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Mitch Kellaway
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Mitch Kellaway identifies as a queer Latino trans man. He holds a degree in gender studies and spends his time on independent scholarship in transgender studies. His interests are transgender reproduction and families, online transgender community, and transfeminism. He is a son, brother, and soon-to-be husband.

Entries by Mitch Kellaway

An Open Letter to HuffPost Gay Voices: Why This Trans Man Will No Longer Blog on Your Page

(57) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 3:00 PM

Dear HuffPost Gay Voices,

I can't sit on the sidelines anymore.

After I saw you post a parody video (later retracted) in which a trans woman is murdered as a consequence for voicing her objections to offensive language used on RuPaul's Drag Race, I can no longer...

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8 Myths About Transgender Men's Genital Reconstructions

(120) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 9:08 PM

Recently, writer Brynn Tannehill produced a list of misconceptions that plague people's understanding of gender-confirmation surgeries (in particular, those of the genital variety). Perusing her inventory, I nodded in recognition at every barb; like her, I've heard all these and more hurled at me, my loved...

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'But How Do You Know You're a Man?': On Trans People, Narrative and Trust

(7) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 5:45 PM

When I do "Trans 101" workshops for adolescent audiences, I sometimes simplify my transition into an explanation that I think they'll grasp: When I was born, the doctor looked at my body and declared that I was a person who would grow to become a woman. But I eventually knew...

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Birth of a 'Brony': A Queer Man Watches My Little Pony

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 5:36 PM

I'm a queer man with a queer antenna. I can feel it rise anytime a piece of pop culture sheds light -- purposefully or, more delightfully, inadvertently -- on our society's conflations of bodies, gender identity, expression, and sexuality.

I feel a tingle when media is particularly clever in...

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D'Lo and Crescent Diamond Discuss Performing Girl, a New Documentary

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 6:25 PM

Performing Girl is a short documentary about D'Lo, a queer, transgender, Tamil Sri Lankan American political theater actor, writer, director, music producer and comic who got his start at age 11, performing for his family and classmates in the desert town of Lancaster, Calif. Drawn in by the...

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Beyond Transition: Documentaries Capture Rich, Complex Transgender Lives

(4) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 9:06 PM

Mass media have a history of erasing transgender people's complexities and lived experiences. It happens whenever there's an act of misgendering or misnaming or a reliance on social assumptions that trans existence is essentially tragic or reducible to medical procedures. Thankfully, this year has seen a steady stream of trans-focused...

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Transgender Health Insurance (Part 2): Why Coverage Is Only the Beginning

(6) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 5:47 PM

When I wrote my previous entry in this series, I was still waiting to hear whether my insurance company would cover my chest reconstruction. Read about it here.

Takeaway #1: Policy Changes Are Only the Beginning of Necessary Reforms

My health insurance covered my top surgery...

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University of Arizona Helps Transgender Studies Take a Bold Leap Forward

(6) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 5:01 PM

The University of Arizona, already home to one of the top graduate programs in women's and gender studies, has made a strong statement about the field of transgender studies: It's here to stay.

On Aug. 30, 2013, the institution quietly announced its intention to hire four tenure-track...

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Transgender Sterilization: Sweden and Beyond

(17) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 7:55 PM

The day I sat in my doctor's office, quietly placing an "X" next to boxes on a paper checklist, he sat placidly across the small room, eyes unfocusedly pointed towards the floor. I felt gratified at this attempt to give me privacy, but I didn't need any more time to...

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Father's Day as a Transgender Man

(3) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 10:10 PM

I awake when the hotel door swings open. The sound of little feet padding past my bed tells me that the kids have returned with their mother. How did these two little ones manage to awaken, dress and leave the room without me noticing? Their entrances and exits are customarily...

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Transgender Health Insurance Coverage (Part 1): Ready for Reforms

(3) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 1:44 PM

Whenever I talk about health insurance -- be it with friends, coworkers, or even providers -- my wheels tend to spin in fruitless frustration or my eyes glaze over in apathy. Insurance policy is largely a labyrinth, and companies benefit from an (arguably) average person like myself not having a...

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Coping With the Consumer Side of Pride

(9) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 4:32 PM

"Why are you standing so far away?"

My partner Jocelyn asks me this as I position myself a good yard from the shade of a travel company booth offering a slim chance at a $50,000 prize in exchange for personal information. Or is it at the AT&T booth as her...

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A Day in a Queer Life in the U.S.: A Trans Man on Love and Marriage

(71) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 11:08 AM


2013-04-18-MitchandJocelyn.jpg"Would you rather get a same-sex marriage or a straight one? Or what about a ceremony with no legal strings attached?" My partner Jocelyn and I silently pondered my question as we strolled hand-in-hand down the street. Despite our penchant for a good...

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