Gender Blender


Currently, Gender Blender has been folded into the LGBTQ show, Out Loud and is being hosted by Laura Calvo and Carla. Co-founder and former co-host Jacob Anderson-Minshall has taken a leave of absence to pursue a year long roadtrip (The Greening America Tour) with Green It Forward. This program on gender addresses a broad range of topics from issues affecting the transgender community, to differences in how men, women and others are treated and what their experiences are like in American culture.

Episode Archive

Gender Blender on 06/15/10

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Tue, 06/15/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Comedy, Pride and Passports

Tonight on Gender Blender

Belinda Carroll and the Curious Comedy Crew, Jennifer Lanier who is MCing one of the stages at Portland Pride, Jenn Burleton from TransActive Education & Advocacy will also talk about pride events, and join Mara Keisling, Execu

Gender Blender on 04/20/10

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Tue, 04/20/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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LGBTQ Health Survey Results & All about Testosterone

On the April 20th episode of Gender Blender co-host Jacob Anderson-Minshall speaks with the Multnomah County Health Department representatives about the results of the 2009 LGBTQ Speak Out survey.  The health survey gathered data from 843 respondends in the Portland metropolitan area, in order to educate health providers and policy makers developing a comprehensive agenda for wellness in the LGBTQ community.  Learn what factors attributes to health within the LGBTQ community.

Gender Blender on 12/15/09

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Tue, 12/15/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Transitioning Back, the suicide of Mike Penner and whether "transgender regret" exists.

In 2007 LA Times Sportswriter Mike Penner stunned his colleques when he came out as transgender and began living his life as Christine Daniels. The story gained international attention and turned Christine into a bit of a celebrity. But less than a year later Daniels' byline was quietly replaced by Penner's.

Gender Blender on 10/20/09

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Tue, 10/20/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Transgender & Cross-Dressing History

 Did you ever hear stories about Little Jo Monaghan, the short cowboy of the Old West who turned out to have a female body?

Gender Blender on 07/21/09

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Tue, 07/21/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Gender in Correctional Facilities, especially treatment of transgender inmates.


Gender Blender

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Tue, 06/16/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Where do Trans folk fit in Gay Pride?

Is there a T in Gay Pride? Portland’s Gay Pride wrapped this weekend. While this year’s theme was “Unity” one group was notably less visible than previously—trans folk. Why did trans march organizers decide to postpone the event—renamed Gender (Free) For All until August 1st? Do trans people really belong in the LGBQ community anyway? Especially if they no longer identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual—or if they never did?

Gender Blender on 05/19/09

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Tue, 05/19/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Intersex activists talk about sex, gender and unneccesary surgery

"Is it a boy or a girl?"

It's the first question asked after the birth of a baby.  But sometimes the answer isn't obvious. In about one out of every 1,500 births a child is born so noticeably atypical in terms of genitalia that a specialist is called in. Out of every thousand birth one to two children have traditionally been exposed to surgery to "normalize" the appearance of their genitals. Even more people are born with subtler forms of sex anatomy variations some of which won't show up until later in life.
Since the 1990s intersex activists have been fighting for an end to unnecessary surgeries, especially those performed at an early age when the person can’t make their own decisions.
Tuesday, May 19th, Gender Blender host  Jacob Anderson-Minshall  talked with three guests about the intersex experience and what it can teach us about gender, sex and the medialization of natural diversity.

Gender Blender

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Tue, 04/21/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Restrooms are some of the most defended gendered spaces in our culture. How does that impact gender

While there are few things more primal than the need to use the bathroom many trans and gender variant individuals find that answering natures call is needlessly complicated and often downright dangerous.  Few gendered spaces are as vehemently patrolled and the penality for violating gender norms can range from ejection to arrest to bodily harm.  Bathroom acess isn't just a trans issue, as many single parents discover when faced with signs baring them from from accompanying non-same-sex children into public restrooms or dressing rooms. 

Gender Blender on 03/17/09

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Tue, 03/17/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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How gender impacts pay and other employment related issues.

Many Americans would be surprised to learn that women make less money than men for doing the same jobs.  For those who accept this disparity, a common defense is the argument that men--by the nature of their upbringings--have additional skills that are denied those growing up girls.  However, a 2008 study--referenced in the New York Times and Time magazine-- debunks this contention by illustrating that transgender individuals who were raised male but transition to female on average lose one third of their salary; even when they stay in the exact same job or field.

