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Lucas Waldron
Lucas Waldron is a 22-year-old recent graduate from University of San Francisco. He lives in San Francisco and is pursuing a career in filmmaking and non-profit work.

Entries by Lucas Waldron

Sex-Segregation in Schools Is Bad Policy

(15) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 5:41 PM

The New York Times reports that the practice of separating public school students into classrooms based on traditional definitions of sex has increased in recent years. The article leads with describing decorations in two classrooms -- pink and cheetah print for the girls' classroom, racecars and footballs for...

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Gendering Improv

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 3:10 PM

When I was 18, I auditioned for my university's improv comedy team on a whim - in a desperate attempt to both find friends and challenge myself with something new. I had just moved to San Francisco, had yet to start transitioning, and had just been relegated to living in...

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Seeking Queer Visibility, Rejecting Assimilation

(3) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 11:56 AM

At the beginning of 2013, I sat in the Roxie Theater in San Francisco watching the film How to Survive a Plague with tears streaming down my face as people on screen were rallying, crying, desperately sacrificing their bodies, and ultimately dying in an effort to demand government action on...

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A Critical Response to 'Faggot'-Calling Culture

(22) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 3:43 PM

My younger cousin recently tweeted, "I support gay marriage but I am never going to stop calling my friends faggots." Aside from the ignorant nature of the comment -- "It's OK for gay people to get married as long as I can use their community as the punch line of...

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Progress and Passing: 10 Months on T

(4) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 12:14 AM

While working at a film festival at the Castro Theater in San Francisco recently, a festival volunteer approached me and covertly slid a crumpled piece of paper across the table where I was seated. In a confusingly secretive manner, the man nodded at me urgently, prompting me to unfold the...

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Some Boys Like Dolls: Deconstructing the (Trans)Gender Binary

(20) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 10:00 AM

"Boy plays with trucks, and girls play with dolls."

This interpretation of the gender binary surrounded me in my elementary school, when I went shopping with my mom in the toys department at Target, and whenever a television show cut to a commercial break when I was growing up. Traditionally,...

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Sexual Reassignment Surgeries Are Anything But Optional

(48) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 5:03 PM

I walked out of a surgeon's office in San Francisco last week feeling completely defeated. After having my first sexual reassignment surgery consultation, I am well aware that my hope to have a breast reduction operation this summer is unrealistic. The surgery I need to form a male chest is...

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Transitioning in a Misogynistic Society

(69) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 1:30 PM

About a year ago, when I was first starting my female-to-male transition, a male co-worker of mine said to me, "I guess men and women are just different." The context? He had just asked me, "What are you more into? Tits, ass or pussy?" I was already annoyed with him,...

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Finding a Place to Go: The Transgender Bathroom Dilemma

(51) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 7:35 PM

Imagine that there are two bathrooms, one labeled "black people" and one labeled "white people." For an Asian person or an Arab person (or any person who is not marked "Caucasian" or "African-American" by the U.S. Census Bureau), there are two layers of problems to be addressed in choosing a...

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Transsexual in Bolivia

(6) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 2:43 PM

I wasn't shocked that roadside prostitutes in Cochabamba, Bolivia were taunted by passers-by; this was still-macho, provincial Latin America after all. But nothing could have prepared me for the strength of character of these transgender sex workers who, against all odds, have organized to argue for their right to health...

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