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Cisgender Privilege

Bathroom Laws Policing Our Genitals

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

This sort of inaction by lawmakers makes it increasingly unsafe and difficult for our transgender denizens.

A Response To Sunnivie Brydum

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
J Nelson Aviance

I recognize that in some contexts the word 'cis-' is useful, particularly in legal documents. I also understand the alienating nature of 'othering' language, which would include making a binary of 'trans' and 'nontrans'. However, a 'trans'/'cis-' binary is a problem.

The Duality of a White, Cisgender, Gay Man

Tyler Curry | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tyler Curry

I do not claim to be anything other than my own personal mixture of identifiers and traits that make me who I am. But I'd like to believe it's still possible to strive to understand another group's inequalities so that we can keep striving for fairness in our culture. That is how equality is won.

The Meaning of Pride

Eunbyul Lee | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eunbyul Lee

Recently, one of my close straight friends messaged me excitedly on Facebook: "I can't wait for NYC Pride! I'm gonna meet sooo many gay guys and make them my BFF." There were so many things wrong with that statement that I had to pause and stop myself from cussing her out.

Taking A Risk: Are Straight Allies and LGBT People Ever Equal to Each Other?

Kryss Shane | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kryss Shane

It appeared to be the classic "friend zone" story, but in this story, the boy is a trans man, and the girl is me. After I politely told him that I valued his friendship but didn't feel more toward him, he accused me of being transphobic. It led to questions about the nature of privilege.

The Queer Community Has To Stop Being Transphobic: Realizing My Cisgender Privilege

Todd Clayton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Todd Clayton

I used to be a transphobic gay man. I remember making jokes. I remember feeling uncomfortable when trans* people would walk into the coffee shop. But something shifted inside me when I saw Matrix co-director Lana Wachowski's acceptance speech for the HRC Visibility Award in 2012.