Gender Blender

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Tue, 02/17/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Interviews with trans musicians and a two spirit performer

Fresh from their day long F to eMbody tour at Portland State University, Gender Blender is proud to announce  Athens Boys Choir ( and Katastrophe ( will headline the Tuesday night show.  Monday, these two outspoken trans musicians offered a once in a lifetime multi-media spoken-word and hip-hop performance and a workshop emphasizing how deeply individual the trans experience is and will covering everything from terminology to stories of personal experience to campus oriented trans issues.   Now they'll join hosts Rebecca Nay and Jacob Anderson-Minshall to talk about the program, their experiences as trans men inside the often homophobic and sexist world of hip-hop, and how their activism is changing the world.&nb


Comedy, Pride, Passports & Gay Bashing

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Tue, 06/15/2010

On this episode of Gender Blender Jacob Anderson-Minshall and Carla from Outloud started out with a little comedy with members of Comedy Curious?, which will be performing  June 18th 8 & 10 pm,  at the Curious Comedy Theatre.  

Belinda Carroll- headlined the Austin GLBT Pride festival, has promoted and produced shows from Austin, Texas to Portland, Oregon, preformed all over the country and is a regular contributing writer for Curve Magazine, OurBigGayborhood and GAY! E-magazine.

Jessica Halem- called “BRAVE and BAWDY” by Time Out Chicago, was raised by hippie Jewish artists from the East Coast which was anything but normal – or easy – in small town Ohio. An experience with the hate-speech KITE scrawled on her locker helped foster this very funny “on-your-face” comic.

Whitney Streed the incomparable host.

Other comedians who will be part of the show but were not on the radio show include

Kelli Dunham- New York City, Fresh Fruit award-winning stand up comic Kelli Dunham is the also the author of four humorous non-fiction books, a frequent contributor to Curve Magazine and has appeared nationwide at colleges, clubs, women’s festivals, and pride celebrations and on both Showtime and the Discovery Network and even (once) at a livestock auction. She is the co-founder of Queer Memoir, the NYC based LGBT storysharing event, and has two comedy CDs “I am NOT a 12 Year Old Boy” and “Almost Pretty” in regular rotation on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Raw Dog station.

Holly Lorka -Austin, Texas is naughty and nice, sweet and sour, and likes BBQ with her porn. and has performed for Ladies Are Funny Festival and the Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival. She has been lauded by L-style/G-style and Lez-Go Magazine. She’s also a current semi-finalist in Austin’s Funniest Person contest.

Comedy Curious?  June 18th 8 & 10 pm,  at the Curious Comedy Theatre, 5225 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland. Tickets from $5 advace via eventbrite

Following the comedians we heard the song "Love You Better" by Godess and She (which will be playing at Portland's Pride Festival)

Then Jacob and Carla spoke with Jenn Burleton, the Executive Director of TransActive and Jennifer Lanier aka Bruce TD King, a two spirit performer who will be MCing this weekend’s pride events.  Jenn and Jennifer talked about Pride events.  TransActive is having an adults only Dance Party that will benefit the organization (which is dedicated to helping trans and gender variant youth) Friday, June 18th,  Boxxes & Red Cap Garage, 1035 SW Stark Street. 

The hosts detailed the new parade route and noted a change to the schedule on the community stage Saturday, 19th, 4:30pm to 5:15 it will be the burlesque group Bang Bang Betty’s Big Beautiful Bombshells (B6) who will be joined by Bruce TD King, Zora Phoenix, dirty juggling and several other acts.

 A musical break was provided by Melange Lavonne's Gay Bash song, which is a powerful tribute to a fallen gay friend.  As most Portlander's know, there have been a spate of gay bashings locally.  Today Just Out announced new initiatives to improve safety that include training Portland Police officers and developing street patrols.  The guests talked about the violence and how LGBT individuals can stay safe this Pride weekend. Jacob announced that Outloud and Gender Blender will continue to cover this story as it developes.

Another musical break, this one provided by Cliks was followed by a discussion about the recent change announced by the State Department in terms of how they will deal with gender changes when it comes to Passports. Jenn Burleton and Jacob Anderson-Minshall were joined in the discussion by Mara Keisling, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality via phone. They talked about this historic event and what it means for transgender individuals in states that won't allow them to change identity paperwork without surgery (this allows those individuals to get a ID in their new gender without undergoing surgery).

