots Fundraising Journal, Inc. (Note: website is at, NOT

For more information:
• Colin Higgins Foundation:
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