Mainstreaming racism

When a group says it wants to go mainstream, the group needs to worry about their optics and messaging. If a group wants to take part in peaceful assembly and engage in public discourse, then peaceful means they use to disseminate their ideas must match the peaceful ends they seek. The group self-identified as the […]

The difficulties and frustrations of open transgender military service

“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.” We’ve pretty much all heard that quote from Martin Luther King Jr’s speech I Have a Dream. King had a dream of freedom and equality for black Americans; he dreamed “that one […]

Some of San Diego’s No Justice, No Pride voices

On the Saturday of San Diego’s Pride weekend, there was a protest of about 50 people at noon, at Sixth and Upas, organized by the San Diego Chapter of No Justice, No Pride. I spoke to Adrian Scott (pronouns: they, them, theirs), a protest organizer, and Adam Powers (pronouns: she, her, hers), a protest participant, […]

Gender Odyssey LA

There are many transgender specific conferences every year with different focuses, such as the Black Trans Advocacy Conference in Dallas, Texas, Transgender Lives: The Intersection of Health and Law Conference in Farmington, Conn., and the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference in Philadelphia, Pa. Although conferences often begin serving just one niche, these often grow to over more […]

The goals of a protest of Capitol Pride

A number of weekends ago this Pride month, a group calling themselves No Justice, No Pride (NJNP) protested the Capitol Pride March in Washington, D.C. It was reported in several sources that they began by opposing the participation of Wells Fargo as a corporate sponsor of the city’s Pride parade, citing Wells Fargo’s involvement in […]

Fourteen years ago and now

I remember coming out in early 2003 as a transsexual – that’s what we called ourselves back then. When those of us who called ourselves transsexual also called ourselves transgender, it was actually kind of political – we were also identifying ourselves as falling under a transgender umbrella of gender nonconforming people. Within the first […]

Transgressing gender in the Bible

I was raised in Evangelical and Pentecostal traditions where I wasn’t taught to see my transgender self in the Bible. With socially conservative Christian dogma being that transgender people are not of God, it’s important to note there are gender variant people in the Bible where God worked through them. Bible scholar and actor Peterson […]

Time for companies in California to be 100 percent restroom sign compliant

I spend a lot of money at coffee houses. I don’t eat out a lot, or drink alcohol at all; coffee is my major vice. I notice when I go to a local coffee house, or a chain coffee house like Starbucks, how they have their restroom stalls marked. As of March 1 of this […]

TDOE’s heartbreaking protest

Hearing a transgender police officer being called “pig” by a protesting group plugged into the Trans Youth Project (TYP) at the recent Transgender Day of Empowerment (TDOE) struck me as heartbreaking. “We want The Center to be a space that is safe. This means no cops,” read an April 14 statement from the TYP’s Facebook […]

What’s mundane in California is not mundane elsewhere

The mundane in California includes a lot. What’s mundane here isn’t mundane everywhere. On Facebook I’ve used the term “trans-genda” and the hashtag #transgenda; I’ve used it to list mundane things I do on many days. Such as, I listed out my trans-genda to my Facebook friends on one day this past week as: • […]

Pride Card Deals

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