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justin adkins is a radical trans* activist living in Massachusetts. He works at a small liberal arts college, where he coordinates programing, supports students, and advises on policies focusing on gender, sexuality, and activism.

justin gained national attention for his participation in Occupy Wall Street and the mistreatment he received from the NYPD because he identifies as transgender.

justin was part of the steering committee for New England’s first-ever Transgender Pride March and Rally in June 2008, which was attended by 1,000 people in Northampton, Mass. He serves as the publications and communications chair on the board of the Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Professionals.

justin is a regular speaker at high schools and colleges. His talks focus on bullying and LGBTQ terminology and his trainings are founded in radical queer feminist theory. justin also has a consulting business, Transgender Consultant, helping people and companies become more trans inclusive.

justin gained most of his public speaking experience as a Christian missionary and youth pastor in India, Zimbabwe, California, and Texas. He is now a practicing Buddhist and meditation facilitator.

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A Few Thoughts About What's Happening In North Carolina Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 2:14 PM

I have been thinking a lot about my gender this week.

For the first time in 15 years, I have been surfing. Last time I surfed was before I medically transitioned. I grew up surfing in the early '90s, when I was one of the only girls out on...

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Everyday Abolition: Working Towards Non-Punitive Accountability

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 4:30 PM

This is part two of train of thought that includes more questions than answers, but I hope it starts conversations on how we can find alternatives in our daily lives to abolish our Prison Industrial Complex. Read the first part, "Everyday Abolition: We Are Responsible for the Prison Industrial...

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Everyday Abolition: We Are Responsible for the Prison Industrial Complex

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 9:25 AM

I have been thinking a lot about violence at the hands of the state -- the police state we have become -- and the prison industrial complex (PIC) that we've developed. And since I work in higher education, I have been thinking especially of everyday abolition in the college setting....

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Beatings and Abuse of the Most Vulnerable Prisoners

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 3:30 PM

For over a year I have been communicating with Comrade Mailk Washington, a man imprisoned in Texas. We have been exchanging stories of life, and finding common ground in our very different experiences, we have been discussing civil rights and social justice; over the course of this year I can...

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Please Stop the Killing

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 11:40 AM

It is time for all of us to work together for systematic change. Together we need to combat the structural, social, economic, and political exclusion experienced by many black people in this country. Ignorance and silence are violence to those around us.

Police violence against black people is not...

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being a Radical: Assata Taught Me

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 8:07 PM

For years I have been reading about Assata Shakur. I read newspaper articles; I watched discussions about her on Democracy Now! and other radical news outlets; I'd seen her name emblazoned on shirts, and some of my favorite revolutionaries quote her. Last week, I finally picked up her autobiography. I...

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How to Support the Ugandan LGBTQ Community

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 10:48 AM

I spent the month of January in Uganda. I almost didn't go because in December, as I was planning my trip, the Ugandan parliament passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (AHB) and I was supposed to be there to support my trans* sisters. Google search my name, and you won't...

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Safe Space Is Not Safer

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 1:35 PM

As a higher education staff member with my work focusing on intersectional identities, I am often asked about "Safe Space" workshops: Do I lead them? Do we have them on campus? I also encounter people starting off workshops, etc., saying, "This is a safe space to..." Every time I hear...

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Earth, a Queer Issue

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 10:12 AM

I've been invested in sustainable living and environmental issues since I was in Jr. High. Ecology was how I got involved in activism. In fact, to be clear, marijuana legalization was my first activist issue. To my parents chagrin, I was the 14-year-old little christian girl writing all her papers...

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Do Trans* People Work Out?

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 2:34 PM

A few weeks ago MMA fighter Fallon Fox made a splash in the news for coming out as a transgender woman. And this week, NBA player Jason Collins came out as a gay man, writing, "No one wants to live in fear. I've always been scared of saying...

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A Trans Guy's Thoughts on Fallon Fox

(126) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 12:26 PM

fallon foxI have been getting a lot of emails and Facebook posts from friends asking me to "weigh in on" mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Fallon Fox. It is an interesting request, because Fallon Fox is a woman who happens to...

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Un día en mi vida transexual

(11) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 1:00 AM

Esta noche, mientras conducía de vuelta a casa del gimnasio, iba reflexionando sobre lo feliz que soy ahora mismo... en este preciso instante. Nunca me hubiera podido imaginar que mi vida sería así. Ni en mis sueños más descabellados me hubiera podido imaginar hasta dónde he llegado hoy.

Esta noche,...

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A Day in a Queer Life in the U.S.: Just One of the Guys

(32) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 8:30 AM

Driving home from my workout one night, listening to a collection of songs from Broadway musicals, I found myself reflecting on how happy I am right now. My life today is one that I never could have imagined in my wildest dreams. I reveled in a feeling of relief from...

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Essere me stesso, essere "uno dei ragazzi"

(3) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 6:19 AM

Tornando a casa dalla palestra ieri sera, riflettevo su quanto sono contento. Proprio ora. Proprio in questo momento. Non avrei mai potuto immaginare che la mia vita sarebbe stata questa. Nei miei sogni più arditi non avrei potuto immaginare di essere dove sono oggi.

Stanotte, guidando verso casa dalla palestra,...

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Who Crossed the Road First: The Gay Man or the Chicken?

(7) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 10:53 PM

Here on The Huffington Post, Shane Windmeyer wrote a piece about becoming friends with Dan Cathy, the president and COO of Chick-fil-A. I was going to respond in the comments section, but I quickly realized that I had lots more than 250 words to say.

Four years ago...

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One Radical's Thoughts on Guns in the USA

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2012 | 1:17 PM

On December 14th, around 11pm, I crafted the following message to my Facebook friends. After much thought, I decided to share it here with the Huffington Post community, and add some additional thoughts.

Dear Friends and Facebook Friends,

I am a radical. I am NOT a liberal, never have been.

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The Real Scary Stories

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 1:00 PM

I am scared.

Rachel Maddow discussed financing of elections friday night. She discussed the hundreds of millions of dollars that people are raising for Mitt Romney. She questioned what this means for Obama and had Harvey Weinstein on to discuss why people are not funding Obama in...

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The Reality of the NYPD Patrol Guide Changes for Trans* and Gender Nonconforming People

(24) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 6:14 PM

It has been a few weeks since the NYPD announced on June 12th that they are amending their patrol guide to include information on how to treat transgender and gender nonconforming people.

I am an abolitionist; I believe that the prison industrial complex is not serving anyone, especially people...

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Sitting Out Pride This Year

(110) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 10:38 AM

I am not participating in Pride events this year. "Why not?" you ask. Am I not out and proud?

I am very proud of all parts of my sexual and gender identity. I am a proud, queer, bisexual transexual. I love my community, and I am proud of how...

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Be the Change, Help Prevent Teen Suicide

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 8:10 PM

Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 3, Episode 14 of Fox's "Glee," entitled "On My Way." This story includes some spoilers.

I just tried Nutella this week, it made peanut butter look like crap, and I love peanut butter. What are you looking forward to?...

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