For some transmasculine people, who may have years or decades of experience being treated as women, there is a nuance to our interactions with women that runs a little deeper.

Aug 16, 2014 at 9:00am | 24 comments

Such commentary spreads lies and misinformation which makes it harder for trans kids to access treatment and respect.
People see me smiling all the time and ask, "Why are you so happy?" My smile comes from being able to be me.
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Like most trans people, I’ve had to be strategic and creative in piecing together my transition.
After years of abuse, torment, and neglect, after years of having adults ignore her needs, Jane was tossed into a lockbox in the ultimate punishment for daring to exist, and daring to assert her own humanity.
Historically, people believed that it was possible to "naturalize" intersex children into a binary gender. Today, thinking on this issue is very different.

Apr 22, 2014 at 5:00pm | 15 comments

Wow, I've typed the word "vagina" so many times that it's starting to look a little weird. Vagina vagina vagina.

Apr 16, 2014 at 5:00pm | 18 comments

Many vicious and hurtful things were said about me online, in the media and in the School Board meeting; hurtful and false.
It's important to avoid conflating non-binary sex and gender identities with being born intersex, as these are very different identity categories.
This creates a separate -- and unequal -- treatment for trans versus cis people in the health care system, where trans people are being denied care not just for their transition-related medical needs, but also other, unrelated conditions.
The mismatch between "Dallas Buyers Club" and not just reality but the pulse of pop culture when it comes to the depiction of trans women is a marker of how far we've come in terms of the depiction and handling of trans women.
To maintain my crochety curmudgeon "Never happy with ANYTHING" status, I'm required to tell you that these changes aren't perfect.

Feb 13, 2014 at 5:30pm | 111 comments

kasey caron
In a few short weeks, this issue has become much more than just a fight about a high school popularity contest. It has become a huge battle for the LGBT community.
thought catalog
At what point does “privilege” become “abuse”?
No matter the individual, no matter the group, no matter how liberal or accepting you think someone is – they’re BOUND to let you down when it comes to steering clear of transphobia.
The idea of transition scared me more than anything I had ever considered in my life. I could lose my job, my relationship, everyone and everything in my life.
the frisky
For most people, biology is destiny and that’s all — but for some, biology is a confusing, fraught, and frustrating concept, because their external bodies don’t match their internal feelings.
In one year, I got pregnant with my boyfriend and I gave birth with my girlfriend.
sex work
It's frustrating that the biggest days for our respective communities are really depressing.
An estimated 260 people died worldwide last year specifically because they were transgender/transsexual, many horrifically. They were beaten to death, they were burned, they were shot.

Nov 20, 2012 at 2:00pm | 47 comments

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New D.C. ads show trans residents living perfectly normal lives. But should they be more radical in their messaging?
Twenty-two years ago, Michelle Kosilek, then Robert, murdered her wife. Now in prison, she wants to surgically transition to female, and the state of Massachusetts might be paying for it. I'm actually totally OK with this.