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Melissa Hart, author of a book about her experience as a child taken from her loving mother by a court of law solely because her mother is lesbian

Barbra Casbar a male-to-female trans person who recently lost her loving wife, but has found new life on her own through transgender activism

" Primarily, the judged ruled her homosexuality as the reason that she couldn't have her children "
- Melissa Hart-Romero

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00:00 Introduction and commentary, including:
• Day of Remembrance
• French maid beer commercial
• Movie: Kissing Jessica Stein
• Manufactured bodies
15:47 Question of the Week
" I am transgender M2F. I live in a small town. I am happy to be myself. I see myself as a lesbian, but it seems like some other women want nothing to do with me once I tell them about my past. I feel it is only fair to tell them about who I was, because they may find out any way. I've been hurt too many times hiding from my past. Is it wrong I tell them? All of them have told me I have a great personality, but it seems once I am honest they run. any Ideas? "
(from: Amanda)
24:20 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
37:23 The struggle for the rights of gay and lesbian parents continues to move forward, but until lately, we have heard little from the children of such parenting. Our guest, Melissa Hart-Romero, is the author of the first book to detail the experiences of the child of such a situation, and the harm done by a court's awarding of her custody to an abusive, homophobic father.

Melissa is a 32 year old author who writes books for children and young adults. Her articles have appeared in national magazines including The Family, Gay Parent, Alternative Family, Chronicle of Higher Education, and several pet magazines! Author of the memoir "Long Way Home," which details her experience of being taken away from her mom by the courts at age 9 and awarded to an abusive, homophobic dad because mother was a lesbian. She is now a gay rights activist and member of PFLAG.

For More Information:
• Visit Melissa's web page at
• Email Melissa at
63:16 Special Message
63:46 Boston area (and national) announcements
68:19 Our second guest lives a "dual life," spending part of her time as a man and part of it as a woman. Involved with the transgender community for 12 years, Barbra Casbar talks about losing her wife and moving into activism.

Barbra is a co-founder of GRAANJ, Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey, also involved with imperial Court, and has written for transgender community publications.

For more information:
• For more information about Gender Rights Activist Alliance of New Jersey (GRAANJ), Email
89:22 End
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