A conversation between two authors: a transgender parent and the mother of a "gender-creative" child.
Paola moved to New York from Puerto Rico to further her education and make a better life for herself. What she wasn't expecting was the discrimination she encountered.
Legalities, social understandings/expectations, and business paradigms are constantly shifting, and today's organizations must be equipped to respond accordingly. For this reason, transgender awareness training is rapidly becoming a necessity.
VP of Communications and Marketing for Human Rights Campaign Fred Sainz recently spoke with us at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C. about how th...
Outlets like CNN have held firm that they will continue referring to Manning with male pronouns and her former name until she has legally changed that. Either CNN hasn't been enforcing this "legal names only" policy, or it only applies to transgender individuals.
Was the soldier who served a tour of duty in Iraq "Bradley" or "Chelsea"? And if you wanted to respect her current choice of pronoun, how would you rewrite the sentence "In Iraq, Manning kept the fact that he was a gay man under wraps"? (Go on, give it a try.)
"Why now?" That's what people asked me when I "came out" and started my transition. In fact, just about every trans person with whom I've spoken has heard the same question.
Don't people realize that their words come with a body count? Don't they realize this is a genuine issue that thousands of kids deal with? Don't they care? Thank you, Governor Jerry Brown and the California legislature. You have, without a doubt, saved lives.
We didn't just drag our feet. Instead we got fitted for cement shoes that kept us firmly planted in the middle of this state of denial, because quite frankly, we were too scared to admit out loud what we already knew in our hearts to be true.
Beyond the philosophical and medical argument of what makes a "real" man or woman, there is the simple level of civility. When you deliberately attack someone's core identity you have foregone the basic rules of decency.
Freeloading on the military's popularity may be foolproof, but it is also foolish. It may work, but it doesn't make it smart. Every time we turn decisions over to the military and hope it does the right thing, we waste some of the critical capital of civilian control.
California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed legislation allowing transgender students in California to have access to the sports teams and facilities that correspond with their gender identity. This is a critically important move. Let me offer some insight from a trans woman's point of view.
I wish that parents of transgender kids had more opportunities to pass on family traditions, but we are more often struggling with daily survival. It makes me very sad.
The other day I decided to get lost. I decided to drive. Going into the unknown for a day, I wanted to travel far and stop when I needed, see what I wanted, and just keep going. I drove for two or three hours and stopped at some beautiful places, but I couldn't seem to get far enough away.
The recent publication of some of Bradley Manning's personal emails and photos about his gender dysphoria, including admissions from his psychiatrist during the sentencing phase of his trial for espionage, once again raise the issue of the "closet" and the pathology created within it.
About six months ago my 6-year-old, Joshua, asked, "Mom, what is 'transgender'?" I explained as best as I could, but I also said that it's a very complicated topic that sometimes even grownups struggle with. Joshua thought about it for a moment and then issued his surprising response.