Jacob announced the Annual T party A FREE! gathering for genderqueers, transfolks, and dragsters
Fri. June 18, 5pm until dark, Overlook Park, N Fremont & Interstate. Hot BBQ grills and snacks provided
but bring additional food, drinks or games to share.


Useful Links

Belinda Carroll

Curious Comedy Theatre


Gay Pride Events

Jennifer Lanier

National Center for Transgender Equality

The New Policy on Gender Change in Passports

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LGBTQ Health Survey Results, ENDA Lobbying & All About Testosterone

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Tue, 04/20/2010

On the April 20th episode of Gender Blender co-host Jacob Anderson-Minshall speaks with the Multnomah County Health Department representatives about the results of the 2009 LGBTQ Speak Out survey.  The health survey gathered data from 843 respondends in the Portland metropolitan area, in order to educate health providers and policy makers developing a comprehensive agenda for wellness in the LGBTQ community.  Learn what factors attributes to health within the LGBTQ community.

Then Jacob talks with Lewis from Tranz Guys PDX which is sponsoring All About T: Testosterone for FTMs, a two-hour workshop, Friday April 23, 6-8pm at the Q Center. Providing an overview of the practical use of testosterone for those on the FTM spectrum--whether long transitioned or just beginning the journey--the workshop will be led by John Otto, a trans activist who has worked for the National Center for Transgender Equality and is a member of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force  LGBT Aging Roundtable.  The workshop is open to the public.  There's a sliding scale donation ($5-20) but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Gender Blender co-host Laura Calvo is in Washington, D.C. this week, where she’s up for an award from the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE). Never one to rest on her laurels, Laura’s spending the week meeting with congressmen in support of ENDA and she'll  be calling in to give us an update on her work.

Gender Blender will also feature music by trans musicians, Tough Tough Skin, Athens Boys Choir, and The Cliks


Useful Links:
Multnomah County Health Department
Speak Out Survey Results
Q Center
John Otto
Tranz Guys PDX
International Foundation for Gender Education
Tough Tough Skin
Athens Boys Choir
The Cliks



Are Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Behind Gender Variance?

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Tue, 04/13/2010

On April 13th's Outloud show, Jacob Anderson-Minshall (co-host of KBOO's Gender Blender) talked with science writer Deborah Rudacille, author of The Riddle of Gender: Science, Activism and Transgender Rights about the connection between environmental pollution (especially endocrine disrupting chemicals) and human gender variance.

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POWFest ENDA & Feminist Pedagogy

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Tue, 03/16/2010

On this March 2010 Gender Blender, hosts Laura Calvo and Jacob Anderson-Minshall talked to women involved with Portland's POW fest, the ENDA legistlation lobby and a symposium on Feminist Pedagogy.

The show started with in-studio guest Tara Johnson-Medinger, producer of Portland, Oregon's women's film festival, POW Fest, talking about Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar Win and how female directors differ from their male counterpoints.  POW Fest runs March 18th-21st and you can get tickets here. Tara tells us that LGBT audiences may be particularly interested in two short film collections this Saturday: The Many Faces of Womanhood and Rated M for Mature.  If you'd like to hear Tara talk more about the festival, check out her appearance on KBOO's Feburary Behind the Screen.

Next the hosts spoke by phone with transgender workplace activist Jillian Weiss about the transgender lobby day and the hold up on ENDA (Employment Non Discrimination Act) legislation that would protect jobs for LGBT employees.  This Thursday, Jillian's Transgender Workplace Diversity joins other blogs (including The Bilerico Project and Pam's House Blend) urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to push the ENDA legislation forward.  Jillian also called on the LGBT community to call Speaker Pelosi's office directly at 202-225-4965 to share their stories and tell her why it's so important that we get this legislation passed before the mid-term elections.  After all, especially in this economic downturn, many of our very lifelihoods are on the line and we need those protections in law.  So call, blog or share your opinion with your friends.

Last but not least, Jacob spoke with Sally McWilliams, director of Portland State University's Women Studies Department and Sally Eck, and instructor in the department.  The two are the organizers behind April 16th's Symposium on Feminist Pedagogy, Social Justice & Diversity and talked about Feminist Pedagogy, how it differs from other teaching methods and what people can expect from the symposium.  Some of the workshops include Feminism and Transgender Identity, The Pedagogy of Sustainability and Challenging Privileged in a Room Full of Privileged Students.  The symposium is free and open to the public!  Plus if you register in advance, you'll get a free lunch. 

