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Holly Boswell, transgenderist and longtime advocate for non-surgical transition alternatives, on relating to transgender bodies

Dorian Solot and Marshall Miller, founders of the Alternatives to Marriage Project, on difficulties faced by unmarried couples

" I think we very often fall into a pattern of really not living in our bodies, of feeling disconnected and outside of our bodies... "
- Holly Boswell

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00:00 Introduction and commentary, including:
• Out of Body
• Karen's back
• Virginia Prince, Holly Boswell, hormones and surgery
• MIT's International Transgender Film Festival
• Welcome listeners on, Thursday nights at 7pm EST and Saturday mornings at 11AM EST
• Elders issues and GLBT concerns
13:43 Question of the Week
" I have a comment on Program 392. My heart sank when I heard you and Gordene supporting the decision of the transport organization to offer women-only train compartments, so as to protect women from harassment from men. On the one hand, I can fully appreciate why the cars might be useful, maybe even necessary. But it is yet another way in which the public space is gendered, another situation in which everyone must present themselves as male or female, and act accordingly. And, for lots of us, including me, each such situation causes pain. In contrast, I really enjoyed hearing the wonderful things you, Gordene and Thea Hillman had to say about living on the line between male and female. But I wondered just where people who don't consider themselves male or female were supposed to sit on the train... "
(from: Allen)
19:44 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
31:27 In a culture that presumes a gender based on anatomy - and an anatomy based on gender - transgender persons are placed at odds with their own bodies. How do we relate to our own bodies in a culture that has long disapproved of our existence? Holly Boswell, longtime advocate for non-surgical alternatives for transgenders, shares some of her thoughts and struggles on this issue.

Holly has been involved with local peer support, the Southern Comfort Conference, writing essays and teaching, and the Kindred Spirits network of spiritual exploration, retreats and "Medicine Shows". She has usually focused on two things: gender expression beyond the binary, and the spiritual aspect of our gender journeys.

For More Information:
• Kindred Spirits website:
• Bodhi Tree House Schedule of events:
64:46 Special Message
65:17 Boston area (and national) announcements
69:47 There is a growing movement to reform the legalities of our commitments to life partners, as the disadvantages suffered by those who cannot or chose not to marry become more widely recognized. Our guests Dorian Solot and Marshall Miller founded the Alternatives to Marriage Project to advocate for equal rights for alternative partnerships.

Dorian and Marshall have recently written "Unmarried to Each Other: The Essential Guide to Living Together as an Unmarried Couple," a new book for unmarried couples of all genders and sexual orientations.

The Alternatives to Marriage Project (AtMP) advocates for equality and fairness for unmarried people, including people who choose not to marry, cannot marry, or live together before marriage. They provide support and information for a fast-growing constituency, fight discrimination on the basis of marital status, and educate the public and policymakers about relevant social and economic issues. They believe that marriage is only one of many acceptable family forms, and that society should recognize and support healthy relationships in all their diversity.

For more information:
• "Unmarried to Each Other":
• Alternatives to Marriage Project:
89:21 End
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