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Mon., May 16
Transgender Rights and Recognition

A new study by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality paints a grim picture for transgender people in the US: difficulty finding and maintaining employment, workplace harassment and discrimination, homelessness, disturbing treatment by government agencies, and extremely high rates of poverty and suicide.

In Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage has been recognized since 2004, the LGBT community enjoys strong support, and to outsiders the Bay State has been a haven of social progressivism. But while progress has been made, rights and recognition for the state's transgender population continue to lag. It's estimated that the state spends $3 to $5 million each year to compensate for the employment discrimination, job loss, health coverage, and poverty assistance. A new bill on Beacon Hill would change all this, making it illegal to discriminate against a person based on gender identity.

Guests:
Diane Delap, a Massachusetts state worker, and a transgender female.
Jody Herman, Public Policy Fellow at the Williams Institute in the UCLA School of Law, and researcher for the new study on the cost of transgender discrimination.
Kara Suffredini, Executive Director of MassEquality.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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  Walter Mosley: writer

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