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Chris Edwards
Chris Edwards grew up in the Boston suburbs and graduated from Colgate University with degrees in psychology and sociology. He began his award-winning advertising career as a copywriter at Arnold Worldwide and recently left his post as EVP, Group Creative Director to write his soon-to-be-published memoir, Balls.

For more on his memoir, check out His advertising portfolio can be viewed at Follow him on twitter at @cedwardswrites

Entries by Chris Edwards

Making a Transgender Person the Butt of Your Jokes Just Isn't Funny.

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 11:16 AM

If you were giving a lecture and there was a black person or a Jewish person or a gay person in the room, would you single them out by repeatedly making jokes at their expense? Of course not, right? So why is it that some people actually think it's okay...

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Why More Transgender Success Stories Would Breed More Supportive Parents

(9) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 3:56 PM

What if you found out your child had a birth defect -- one that caused permanent suffering and could quite possibly lead to death before the age of 20? What if doctors told you there was a way to reverse that defect and give your child a shot at living...

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Teaching Kids What It Means to Be Transgender: Why Starting Early Is the Way to Go

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 1:49 PM


"So Shtine, what's the latest with the book? Any updates?"

That was my cue. The answer to my sister Wendy's question would serve as the opening to a conversation with my nieces that had my stomach in knots. Calla and Ava knew their...

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Why Amazon's Transparent Is Binge-Watch Worthy

(4) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 5:05 PM


Whether you're transgender or not, Amazon's new series, Transparent, will suck you in like the display case at Georgetown Cupcake. You'll find yourself lying in bed at midnight, clutching your TV remote and rationalizing "one more" that will likely turn into...

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CNN's 'U.S. vs. Whitey' Will Shake Your Faith in Federal Government

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 12:39 PM

The day after James "Whitey" Bulger was captured on June 23, 2011, I happened to be in Santa Monica with my Boston ad agency peeps shooting a TV commercial. We immediately jumped in our unfabulous rental car and set out to find the apartment building where Whitey and...

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Prom Night(mare)

(3) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 11:37 AM

Most guys don their first tux at age 17 as a ritual that goes hand-in-hand with attending The Junior Prom. In my case, however, God didn't get the memo, and I found myself at Priscilla's of Boston with my mom, grandmother and older sister trying on creepy dresses in various...

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WARNING: Letting Your Doctor Define You Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

(4) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

I was twenty-two when I finally stopped letting other people define me. But when I began saying out loud what I'd been thinking for years-that I was male, not female like my body falsely indicated-I received...

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An Open Letter to Barneys New York re Transgender Ad Campaign

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 5:08 PM

Dear Barneys:

When it comes to fashion, you've always taken the lead. So when I heard you were featuring transgender models in a spring ad campaign I wasn't the least bit surprised. But I was worried...

I've been an ad guy for almost 20 years, so I know how...

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Facebook Provides Opportunity for Lesson in Gender Identity

(2) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 5:48 PM

A few months ago I was filling out an online customer survey. Under "gender," in addition to "male" and "female," there was a third option: "other." I thought that was impressive. Then Facebook came along and added 50. Bravo, Facebook, bravo.

This is huge progress for transgender rights,...

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Sharing the Bathroom With Someone Who's Transgender: What's Everyone So Afraid Of?

(8) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 3:45 PM

Two words: "men" and "ladies." When taken out of context, they're harmless. But when posted on the outside of a swinging door that might be used by someone who's transgender, they become catalysts for anxiety -- more so, it seems, for those who aren't transgender.

Trust me, I know....

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