28 April 2008

Woman-Stirred Radio welcomes a hat-trick of guests this Thursday

Rachel Jury

Rachel Jury, British writer & performance artist

Rachel has been performing her poetry for the past seven years at a variety of locations across Britain and Europe from Brighton to Dundee to Dublin. Rachel studied acting, but is more into writing. She is in the process of writing her third collection of poetry Politics Post Postmodernism. Her second collection of poems, Laughin' Lesbians Vol 2, the sequel to Laughin' Lesbians Vol 1 is due to be published in 2008. She currently resides in Glasgow, Scotland, where she is developing her first musical "The Gates". "Miss Smith", her second musical, is in the works. Rachel received the Jackie Forster Memorial Award for Culture, Pride Awards 2006, for outstanding contribution to culture in Scotland.

From www.racheljury.co.uk


Clare Summerskill, British stand-up, writer, actress and singer-songwriter

As a Lesbian Comedienne, Clare performs an original cocktail of stand-up and comedy songs to mainly gay and lesbian audiences and has even been known to make straight people chuckle just a little bit!!! She brings "Dyke" humour to the forefront of alternative comedy! Clare also writes and performs her own stage shows which she has toured nationally in the UK. She is currently touring a brand new show, "Clare Summerskill In No Particular Order."

Clare trained professionally as an actress and her acting credits include the part of Vi Petty in the West End musical "BUDDY", which she played for two years. As a writer Clare has worked for many years in theatre and for radio. Her new book, We're the Girls (Diana Publishing, 2008), contains many of her comedy monologues, songs and stories. As a songwriter, her latest (and third) CD entitled Still Let Me Fly consists of twelve original songs written and performed by Clare and her band.

Clare also has her own professional theatre company, ARTEMIS Theatre Company. The company performs theatre to audiences who are often excluded by mainstream commercial productions. Last year ARTEMIS performed a sell out National Tour of the play "GATEWAY TO HEAVEN", written by Clare and based entirely on the memories of older lesbians and gay men.

From www.claresummerskill.co.uk


Susan Werner, American songwriter and singer

Susan Werner was raised on a farm in rural Iowa. She studied classical voice at Temple University. Werner left behind her opera training and began performing as a singer-songwriter at coffeehouses throughout the northeast. She self-released her first album "Midwestern Saturday Night" in 1992 and then went on to put out "Live at Tin Angel" the following year. In 1995 came her breakout album, BMG/Private Music's "Last of the Good Straight Girls."

Werner went on, recording two albums even better than her previous work, adding some country and soul sounds to her signature vocal stylings with the help of Nashville multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Darrell Scott, who produced "Time Between Trains" and Colin Linden (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings), who produced her 2001 "New Non-Fiction." Werner's latest endeavor, "The Gospel Truth," a collection of originals she describes as "hymns for the spiritually ambivalent."

Susan will be playing at Ragle Hall/ Marboro College in Marboro, Vermont on May 1st.

From www.susanwerner.com


Woman-Stirred Radio is a queer cultural journal that celebrates and preserves the lives and work of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered artists, musicians, writers, academics and policy makers.

We broadcast live on WGDR every Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm (Eastern), with interviews and music; plus weekly commentaries from British writer Nicki Hastie and guest commentary from Julie R. Enszer. Our intern is Mikhael Yowe, an IBA student at Goddard College.

Want to join the conversation? Call the air studio at 802 454-7762.

24 April 2008

Grethe Cammermeyer & Sharron Proulx-Turner on Woman-Stirred Radio

Today on Woman-Stirred Radio, join Merry Gangemi for a double-header with Margrethe (Grethe) Cammermeyer and Sharron Proulx-Turner. Up first is Proulx-Turner at 4:15 p.m., followed by Cammermeyer at 5p.m. (Eastern).
Sharron Proulx-Turner
Sharron Proulx-Turner is a member of the M├ętis Nation of Alberta. She’s from Mohawk, Algonquin, Wyandot, Ojibwe, Mi'kmaw, French, Scottish and Irish ancestry. She’s a two-spirit mom of three adult children, Graham, Barb and Adrian, mother-in-law to Harold, and nokomis to Willow, Jessinia and Mazie. Her previously published memoir, Where the Rivers Join (1995), written under the pseudonym Beckylane, was short-listed for the Edna Staebler award for creative non-fiction, and her second book, what the auntys say (2002), was shortlisted for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Prize for best first book of poetry. Sharron’s work appears in several anthologies and journals. She has two upcoming books, she is reading her blanket with her hands, (Frontenac Books, April, 2008) and she walks for days/ inside a thousand eyes/ a two-spirit story (Turnstone Press, Fall, 2008).


