I would never claim to know what it feels like to be transgender, or what it feels like to be discriminated against because of my gender identity. But there is one, small part of the transgender struggle for equal rights that I feel comfortable saying I can relate to pretty well.
For my whole life not only have I felt great disappointment at not being able to have the life experiences I wanted, but my body has looked wrong and my clothes have never fit right. I had hoped for a beard and I ended up with breasts. And for most of my life I felt stuck.
Michaela passionately advocates for working transgender women through her efforts with various California trade associations. Her personal mission is to help transgender women find employment, social acceptance and a path to raise families of their own.
There is a growing movement in the trans community to find our own language. One which services us. It is lead, in part, by the youngest members of our movement. Those seeking to find our own place in society, our own trans narrative
North Carolina wasted taxpayer dollars and time, passing a law to "prevent" a potential crime that has never happened. Yet there are children (and adults) being viciously attacked, harassed, stalked, bullied and more every day on the internet.
Visibility alone won't stop the vicious attacks on the lives of transgender people. It won't stop the murders of transgender women of color, nor will it create jobs and safe affordable housing opportunities for our communities. For that to happen, we must be more involved in the political process.
Chandi Moore is a rock-star in our community. She will knock your socks off with the sheer force of her personality and heart for those around her. No transition is easy, but when Chandi says she "gets it," she's had the experiences to back that up.
My husband is happier than he has ever been. He is finally joyful in his body. Being a woman who has struggled with body image and body dysmorphia of my own, I see the level of embodiment he has achieved as enviable and wildly inspiring. So if a penis increases that for him, I am all in.
As mental health practitioners, it is essential to our practice that we recognize and affirm all identities, as well as challenge our own assumptions and biases. Our clients, and our practice, depend on it.
White gay men have definitely appropriated aspects of black and Latin culture, both gay and straight. However, the use of the "gay she" is not one of them, and continuing to promote that idea is a divisive political tactic.
I feel fortunate to have caught a glimpse of what the world looks like when people who have been traditionally marginalized represent themselves en masse, inserting their presence into historically restricted public spaces.
They might never quite appreciate what 'agender' means to you, which is perfectly ok. Sometimes the best approach is to help them get to a place where they respect your identity, regardless of whether they fully comprehend it.
In a sense, Donald Trump is correct that women who have abortions if the procedure is banned should face "some sort of punishment." Before you misconstrue my opinion, please note that I have always been an advocate of pro-choice.
Now, more than ever, women need to make sure state legislatures hear loud and clear that we refuse to be used as props to support transphobic and bigoted bills that hurt our trans sisters and deflect energy from real work to end gender violence.
We just feel like today will be the day someone jumps out and yells "April Fools! Biff from Back to the Future II isn't really running for president! And a madman isn't actually in charge of a nuclear-armed country." Right? Right?
The internet brought information, and it brought community. It made it so much easier for people who were wondering if we were really trans. It gave us access to people who had been through this already and could talk about their stories and tell us about what our options are.