2004 Programs

Program Length: ~90 minutes

  • December 27, 2004: (#492):
    Mara Keisling, director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, on some of the good things for transgender persons that have happened over the past year
    Marshall Miller, co-founder of the Alternatives to Marriage Project, on what’s happening to domestic partnership rights in the wake of the national turmoil over gay marriage
  • December 20, 2004: (#491):
    Susan Vreeland, award-winning and best-selling author, on men and women who reinterpret and reawaken their lives through works of art
    Virginia Stephenson, Albuquerque area trans activist, updates us on her personal gender transition as well as transgender politics in New Mexico.
  • December 13, 2004: (#490):
    Nancy, Gordene, Ethan & Karen discuss genital size and surgery, trans peer pressure, marriage, immigration and much more
  • December 6, 2004: (#489):
    Rev. Ben Guess, openly gay director of the United Church of Christ news service, on the recent refusal by NBC and CBS to air pro-diversity ads
    Morwen Madrigal, New Orleans-based transgender activist, on her work on behalf of trans community
  • November 29, 2004: (#488):
    Paul Kivel, author of a new book titled “You Call This a Democracy? Who Benefits, Who Pays and Who Really Decides”, on the ruling class in the US
  • November 22, 2004: (#487):
    Mark Leno, California State Assemblyman and a leading advocate for LGBT-protective legislation on 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”
  • November 15, 2004: (#486):
    Carisa Cunningham, director of public affairs at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & defenders, about their organization, their recent victories and defeats, gay marriage, and what lies ahead
    Nancy Nangeroni & Ethan St. Pierre, on the International Transgender Day of Remembrance – how it came about and their personal involvement
  • November 8, 2004: (#485):
    WMBR Fundraising
    John Lewis, on behalf of Equality California and Marriage Equality California, on recent election results in the Golden State
  • November 1, 2004: (#484):
    Hal Fuller, GenderTalk engineer and Twisted Nasty News producer, shares his life story and relationship with crossdressing and transgenderism
    Lynn Peril, author of a book called “Think Pink: Becoming a woman in many uneasy lessons”, talks about the way a particular style of femininity is forced upon women
  • October 25, 2004: (#483):
    Teri Kalgren, director of the Witches Education Bureau, on witchcraft and mysogyny
    Barbara Sjoholm, author of “The Pirate Queen: In Search of Grace O’Malley and Other Legendary Women of the Sea” and “Gaudi Afternoon”
  • October 18, 2004: (#482):
    Julie Underwood, National School Boards Association general counsel, on their publication titled “Dealing with Legal Matters Surrounding Students Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”
    Amanda Simpson, democratic nominee for a seat in the Arizona House of Representatives who also happens to be openly transgendered
  • October 11, 2004: (#481):
    Sandra Clark, musician and parent from Toledo Ohio, on her memoir of her transition from man to woman called “Running To Normal”
  • October 4, 2004: (#480):
    Hesay Vincent, French trans activist, reports on the first-ever French trans summit meeting in Paris
    Julie Novak, author, on two coloring books that aim to change the way that children view girls and women
  • September 27, 2004: (#479):

    Alice Dreger, medical historian and head of the Intersex Society of North America, talks about the state of intersexual activism today
    Betsy Driver, cofounder and director of a group called “Bodies Like Ours,” on their mission of support and education

  • September 20, 2004: (#478):
    Adrienne Torf, musician and composer, on her 19-year artistic collaboration with celebrated activist June Jordan, spanning civil rights, gender, queer, class, and political causes, with music from their CD “Collaboration”
  • September 13, 2004: (#477):
    Andrea James, author and activist who runs tsroadmap.com, details her analysis of, and objections to, the philosophy of transgender behavior and motivation promoted by Blanchard, Bailey, and Lawrence and called “autogynephilia”
  • September 6, 2004: (#476):
    Maureen Sullivan, author of “The Family of Woman: Lesbian Mothers, Their Children, and the Undoing of Gender”, on her study of more than 30 lesbian families and the role of gender in their lives
    Michelle Bruce, the first transgender councilwoman in the State of Georgia, on what it is like being transgender in the Bible Belt and how she is fighting discrimination, personally and publicly
  • August 23, 2004: (#475):
    William Rivers Pitt, lead writer for truthout.org and author of two bestselling books, talks candidly with us about truthout.org’s mission, the Bush administration, the right-wing agenda, and the current presidential race
  • August 16, 2004: (#474):
    Special ‘Spoken Word’ Program:

    Gunner Scott, founder of ButchDykeBoy productions, on “Gendercrash”, a monthly open-mic event that provides an opportunity for Boston-area poets, writers, songsters and other creative gender rebels to strut their stuff
    Alicia Goranson, Nathan Levitt, & Flynn May, trans writers recently published in the collection titled “Pinned Down By Pronouns”, read some of their work and chat with us about the role of art in their lives

