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Tag: gender identity

Host: RuPaul.  Featured guests: Miss Richfield 1981, Harvey Fierstein, Billie Jean King, Susan Sarandon.

Summary: The episode begins with a segment that explores the push to broaden American views of gender identity. The Real to Reel segment is about the documentary, Venus of Mars. The next segment is a profile of the Midwestern drag performer, Miss Richfield. Another segment examines tensions between the intersex community and medical professionals. Harvey Fierstein's Out Takes segment is titled "We Are What We Are." Billie Jean King, RuPaul and Susan Sarandon provide PSAs during the episode.

Note: Some audio content removed due to copyright restrictions.
32:38 - 33:31: The B-52's, "The World's Green Laughter"
54:10 - 55:43: Boy George, "She Was Never He"

Host: Charles Busch.  Featured guests: Helen Boyd, Betty Crow.

Summary: This episode is a reversion featuring segments from previous episodes as well as new segments. Excerpts from episodes 602, 1008, 1312 and 1406 explore such topics as gender choices for intersex people, transgender community issues, views on gender identity, transgender marriage in the United States, and the life of Billy Tipton. Another segment profiles an LGBT student leader at Vanderbilt University.

Note: Some audio content removed due to copyright restrictions.
53:34 - 55:34: Ingo Herrman, "Space Tango"


Summary:  Betsy Driver interview for the "Size Matters" segment of Episode 1406, "American Gender."

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Featured guests:  Mara Keisling, Paisley Currah.

Summary:  The episode begins with a segment about the tension between the psychiatric and transgender communities over whether to reform or eliminate Gender Identity Disorder as a diagnosis. The A Conversation with… segment features Mara Keisling of the National Center for Transgender Equality and political theorist Paisley Currah discussing the future of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and legislation designed to protect trans-people from discrimination in public places. Another segment spotlights the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a global collective of queer performance artists.

Summary: This episode features eight families with transgender and gender non-conforming children, ranging from ages five to 25, telling their stories, discussing controversial parenting decisions, and recounting their struggles facing perceptions of gender.

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