Grethe CammermeyerGrethe Cammermeyer was born in Oslo, Norway in 1942 during the Nazi occupation. Her family immigrated to the US in 1951, when Grethe was nine-years-old. She joined the army in 1961 and entered the Army Student Nurse Program. Cammermeyer served fourteen months in Vietnam.

In 1988, Colonel Cammermeyer accepted the position of Chief Nurse of the Washington State National Guard. In 1989, during an interview for top-secret clearance, to apply for the War College, she told the military "I am a lesbian". She was separated from the military despite an exemplary military and civilian professional record. On that same day, 11 June 1992, her attorneys filed suit in Federal District Court in Seattle challenging the existing ban on homosexuals in the military and requesting her reinstatement. After twenty-five months, Judge Zilly ruled that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", a policy implemented by the Clinton administration, is unconstitutional and based on prejudice. She was reinstated in the National Guard in June,1994 and resumed her previous position as Chief Nurse. Cammermeyer retired in March 1997, after 31 years, with full military privileges.

In 1994, the feature film, Serving in Silence, based on Grethe's book of the same title, was released, starring Glenn Close as Margarethe Cammermeyer, and Judy Davis as Cammermeyer's life partner, Diane Divelbess.

Cammermeyer's story is profoundly significant to the Gay Rights movement. She successfully fought a brutal system of repressive discrimination within the U.S. military that had destroyed hundreds of thousands of lives, careers, and families. Her courage contributes mightily to our collective determination to attain both equal rights and protections under U.S. military and civil law.

Cammermeyer's interview begins at 5 p.m. (eastern).

Woman-Stirred Radio is a queer cultural journal that celebrates and preserves the lives and work of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered artists, musicians, writers, academics and policy makers.

We broadcast live on WGDR every Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm, with interviews and music; with weekly commentaries from British writer Nicki Hastie and guest commentary from Julie R. Enszer. Our intern is Mikhael Yowe, an IBA student at Goddard College.

Want to join the conversation? Call the air studio at 802 454-7762.

17 April 2008

The Curious Coupling of Science & Sex: Mary Roach is Woman-Stirred!


"Here is something eerie about spinal reflexes: You don't need a brain...you don't even need to be alive. The spinal reflex known the Lazarus sign has been spooking doctors for centuries. If you trigger the right spot on the spinal cord of a freshly dead body or a beating-heart cadaver... it will stretch out its arms and then raise them and cross them over its chest" (233).

Curious? Want to know why Masters had a penis with a camera inside built? Or why that Egyptian doctor dressed seventy-five rats in polyester underpants for a year?

Tune in, then, and have some laughs while you learn some odd facts and lesser-known truths about sexual physiology and why it is still shrouded in shame and secrecy.

Obsessed as we are with sex, we still know little about the world of sex research, and so Mary Roach takes us there, from laboratories, MRI centers, bedrooms, and even a Danish pig farm. Roach brings Masters and Johnson, Alfred Kinsey, Dr. Ahmed Shafik, and others to the discussion of what is, ultimately, what brings us all here.

So. Tune in to Woman-Stirred Radio, today, Thursday, April 17th at 5:00 p.m., for an interview with Mary Roach, author of Bonk, Stiff, and Spook.

Woman-Stirred Radio is a queer cultural journal that celebrates and preserves the lives and work of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered artists, musicians, writers, academics and policy makers.

We broadcast live on WGDR every Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm, with interviews and music; with weekly commentaries from British writer Nicki Hastie and guest commentary from Julie R. Enszer. Our intern is Mikhael Yowe, an IBA student at Goddard College.

