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GenderTalk #487, November 22

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Mark Leno, California State Assemblyman and a leading advocate for LGBT-protective legislation on GLBT gains and a transgender health care access hearing

Paul Loeb, editor of a new collection titled "The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear"


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00:00 Introduction
  • Recount politics and Kerry's money
  • TV: CSI does trannies
  • Day of Remembrance in Boston
12:03 Questions of the Week

"I told my wife about my need to cross dress approx 3 yrs ago. I have tried to fight it, stop it but I have failed. I researched it and was told to accept my need to do it. I bought high heels 2 1/2 yrs ago and recently bought a leather skirt. I dressed completely except for makeup and a wig. Does this every stop? Does it get much worse."
(From: John)

19:41 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News:
  • Anti-abortion legislators work to undermine women's rights
  • Massachusetts marks one-year anniversary of same-sex marriage
  • England legalizes civil partnerships
  • Sydney, Australia: Thieves fail to kick in sliding door
  • Ebay allows bids for 'Virgin Mary' grilled cheese sandwich
30:12 Evelien's Diary: "A Day in the Life"
Entry 1: Introduction

Follow the day to day ups and downs of a Dutch transsexual woman in her struggle with the world as it is. Transition is the main issue in this diary, but this girl does have a life! Science, theatre, poetry and music will pop up now and then. Shit happens, mainly at work and in politics. So naturally it is in the diary as well...

You can visit Evelien's website at www.eveliensnel.com

34:43 Special thanks to a listener
35:13 There has been a lot of good news for GLBT persons coming from California state, with more on the way. One of the primary contributors to this progress is California State Assemblyman Mark Leno, who has been a champion of GLBT rights in the state legislature. He recently held a hearing on transgender access to health care, and he joins us to talk about his work on behalf of LGBT rights.

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59:48 Special Message
60:28 Announcements: Boston area & National events
63:03 In these days of heightened polarization and entrenched politics, we could all use an injection of hope and optimism. Paul Loeb, author of "The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear," talks with us about his view of reasons for feeling better about the state of the world.

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88:23 End