I don’t want any more trans dead to bless

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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 [...]

Interview with Sandy Stone — Part 2

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Sandy Stone is a touchstone woman in transgender history. She has a section dedicated to her place in trans and feminist history in the book Transgender History. This is the final piece, excerpted from that interview, beginning with her answer to the question, “So what’s it like being a professor?” Sandy Stone: I had a [...]

An interview with Sandy Stone — Part 1

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Sandy Stone is a touchstone woman in transgender history. She has a whole section dedicated to her place in transgender and feminist history in the book Transgender History and the book is worth reading if just for that segment. In a nutshell, Stone was the first recording engineer at Olivia Records, a lesbian collective founded [...]

Adding to the list of stores I don’t shop at

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I don’t shop at Saks Fifth Ave. I occasionally shopped there, but the company tends to stock fashions that don’t match my sensibilities. I haven’t ever shopped at Forever 21. I never actually checked the stores’ fashions out, so I don’t really know if I liked theirs or not. I used to do a lot [...]

Learning the bad science of Dr. Paul McHugh

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Occasionally I go on The Rick Amato Show, and I’m usually there when there’s a transgender issue involved. I’m sort of the “go to” trans person on all things trans there. The Rick Amato Show airs on the One America Now Network (OANN) at 7 p.m. PDT (AT&T U-verse 208 and 1208 HD; and Verizon [...]

The Personal Privacy Protection Act initiative

Aug. 12, 2013, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266) into law. Paraphrasing the fact sheet for the bill promulgated by the Transgender Law Center, Equality California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the GSA Network, the bill Introduced in February 2013 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and co-authored by [...]

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