Three thoughts pondered

In past years for this column, I’ve written about the first Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), and how the day came into being. I’ve also written about how Marti Abernathey maintains the current, official, list of the names of the dead. I came out in February of 2003. For several years I participated in organizing […]

Softball questions for a presidential candidate on trans issues

When an LGBT news publication has the opportunity to interview a presidential candidate on transgender issues, should the publication ask at least one question where the candidate doesn’t have an answer on the record, or should the publication stick to asking only a question or questions where the answer or answers are already knowable? When […]

A friend passes

In the past few weeks, I’ve had yet another transgender woman friend I’ve met through activism take her own life. It shook me. Like me, she had an underlying mental health condition; well, let’s not sugar coat it. She, like me, lived with a mental illness. Ours both had depression as components of that mental […]

What’s real in North Carolina?

The North Carolina governor and legislature has taken the position of declaring transgender people aren’t real in recent court filings. It’s costing the state millions to continue to legislatively prohibit transgender people from using bathrooms associated with their gender identities in government buildings, as well as prohibiting local government entities, such as cities and counties, […]

It’s time to move

One box, two boxes, three boxes, four. I’ve been moving. In December 2011, when I last moved from my then apartment of seven years, it wasn’t for happy reasons. I’d been cyberharassed and cyberstalked as a blogger at Pam’s House Blend. I’d written about a gender affirmation surgery I had in 2011, and those I’d […]

WoLF v. trans women and girls

“A bathroom battle! Transgender students can choose which bathroom or locker room to use at schools, but now a women’s group is suing,” began Lisée Mitri for her Aug. 12 KRQE News report . Its easy shorthand to think of the battle enemy of LGBT civil rights as being religious right aligned organizations. Sometimes it’s […]

Transition and detransition

Detransitioning happens; there are detransitioners who regret decisions they made while identifying as transgender and transitioning. Their numbers are relatively small, but even in relatively small numbers – compared with the size of the larger trans community – these detransitioners add up to thousands of people. Carey Callahan, in her blog entitled Maria Catt, posted […]

The alleged trans voyeur

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is quoted as saying, “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” King was talking about racism, but I believe one can extrapolate further to just plain bigotry; judging an individual solely by a […]

‘Effective immediately, transgender servicemembers may serve openly’

I remember how tough it was for me to change my documented gender in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) as a military retiree in 2013. It was incredibly tough and onerous: I needed six separate pieces of documentation, to include proof of surgery. Most of the documents the Department of Defense (DoD) required […]


It seems everywhere I look, mainstream, LGBT and conservative Christian journalists are reporting about, and opining on the Orlando mass murder at Pulse, as well as lawmakers saying things and taking votes. If we’re going to talk in terms of groups of people, instead of us as individuals, for a moment, we all see random, […]

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