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Justine Valinotti
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Justine lives in New York City. Her poems and essays have been published in a number of online and print venues. She has taught in several colleges and an Orthodox yeshiva and was an writer in residence with Teachers & Writers Collaborative. She is the author of two blogs: Transwoman Times and Midlife Cycling.

Entries by Justine Valinotti

The Endless Season

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 3:57 PM

Every bolt of snow, every needle of sleet, pierced us through worn coats and splintered bricks that had somehow gotten us through this winter, another winter.  It seemed endless:  The first day of spring felt like a truce rather than the beginning of a season in which a seed could...

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Denying Access to Whom? For What Purpose?

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 1:47 PM

Let's see, the most common crimes in Florida are drug offenses, theft, assault, driving under the influence and aggravated assault.

And HB583 will address those crimes... how?

Frank Artiles, a Republican (surprise, surprise) member of the Florida House of Representatives and self-described Christian...

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What Robin Williams' Death Means to Me

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 5:44 PM

I normally don't pay much attention to what happens to celebrities. But Robin Williams' apparent suicide has left me with a grief I have not experienced over the death of anyone else I never knew personally.

At least some of my sadness is shared by many other people who recognize...

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I'd've Loved to Hear Her Speak, Yet Well I Know That Eric Has a Far More Pleasing Sound

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 3:25 PM

I am going to write something that may shock and offend some of you. Perhaps you will never want to read or hear anything I have to say, ever again, once you've read my next statement.

Here goes: I wish Condoleezza Rice had given the Rutgers commencement address...

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How We Can Truly Serve Our Country -- and World

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 1:27 PM

I have written about Chuck Hagel's declaration that the ban against transgenders in the military should be "reviewed" and that "every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have the opportunity if they fit the qualifications and can do it."

I have also written, in

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What Chuck Hagel Needs to Understand

(3) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 7:55 PM

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel recently said the ban on transgender persons serving openly in the U.S. military "continually should be reviewed." He hasn't stated that the ban should be lifted. However, he has stated his belief that "every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have...

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Where We Are the Future

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 5:52 PM

Lately I've found myself thinking more and more about an issue that I ignored and had assumed I would always ignore: that of the relationship between transgender people and religious communities.

You see, for a long time I told myself I wanted nothing to do with any religion. Most of...

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Apparently I Am Just Like a White Supremacist, and I Am Very Thankful to Nevada for Showing Me That

(12) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 4:36 PM

Several people have given me plausible, sensible, cogent explanations of why the thought of legalizing same-sex marriage drives its foes to the most breathtaking contortions of logic.

In an earlier HuffPost blog post, I mentioned the "diversity" argument used by opponents of marriage equality in Utah. They cited...

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The Diversity in Marriage Act

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 11:00 AM

The state of Utah has just ruled that I can marry a black man. Or an Hispanic or Asian male. Even a Native American is acceptable, under the state's ruling.

But I can't marry a white man, let alone a white woman. Oh, I can't marry an African-descended, Latina or...

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From Christine Jorgensen to Jan Morris

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 7:14 PM

On one of my blogs I've written a few posts -- and plan to write more -- about what I call the lost generation of transgenders. In this blog post I'm going to talk about something related: specifically, two of the world's best-known male-to-female transsexuals. One of them...

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Spying You Into Submission -- And Poverty

(2) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 3:41 PM

In my previous article, I touched upon one aspect of "coming out" -- especially as transgender -- in the workplace: Colleagues as well as supervisors feel entitled to know the intimate details of the co-worker who has "come out" but fiercely maintain their own right to privacy.

It...

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My Job: 'Coming Out'

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 2:05 PM

Next Thursday, I will be part of a panel discussion about "coming out" in the workplace at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, which is part of the City University of New York.

When I agreed to participate -- about a month ago -- I realized a decade had passed...

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A Queen's Courage

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 2:22 PM

I've been told that I'm "brave" for transitioning from male to female. I usually tell people that I only did what I needed to do when I had no other choice. Even if that qualifies as courage, I have nothing on a young lady from Orange County, Calif.

On Friday...

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Keeping the Faith

(23) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 4:10 PM

Like most other transgender people, I have experienced discrimination, shame, rejection and even hostility for living in accordance with my true self.

Now, as to whether I've experienced more or worse ostracism than others, I don't know. I have lost longtime friendships, relationships with relatives and professional colleagues as well...

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Taking Over

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 4:17 PM

One of my favorite cartoon series of all time is Pinky and the Brain.

In the trailer that precedes every episode, Pinky, who speaks in high-pitched glottal stops, asks, "What are we gonna do tonight, Brain?" And the more intellectually adept member of the pair intones, "The same thing we...

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Chelsea Manning: Why Now?

(14) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 1:57 PM

You've all heard about Chelsea Manning by now.

After her sentencing, she announced that she is living as a woman and asked that she be addressed by her new name and referenced with female pronouns.

I've heard more than a few people wonder, "Why now?"

That's what people asked me...

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Telling Stories That Don't Follow The Lines

(3) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 6:13 PM

Well into my adulthood, most people -- including many researchers and clinicians -- believed that experiencing sexual abuse or molestation could cause a male child to "turn out" gay. Interestingly, I don't recall hearing that a girl could become a lesbian if a woman took sexual advantage of her.

People...

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Into the Toilet

(80) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 9:06 PM

How do they always end up being about bathrooms?

I'm talking about the debates and protests that accompany any attempt to ensure that gender-variant individuals have the same rights as everybody else.

It happened here in New York. It's happened in other cities and states where someone tried to add...

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Why Don Ennis Hasn't Failed

(47) Comments | Posted August 11, 2013 | 7:25 PM

In May, ABC News Producer Don Ennis announced that he was leaving his wife of 17 years and would henceforth live as a woman named Dawn.

A few days ago, Ennis announced that he would resume living as a man and that he was "misdiagnosed".

It probably wouldn't surprise you...

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Why Can't I Marry Max -- or Marley?

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 5:55 PM

Recently, legal same-sex marriages were performed for the first time in Minnesota and Rhode Island. Those two states joined 11 others as well as the District of Columbia in allowing such unions.

The results, so far, have put to rest an objection expressed by opponents of gay marriage: "Well, if...

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