The show also featured music from Good Asian Drivers, "For Our Daughters" from their Drive Away Home album; "If You Can Dream It" by Athens Boys Choir and Namoli Brennet 's "Freedom Train," from the new album Black Crows.

Related links: 

POW Fest

Jillian Weiss's blog

PSU's Symposium on Feminist Pedagogy, Social Justice & Diversity

Good Asian Drivers

Athens Boys Choir

Namoli Brennet

January Gender Blender

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Tue, 01/19/2010

On tonight's show co-hosts Jacob Anderson-Minshall and Laura Calvo talked about several local, national and international issues.  First they discussed a protest of the Ugandan anti-gay legislation that is being organized by students at Southridge High school.  Second they talked with Dr. Jillian Weiss, a consultant and law professor specializing in transgender issues in the workplace.  Dr. Weiss talked about the recent appointment of Amanda Simpsons to the Obama Administrations Senior Technical Adviser to the Commerce Department.  Dr. Weiss also talked about the transgender-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and how it might be derailed by fears over trans employees using workplace restrooms.  Finally, the two co-hosts spoke with Emi Koyama, intersex activist and volunteer coordinatrix of Bridges to Indepndence, a Portland, Oregon organization working with developmentally disabled adults.  Launching a new LGBTQ program at Bridges to Independence, Emi recently hosted a drag show that featured many of the organization's clients.  The sold out show had to turn away audience members but hope to have another showing in the near future.  To learn more visit

The show also features songs by The Shondes and Namoli Brennet (who wrote "I Have a Dream" in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day).

Transitioning Twice & the Suicide of Mike Penner

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Tue, 12/15/2009


In 2007 LA Times Sportswriter Mike Penner stunned his collegues when he came out as transgender and began living his life as Christine Daniels. The story gained international attention and turned Christine into a bit of a celebrity. But less than a year later Daniels' byline was quietly replaced by Penner's. Penner never spoke publically about his decision to go back to living as a man, and after his apparent suicide last month, we'll never truly know why his story ended so tragically, but tonight Gender Blenderhopes to shed light on his experience by speaking with others who transitioned to one gender and then transitioned to another, starting with Donna Rose, the trans activist who made national news when she walked off of HRC's board to protest their support of a non-trans inclusive ENDA.
A recent Nip/Tuck storyline followed a transwoman who decided to transition "back" to male because he had decided he was really a gay man.  Then the man asked the doctor to give him breast implants--because he realized the men he was attracted too were more attracted to feminine appearances. The Nip/Tuck episodes starred real life trans actress Candis [Dirty Sexy Money] Cayne, but how true to life was the storyline? Tuesday, December 15th, Gender Blender co-hosts Jacob Anderson-Minshall and Laura Calvo will address that question and talk to several individuals who have transitioned more than once--including internet radio host Robin Diane Goldstein  and editor of the forthcoming anthology, Kicked Out, Sassyfras Lowrey.  They will share their personal experiences and talk about why they made the choices they did.  Also joining the conversation is Joanne Herman, author of Transgender Explained For Those Who Are Not who recently posted a piece on Huffington Post addressing these issues and the idea of "transgender regret."

Tune in as well to hear music by Lipstick Conspiracy and Felecia and the Dinosaur, and learn about Friday's Fundraiser for Portland's Gender Free For All Featuring: Nicole Sangsuree, Walking Home, Felecia and the Dinosaur, and Lindsey Walker.  The Gender Free For All will be Friday December 18th, 2009 at 6:00 PM At The Red and BlackCafe, 400 SE 12th Ave., Portland (Map)
Another event in Portland that folks might have interest in is Homo For the Holidays with the Collective of Geniuses December 19th 6-10 Pm at the Switchard Studios at 109 SE Salmon.
Next OutLoud will feature audio from Portland's Transgender Day of Remembrence.
Useful links embedded above and:
Lipstick Conspiracy
Robin Diane Goldstein
Gender Free For All
Collective of Geniuses
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Transgender Awareness Month and Day of Remembrance

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Tue, 11/17/2009

Every year dozens of individuals are brutally murdered because they are transgender or simply perceived as gender variant. Rather than decreasing, the number of these deaths has increased in the last few years, possibly as a backlash against gay-marriage legislation.  In order to memorialize those who have died for their gender presentations, activists founded the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th.  This year, Oregon Governor Kulongoski proclaimed the day a statewide day of remembrance; and the entire month of November has been dedicated to transgender awareness.