Want to join the conversation? Call the air studio at 802 454-7762.

7 April 2008

Woman-Stirred Welcomes Jill Raney

Jill Raney has been a staff member for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network since 2006. She is a grassroots organizer who works with activists nationwide to raise visibility for repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and call on Congress to lift the ban. Jill’s background brings in technology and grassroots organizing on issues related to gender and sexuality.


As an undergraduate student at University of Virginia, she was involved in intimate violence services, LGBT rights, reproductive rights, and Democratic politics. Jill is an active member of the Women's Information Network Washington's premiere professional, political, and social network dedicated to empowering young, Democratic, pro-choice women. She is a co-chair of WIN's Technology Network.

Join us on April 10th, at 4:30 pm for an interview with Jill Raney. Want to join the conversation? Give us a call at 802.454.7762.

Woman-Stirred Radio is a queer cultural journal that celebrates and preserves the lives and work of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered artists, musicians, writers, academics and policy makers.

We broadcast live on WGDR every Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm, with interviews and music; with weekly commentaries from British writer Nicki Hastie and guest commentary from Julie R. Enszer.


From: Service Members Legal Defense Network


3 April 2008

Nancy Polikoff is Woman-Stirred !!

Please join Merry Gangemi, today, on Woman-Stirred Radio, for an interview with Nancy D.Polikoff, author of Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: valuing all families under the law. Polikoff is a professor of law at American University Washington College of Law. With this salient, clear-written treatise on the uniquely American legal construct of marriage, that grants special rights to heterosexual couples who marry, Polikoff argues for a legal system that values the myriad variations of families, bringing into the definition extended family units, single-parent households, lesbian and gay families and "many other familial configurations [that] need recognition and protection to meet the concerns they all share: building and sustaining economic and emotional interdependence and nurturing the next generation."

In Beyond Straight and Gay Marriage, published by Beacon Press, Polikoff defines and contextualizes marriage, contending that "no one should have to marry in order to reap specific and unique legal results." She carefully, and with compassion underscores several cases that illustrate key issues and problems in current U.S. law regarding marriage.

"Are you catching this, Bill Reilly?"

Perhaps, with the recent sensationalism of the Thomas Beatie-the-first-man-to-get-pregnant story, minds and sensibilities will be thrust into hyper drive. Can we understand this? Do we even want to understand this? Regardless, any progressive legislation must be sown in the context of social justice. Does our legal system have a mandate to change the current definition into one that is egalitarian? Is the American definition of marriage just?

We'll talk about it, because Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage, is important. If anyone doubts this, consider that 90% of the 7000 frequency applications submitted to the FCC in the window opened briefly in 2007,were submitted by religious media organizations and their affiliates.

The work of feminists and scholars, all direct us to a path that requires thought, honesty, and pragmatic federal policy.

Read Nancy Polikoff's book, Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage. It tells us something important. "For 30 years, [Polikoff] has [written]about...cases involving lesbian and gay families. Her articles have appeared in numerous law reviews, and her history of the development of the law affecting lesbian and gay parenting appears as a chapter in J. D’Emilio, W. Turner, and U. Vaid, eds., Creating Change: Sexuality, Public Policy, and Civil Rights (2000).

Polikoff has helped develop legal theories in support of second-parent adoption and visitation rights for legally unrecognized parents. Polikoff was successful counsel in a case that "established joint adoption for lesbian and gay couples in the District of Columbia. She was also involved in Boswell v. Boswell, the 1998 Maryland case overturning restrictions on a gay noncustodial father’s visitation rights."

So join us today, April 3rd, at 4:30 pm for an interview with Nancy Polikoff. Want to join the conversation? Give us a call at 802.454.7762.

Woman-Stirred Radio is a queer cultural journal that celebrates and preserves the lives and work of Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgendered artists, musicians, writers, academics and policy makers.

We broadcast live on WGDR every Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm, with interviews and music; with weekly commentaries from British writer Nicki Hastie and guest commentary from Julie R. Enszer.