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Too Hot For Radio: Judy Grahn : "The Psychoanalysis of Edward the Dyke"

Michael Ian Black

Blackwell Becca

A bold, funny, and true early critique of the treatment of LGBT people in the psychiatric profession.


"The Psychoanalysis of Edward the Dyke" is a satirical vignette about a psychoanalyst and his transgender patient, written by the poet Judy Grahn. Though she wrote it in the mid-’60s and considered it a “prose poem,” it reads like a piece of contemporary fiction. Grahn is the also author of collections including A Woman is Talking to Death and love belongs to those who do the feeling, which won the Lambda Award for Lesbian Poetry. She wrote this piece after having just been dishonorably discharged from the military for refusing to lie about being a lesbian. It's performed by Becca Blackwell, a New York City-based trans actor, performer, and playwright.

After the story, guest host Michael Ian Black talks to Becca Blackwell about Grahn's influence and being trans in the world today.

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