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Harry Brod, professor of philosophy and humanities, on masculinity, diversity, and the profeminist men's movement

Ashley Moore, musician and director of "Transcendance," the world's first transgendered gospel choir

" They said, 'You know I love you, but you don't sound feminine, you just sound like you're, like, weak, and it doesn't sound convincing. Just sing from your heart, and don't worry about it.' "
- Ashley Moore

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00:00 Introduction and commentary, including:
• Masculinity
• Austin Powers/Pepsi commercial redoux
13:28 Question of the week
" Could you discuss the role of sexual interest in trans- issues, and what medical support there is of "voluntary" (non-dysphoric) sex-change? "
(from: Dan, central NY)
23:21 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
36:00 We continue our explorations of masculinities this week with Harry Brod, professor of philosophy and humanities, and director of the University Honors Program at the University of Northern Iowa. He has lectured, taught, written, and organized widely on the profeminist men's movement.

Brod's books include "The Making of Masculinities: The New Men's Studies", "A Mensch Among Men: Explorations in Jewish Masculinity", and "Theorizing Masculinities".
His next book, co-authored with Cooper Thompson and Emmett Schaefer, both living in the Boston area, is "Just Living: White Men Challenging Racism", to be published in Spring 2003 by Duke University Press. He just finished serving on the Iowa Governor's Task Force for Responsible Fatherhood.

64:21 Special Message
65:22 Boston area (and national) announcements
68:35 If you enjoy a really good choir, you'll be pleased to hear "Transcendence," the world's first transgendered gospel choir. Our guest, Ashley Moore, is a professional musician and recording engineer, and the administrator and artistic director of Transcendence.

76:47 - Song Excerpt: "God is Moving"
Ending Song Excerpt: "Lift Your Name"

  Ashley launched The Transcendence Gospel Choir in San Francisco, CA in 2001. In a little more than a year, they have had 28 performances including a number of high profile events and are now being invited to perform around the United States. They are also the subject of the forth coming full length documentary "Transcendence", produced by Campfire Films.
  The choir is a music ministry for the transgender community and performs gospel music in worship services, at pride events, and as outreach to the community itself. The choir is open to all TG/TS/CD/IS persons. The City of Refuge church, which is located in San Francisco, supports the choir which "challenges views of Christian right from a place of faith."
  Ashley, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, has been performing for over fifteen years as a composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. As an artist and engineer, her diverse work can be heard on radio, television, theater and film. She is currently completing work on her first solo CD titled "Shape Shifting", which is about her transition.

For more information:
• Visit the Transcendence web site at
• Email Transcendence at
• Visit Dr. Rembert S. Truluck's website titled "Steps To Recovery From Bible Abuse" at
87:03 End
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