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Susan (left) and Molly Moran, circa 1950

Donna Rose, transsexual author of a memoir entitled "Wrapped in Blue: a Journey of Discovery", on the more human elements involved in a gender transition

Molly Hurley Moran, author of "Finding Susan", about the murder of her sister in 1994, leading to her advocacy for victims of domestic violence

" One of the difficulties we have in a transition isn't just this gigantic leap across the gender line, it's releasing ourselves from this cocoon of expectations and of obligations that we've spent a lifetime building for ourselves "

- Donna Rose

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00:00 Introduction and commentary, including:
• Lambda Literary conference documentary shoot in Provincetown
• Anwar's health
• Indigenous People's day (Columbus Day)
• Bulldozing Palestinian homes with American armoured bulldozers
12:39 Question of the Week
" I've slowly been coming out, and had mostly good reactions; and I'm getting ever more comfortable with myself. The only place I'm still having problems with being accepted is my family. I love my family dearly but after almost four years I continue to feel only more uncomfortable and more unaccepted around my family, former Jehovah's Witnesses. I don't want to lose my family but I've taken so long to accept myself, and surround myself with other supportive people. Any advice on how to handle a family that continues to be more unaccepting despite one's best attempts? "
(from: Katie)
18:30 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
• Bush signs 'Marriage Protection Week' edict
• Why men have shorter lifespans
• Pat Robertson suggests bomb attack on State Department
• City Councilor fundraising drag criticized
• Virginia City's outhouse races
32:03 A change of gender involves much more than just changes to a person's appearance and behavior. Looking beyond these surface elements, Donna Rose discusses some of the more universally human elements of a gender transition, as revealed in her new memoir, "Wrapped in Blue: a Journey of Discovery." A former world class college athlete, Donna has become a noted speaker, educator and advocate for transgender and diversity issues.

For More Information:
• Visit the Author’s website at

63:11 Special Message
64:01 Boston area (and national) announcements
69:27 Domestic violence continues to plague our society, as our guest Molly Hurley Moran sadly testifies. She lost her sister to a murder which authorities have never been able to prosecute, but which Molly says was surely committed by her sister's husband. An associate professor of writing and author of a number of books and articles, Molly has written a book about her sister's story entitled "Finding Susan".

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

For More Information:
• Visit the webpage for Finding Susan
• Visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website at
• Here's a list of international resources (added 11/22): MysticMag's Domestic Violence Resource Guide

87:23 End
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