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Christine Burns, longtime transgender activist and government policy advisor, on legislative changes affecting transgender persons in the UK

James MacGregor Halleman, transgender activist and 4th generation steel worker, on transgender employment issues and his own experience of discrimination in the workplace

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00:00 Introduction and commentary, including:
  • Symbology of breast-baring at the Super Bowl
  • Philly police officer comes out as trans MTF
  • Jake's Juke Joint ending soon
10:20 Question of the Week

"Maybe a year ago or more I found out about a crossdresser club in Waltham. They held weekly meetings and sponsored dances and other such events, but can not remember the name and I do not see anything on your website or in the links about it. Is it still around and what is the name and how can I get in touch with someone from there."
(From: Bill in Winthrop)

"I'm a pre-op/pre-hormone ftm and I have a female partner that identifies as lesbian. At first, she was just fine with me transitioning (it will take a few years because of the financial), but now says she has a "bad feeling" about me transitioning. Initially, she said that she would stay with me no matter she says she's not sure if she could even though she loves me very much... I love her ....any advice?"
(From: KC in Minnesota)

20:35 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News:
  • Appeals court rules ban on gay adoption OK
  • Frist under fire for denigrating gay families
  • Catholic Cardinal facing lawsuit for calling gays perverts
  • Sexiest people on earth
  • Yoda statue lifted
  • Ring of fire
33:11 Special Message
35:05 Boston area (and national) announcements
37:25 Legislative changes happening right now in the UK promise to dramatically improve the rights and treatment of transsexuals. But there are limitations to who is covered by these laws. Christine Burns, former vice-president of Press for Change, and an active member of the UK's Parliamentary Forum on Transsexual People's Issues, reviews the changes taking place and their anticipated scope and effect.

Christine is one of the three people who have been discreetly advising UK Government officials for the last three years in the preparations for the legislation which is now going through Parliament. She has campaigned for trans people's rights for over a dozen years, and has written extensively towards bringing new activists up to speed and to educate the public and employers.

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61:50 Boston area (and national) announcements
64:26 More often than not, people are driven into activism by some adversity that demands a response. James MacGregor Halleman, a 4th generation steel worker and female to male transperson, became a transgender activist when he experienced discrimination in the workplace. Now, as an advocate for all transpersons on employment issues, he offers his own story, and help for all others who may find themselves in a similar situation.

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