My excitement and anticipation to finally see the conversation on television turned into me feeling hurt and further silenced by the end of the episode. My story -- and the story of TransTech -- had been truncated down to the fact that I had once been involved with sex work.
We may or may not have a daughter, sister or other family member who is transgender. But, if we think of trans lives as "somebody else's issue" we are missing the boat.
I just completed a week singing chamber music and song repertoire that was composed for men. It was a bit of a struggle because the vocal part, even though an octave higher, still did not sit quite right. It made me think of gender and what I do.
Eddie Redmayne stars in his first major role since winning the Oscar for The Theory of Everything and it's clear he's going to make us break out the tissues again for this one and perhaps need to clear some more space on his award shelf.
In that moment of Minaj speaking out, she was not only silencing Cyrus and a system that has far too often told her to bite her tongue, but also the media for constantly being on the white side -- as opposed to the right one, the equal one.
The world will continue to change and the business community must continue to respond to those changes in effective ways.
The revolutionary idea that I could live my life operating from a place of love more than from a place of stress all the time, began to change my life. Perhaps living my truth was the best way for me to survive.
Healthcare access issues for trans people are largely overlooked -- often because healthcare isn't a sexy topic for the media, but it's an increasingly important part of the LGBTQ movement.
I always dreaded what I sought most: a moment of intimacy. At that point my coach would turn back into a pumpkin and my gown would disappear in an instant.
For the parts of anxiety that can be controlled, I'm learning that everything comes down to loving yourself.
I need to highlight the issue that underlies this debate, and has fueled the decades of hostility towards trans women of all ages -- misogyny.
On the surface, it looks like any other children's summer camp -- kids are running around doing sports, swimming, and lots of other fun activities. However, it's a retreat entirely for transgender children, teens, and their families.
While many have praised Monae as creating a song for the current movement, many in the black trans community have noticed a glaring mistake in the selection of names uplifted in her piece, which was created to highlight the black victims of state violence.
"I knew that styling Laverne Cox came with more responsibility than just vanity. She inspires people simply by what she is wearing. And then she speaks and inspires them more. I understand and take my responsibility very seriously. I know eyes are on Laverne from all over the world."
I join Lambda Legal Defense, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and activists like Justin Vivian Bond and Peter Staley who all support Rentboy.com. Mostly, I support the rent boys themselves--I stand with sex worker.
My wife and I have been thinking a lot about gender lately. An article my daughter posted pointed out the layers of complexity of the issue which Caitlyn Jenner brought to America's door step.