Transgress Voter Suppression

An estimated nearly 1 million trans people are eligible to vote in the 2020 general election. However, 42% of these voters do not have identification that matches their gender identity. Trans people have been turned away from the polls when their presentation didn’t match the name and gender marker on their ID (such as a Vermont trans woman who was assumed to be committing fraud for appearing as a woman but showing an ID with a traditionally male name and a male gender marker at the polls). In some cases, some trans people are given provisional ballots if their ID … Continue reading Transgress Voter Suppression

No, I Haven’t Seen Both Sides

“Oh since you’re trans, you know what it’s like to be both a boy and a girl!” Incorrect. Sure, I have insight into the male world in that I know what locker room talk is, I know all their expectations and did in fact conform to a lot of them. I butched up hard in an attempt to blend in. But they always saw through it. If I got a cis guy experience, then it was as a “sissy faggot” who envied women but was so scared of men that I’d butch up if that’s what they expected of me. … Continue reading No, I Haven’t Seen Both Sides

How JK Rowling’s “Silence of the Pet Detective” Should Have Ended

It puts the transphobia on it’s Twitter or else it gets the hose again. You might have heard of JK Rowling’s new book “Troubled Blood” that’s earned her the hashtag #ripjkrowling. While she’s in fact not dead, her talent evidently is. This book follows a crossdressing serial killer who lures victims while in female attire. Sure, we could talk about this being indicative of her transphobia, but that’s played out by now. What really got me is that this is just the most unrealistic thing ever. Sure, there are serial killers who happen to crossdress, but they don’t crossdress to … Continue reading How JK Rowling’s “Silence of the Pet Detective” Should Have Ended

What Exactly is “Fully Transitioned”?

Just a reminder for trans people who say they’re “fully transitioned” because they’ve had SRS, and for cis people who ask if we’re “fully transitioned” (translation: “have you had the surgery yet?”) – transition is not linear. Not every trans person wants surgery. Not every trans person even wants HRT, for that matter. Transitioning is a personal process that’s unique to every individual. Saying that someone’s not “fully transitioned” because they haven’t had SRS implies that they’re not a real woman or man yet until they have the genitals you think they should have. And that line of thinking ultimately … Continue reading What Exactly is “Fully Transitioned”?

Why Transitioning Can Often Feel Like a Fetish

One thing I get asked frequently by trans women early in transition is the question of whether their gender identity is just a fetish. And ya know I started out only crossdressing in the bedroom. So it made me wonder if that’s all it was too? But this really has more to do with the way society paints trans women, and there are a few reasons for that: Lack of Nonsexualized Representations in MediaWe could talk about the fact that trans women – especially trans women of color – were barred from employment for so long (and still are to … Continue reading Why Transitioning Can Often Feel Like a Fetish

Gender Incongruent Prisons are Dangerous for Trans Women

For all the fear about trans women invading women’s prisons, over 40% of transgender people face sexual assault in prisons, and are five times more likely to be sexually assaulted by prison staff than cisgender inmates are.  A transgender woman in Colorado was placed in a disciplinary pod along with 4 men who had previously threatened to rape her. She had requested to not be placed in that pod due to the hostilities those men showed, but she was denied by a federal judge and wound up being raped and needing hospitalization after. A Brooklyn trans woman was raped repeatedly over the course of months while locked … Continue reading Gender Incongruent Prisons are Dangerous for Trans Women

On the Trans Bathroom Debate

Despite studies showing that assaults in gendered spaces like bathrooms and locker rooms have not increased in areas that have passed trans-inclusive bathroom ordinances, our community still faces bathroom discrimination. An Oregon trans woman was beaten, causing facial fractures that required surgery, by a cis man for attempting to use the women’s restroom. A North Corolina trans woman was sexually assaulted by two cisgender women in the bathroom of a bar. A trans woman in DC was assaulted by a security guard for attempting to use the restroom. And it’s not just adults. These prejudices our society has towards transgender people extends to children … Continue reading On the Trans Bathroom Debate

Fertility Outcomes for Transgender Patients

There is a risk of infertility with prolonged Hormone Replacement Therapy. However, even still, trans people do still achieve pregnancy (example, example, example, this guy was pregnant with his second baby post-HRT, this trans man used a trans woman’s sperm to get pregnant). The likelihood of fertility post-HRT is currently unknown because we’re lacking in good studies on the topic. A study by the journal Pediatrics examined two trans women who were on HRT to see if they could regain fertility. Of the post-HRT study participants, one was able to produce viable sperm after halting HRT for 5 months, while … Continue reading Fertility Outcomes for Transgender Patients

Informed Consent and Why it Matters

What is Informed Consent? The traditional way of handling Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for transgender patients is to obtain a letter of recommendation from a therapist. This can take anywhere from one visit to one year or even more of regular therapy sessions, which, as you can imagine, can be both cost-prohibitive and too time-consuming for a community that faces inordinate rates of homelessness, unemployment, and lack of adequate insurance and transportation access. The traditional way of handling Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for transgender patients is to obtain a letter of recommendation from a therapist. This can take anywhere from … Continue reading Informed Consent and Why it Matters