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That's not my name!

The transition process for transgender people, particularly transsexuals, might involve an expensive combination of surgeries, hormone-replacement therapy, and lesser tasks like perfecting one’s vocal tone or handwriting style.
Think changing genders is tricky? Try changing your name
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 04, 2010
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We are born this way

About 10 years ago, a young man was on his way to becoming a young woman.
Discovering what it means to be transgender
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 26, 2010
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A weed grows in Boston

Even though it's a crisp November day, the flower boxes of Mary Jones's neat little bungalow are overflowing with brightly colored blooms.
What's a suburban soccer mom who was once fervently anti-drug doing running a business growing and selling pot?
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 04, 2009

Pink ribbons: Play hardball!

In ancient times, men appeased the gods by tossing female virgins into volcanoes and families left their newborn daughters on hillsides to die since girls were less "valuable" than boys.
Breasts and Balls
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  November 27, 2009

Suspect speaks; victim’s family begins $1-million-plus lawsuit

The widow of Sheldon Weinstein, the Maine State Prison inmate who died in April several days after allegedly being beaten by inmates, has taken the first step toward filing a wrongful-death lawsuit against prison guards, Department of Corrections “policy
 Prison Homicide
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 06, 2009

Art dodgers

David S. Bernstein points out some key facts about who voted for Michael Flaherty in “Can Flaherty Woo Yoon?”, but he neglects to mention that, if Sam Yoon had won, he would need the base that voted for Flaherty, and he would also need to woo Flaherty’s
Letters to the Boston editor, October 9, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 09, 2009


Beating HPV

When I was an undergrad student in Boston, I was diagnosed with HPV and went through all the same medical procedures Lisa Spinelli experienced, and the LEEP procedure, too.
Letters to the Boston editor, September 25, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 25, 2009
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Living with HPV

The results are “normal.” I breathe a sigh of relief. But should I be relieved? It’s been two years since I heard a registered nurse tell me “You have HPV,” and I am still getting scraped from the inside out, still making appointments to see doctors, and
Getting the news that one has human papilloma virus can seem like a cancer-causing death sentence. Our reporter disregards the stigma and shares her most intimate experiences.
By LISA SPINELLI  |  September 04, 2009
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Local activists crusade to cut circumcisions

What do William Shakespeare, Don Johnson, Sean Hannity, Redd Foxx, and Ralph Nader have in common with Jenna Jameson flicks and 70 percent of men worldwide? They're all uncut.
Protesting male circumcision
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 31, 2009
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The healing arts

Eunah Kim, a Korean-born, Cambridge-based artist with advanced lung cancer, has focused her craft on dark imagery.
Breathing Easier
By IAN SANDS  |  April 24, 2009
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Boston's Best Shopping 2009

There are two kinds of people in the world: people who love to shop and people who would rather prepare for a colonoscopy than enter a store. This latter bunch could account for the Best Readers’ Poll write-in “votes."  
Rocking in the cradle of eccentricity
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 15, 2009


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Market demand

The first time I saw Deerhunter was two years ago at Emo’s in Austin, as part of SxSW.
Deerhunter’s redistribution of rock
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 03, 2008
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Losing common ground

Among the chaos of fractious voices at the 17th International AIDS Conference, it’s hard to discern a clear message, and even harder to know who might be receiving it.  
A new rift between science and activism undermines progress in the fight against AIDS
By DAVID KISH  |  October 02, 2008
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In harm's way

Most of the job-related fears that keep journalists up at night are relatively mundane, but on rare occasions, a more ominous scenario presents itself.
The tragedy of Rakan Hassan and the impossibility of a Hippocratic Oath for journalists
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 06, 2008
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Injured Wobbly awaits trial for resisting arrest

One year after North Providence police severely injured Alexandra Svoboda during a demonstration, she awaits a fifth knee surgery and a trial for resisting arrest.
Annals of labor
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  July 23, 2008

Crossword: ''Out with the old''


You know the rest
By MATT JONES  |  May 28, 2008


Learning not to kill

This article originally appeared in the February 27, 1998 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

New techniques mean that medical students can learn without killing animals. So why won't BU get with the program?


By SARAH MCNAUGHT  |  February 28, 2008

The AIDS story

This story originally appeared in the December 9, 1986 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
On an ever-worsening subject
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  January 05, 2007
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Back from the dead?

First, a note to the fanboys: relax.
X-Men isn’t finished
By GARY SUSMAN  |  May 25, 2006

Flashbacks, January 27, 2006

The Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
This week in history, from the pages of the Phoenix
By THE PHOENIX FLASHBACKS  |  January 31, 2006

US airlines could be on front lines for bird flu


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. airlines could be on the front lines in a bird flu outbreak and federal health officials are streamlining procedures for the possible quarantine of sick passengers.
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Yes, you should be afraid in ( Matakot ka :P )


As avian flu threatens to kill millions, Bush bets our lives on the free market
By  |  November 10, 2005