Before the episode aired, I had asked every one that I knew to record the episode. I then asked them to freeze frame on every part of the choir. I wanted them to see what I saw, a group of people that were truly a cross section of our country.
Ryan Sallans, who is a transgender man and author of the book Second Son, is an activist and international speaker on this topic. Ryan has agreed to answer my questions regarding some of the most-talked-about questions about what it means to be transgender.
We in the LGBT community know that our inner lives have improved when our own guards have retired, and wonder what it might take for others to stop living in fear of not only our truth, but also their own truth. We wonder!
It was several years ago when I had my first experience with a friend coming out to me as transgender. I hadn't seen her for many years, but I was happy for her transition from the young man I had known to her new self.
Whenever anyone of us is diminished, we are all demeaned, when anyone or any group remains institutionally and socially stigmatized, marginalized, excluded, or disenfranchised, when violence comes down upon any of us, the possibility for authentic community cannot be realized unless and until we challenge it in truly transformational ways.
Much of my stand-up is about feminist issues, and because of that, I've been called "man-hating," but I believe when a man talks about feminist issues, people listen more, as disheartening as that is.
I kept silent about my sex change for several years. I knew only one other transgender lawyer, and she was already established. There were no role models to help me believe it was possible to open up without jeopardizing my career. I feared losing the life ring that my job provided for my soul. But no woman is an island.
The other night he pulled his arms through the neck hole of his Paw Patrol shirt and pushed the neck hole down around his waist. "Look Mama!" he said. "Paw Patrol skirt!" He laughed. I laughed too. I'm pretty sure he's a boy, but he's a boy not afraid to wear a skirt.
While in San Francisco for a sold-out screening of the documentary short Trucker Patti, of which I am the subject, I was made aware that casting director Kristan Berona was looking for transgender people for an episode in the final season of Glee. Being the "Gleek" that I am, I immediately got in touch with Kristan and was invited to participate.
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.
He does not speak for Kansas. He does not speak for God. Hate is not a Christian value. Hate is not a Kansas value. Hate is not an American value. The greatest possible gift I can give to this world is to be my true, authentic self. Sam Brownback has no power to change that.
So, Mr. Artiles, perhaps you could tell us how your proposed law will be enforced. Will we have to present our birth certificates to enter public facilities? Will there be security cameras that can see through clothing, like the ones airports have?
The American LGBT community has increasingly begun to contribute to the success of LGBT rights worldwide. However, the contributions go both ways. Countries in some other parts of the world have adopted gay equality laws much earlier than the United States.
"Queens," or men who defy gender norms and dress as women, have always been present in the LGBTQ community and pop culture. Their journey has been long, but as a society we have progressed to a level of acceptance which has unfortunately not always been a part of our culture.
It's never anybody's place to out a trans person. It's never anybody's place to out a gay person. So why do we, as a society, continue to buy the tabloids that perpetuate the invalidating idea that gender expression is still something shocking?