Funny is funny, and for a long time, funny has existed in the gay, women, disabled and other minority stand-up that's often overlooked, simply because we're seen as either niche or unmarketable.
Change and transition occurs every day and for everyone. In some way it can be special and ordinary at the same time.
Trans bodies are not costumes. Our identities are not masks we can take on and off freely. Whether we express this outwardly or only on the inside, it does not change the people we've always known we are.
After I moved away from being gender ambiguous, I unbound myself and started presenting as a queer woman. I reached out to many LGBTQ* startup allegiances for help with fundraising. That was where I met more hostility than ever before.
When you focus on a transgender person's body, you miss the chance to ask about that person's life, and it is our stories that humanize us, not just transgender people but everyone.
If the people I have talked to in my practice -- both those who identify as gender minority and those who identify as cisgender -- are any indication, we will likely conclude that gender identity is as much on a scale as is sexual orientation.
Breaking free of assumed gender roles requires unfathomable sacrifice and courage. To capture that, what it is to be Trans, on stage -- is miraculous.
Surely every American knows that women have the same decision-making capacity as men, and that our right to participate in elections was long overdue. Don't they?
I feel like my biggest fear is that someone will be afraid to love me, simply because I'm not anatomically similar to who they "normally" date.
This costume was an underhanded microaggression that welcomed misunderstandings and stereotypes of trans women with open arms: that transgender women are just cisgender men in drag.
Halloween is a time when many LGBT youth who are unsure of their sexuality or gender identity can play dress up and explore something they may not be able to live at that time. This fun day of costumes and candy gives them the much needed freedom and peace they so desire.
Some people in the LGBT, particularly those who are white trans men or cisgender women, are actively advocating for discrimination against and exclusion of non-binary genders. This is not only an act of internalized transphobia, it is also an inherently racist position.
This is a piece about the future of America, specifically its LGBTQ population. I referenced the Canadian election because it is topically relevant, but also a greater proxy for the Canadian moral compass and the ease with which it rights itself.
When any group of people is targeted for oppression, it is ultimately everyone's concern. We all, therefore, have a self interest in actively working to dismantle all the many forms of oppression, including cissexism.
Transphobia is a problem, a matter of life and death for some people. When the dominant culture constructs a group of people as "Other," it dehumanizes them, it makes them less than, and it provides justification for mistreatment.
I would like to enact the following policy immediately: All public locations with single use restrooms will hereby remove their male and female signs immediately, thus making both restrooms unisex.