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Passing Privilege

'Everybody Wants to Be Black Until the Police Show Up'

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 06.15.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Does a person whose ancestry is not Black have the "right" to exercise the option of living their lives as a "Black" person in America? And to what extent does that choice provide such a person with any advantages or privileges that are not available to other Blacks, who, because of their biology, have no option but to live their lives as Black?

Bathroom Selfies and the Messy Politics of Passing

Michael Cade Hughes | Posted 05.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Cade Hughes

We have a significant problem brewing when transgender people who do have passing privilege are made to feel as though their voice can't have an impact.

My Neverending Coming-Out Story

Jodi Savitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Jodi Savitz

My frustration is this: Even after coming out, feminine lesbians walk through life feeling unacknowledged and delegitimized and are often chided for speaking up about their invisibility.

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

justin adkins | Posted 05.21.2013 | Gay Voices
justin adkins

2013-02-14-ADayInTheQueerLifeBanner.jpgI'd gone to mixed martial arts training and boxed with cisgender guys, and no one had had any clue that I'd been designated as "female" at birth. I don't hide the fact that I'm transgender; I just don't see any reason to bring up my trans status with that group. Allow me to explain.