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Arline Isaacson, co-chair of the Massachusetts Lesbian & Gay Political Caucus, on their legislative agenda for 2003, and recent news about gay marriage

Rhonda Factor, a doctoral candidate whose dissertation work is breaking new ground in studying gender diversity

" There's something really valuable and exciting about the incredible diversity that exists out there. "
- Rhonda Factor

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00:00 Introduction and commentary, including:
• Movie: "Monster's Ball"
• TV: "Good Morning America" on Noelle Howey; ER on 12-year-old MTF tranny
• Feedback from listener Giselle on Groucho Marks quote
16:00 Question of the Week
" I am in the process of coming out at work. Together with my boss I have compiled a list of people who should know about my MTF transsexuality and by now I have told almost all the 60 people on the list. Everything seems to go quite smoothly. However I am getting a little worried because in your recent programs I heard of several cases that started 'smoothly', but turned nasty within a year! I am following your advice to 'take small steps' and see how they work and I am now trying to come out to my colleagues in a similar way. That makes me look very gender ambiguous at work at the moment. And sometimes I do worry about that. It makes me feel good, but what effects will it have on my career? "
(from: Evelien)
24:19 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
32:58 Gay marriage is a hot button in Massachusetts politics, and GLBT political activists are on the case. Arline Isaacson, co-chair of the Massachusetts Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus, fills us in on recent events concerning an anti-gay initiative petition, and the state LGBT legislative agenda for 2003.

For More Information:
• MassEquality:
• Massachusetts Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus:
• Freedom to Marry Coalition of Massachusetts:
60:39 Special Message
61:09 Boston area (and national) announcements
64:40 Progress in gaining acceptance, rights, and appropriate services often depends on scientific research to demonstrate the need for reparative change. A doctoral candidate in psychology at the University of Vermont, Rhonda Factor is currently undertaking a groundbreaking study of people who don't identify as either male or female.

In addition to working on her dissertation, Rhonda practices psychotherapy and facilitates anti-homophobia/anti-heterosexism workshops for schools and non-profit organizations.

For more information:
• Email Rhonda at
88:43 End
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