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Thea Hillman, acclaimed poet and intersex activist, on her poetry, intersexuality, and activism

Malka Drucker, author of "White Fire: A Portrait of Women Spiritual Leaders in America" on the roles of women in traditional and non-traditional religion.

" I think in queer relationships we see each other's pain so clearly, it's really hard to not want to just heal each other. "
- Thea Hillman

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00:00 Introduction and commentary, including:
• Message of Hope from Arlington Street Church
• Christmas and stormy ocean
• Christmas snowmen, decorations and family
08:29 Question of the Week
" I consider myself a TV. Reason for this is...I love to dress and I dress fully and as perfect as I can to be the girl I wish to be. I can be passable and enjoy every minute of this time. Problem is, I do have to live as a male and can not dress all the time. 2 or 3 times a week is all I get the chance for. It hurts me when I can not dress and I long for it every and each day of the week. Although, from all my past experience I have found that every CD I have met usually enjoys the feel of a certain item or 2 of womans clothing and it is more for a sexual reason. In most if not all cases, they can go without this pleasure for any given time and almost never dress completely. "
(from: Cathy)
20:10 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
34:46 Are poetry and activism natural bedfellows? We think so, and our guest is living proof. Thea Hillman is an intersex activist, board chair of the Intersex Society of North America. She is also a San Francisco poetry slam champion with an MFA in English/Creative Writing.

Thea has performed her work at festivals, bookstores, and reading series across the country. She is the author of the critically acclaimed "Depending on the Light". She has produced many performance events, including the sold-out "Intercourse: A Sex and Gender Spoken Word Recipe for Revolution" for the 2001 National Queer Arts Festival. She is also a co-producer of "ForWord Girls," the first inclusive all-girl spoken word festival.

44:38 Reading from: Contradiction by Thea Hillman
46:00 More Thea Hillman
49:25 Reading: Miscarriage by Thea Hillman
53:28 More Thea Hillman
For More Information:
• Intersex Society of North America:
62:57 Special Message
63:28 Boston area (and national) announcements
67:33 Though some major religions still deny women leadership position and recognition equal to that of men, women have always been co-leaders in the quest for spiritual enlightenment. Our guest Malka Drucker is an award-winning author whose latest work presents portraits of women spiritual leaders in America.
For more information:
White Fire book page
88:12 End
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