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Steven Riel, a poet whose words speak uniquely to the free spirit that gives our souls and our gender their lifeblood

Ellen Bass, poet, therapist and co-author of "The Courage to Heal," a lifeline for many survivors of child sexual abuse, on her newest work, a book of poems called "Mules of Love"

" There's always been a wall inside of me, where I knew if I crossed that wall, I would be in danger, because I would be doing what boys shouldn't do. "

- Steven Riel

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00:00 Introduction and commentary, including:
• Gordene's birthday
• Movie: "Mystic River"
• Flu Vaccine
• Transgender Day of Remembrance
• Transgender murder statistics reveal extreme violence
• Gender, sexual orientation and homophobia
15:44 Question of the Week
" I am a F2M and I am interested in a lady at work. However, I haven't had my top surgery yet. I was wondering when and how is a good time to inform her about my being transgendered. As well as having her touch my chest. "
(from: Andrew)
18:17 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News:
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• Music improves mood of college students
• Fred Phelps pushes homophobic monument
• Elvis impersonator robbery
• Study on source of sexual identity
• 'Earworms' advertising jingles
• Hal plays a song
33:00 Gordene and Nancy attended the Lambda Literary Conference in Provincetown in September, and met there a poet whose work digs deeply and honestly into his relationship with his gender. His name is Steven Riel, and he joins us in the studio for an intimate conversation and a reading of his poem, "My Invisible Dress", from his recently published collection entitlted "The Spirit Can Crest".

• 43:25 - My Invisible Dress (2:20)
• 49:29 - Walking Underwater (excerpt)(1:43)

For More Information:
• Visit the website for "The Spirit Can Crest" at
63:26 Special Message
64:15 Boston area (and national) announcements
68:48 For many years, "The Courage to Heal" has been an important tool of recovery for women survivors of sexual abuse. Co-author Ellen Bass, a therapist and poet, has recently written a book of poems entitled "Mules of Love" for which she won a 2002 Lambda Literary award. She joins us to talk about her writing.

Ellen is president of Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International, a nonprofit organization which helps people of all ages and abilities to stay safe, act wisely and believe in themselves. She lives in Santa Cruz where she has taught creative writing since 1974.

For More Information:
• Visit Ellen's homepage at
• Visit the Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International page at

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