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Sharon Bridgforth, African American artist, on lesbian parenting and the beauty of life with her daughter, whose music mixes gracefully with her mom's poetry on their new CD

Jennifer Boylan, highly respected professor of English, on her new transsexual memoir entitled "She's Not There"

" I have to take responsibility for the fact that the lives of the people I love have not been made easier by this transition, and I have to be responsible to them as well "
- Jennifer Finney Boylan
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00:00 Introduction
06:55 Commentary:
TV: "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"
Movie: "Pirates of the Carribean"
Big lips and body modification: how much should we do for attention?
More outrageous lips
Boston Globe reports on Northeastern University trans controversy
Listener feedback on Supreme Court sodomy ruling
19:14 Question of the Week
" How come the trans-community at large seems hostile against their own? In Southern California anyway, transsexuals even dislike other transsexuals. This makes it very hard for those whom have been bottled up all their lives to find like minded friends. They say we out each other, but so what? we are what we are. Is there something I’m missing here??? Pass& blend in - yes, defraud no. "
(from: anonymous)
29:10 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
39:27 A mother and daughter team is an unusual enough occurrence that it invites special notice. When such a team is comprised of a lesbian mom and straight daughter of unusual artistic talent, their work is of particular interest. Sharon Bridgforth joins us to share some of the beauty of her life with her daughter.

Sharon is the Lambda Literary Award winning author of "the bull-jean stories" (Redbone Press). She and her daughter Sonja Perryman (the singer on "the bull-jean stories" CD) have released a spoken word/music CD titled "amniotic/flow," which articulates the experiences of lesbian mother, straight daughter, urban raised, southern Spirited Black American women/growing, using spoken word, vocal orchestration and original music. It was produced by the Austin Latina/o lesbian gay bisexual transgender organization, an 18-year-old community organization that envisions a just and equitable society, which celebrates and nurtures vibrant people of color queer cultures.

More about Sharon Bridgforth:
• GenderTalk's interview with Sharon Bridgforth on April 26, 1999
• Austin Latino/Latina Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Organization:
65:07 Special Message
66:00 Boston area (and national) announcements
69:42 Every transsexual has an autobiography in them, but few are equipped to write a more engaging story of their experiences than our guest. Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of "She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders," and co-chair of the Colby College English department, brings substantial writing expertise to her tale of personal struggle. We talked with her about her new book, her life, and some differences between the two.

Jennifer Boylan was voted Professor of the Year in 2000. She is the author of 7 novels including "The Constellations, The Planets and Getting In" and a collection of short stories. She lives in Maine with her family.

For More Information:
• Jennifer Finney Boylan’s home page
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