Transgender

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... »

Photo of Calpernia Addams and Andrea James

Trans Exclusionary Trans Activists?

Yet again RuPaul’s questionable usage of transphobic slurs on his show has angered the online trans* community. Trans* public figures Calpernia Addams and Andrea James have not as much defended RuPaul as they have personally attacked one of the other trans* activists speaking out. I used to like Calpernia Addams, even if I often didn’t agree with her, but I am appalled and disappointed... »

Transgender Semantics

Transgender Semantics

(Content Note: Discussion of problematic language) A recent episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race ( »

Pride is What You Make It

Pride is What You Make It

“It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.”  –Laverne Cox A few months before my father disowned me for starting hormone replacement therapy, I spent many visitations, listening to him desperately attempting to dissuade me from taking testosterone. One instance of this was when he saw the trans pride magnet on the ... »

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