I was stunned when I visited a transgender support site that had reposted my article. Hundreds of trans people were leaving comments attacking transvestites, cross dressers, drag queens and other fringe members of the trans community simply because they don't want to be associated with them.
I'd gone to mixed martial arts training and boxed with cisgender guys, and no one had had any clue that I'd been designated as "female" at birth. I don't hide the fact that I'm transgender; I just don't see any reason to bring up my trans status with that group. Allow me to explain.
In May, 2013, the paradigm for the way the medical profession view transgender people changes -- soon we will no longer be classified as having a "mental disorder." The American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic manual is being updated and the "disorder" stigma soon to be removed.
Two years and 4,860 pills later, I now realize how little I actually understood about transitioning back in February 2011. There were so many aspects of transitioning and being treated like a woman in society that I was totally unprepared for.
It's up to trans* people to be proactive and make certain that our individual and collective voices are heard loud and clear by the public and the media, and that we continue to be written into the record of queer history.
I consider Jen Richards' work to be one of the true shining forces in Chicago queer activism and her work with the trans community a personal inspiration. I was beyond thrilled to be one of the first to grill Jen about her new project: the Trans 100.
Our divorce wasn't a crime of deception; it was a tragedy that resulted when we faced the truth: I can't live as a man, because I know that isn't who I am; she can't stay married to anyone who isn't a man, because that isn't who she is.
Traditional masculine men and feminine women are rapidly becoming just two options in a much larger array of gender expressions, and those of us with transitioning bodies, or identifying outside the binary, would like to have a safe place to pee.
A new investigative piece in The Chicago Reporter illustrates what community groups and academics have long observed, that anti-prostitution laws cause tremendous harm to people engaged in the sex trade, especially those who are LGBT.
With incorrect, offensive, or downright transphobic phrases like "man in a dress," "male-to-female transsexual," "he calls himself Brandi," or, likely the most offensive of them all, "he-she," mainstream media simply cannot get it right.
Ever wonder what it's like to live as the other gender? No, I am not announcing my upcoming plans to transition. But leaving San Francisco to travel through 16 countries, I discovered how much gender is a binary concept.
I had often heard of collective amnesia, voter apathy, and electoral ignorance, but I had never bought into them as unshakable truisms. Yet now here it was staring me in the face -- in a presidential year. And in part, I was now facing a personal type of amnesia, as well.
Last Sunday, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry dedicated the second hour of her show to trans issues, in a segment called, "Being Transgender in America." For one of the first times, trans people got to outline to the public at least part of the trans political agenda for ourselves.
I went to a workshop where the question was posed, "What is something you do to queer your life?" I said, "I wear a handlebar mustache." The audience laughed, but I was serious. The mustache is no coincidence. My facial hair is based on anti-assimilation theory.
What if the Civil Rights Act had specifically permitted segregation, and specified, in detail, how government and business could legally discriminate on the basis of race? That's what Barney Frank's bathroom compromises amounted to.
Andrea, after three weeks in jail, and facing indecent exposure charges, has shown that Tennessee's de facto law regarding trans people is to give none of the rights and all of the responsibilities of any other woman.