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Betsy Leondar-Wright, economic justice activist and author of Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle Class Activists, on promoting class-sensitive collaborative activism

Holly Ryan, trans activist, public services trainer and consultant, and Alejandro Marcel, minority health services director, on substance abuse in the trans community

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00:00 Introduction
  • Ravens in history, vocalization, and gymnastic lovemaking
  • Trans healthcare: pain in the ovaries
12:51 Gender News
  • Things Bush can't go near
  • NY Times boosts Bailey's bisexuality bias
  • Interruptivenesss in conversation
  • Pennsylvania legislator seeks to discourage gay tourists
  • United Church of Christ endorses same-sex marriage
  • San Antonio cop arrested for sexual assault on transwoman
  • Saudi Arabia legalizes women working in lingerie stores
  • Iraq: acid attacks on uncloaked women
  • Atlanta: Fox5 features murder of transwoman on "Most Wanted" show
  • Oregon senate passes GLBT anti-discrimination, same-sex marriage bill
31:52 Question of the Week

" My post-op fiance (vaginaplasty, clitoroplasty, mammoplasty, tracheal shave, & facial feminizing) has been with me for nearly two years. We have been through a lot together, mostly on our own. Recently, she got her first job as a woman. It's been so good for her self esteem and she's just beaming with pride. But, recently she has had an overwhelming need to move out on her own and live independently to ensure herself that she can do it. She has assured me that she doesn't want to lose me and begs for patience as she ventures forth in the unknown. Several of her girl friends (tg and ts) understand her need to verify her worth to herself in order to bring personal value to our relationship. I'm very uncomfortable with this arrangement and I want to understand the psychology behind this overpowering need to do this on her own. Are there other post-op trans out there that are going through the same thing? Where do I go to find out? "
(From: Gene)

39:36 Evelien's Diary:, entry 17: "Out of Work"

Evelien's website:

45:13 All too often, the achille's heel of our activist effort is class difference. In order to muster the numbers of people it takes to create grassroots change in opposition to the power of wealth, we have to build strong alliances across our class differences. Presenting a clear vision for doing so is economic justice activist Betsy Leondar-Wright, whose new book, Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle Class Activists, draws on interviews with 40 diverse activists.

Betsy is a long-time economic justice activist who is Communications Director at United for a Fair Economy. She has worked on many mixed-class movements and conflicts along class and race lines. She is also the author of Shifting Fortunes: The Perils of the Growing American Wealth Gap. She lives in Arlington Ma. with her life partner of 14 years, activist and publicist Gail Leondar-Wright.

84:28 The GenderTalk Calendar
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88:00 An issue that presents great personal challenge to too many in the GLBT community is substance abuse. As persons oppressed by unwarranted societal disapproval, we are especially vulnerable to such problems. Holly Ryan, long-time transgender activist in Boston, public services trainer and consultant on behalf of trans persons, and herself a recovering alcoholic, talks with us about the challenges to individuals and their loved ones. Also joining us for this heartfelt discussion is Alejandro Marcel, Minority Health Services consultant and longtime advocate for transgender health care.
  • You can email Holly Ryan at
  • Although at this time we strongly recommend you obtain counseling for gender issues elsewhere, you can visit the Fenway Community Health Center website at
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