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Jim Marks, Lambda Literary Foundation director, responds to complaints about his organization's nomination of a trans-stigmatizing book for an award

Julia Serano, trans poet, musician, organizer and educator, on her poetry and other artistic endeavors

Lee Thornhill, trans poet and founder of Conviction Books, publisher of the trans anthology "Pinned Down by Pronouns", on his poetry and publications

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00:00 Introduction and commentary, including:
  • Men's Unbifurcated Garments (see www.utilikilts.com)
  • Massachusetts gay marraige constitutional amendment debate
08:38 The nomination by a leading GLBT organization of a trans-stigmatizing book for an award quickly caught the attention of leading transgender academics and activists, who immediately called for a retraction. Jim Marks, Executive Director of the Lambda Literary Foundation, responds to a small flood of communications objecting to their nomination of J. Michael Bailey's "The Man Who Would Be Queen" for an award.

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26:43 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News:
  • Massachusetts court ruling on civil unions and polarization
  • Ohio becomes 38th state to ban gay marriage
  • Kansas court rules that homo sex can be punished more harshly than hetero
  • Father names son "2.0"
  • 2nd American arrested in Brazil for flipping immigration official
  • Chastity belt sets off metal detector
  • Noisey motorist sentenced to opera
41:27 The art of poetry is in expressing that which cannot be expressed in prose. Oakland-based writer, musician, spoken word artist, organizer and educator Julia Serano crafts verse that speaks uniquely to some of the lesser expressed aspects of being transgender. She talks with us about her art and activism, and reads two of her poetry pieces.

Julia is a poetry slam champion and a regular feature at spoken word and queer events. Also a musician, she is the lyricist-guitarist-vocalist for the noisy pop trio Bitesize, who have released two critically acclaimed CDs. Julia is also one of the organizers of the First Annual Trans/Intersex/Genderqueer and Buddies Community Picnic, a series of benefit shows for CampTrans, and the host of GenderEnders, a trans/intersex/genderqueer-focused performance show.

Poetry readings:

  • 44:42 - Vice Versa (3:20)
  • 56:51 - Cocky (4:38)

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63:58 Boston area (and national) announcements
67:20 Special Message
67:54 A new anthology of writings by trans authors and others exploring gender diversity, "Pinned Down by Pronouns", has been nominated for a "Lammy" book award. Publisher Lee Thornhill, founder of Conviction Books, is also the author of a collection of poetry, entitled "Parole". Lee reads some of his poetry, and talks with us about PDBP, his publishing company, and his poetry.

"Pinned Down by Pronouns" includes an exciting collection of writings with a broad range of perspectives, styles, and genres, including a history of GenderTalk Radio by Gordene O. MacKenzie & Nancy Nangeroni. Find out more about the book here.

Poetry Readings:

  • 74:23 - the emergency broadcast from the moon (0:57)
  • 75:52 - for my father as a boy (0:55)
  • 78:12 - on tolerance... or what one could appreciate about Jerry Falwell; should one be looking (1:29)
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