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Cisgender Privilege

The Meaning of Pride

Sabrina Lee | Posted 08.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Sabrina Lee

Recently, one of my close straight friends messaged me excitedly on Facebook: "I can't wait for NYC Pride! I'm gonna meet sooo many gay guys and make them my BFF." There were so many things wrong with that statement that I had to pause and stop myself from cussing her out.

Taking A Risk: Are Straight Allies and LGBT People Ever Equal to Each Other?

Kryss Shane | Posted 08.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Kryss Shane

It appeared to be the classic "friend zone" story, but in this story, the boy is a trans man, and the girl is me. After I politely told him that I valued his friendship but didn't feel more toward him, he accused me of being transphobic. It led to questions about the nature of privilege.

The Queer Community Has To Stop Being Transphobic: Realizing My Cisgender Privilege

Todd Clayton | Posted 04.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Todd Clayton

I used to be a transphobic gay man. I remember making jokes. I remember feeling uncomfortable when trans* people would walk into the coffee shop. But something shifted inside me when I saw Matrix co-director Lana Wachowski's acceptance speech for the HRC Visibility Award in 2012.