I didn't expect it. I knew I needed a letter from a therapist to have surgery and take hormones. I didn't realize that would require a diagnosis with a "medical disorder." I didn't feel ill/unwell/dysphoric. But now my medical records said otherwise.
We believe visibility in the media is one of the many antidotes to violence and injustice, and mainstream media has the power to elevate the stories of marginalized groups, and give us a platform to share our story.
I have rarely felt free in my sex life. In many ways its difficult for most people to feel free in the bedroom, and this is even more extreme fore someone who's body is not considered normal by society.
In the wake of a formative year for transgender communities, there seems to be little discussion about people like Becca Blackwell, a trans actor who post-transition does not conform to the gender binary that our society is comfortable with.
In 2012, Vice President Joe Biden called transgender rights "the civil rights issue of our time." South Dakota should be aware of just how true that statement truly is and how their proposed bill looks to set us back to times of segregation.
When people call me brave for coming out and living my life as a transgender person I sincerely nod my head and say, "No. I am not." That's not false modesty, nor some demurring from attention; it's the the truth.
Maybe what those of us who identify as genderqueer are demonstrating to the world is that gender is far more broad and nuanced than we otherwise might believe, and that the traditional understandings we have internalized are breaking down.
When I think about the bill before our state legislature, House Bill 1008, the feelings I had in high school come back to me. I feel the pain the transgender kids in South Dakota will feel when they are not allowed to use the bathroom of the gender they know themselves to be.
We are so committed to protecting Black masculinity and Black men. We rarely think about how vulnerable Black women and Black femininity are. Why are we more invested in protecting Black masculinity than we are in protecting ourselves from Black masculinity?
I have no idea how I write and create these blogs, or from where they are channeled. Inspirations happen randomly out of my day-to-day life, my interaction with others -- from something I hear or see on the radio or TV or in a book or a magazine.