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Maine may be a large state geographically, but there's only about 1.5 million people here. Heck, Baxter State Park is about the size of Connecticut. However, there is one thing we do well: LGBT rights. The other thing we do well is the Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN). Of course we get great feeds from NPR, and having lived in many other states I can say that the classical music programming on MPBN is second only to WGBH radio in Boston, but the best thing we do is local issue programming.

Apparently, transgender issues are the issues of the day today and I'm really proud of that.

Maine has marriage equality, due to people at the ballot-box saying so. Many municipalities had anti LGBT discrimination laws dating back to the late 80's. Despite our Tea Party governor, the likely next one is an out, Gay man and a Democrat. Yet I am very delighted to hear the MPBN produced daytime call-in program "Maine Calling"
talking seriously and encouragingly about transgendered persons, and letting them talk about their experiences in their own words without agenda.

I am very proud of my state, and even more proud today to be listening.

It's not up yet except in live feed but you will be able to listen to the program here when it's finished.

Originally posted to commonmass on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 09:41 AM PDT.

Also republished by LGBT Kos Community, Milk Men And Women, LGBT Rights are Human Rights, TransAction, and Sex, Body, and Gender.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 09:41:39 AM PDT

  •  MPBN & WBGH were both a big part of growing up (2+ / 0-)
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    in Maine for me. I still love seeing PBS shows that have the old WGBH credits at the end.

    Good to hear of the coverage of trans issues!

    If you encounter rocky soil, plant what will grow there. - Fortune cookie wisdom

    by ninkasi23 on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 10:04:33 AM PDT

    •  While I always had a presence in Maine (2+ / 0-)
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      growing up, I did live in Massachusetts (before my family moved to Texas). WGBH television and radio were a family staple. As a kid, I loved "Zoom".

      Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

      by commonmass on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 10:06:48 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, Zoom! We had it here in WA as well. (3+ / 0-)
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        Come on and zooma, zooma, zooma, zoom!
        Thanks Mr. (soon to be) President!
        It is really good news to hear that Trans issues are getting some air time. No-one is free until we all are free. No-one is equal until we all are equal.
        Peace and Blessings!

        “When you victim-blame, be aware that in all likelihood, at least one woman you know and love silently decides she cannot trust you.” ` Steph Guthrie

        by Penny GC on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 10:26:56 AM PDT

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        •  "No one is free until we're all free" (3+ / 0-)
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          My brother's black mother in law used to say that to me when it came to gays, lesbians and transgendered people. She was from Louisiana. We were from Boston.

          I would encourage you to listen to that program I linked to. You'll find a great deal of togetherness there.

          Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

          by commonmass on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 10:30:36 AM PDT

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          •  I will try, my computer doesn't usually like me (3+ / 0-)
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            to listen or link...
            As the mother of two daughters, unfortunately I have to remind them of this "No-one is free until we all are free. No-one is equal until we all are equal." and to be vigilant, especially for women's issues.
            We still aren't there yet and if the republicans have their way, never will be.
            We watched BraveHeart the other night and as he was screaming on his death (I was going to write bed, but really the word does not suffice) "FREEDOM" I turned to my youngest and reminded her that to many people have bled and died, for her to ever take for granted the freedoms that we hold dear. That there are people dying right this very moment, somewhere, for these freedoms.
            I take the trans issue very seriously, too many are injured, killed and otherwise made to feel other.
            Thanks again for the reminder, we all need to be reminded sometimes.
            Peace and Blessings!

            “When you victim-blame, be aware that in all likelihood, at least one woman you know and love silently decides she cannot trust you.” ` Steph Guthrie

            by Penny GC on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 10:49:57 AM PDT

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            •  Thanks Penny. I'm not trans myself, (4+ / 0-)
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              but I am very serious about embracing the trans community as allies.

              Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

              by commonmass on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 10:52:34 AM PDT

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              •  Agree, just because I am not something is no (1+ / 0-)
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                reason:
                A) you shouldn't be
                B) think that you should  not have the same freedoms

                I am more spiritual than practicing any specific religion, (I do have a church I go to sometimes), but when Jesus said (paraphrasing here...) How you treat the least of me is how you treat me."
                Also that weren't we all created in the image of?!
                I take that very seriously. I try to instill in my children that if they see something, say something. (works for safety and security too)
                Sometimes I am better at it and sometimes they actually listen. I have seen evidence of them taking the part of the disadvantaged at their schools. Warms my heart, when they bring a friend home who needs advice, shows me they trust my opinion enough to tell their friends. I do not profess to know it all, just that we can find the answers together and hopefully learn something along the way.
                Thanks and hoe I didn't thread-jack too much.
                PGC

                “When you victim-blame, be aware that in all likelihood, at least one woman you know and love silently decides she cannot trust you.” ` Steph Guthrie

                by Penny GC on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 11:10:37 AM PDT

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      •  ZOOM Zee Double-oh Em (2+ / 0-)
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        box Three Five Oh
        Boston, MASS

        OH two ONE three FOUR

        Send it to Zoom! (I can sing the whole song, actually).

        •  Public Television was my childhood. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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          Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

          by commonmass on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 11:04:50 AM PDT

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          •  Mine too (2+ / 0-)
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            except when interrupted by Laugh In, All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and great classic films like A Shot in the Dark and The Great Race. Our local non-network tv stations would get these and similar films for at least a week, and show them about 10 times just to get their money's worth. ;-)

            We did also watch Loony Tunes and Rocky and Bullwinkle!

            But my mom didn't take TV time away if it was PBS. One year she got us all warmed up for a new show that, based upon its logo, was called Mr. Oger's Neighborhood. I was all excited about seeing a show starring an ogre and his friends! Imagine my disappointment when it turned out to be a very mild man in a cardigan. :-D I was too old for the show but I watched it on occasion with my younger brother anyway.

  •  I didn't catch the show (3+ / 0-)
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    Did they discuss the lawsuit won in favor of the transgender girl in Maine a few months ago?
    The ACLU of Maine did important work on that case. Proud of 'em, and even more proud of the Maines family.

    Support a Progressive Dem from Maine for US Senate! Bellows for Senate

    by Illegitimi non carborundum on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 10:31:16 AM PDT

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