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Zach Nataf, director of the first International Transgender Film Festival in 1997, on representations of transgenderism in the media

Stephen Whittle, a leading trans activist, author and academic, on trans representations and the rights of transsexual and transgender persons

" At different times in my adult life, I've identified myself differently through the language that I've used to describe myself. "
- Stephen Whittle

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00:00 Introduction and commentary, including:
• Trans Film Festival at MIT
• Party intrusion
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13:07 Sue Dorfman, publicist for the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, on the upcoming festival in Boston.
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22:18 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
38:33 Film festivals focusing on transgender representations got their start in 1997 in Hoxton, UK. Organizer of the first several festivals there, as well as a festival currently underway at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusettts, is our guest, Zach Nataf. Zach is a transman, a graduate student in comparative media studies at MIT, and a pioneer in organizing International transgender film festivals.

The First International Transgender Film Festival was held in 1997 at the newly opened Lux in Hoxton, UK. It was the first such event in the world, and the idea of transgender activist and writer Zachary I. Nataf, who directed the first and second festival, and has curated this year's programme. There already existed a rich body of work which challenged notions of gender and sexual identity. From personal experience Zach recognised that there was a need within the established and growing transgender community to uncover and articulate individual and collective experiences.

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• San Francisco's Trannyfest:
• Nederlands Transgender Film Festival:
59:35 Special Message
60:35 Boston area (and national) announcements
65:46 One of the leading activists, luminaries, and legal advocates on behalf of transgendered persons in the UK is our guest, Stephen Whittle. Stephen, a transman of considerable experience, shares with us some of his views on trans representations, identity, and rights.

Stephen Whittle is one of the original founders of Press For Change, the UK's lobby group campaigning for respect and equality for transgender people. He is a respected lecturer and writer, author of a number of book including the recently published "Respect and Equality: Transsexual and Transgender Rights" (Cavendish Publishing, UK).

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• Press For Change:
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