  • August 9, 2004: (#473):
    Gayle MacKenzie, on caring for pets and the role of human-animal relationships in our daily lives
    Bill Logan, on business-positive conservation, and also about making the most out of our precious time here on this planet
    Mara Keisling, director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, on the Human Rights Campaign’s decision to exclusively support trans-inclusive employment non-discrimination legislation
  • August 2, 2004: (#472):
    Vanessa Edwards Foster, transgender-identified delegate to the Democratic National Convention, shares her DNC observations
    Anne-Christine D’Adesky, public intellectual, author and filmmaker, comments on the current state of the global AIDS challenge
    Sharon O’Brien, director of American Studies at Dickinson College, on depression, inheritance, and how we are shaped by the past
  • July 26, 2004: (#471):
    Democratic National Convention Special:

    Vanessa Edwards Foster, Monica Helms, Roberta, Christine Ocasio, Melissa Sklars, & Barbra Casbar, members of the first-ever ‘out’ transgender contingent to a national presidential convention, on their path to the DNC and their take on both the trans and presidential politics of the day

  • July 19, 2004: (#470):
    Taryn Levitt, Boston-area trans/genderqueer activst, on what it means to be “genderqueer”
    Wayne Besen, columnist and author, on unmasking the scandals and lies behind the ex-gay myth
  • July 12, 2004: (#469):
    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
  • July 5, 2004: (#468):
    Lauren Lipscomb & hir partner Charlie talk about Lauren’s transition and how it affected legal proceedings for custody of hir gender-questioning child
    Amy Hoff, writer and anthropologist, talks about her Scottish pirate trilogy featuring a female pirate and a male character critics have said is not masculine enough
  • June 28, 2004: (#467):
    Laura Flanders, a leading voice in challenging the current administration’s policies with respect to women, on her new book, “The W Effect: Bush’s War on Women”
    Lauren Scott, transwoman, on her own search into the study of chemically-induced endocrine disruption and its potential effect on the gender identity of individuals
  • June 21, 2004: (#466):
    Mary Marcel, researcher, author and professor, on what will be the largest sex discrimination class action lawsuit ever to be brought in the US, by women employees against retail giant Wal-Mart
    Emily Pitt, violence recovery program coordinator, on hate crime legislation and the victimization of LGBT persons
  • June 14, 2004: (#465):
    Randi Barnabee, attorney who recently obtained a ruling on behalf of a transsexual firefighter in Ohio, on the impact of a number of recent rulings
    Dee MacLachlan & Patricia Church, producer and director of “M2F: A Journey in Gender Identity”, a wise and visionary documentary about Male to Female transgenderism
  • June 7, 2004: (#464):
    Matthew Foreman, Executive Director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, on Ronald Reagan’s legacy with respect to GLBT Americans
    Rhonda Factor on the field of psychology and the extent to which it really understands transgender persons
    Katie Singer, fertility expert, on how much about her health a woman’s fertility cycles reveal, as well as the effects of estrogen on MTF transgender persons
  • May 31, 2004: (#463):
    Jerimarie Leisgang, founder of the Connecticut’s first transgender political advocacy organization, on their new legislation adding gender diversity protections to their hate crimes statutes, and what’s next
    Leela Fernandes, professor of Political Science and Women’s & Gender Studies, on the connection between spirituality, activism and feminism
  • May 24, 2004: (#462):
    Christopher Labonte, the Human Rights Campaign’s deputy Director for Legislation, on transgender inclusion in future federal empoyment non-discrimination legilsation
    Lauren & Genita McGonagle on Lauren’s transition and unusual work situation, and on their long-term relationship
  • May 17, 2004: (#461):
    Gender-Blind Marriage Arrives!

    Gail & Betsy Leondar-Wright, social justice activists and devoted partners, join us on the first day of legal “gender-blind” (AKA Same-Sex) marriage in Massachusetts to talk about their upcoming wedding and the politics of gender-blind marriage.

