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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014

Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). From the International Transgender Day of Remembrance page: The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco... »

Driver’s License Update

Driver’s License Update

Last week I wrote about my first attempt at getting an Illinois drivers license. It didn’t go well, and I planned to return with a college transcript as proof of my birthdate. On Thursday I got my transcript in the mail. Transcripts are only official if they are still sealed in their original envelope so I took it to the DMV without opening it. When it was opened by the nice woman behind the... »

In Which I Attempt To Get a New Driver’s License

In Which I Attempt To Get a New Driver’s License

I moved from Wisconsin to Illinois a year ago, but I had no reason to update my driver’s license until now. I have gotten a new job and for complex reasons it requires that I have a driver’s license with my current address on it so I went to go get this done. Getting a valid ID can be complicated for a lot of people, but for trans* people who have had our name and/or gender changed on ... »

Breaking News: Facebook to Change Real Name Policy

Breaking News: Facebook to Change Real Name Policy

The efforts of drag queens and LGBT activists have paid off! Facebook has agreed to change the way it enforces its “real name” policy and to change the standards for what makes a name “real.” We have been following this story on Queereka. Facebook started cracking down on the accounts of drag queens and other performers a couple weeks ago. Their policy is that accounts must... »

Facebook and real names

Facebook and real names

Ah Facebook. You were doing so well. You gave us over 50 options to describe our gender, you even let us use more than one! It seemed you were finally learning your lesson, improving yourself, and now it seems you’re back to your old tricks. So for those of you unaware, Facebook only allows you to use your legal name for personal profiles. Now the reason for this makes sense, they don’... »

The Problem of LGBTQ Youth Homelessness does not Start or End with Daniel Pierce

The Problem of LGBTQ Youth Homelessness does not Start or End with Daniel Pierce

By now, most of you will have already seen the viral video “How not to react when your child tells you that he’s gay.” The young man is 20 year old Daniel Pierce of Kennesaw, GA. In the video, Daniel’s family claim that his homosexuality is a choice, a choice that dishonors his family. They disown him, and when he tries to defend himself from these claims, they become physi... »

Solidari-T: A Political Cartoon by RF Pigeons

Solidari-T: A Political Cartoon by RF Pigeons

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Follow-Up to Transgender Semantics

Follow-Up to Transgender Semantics

Last week I wrote a post about how the issues surrounding RuPaul’s Drag Race got me thinking about the meaning of “transgender” and how its meaning is still contested. In the intervening week, I’ve continued talking about these issues with various people in a few different places, and I would like to re-visit some of the thoughts from that post in an attempt to try to clarify my positions and goal... »

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