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Emerson Whitney is a poet, writer, and journalist based in Los Angeles. Emerson’s writing has appeared in CA Conrad’s Jupiter 88, Troubling the Line: Anthology of Trans and Genderqueer Poetry, Work Magazine, Bombay Gin, the New York Observer, and elsewhere. Emerson is a 2013 kari edwards fellow and is currently a Professor at Los Angeles City College.

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This Queer Collective Is Revolutionizing Sex (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 10:37 AM

"It all started because I wanted a silicone 'pack and play,'" said Chelsea Downs, co-founder of the New York Toy Collective, a group that hand-makes affordable silicone dildos in Brooklyn. We were speaking over the phone about the Collective's line of "adult" toys, which are gaining widespread praise for being...

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RuPaul's Drag Race Season Six Debut!

(2) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 2:20 PM

Queens dripping in glitter, one with a tentacle, another in a wig shaped like a pot leaf, pranced down the "pink" carpet of the RuPaul's Drag Race Season 6 premiere last night at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. The Drag Race contestants walked the carpet, led by RuPaul, who touted...

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Show Offers Carmen Carerra Cake as Apology for Transphobic Prank

(6) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 6:17 PM

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Performer and trans activist Carmen Carrera is calling for Cake Boss -- a TLC show about New Jersey cake artisans -- to re-edit an episode in which she recently appeared as a guest star. In the episode, called "Bar Mitzvah, Beads & Oh Baby!" which...

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Carmen Carrera and Janet Mock on Lorena Escalera, Media Justice, and 'Utmost Fabulosity'

(4) Comments | Posted May 26, 2012 | 5:01 AM

A wildly insensitive New York Times article on the life and death of trans artist and drag performer Lorena Escalera flared tensions between the gender-variant community and the paper when it was published as part of the Sunday edition on May 14. The article, called "Woman Dies in...

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Sundance Afterglow: Rhys Ernst and the Wilds of Trans Filmmaking

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 2:06 PM

LOS ANGELES, Ca. -- Rhys Ernst's films are a tactile fusion of art and queer theory with tones of subtle surreality that nudge at gender identity and real life fabulousness. Ernst's recent short film The Thing, about a woman, a transgender man, and their cat en route to...

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Donald Trump Should Prove He's a Man, Says Gloria Allred on Behalf of Transgender Miss Universe Contestant Jenna Talackova

(39) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 6:03 PM

Jenna Talackova, the 23-year-old transgender woman ejected from the Miss Universe Canada pageant on the basis of her gender identity, was represented by lawyer Gloria Allred at a press conference in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 3. Allred fervently steered the press away from inquiry into Ms. Talackova's surgical status and...

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What's Wrong with Gay Rights? Dean Spade Addresses the Problem in Normal Life

(5) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 1:18 PM

When Jim, a 25-year-old transgender man, was refused hormones in a men's prison, and when Bianca, a 19-year-old transgender woman, was kicked out of her public high school because of her gender identity, each called Dean Spade. It was in the early days of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)...

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Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? A Flaming New Anthology

(59) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 1:17 PM

2012-02-08-whyarefaggotssoafraidoffaggots.jpgA bathroom view of two side-by-side urinals is the book jacket graphic for Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore's new anthology, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? In a femme and fearless metaphor, one of the urinals is stuffed full of jewelry, flowers,...

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Canada Won't Let Gender Variance Fly

(9) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 12:48 PM

A bizarre section of the Identity Screening Regulations used in airports throughout Canada has sparked an Internet uproar. The section appears to ban gender-nonconforming and transgender people from boarding airplanes if their gender presentation does not match the one listed on their identification.

Despite the rumors, this...

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Work It, ABC's New Sitcom, Laughs at Gender Variance

(84) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 8:01 PM

ABC has its fingers crossed that a sitcom featuring fictionalized married, "manly" characters stumbling in heels, donning mascara, ripping hosiery, and otherwise fumbling through hyperbolized "femininity" still guarantees a laugh.

Executives at the network have given the green light to a clumsy sitcom harkening to the gender-variant satire of yore....

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Queering Language

(11) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 6:44 PM

A wide-eyed reporter recently exclaimed to me, "It's like you're reaching a critical mass!" I pointed at my chest and mouthed, "Me?" before I realized that he meant transgender people in general.

I laughed -- couldn't help it.

The idea of a "transgender critical mass" seems silly from the...

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Trans Representation in the Media

(18) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 11:43 AM

Last night, I slouched in the center row of a mostly empty theatre while a gaggle of teen queers passed around a fuzzy microphone, reflecting on the importance of the Gay-Straight Alliance at their local high schools.

A teen with flamingo-pink leggings and immaculate eye makeup stood to address the...

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