  • May 10, 2004: (#460):
    Jamison Green, female to male transsexual, on how his life of activism culminated in true love and an activist partnership, and his book, “Becoming The Visible Man”
    Rosalyn Forrester, co-founder of Canadian Transexuals Fight For Rights, on her activism and the Transsexual Day of Pride
  • May 3, 2004: (#459):
    Ethan St. Pierre & Karen Martin on the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition’s lobbying effort and a TS Menace demonstration against the Human Rights Campaign
    James Nadeau, coordinator of the Gay & Lesbian film festival at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts
  • April 26, 2004: (#458):
    Sam Zolten, producer of an award-winning documentary about a 16 year old female to male transsexual living in Tucson, Arizona
    Cynthia Kaufman, author of the book “Ideas for Change: Relevant Theory for Radical Change”, on activism and creating change
    Alejandro Marcel, GenderTalk’s minority health commentator, on a Michigan threat to GLBT health
  • April 19, 2004: (#457):
    Michael Cole, Human Rights Campaign Communications Coordinator, on their work against federal anti-same-sex marriage initiatives and on behalf of transgender protections
    GenderTalk Forum – Ethan, Hal, Gordene & Nancy – open discussion of personal gender identity issues
  • April 12, 2004: (#456):
    Amy Goodman, award-winning journalist and host of “Democracy Now!”, on violence, money, oil, politics and the media
    Anjelica Kieltyka, a transwomen who befriended J. Michael Bailey, on this man and his methods, and some of the forces that brought his voice to national prominence
  • April 5, 2004: (#455):
    Imani Henry, transman, writer, activist and performance artist, on theatre, activism, and intersections between the two
    Alejandro Marcel, trans health consultant, on some disturbing findings from studies on health issues among transgender populations
  • March 29, 2004: (#454):
    Jarret Grace & Andrea Dawn Verville on his quest for appropriate legal identification that turned into a real challenge, and their internet radio program
    Paige Bradley Frost, development director and spokesperson for NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, on the status of struggles around some of the leading women’s issues today
  • March 22, 2004: (#453):
    Alejandro Marcel, on on the new Bush administration policy that excludes LGBT federal employees from discrimination protection
    Laura Flanders, on her new book about the women out front and behind the republican power scenes, entitled “BushWomen: Tales of a Cynical Species”
    Arline Isaacson, co-chair of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus and a lead lobbyist on behalf of the GLBT community, on the Massachusetts struggle for same-sex marriage rights
  • March 15, 2004: (#452):
    Jim Marks, Lambda Literary Foundation executive director, about the withdrawal of Bailey’s “Man Who Would Be Queen” from their awards nomination list
    Rachel Pollack, prolific trans writer of award-winning science fiction, whose latest book is a trans detective novel, and whose interest in Tarot has led to her design of a new Tarot deck
    Aliza Shapiro, Boston-area genderqueer event producer, on queer pornography: can it be liberating, or is it just the same old objectification of one another’s bodies?
  • March 8, 2004: (#451):
    Hal Fuller & Ethan St. Pierre host an open forum on transgender issues, with call-ins from a lesbian truck driver and a transperson with an exceedingly sexist minister neighbor
  • March 1, 2004: (#450):
    Kate Bornstein & Gail Leondar-Wright on the ongoing controversy over the Lambda Literary Foundation’s award nomination of a transphobic book
    Gypsey Teague, editor of a new anthology of works by and about transgender people in the 21st century
  • February 23, 2004: (#449):
    Julia Rubingh & Evelien Snel, a married couple who split up as Evelien transitioned to living as a woman, then later reunited, discuss their evolving relationship
    Marc Bonagura, professor of English who identifies as a different kind of transgender, on how gender plays out in the scenarios that create and wage war
  • February 16, 2004: (#448):
    Helen Boyd, author of a new book titled “My Husband Betty”, shares her perspective on what it’s like to be the wife of a crossdressing husband
    Sue O’Connell, co-publisher of the GLBT newspaper “Bay Windows”, on the gay marriage issue and local media coverage of the state constitutional debate
    Andrea James & Calpernia Adams on the first all-transgender performance of the Vagina Monologues in Los Angeles
  • February 9, 2004: (#447):
    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
  • February 2, 2004: (#446):
    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
  • January 26, 2004: (#445):
    Laurie Kahn-Leavitt, whose documentary about the Tupperware story reveals how the drive and determination of the woman who made that company a huge success broke gender role stereotypes in the 50s
    Marc Bonagura, a professor of English and writer who, though he feels transgendered, does not fit into any of the well-publicized transgender categories
  • January 19, 2004: (#444):
    Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, on the most pressing issues on the national trans activism agenda
    David Moats, who won a Pulitzer prize for his editorials in support of same-sex unions, on the battle for gay marriage
  • January 12, 2004: (#443):
    Ethan St. Pierre & Karen Martin, transgender activists, internet talk hosts and committed partners, on their relationship, which happens to be between two trans persons
  • January 5, 2004: (#442):
    Philip Andrew Bernhardt-House, queer activist and spiritualist, on a gender perspective he calls ‘Metagender’
    Hollly Boswell, transgender activist, spiritualist & visionary catches us up on her personal journey, as well as upcoming kindred spirits events