As the LGBTQ community celebrates a favorable ruling on Marriage Equality, many activists around the country are seeing this as only the beginning. While the social climate of America is starting to carve out places for the LG and B, the T remains fighting most battles on it's own.
It's not over. Not by a long shot. Not when conservatives are already looking for ways to chip away at marriage equality the way they whittled down reproductive rights to nothing in many states.
Many of us have accepted such patriarchal theology because it feels familiar. But that doesn't make it right.
When I finally stopped hiding and started living as a woman, I also "became the impossible," a kind of person my family, my students, my Orthodox Jewish university didn't think could exist.
The challenge for cross-dressers, who are dual-gendered, is to come out of the shadows and to start becoming comfortable with being out. The initial step toward acceptance is to accept themselves first.
I started to question whether I or anyone else really did need to understand everything before it could be accepted. I wondered if I could accept first and then work on the understanding part as best I could.
Even though we see the world through the filter of our own gender combination, we can at least acknowledge that other combinations exist.
Marches now seem like a distant memory, replaced by fabulous and colorful processions parading through mainly business districts and streets. They are corporate sponsored, very straight-friendly and largely white.
To get to the heart of what the words gender and transgender are all about, I believe it is more effective to show than to tell. The new short film, Dylan, by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, does exactly that.
For all the trans youth who are finally seeing themselves represented, who are now finding their own voices, writing their own blogs, and dancing freely, I'm ecstatic. But with new gains, there is loss. I care about the extinction of an entire people: lesbians.
You may not know it, but you're working with us and that could mean we are still in stealth. It could mean we are terrified to come out," Billings said. "You can make yourself known as an ally."
Roz Kaveney is one of the most incisive literary multi-hyphenates at work today. Here she discusses her latest novel, the excellent Tiny Pieces of Skull, which is published by Team Angelica Press.
Grace Stevens is a transgender woman and a leader in the transgender community who transitioned at the age of 64. She is a father of three and a grandparent of two.
Why do we call women's issues "women's issues"? So much of the inequality and violence that women encounter are relevant to men as well. The problems of patriarchy are not exclusively damaging to women -- they hurt men, too.
In the last half-century, LGBT people have experienced a widening circle of acceptance. With each step of the circle outwards, more Americans got to know their LGBT friends, family and neighbors for who they are, and together we became more aware of our commonality than our otherness.
Viktor isn't just a trans man, he's a trans gay male escort. It's a whole extra layer of stigma to deal with, and one that Viktor handles with aplomb.