trans issues

Religious Exemption: Catholic Hospitals Are Barring Transgender Patients from Surgery

These policies and resulting statements, coupled with the reach and growth of Catholic healthcare systems, could make access to gender-confirmation surgery even more difficult.

Aria Sa’id Is Fighting for Trans Women of Color in San Francisco

People don’t realize that words and narratives affect transgender women in many ways. Read more »

Fighting to Thrive: Reflecting on “Boys Don’t Cry” 20 Years Later

Representation matters, but so do the stories that the media—film and television—chooses to tell about trans lives. Read more »

A Dogma in the Fight: Why Hillary Clinton’s Half-Assed Take on Trans Identity Matters

A clumsy answer on trans identity was the perfect opportunity for right-wing media to hit two prized targets at once. Read more »

The Fight for Trans Employment Protections Comes to the Supreme Court

The Trump administration is rapidly codifying, by executive orders and rulemaking, the right to discriminate against trans people. Read more »

Missing the Mark: Where Are the Trans Women on “The L Word” Reboot?

We need the most mainstream lesbian show in the world to actively normalize trans lesbians. Read more »

Beyond Martyrdom: “Tales of the City” Introduces Two Generations of Complex Trans Characters

The flawed history of our queer ancestors serves as a portal to the past. Read more »

Model Sawyer Devuyst Kicks Sand on Myths About Beach Season

There’s nothing wrong with my body being a trans body. Read more »

Across Time: 7 Lessons “Pose” Teaches Us about Survival

Pose exists in a New York that is long gone, but it sometimes feels like our queer and transcestors are using the show to send us messages across time. Read more »

Prodigal Daughter: Samantha Allen Shines a New Light on Queer Communities in Red States

Queer people are here—or there, as the case may be—and aren’t going away. Read more »

Pleasureless Principle: Who Gets to Decide What Your Anatomy Is Capable Of?

The clinical side of the gender-confirmation surgery process is centered around resolving visual dysphoria. Read more »

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Politically Correct Language Isn't Just About Being Polite—It's About Survival

Photo by Phillipe Leroyer (Creative Commons). Two weeks ago, Jonathan Chait published the lengthy essay “Not a Very P.C.... Read more »

It's Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women

The marginalization of transgender women in feminism is not new, but the decades-long debate has taken on new dimension thanks to social media and the ease of finding strangers’ personal information online. Read more »

Critical Conditions: For Trans Individuals, Seeking Medical Care Can Be a Minefield

When trans individuals encounter the medical system, they're often met with discrimination and misunderstanding. Read more »