Knowing that trans* people are reluctant to even call navigators, combined with the early confirmation of the fears that navigators don't know enough about trans* coverage, I fear that even with the increased protections, health insurance exchanges are not fundamentally accessible to trans* people.
This year has seen a steady stream of trans-focused independent documentaries illuminating how nuanced, flawed, individualistic, and human trans lives are. I spoke via email with several filmmakers to learn how they worked toward capturing rich portraits of trans folks.
In the coming year, as A.B. 1266 goes into effect in California, be prepared to read a lot of stories like this: "Local Transgender Student Provokes Mixed Reactions," about the "controversy" surrounding news that a transgender student would begin attending school presenting as a girl.
The leaders of the national trans and LGBT organizations have too frequently arrogated unto themselves the decision making on issues of critical import. They act with absolute authority, based on their organizational positions, with few mechanisms for community input and debate.
A few years ago I was introduced to the concept of queer theology. I was inspired to share some of what I've learned from one of my favorite queer theologians, Peterson Toscano, in poem form.
There are a lot of other moments in U.S. history (immigration, sexism, ableism, classism, etc.) that I could have added to this history, but there was not enough room to include all the things that have happened (and are happening) in this country because someone believes God says so.
I have recently been informed that I am being asked to leave my university teaching post of 15 years for "violating Christian values" as a Christian theology professor and ordained minister who identifies as transgender.
The question is driven in part by nostalgia and in part by a discomfort with what seems to have been a shift in the way that young lesbians think about gender. And the first question often leads to others: Why are all the butches becoming men?
In the last 72 hours I've received more death threats, rape threats, abuse and hatred than I can count. I'm transgender, and on Sunday, Sept. 29, I found my name spreading across the gaming community for identifying the man who'd misgendered me.
As I fight to keep my emotions in check, I point out that many schools often stop short of really addressing many of the LGBT issues we need to discuss.
As a person who has characteristics of both of the conventional binary genders, I cannot help but embrace the creation account not as a principle that exclusively upholds heterosexuality but as an affirmation of the importance and blessedness of human partnership.
Azusa Pacific University, a Christian college, recently decided to fire a theology professor for coming out as transgender. It got me thinking about a basic conflation that I think conservative evangelicals like Russell Moore are making in how they react to transgender people.
Our stories can give tomorrow's graduating senior or homecoming queen a sense of not being so alone. They can erase the assumptions that exist in the absence of knowledge. And while they can sometimes be difficult to tell, they can be powerful truths. Exceptionally powerful truths.
I've been told that I'm "brave" for transitioning from male to female. I usually tell people that I only did what I needed to do when I had no other choice. Even if that qualifies as courage, I have nothing on a young lady from Orange County, Calif.
LGBT. These letters stand for "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender." They also stand for "love, grace, beauty, and truth." The challenges of, and the solutions to, creating a different world are intertwined in these two representations of these four letters.
The University of Victoria has already made a big commitment to transgender studies in its ongoing support of the Transgender Archives, and it seems eager to become the home to the world's first comprehensively interdisciplinary Transgender Research Center.