In this episode of Gender Blender, co-hosts Jacob Anderson-Minshall and Laura Calvo spoke to the organizers of some of those events including:  Allison Cleveland, Executive Director of Eugene’s Gender Center and a key player in eliciting the governor’s proclamation; Natalia from Portland State University’s Queer Resource Center, which is sponsoring the local Transgender Day of Remembrance events, including a concert by trans musicians Katastrophe and Athens Boys Choir (aka Katz); and queer performer Peterson Toscano who will be presenting his one-man play, “Transfigurations—Transgressing Gender in the Bible,” Thursday, November 19th at the Epworth United Methodist Church, 1333 SE 28th Street in Portland.

Three songs were played on the show, “Mourner’s Prayer,” by Athens Boys Choir; “Just a Girl” and “Living in America” both by the all trans woman band Lipstick Conspiracy.

CORRECTION:  In discussing a denomination that had recently reaffirmed its anti-gay stanch, Jacob accidentally said Unitarian, which was not correct.  He was actually referring to the United Methodist Church, which, at its 2008 General Conference reiterated its anti-gay language while allowing a transgender man to retain his ministry.  Jacob apologizes for infering that the Unitarians aren't tolerant of lesbians and gay congregations, which they are.

Trans & Cross Dressing History in the West

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Tue, 10/20/2009

Did you ever hear stories about Little Jo Monaghan, the short cowboy of the Old West who turned out to have a female body? Or Rose of the Wild Bunch, the one-time prostitute turned outlaw who dressed in male garb?  Or maybe you know the story of Christine Jorgenson the GI turned bombshell, and you're wondering who the first American trans man was.  Would you be surprised to know he was raised in Oregon? Or maybe you  used to go to the Lucille Hart Dinner and wondered why they changed the name.  In this episode Gender Blender focuses on trans and genderbending history of the West.  Co-hosts Jacob Anderson-Minshall and Laura Calvo discuss local trans history and speak via phone with Fulbright Scholar Emile Deveraux, who has researched Alan Lucille Hart and Clare Sears, who wrote her PhD dissertation on San Francisco's cross-dressing law.  They will also play some music by trans rocker Shawna Virago and trans guy band Tough Tough Skin.

If you'd like to learn more about transgender history, you might look up The First Man-Made Man:  The Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth-Century Medical Revolution by Pagan Kennedy or trans historian Susan Stryker's remarkably inclusive Transgender History

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Gender Discrimination in Healthcare

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Tue, 09/15/2009

Have you been discriminated against when seeking medial care? When does a health care professional's transphobia rise to the level of discrimination?

With the nation's attention on health care reform, Gender Blender is examining gender discrimination in health care. Women face unfair and discriminatory policies that charge women more than men and consider reproductive health elective and therefore not covered by insurance. Meanwhile, transgender individuals have faced all kinds of discrimination including medical professionals actually refusing trans individuals medical care.

Hosts Jacob Anderson-Minshall and Laura Calvo speak with Pauline Park, the co-founder and chair of New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA); Lisa Codispoti, a Senior Advisor on the Health and Reproductive Rights team at the National Women’s Law Center and several other guests.

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Class and Gender

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Mon, 08/17/2009

This episode examines the issues of class and gender from some different perspectives.  In 2009, have women acheived equality?  In 2008, Hillary Clinton was a candidate for President of the United States and Sarah Palin was a VP nominee.  Numbers of women CEO's of major corporations are increasing.  Nancy Pelosi serves as the Speaker of the House in Congress and just recently, Sonia Sotomayor was appointed to the U.S. Supreme court.

Women may have come a long way, but have women arrived in all segments of our society?  Where are we as a society?

Hosts Laura Calvo and Rebecca Nay were joined in the studio by Camille Hopkins - a transgender activist who transitioned on the job in Buffalo; Kathryn Firestone - the executive director of Emerge Oregon; Joelle Davis - Tualatin City council and Emerge alumnus.  On the phone we were joined by Professor Joan Acker, the founding director of the Center of Women in Society at the University of Oregon.


Thank you!

I would like to thank you all for having this show. I am a advocate for the trans community and so very excited I have found this program! It would be awesome if you (collectively) where to attend the transmarch "Gender (Free) for ALL" in August. Keep talkin!

Don't hate - Educate


We were at the Gender Free for All March!

You're welcome & we talked about the Gender Free for All march on our shows! And then we went... What an awesome march! It was incredible to see so many segments of our community represented! Jacob, Rebecca, Laura & Carla were all there! Hope you had as much fun as we did & thanks for contacting us!


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