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The Politics of Drag: Drag Queens and Theatre

Nancy & Gordene dress up in style and are joined by Abe Rybeck, artistic director of Boston's Theatre Offensive, for a wide-ranging discussion of the politics of drag.  In part 1, Abe trades stories with Nancy and Gordene, revealing his backwoods roots and how he got started in drag performance. In part 2, Abe is joined by The Theatre Offensive's community engagement and street theatre director  and drag performer Eugene Tan, as they delve deeper into the politics of drag performance.
 
Also included: A new transgender civil rights advocacy video produced by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders in  collaboration with leading activist organizations in Boston. Titled "Everyone Matters," the 10-minute piece is well suited to group presentations (PLEASE SHOW THIS!).
 

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Transgender at Work

As transgender people work towards fair and equal protection of their right to work, at both state and federal levels, many grapple with the realities of being singled out for mistreatment in the workplace. Ethan St. Pierre, former police officer & security supervisor, and female-to-male transsexual talks about his experience of being harassed and fired simply because of his gender. Alishia Ouelette, firefighter and male-to-female transsexual talks about her experience as a firefighter in Danvers, where she remains on the job after undergoing intense public scrutiny.
 
This DVD contains two full half-hour programs.

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Feminism, Sex & Gender

Gordene starts the conversation with a historical perspective on sexuality and feminism, from suffrage and Kinsey to ending violence against women. Then guest Jaclyn Friedman, queer Jewish writer, award-winning performance poet, co-founder of the "Women, Action & the Media" conference, and co-editor of "Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Power and a World Without Rape," joins for discussion of a fresh perspective on women's power in today's world.

This DVD contains two full half-hour programs.

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Gender, Race & 2008 Presidential Politics

From simply rude to dangerously racist, Florida Atlantic University Professor Jane Caputi's collection of bumper stickers, posters, t-shirts, buttons, hats and other paraphernalia from the 2008 Presidential campaign is as shocking as it is disturbing. Evidencing a deep disquiet within the American soul, these images serve as testimony to work yet to be done in the business of healing divisions across lines of gender, race, and generation. Join hosts Gordene O. MacKenzie, PhD, and Nancy Nangeroni in "Gender, Race, and 2008 Presidential Politics" as they view samples of Professor Caputi's collection and probe for meaning in the disturbing imagery.

This DVD contains two full half-hour programs.

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Transgender Health Care

Transgender persons, like everyone else, have health care needs, but too often are met with disrespect, inappropriate care and even outright denial of treatment. Alejandro Marcel, diversity educator and trans health consultant, joins with hosts Nancy Nangeroni and Gordene MacKenzie, PhD., in outlining the concerns and needs faced by transgender persons in their access to health care. Discussion ranges from barriers to receiving treatment, to specific differences between male-to-female and female-to-male needs, to the most recent results of medical studies. Other program segments include a response to a transgender-disparaging Fox News segment, as well as a "Raving Raven" segment on gender diversity among animals.

This DVD includes over 20 minutes of additional content  (available only on this DVD) in which Nancy and Alejandro reveal stories about their personal experience with health care. 

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Transgender-Friendly Public Policy

Join Gordene MacKenzie and Nancy Nangeroni as they speak with Gunner Scott, co-founder and director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), about changes to public policy that are needed in order to create a truly transgender-inclusive society. 

 Scott has earned widespread respect with his leadership in the Massachusetts-area transgender community, helping to create some of the most comprehensive resources available to transgender persons anywhere, including a free legal clinic and much more.  MTPC is currently the lead sponsor of a legislative initiative to provide protections for all people against discrimination in employment, education, credit and accommodations based on gender identity or expression.

The DVD includes over 20 minutes of bonus interview available only on this DVD.

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PRIDE

Join Gordene MacKenzie and Nancy Nangeroni for an insider's view as they march and speak with participants in Boston's 2008 Pride parade. Meet members of the new GLBT Senior Coalition, and hear from transgender and youth participants about what makes Pride so special to them. A variety of spectators contribute their perspectives, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino delivers a sincere statement of support, and Raving Raven adds some finishing reflections on what Pride means to "The Bird with the Word".
 
Also included, a short in which Nancy and Gordene explain their T-shirts.


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Trans Partner: Gender & Relationship

Parts 1 & 2   

An in-depth interview with well-known transgender advocates Helen Boyd & Betty Crow, on how Betty's transgender identity affects their relationship.  Their profound love and respect for one another shines as they share their insights and experiences about the complexity of gender, gender identity, sex, love and marriage.

Boyd is author of "My Husband Betty", on the relationships of crossdressing men and their female partners, as well as "She's Not the Man I Married", a more serious and expansive look at gender roles in relationships.  Crow is a professional actor, as well as a web designer and 3D animator.  

Raving Raven also makes an appearance, speaking with Nancy about animal rights.

The DVD includes 2 full half-hour programs, plus over 30 minutes of bonus interview available only on this DVD.

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Being Transgender... Myths & Youth Issuess   

Gordene O. MacKenzie, PhD carefully reviews the difference between sex and gender, as well as some of the basics of gender identity and expression. Then Nancy Nangeroni and Gordene interview Grace Sterling Stowell, director of BAGLY, the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Youth, about the services BAGLY provides, as well as some of the issues that trans youth face. Later, Nancy, Grace and Gordene expose some of the most popular myths about transgender people.

In a special bonus feature (DVD only), Grace reveals what it was like for her to grow up transgender.

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Sex & Gender

In this first installment of GenderVision, hosts Nancy Nangeroni and Gordene MacKenzie introduce us to an inclusive view of sex and gender. Then they speak with Esther Morris Leidolf, intersex advocate and founder of MRKH.org, about her experience of the medical profession's response to and treatment of her as a person born without a vagina.

In a special bonus segment, Esther performs a thoughtful and moving excerpt of her creation, "The Missing Vagina Monologue."

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Read Gordene MacKenzie's "Transgender Nation"
In this groundbreaking book, first published in 1994, MacKenzie critiques the medicalization and popular representations of trans persons, and the early trans liberation movement, from a socio-political perspective. Her engaging and readable style makes this both an excellent primer and a highly regarded reference, as she presents effective analysis and potent critique of some of the politics surrounding transgender issues.

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