Transforming Gender

  • Hollywood's awards season is taking shape, but if early indications are anything to go on, the Academy Awards won't be fielding a much more diverse batch of nominees a year after the academy was ridiculed for an Oscars featuring only white actors.

  • We should not accommodate the bigotries of straight and cis people

  • My idealism is gone, pounded into unconsciousness by our current government and political system

  • On New Year’s Day, I did something on my radio show that I’d never done on the air in more than a decade’s worth of radio hosting: I cried.

  • Being famous and trans isn’t enough

  • In November 2007, a young presidential candidate named Barack Obama released an op-ed to LGBT media in which he made this promise:

  • It seems that every time we have another significant event in the movement for same-sex marriage, we hear the same things, the same well-used terms thrown around in the media as if they accurately represent the facts. Do they really, though?

  • When I came out and began identifying and living as a woman full time in 1997, there really wasn’t much in the way of media that focused on or even included trans people and the issues that matter in our lives. We had just one well-known and well-respected community columnist, Gwendolyn Ann Smith, and one broadcast radio show focusing on trans people and issues, GenderTalk, hosted by Nancy Nangeroni which was streamed and archived online.

  • When I read that Apple CEO Tim Cook had come out as gay, I thought to myself that it was nice to see the head of one of the most profitable companies in the world publicly acknowledge his sexual orientation. When the Human Rights Campaign called it “courageous,” though, I had to stop and think.

  • I’ve been around a long time as an out and proud trans woman, almost 18 years now. I thought I’d seen it all – misrepresentations, out-and-out lies, double-dealing, betrayed promises - the very worst of American politics in regard to the basic civil rights of trans people.

  • Before I came out and began living as a woman almost 18 years ago, I never really gave much serious thought to whether or not I wanted Gender Realignment Surgery (GRS). I was working in retail and getting by, but not so well that coming up with twenty thousand dollars or more to get my genitalia refurbished seemed like a realistic possibility.

  • My journey with gender assignment surgery

  • A few years ago, the column you’re reading now probably wouldn’t have existed. Finding a transgender journalist working in commercial media was only slightly easier than locating the proverbial needle in a very large haystack, and columns like this one, written by a trans woman about topics and issues that impact transgender people, were only slightly less difficult to track down than Shakespeare’s First Folio.

  • GLAAD, the LGBT media watchdog organization, has always had something of a checkered history, particularly with grassroots community media. It took GLAAD many years to acknowledge the work of LGBT bloggers and independent content creators.

  • The Mormon Church staked a deeper claim to middle ground in American society, advocating for compromises between protecting religious liberties and prohibiting discrimination, and criticizing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis for refusing to license gay marriages.

  • News briefs for this week.

  • Apparently, too many people at a fundraiser isn’t always a good thing.

  • A gay couple from Texas said they felt "embarrassed" after an employee at a public pool told them to stop kissing - even though other straight couples were apparently showing PDA, CBS Dallas-Fort Worth reports.