Traveling by air while trans


When Shadi Petosky entered into TSA screening to take to the air at Orlando International Airport Sept. 21, she did so with the presumption she had a terrorist body – whether she knew it or not. She may have never been singled out in exactly that way before, or talked to in the way she […]

The trans community is not homogenous


I’ve had a peer trans journalist who’s 1) been out as trans about a decade less than the twelve years I’ve been out, and 2) makes a hell of a lot more at our trade than I do, tell me this past week that she doesn’t believe that the trans community exists. And, of course, […]

Doxxed by Cathy Brennan?


Cathy Brennan, a well-known activist who considers herself a gender critical feminist (GCF), and someone many trans feminists and trans activists consider a transgender exclusionary radical feminist (TERF), is suing Joey Stevenson of for monetary damages “of at least $70,000 and an injunction to prevent the continuation of the defamation,” according to a report […]

When it’s time to shut up and listen


At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, I found myself at a protest in Los Angeles over the number of trans people, mostly trans women of color, who’ve been murdered this year so far. The latest was Tamera Dominguez in Phoenix, Ariz. who was run over multiple times in a church parking lot by an SUV. […]

The Truth project

Trans Youth

At 14, I first awakened my own truth that I was trans. I realized I was growing the wrong secondary sex characteristics; I realized I wanted the ones that were for females, and not for males. Shortly after realizing that, I talked myself into believing I was a crossdresser. I wasn’t attracted to boys, and […]

I don’t want any more trans dead to bless

Transgender Flag 1

Within the past week, A 16th trans person (or 10th, depending on who’s doing the counting and what criteria are being used) has been killed since the first of this year, and all but one has been a person of color. This time it was a 25-year-old black woman named India Clark, found beaten to […]

What Pride means to me this year


With the various Pride related events scheduled in San Diego for Pride weekend, I’ve been thinking a lot about what Pride is. If one wants to call the Stonewall Riots the first Pride event, since Pride events technically are a remembrance and a celebration of the Stonewall uprising and the Gay Liberation movement that followed […]

Celebrating and not celebrating trans lives


“So Stonewall is a great, great foundation,” transgender activist and Stonewall veteran icon Sylvia Rivera wrote in her 2001 essay Bitch on Wheels. “It began the modern day liberation movement, like we spoke before about the Daughters of Bilitis and the Mattachine Society. Yes, there were lots of other little groups but you had to […]

Bigotry looks like a we/they distinction

Reject bigotry

When I was a pre-pubescent child in the 1960s, I played with toy guns, GI-Joes and Legos of which I made trucks and space ships, but I also played with little plastic babies and Legos from which I made them houses. At 12 every day I played handball at lunch with my male friends, but […]

A trans community advocate that changed the world for trans people in San Diego


It’s a Tuesday here in Burlington, Calif. and Amanda Watson is in surgery with Dr. Marci Bowers having gender confirmation surgery (GCS) as I’m writing this column. She’s waited a long time for this. Amanda is a former sailor. When her time in service ended in the late 1990s, she stayed in San Diego. She […]

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