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Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, on the most pressing issues on the national trans activism agenda

David Moats, who won a Pulitzer prize for his editorials in support of same-sex unions, on the battle for gay marriage

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00:00 Introduction and commentary, including:
  • Jennifer in Michigan writes: I am just listening to the Jan 5 program from the program files. I imagine someone else has already written in about this, but 440 Hz is the A below middle C. Middle C is 523.3 Hz (in the well tempered scale in use since Bach). You see, I had a degree in music before I went back to medical school...
  • GenderTalk to "air" on cable radio?
  • Movie: "The Adventures of Sebastien Cole"
  • Book release party: "Pinned Down by Pronouns" from Conviction Books
  • Tiffany Club's "First Event" and architecting community
  • Being unpartnered and meeting people (revisiting relationships)
16:50 Question of the Week

"I do not know if this a topic for a show or question. One deepest dark secret is how many transsexual male to female that have custody of minor children? I have had custody of my daughter since birth, I do not start the transition until she was 5 years old, we had our up and downs together she has all ways been at my side and on my side. We went through hate crimes together, we faced haltered prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping by some mental health care professionals that believed transsexuals should not raise children simply being transsexual pollutes, deviates the mind of a child. Is there any other transsexual out there raising children in transition with out the help of the other birth parent."
(From: name left out for safety reasons)

23:50 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News:
  • Ohio court rules that transsexuals may not marry
  • N. Ireland GLBTs driven to suicide
  • Python thief bitten in the act
  • Australian court rules lesbians cannot exclude transsexuals
  • Minnesota man tripped by tummy
35:43 One of the newest organizations advocating for transgender equality is the National Center for Transgender Equality. Executive Director Mara Keisling joins us to talk about the key issues affecting trans equality, including responding to hate crimes, collaborating with other organizations, workplace outing, federal legislation, travel concerns, and much more.

Mara is the founding Executive Director of NCTE. She is a transgender-identified woman who also identifies as a parent and a Pennsylvanian. She is a graduate of Penn State University and did her graduate work at Harvard University in American Government. She has served on the board of Directors of Common Roads, an LGBTQ Youth Group, and on the steering committee of the Statewide Pennsylvania Rights Coalition. Mara has almost twenty-five years of professional experience in social marketing and opinion research.

For more information:

  • Visit the National Center for Transgender Equality website at
62:42 Special Message
63:36 Boston area (and national) announcements
67:00 The gay marriage issue has become the most controversial GLBT issue of the early 21st century, and promises to sooner or later transform the landscape of GLBT equality. Joining us to illuminate the recent history of this struggle and some of the outstanding issues of the day is David Moats, a writer from Vermont who won the Pulitzer Prize for his editorials on Gay Marriage for the Rutland Herald. His articles supporting same sex unions articles have appeared in the NY Times and Washington Post.

David is a playwright and author of new book "Civil Wars: A Battle for Gay Marriage". He joins us from work where he is watching the Iowa Caucus.

89:30 End
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