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Cole Thaler, trans activist and lawyer, on Boston's new anti-discrimination ordinance that protects freedom of gender identity and expression

Veronica Vera, dean of the "Academy for Boys Who Want to be Girls," on how to cross-dress for success

" The number one thing that it took to get it passed was reaching out to our allies all around our community, all around the city and beyond. "
- Cole Thaler

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00:00 Introduction and commentary, including:
• Boston City Council votes to ban gender discrimination
• Coverage of DC anti-war demonstration
• Violent crime increase and rule of force
• Gender in Massachusetts election politics
• Halloween!
12:43 Question of the Week
" I would love to hear more about crossdressing on your show. I see you have only 7 shows about crossdressing. I believe there are so many out there that have had the hate, misunderstanding, and ridicule that I had to deal with from my ex-wife. I would love to hear more about crossdressing and how others deal with it. "
(from: Tina, Nazareth, PA)
21:01 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
24:33 The Twisted Nasty News continues
31:16 Boston became the latest city to outlaw trans discrimination this week when the city council approved an amendment to the city's anti-discrimination ordinance, protecting gender identity and expression. Trans activist and lawyer Cole Thaler tells us what it took to make the change happen, and the limits of the new protection.

The ordinance was passed through the efforts of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), formed in 2001 as an organization of Boston and Boston-area residents working to eradicate discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. The MTPC membership is made up of community activists, lawyers, health care advocates, lobbyists, students and community members from all arenas.

For more information:
• Learn more about Boston's new ordinance, and about the Maxssachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, at</a>
44:37 Special Message
45:30 Boston area (and national) announcements
49:08 Cross dressing can be both fun and healthy, and one of it's popular proponents is Veronica Vera, "Dean of the academy for boys who want to be girls." She and her student, Patti Harrington, talk with us about cross dressing for success.

Veronica's new book, titled "Miss Vera's Cross-Dress for Success", is a resource guide for crossdressers.

For more information:
• Visit Miss Vera's website at
90:33 End
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