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Transgender Questions

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“Where do most Americans stand on trans issues in general?” That headline caught our attention. But, it was the sub-heading that really stopped us in our tracks, Americans hold more unfavorable views toward transgender people than other groups.” This surprising statement was the result of a recent survey conducted by Vox and Morning Consult. According to Vox, “The results of their survey were mixed. Respondents tended to report more negative feelings toward trans people than other groups. And although a plurality said they support laws that prohibit discrimination against trans people, they were divided on whether trans people should be able to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity.”  

Back in 2013, we produced a Transgender edition, after Chelsea Manning announced she was beginning hormone treatment to become a woman. We thought it important then to take a closer look at Transgender issues and try to disavow the flurry of misinformation and questionable comments about Transgender people that percolated the media. Our guests included Catherine Hyde the mother of a Transgender child, Michael Keeffe who was born female and now presents as a man, and Dr. Michael Hendricks who specializes in Transgender issues. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere we present edited versions of our interviews. Listen carefully to our three guests, what they say is so important now, especially after reviewing the Vox and Morning Consult survey.

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The Bare Facts, Again.

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Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist’s Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World, the new book from Mark Haskell Smith, the main subject of the latest edition of Life Elsewhere has resulted in a lot of visits to this site and numerous enquiries as to how to hear the interview again. Our show goes out every Sunday at 12 noon ET on The Source, WMNF HD3 and every Monday at 5.00pm PT on NWCZ Radio. But, if you happen to miss those times, you can find our three most recent shows up on Soundcloud. To hear shows from our archives, send your request to

Past shows have included a conversation with Patrick O’Neil, the ex-roadie-junkie-bank robber and author of the brilliant memoir, Gun, Needle, SpoonMargot Bennett‎, Executive Director at Women Against Gun Violence on gun culture in America. Robert Priest, founder and editor of Eight By Eight, the dazzlingly creative magazine devoted to the beautiful game – soccer on the Power, Corruption & Lies of FIFA. Former banker at J P Morgan, Michelle Miller talked about her debut novel, The UnderwritingCatherine Hyde, Regional Director of PFLAG – Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and mother of a transgender child on the media blitz surrounding Caitlyn Jenner. Matthew Collin on his new new book, Pop Grenade: From Public Enemy to Pussy Riot – Dispatches from Musical Frontlines. Plus a lot of new music including, Lyves, Tabitha Tamara, Miso and Sorcha Richardson.

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Important & Enlightening Interviews

In the last edition of Life Elsewhere, our special guest was Robert PriestFounder and Editor of Eight By Eight the dazzlingly creative magazine devoted to the beautiful game – soccer. We invited Robert onto the show  to help us understand all about the Power, Corruption & Lies that brought FIFA and the unlikely named Sepp Blatter into the world’s headlines. Just hours before Robert was on the show, the controversial Mr. Blatter had been re-elected and we played a sound-bite of his odd acceptance speech. This was quickly followed by soccer aficionado Robert Priest predicting, “a lot more indictments were about to happen” and “this is just the beginning”. Less than a week later, Sepp Blatter had resigned and more arrests and scandalous stories continued to make world-wide headlines. Although Life Elsewhere is not a news program, we are always ahead of the pack, with our commentators and commentaries.

Catherine HydeThis week we continue with that distinction by inviting onto the show Catherine Hyde, Regional Director of PFLAG – Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Catherine also happens to be the parent of a 22-year old trans young woman. The headlines across all media outlets were ablaze with wall-to-wall coverage of Bruce transitioning to Cailtyn Jenner and the sensational Vanity Fair cover. Our rule of thumb at Life Elsewhere is stay away from the exploitive stories, focussing instead on the human aspect. We wanted to hear Catherine Hyde’s take on the media blitz surrounding Caitlyn and how it affected her and her daughter. Catherine speaks openly, honestly and yes, emotionally about her life as a parent of a trans child. She talks about her reaction to the Caitlyn Jenner story. Catherine also offers input and wisdom to parents of trans children and most importantly, she offers insight into how we all can better understand our transgender brothers and sisters – and children. Because we feel this is such an important issue, we have devoted  large portion of the show to our interview with Catherine Hyde. We urge you not to miss this important and enlightening interview. 

Later in the program we bring you this week’s Hit That Never Was, featuring Mink De Ville. And Norman B introduces you to new music from Sorcha Richardson, a singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn, by way of Ireland. London based R & B singer-songwriter, Clara La San and a brand new Australian duo who go by the name of Aiya. Let us know what you think of the new music discoveries and our interviews, send your emails to:

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