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Holly Boswell, transgender luminary and co-founder of the Kindred Spirits retreats, on her exploration of MTF living without female hormones, and spiritual goings-on in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina

Mara Kiesling, director of the National Center for Transgender Equality and member of John Kerry's LGBT steering committee, on trans-inclusion in anti-harassment legislation, and the democratic party platform

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00:00 Introduction
  • Gender: playground for the privileged, struggle for some others
  • Ethan: shopping with mom and stepfather
  • Ethan's accident
  • Upcoming vote on federal FMA
  • Cheney's wife comes out against FMA
  • Bush administration seeks authority to postpone election
  • Trans birthdays
12:58 Question of the Week

"Nancy, How do you personally deal with concepts like those expounded by Lynn Conway that non-ops aren't ever going to understand what being a woman is like, since they don't have a vagina? As a passing full-time non-op which I assume you are, how do you deal with this. Post-op groups keeping out non-ops makes as much sense as the exclusionary practices at the Michigan Womyn's festival. I know non-ops whose lives as women are more successful than many who have had SRS."
(From: Ricki)

21:50 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News:
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  • Yoko Ono affirms same-sex marriage through song releases
  • New Mexico Supreme Court affirms same-sex marriage block
  • Trans films win honors at SF LGBT film fest, world's oldest and largest
  • Children incarcerated because of health-care shortage
  • Seattle LGBT community demands justice for attacked man
  • Cheney merchandise sports f-bomb
  • Chicago zoo chimpanzees given air guns
32:34 One of the pioneers of openly transgender living without sex reassignment surgery, Holly Boswell has influenced a generation of transfolk through her writings and living example of an alternative, more consciously spiritual path for cross-gender fulfillment. She updates us on her experience with discontinuing female hormones, and on the latest spiritual experiences she and other transfolk are experiencing in the Smokey Mountains.

Writes Holly:
"We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been--a place, half-remembered, and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power. Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free. "

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67:27 NCTE LogoAs the presidential election heats up, every political transaction takes on intensified partisanship. Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality and a member of presidential candidate John Kerry's LGBT Steering Committee, fills us in on recent behind-the-scenes wrangling over transgender inclusion in the democratic party platform and more.

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