A dream for Claire and her community

If you’re active in San Diego’s trans community, you’ve likely heard of Claire Russell. She’s known for being imaginative, being service oriented and for being an organizer. Her work includes volunteering at the LGBT Youth Center, creating an online San Diego Trans Resource Center and she was a key organizer for the first annual Trans*Pride [...]

Allison Woolbert’s resignation: An object lesson on the value of thorough vetting

Allison Woolbert

If there ever is an object lesson about vetting leadership for transgender specific organizations, Allison Woolbert’s elevation to executive director of the Transgender Human Rights Institute (THRI) start-up nonprofit and creation of the Trans* Violence Tracking Portal (TVTP) should be that lesson. Allison Woolbert recently resigned as executive director of Transgender Human Rights Institute (THRI) [...]

Parental ‘compassion’ for Leelah was reparative therapy

There’s a reason why, in the mid-2000s, my first blogging gig was for The Ex-Gay Watch. My parents made it a requirement for me to live in their house that I go to a Christian therapist to “treat” me for my “transvetism.” My parents and I were Pentecostals, and I wanted to be cured of [...]

The fluidity of seasonal depression

After I came out in 2003, most of my holiday seasons have been filled with holiday depression. You know, that kind of seasonal depression one experiences that has known cause or causes and comes and goes at roughly the same times each year in fall and winter. Annual events and anniversaries with gray and black [...]

Studying trans veterans

According to the USA Today article VA Treats 2,500 Veterans, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA – part of the overall Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA), in 2013 treated 2,567 veterans with the diagnosis of gender dysphoria for transgender specific health care. That’s a significant population of trans veterans in the VA. And, being statistically [...]

Trans anthems

I’ve been put in the position of thinking about musical anthems in past weeks. That’s because Kate Pierson of the B-52s released a song planned to be included in her upcoming solo album – a song she hoped would become a “trans anthem.” The name of that song is “Mister Sister.” It’s strange to think [...]

Meeting the needs of the local trans community

How does one meet the needs of the local trans community? During holiday seasons I often think about my community peers. I’d say my community peers like me, but many of my peers aren’t like me. I’m white; I transitioned in middle-age; I had a long military career; I’m invisibly disabled and can’t hold down [...]

Living with holiday depression

I can frame the hardest month of the year for me by the dates of Nov. 20 and Dec. 25. For me, it’s a month punctuated by anniversaries, holidays and the sun’s low position in the sky that contribute to feelings of depression. Each year, the Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov. 20) begins my hard [...]

My Cabela’s ornament is no longer ironic

This week saw me putting up my Christmas tree. For years I’ve had rather ironic Christmas trees, and this year’s tree is no different. Three years ago I had a four-foot, self-lit, tinsel tree; last year it was a spindly, five-foot stick tree with mini, lit yellow and red maple leaves, and this year it’s [...]

Loving ‘40s music

Benny Goodman performing in 1943 Stage Door Canteen

One of my recent passions over the past couple of years has been 1940s music. Mostly I like big band music with vocals, but blues, country, “piano bar” and novelty music from the era are rotating through my iPod playlists. Singers like Fred Astaire singing about dancing cheek to cheek, Fats Waller singing about “feets” [...]

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