trans issues

Our Femininity Isn’t Artificial: Hollywood Must Stop Casting Men As Trans Women

Hollywood has a long history of excluding trans actors. Read more »

Magdalene Vissagio Is Shaking Up the Comic Book World

The trans creator is making moves at DC and Marvel. Read more »

Backtalk: Google Manifesto & Transphobia Is Not a Joke

This week, exemplifies the question that Frank Ocean’s t-shirt asked: “Why be racist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic when you could just be quiet?” Dahlia and Amy talk about the terribly misguided memo from a Google employee and the deplorable transphobia on the Breakfast Club. Recently,... Read more »

Backtalk: Military Trans Ban & Limits of White Imagination

This week, Dahlia and Amy dig into the latest in Trump fuckery and the controversy around an upcoming project from the Game of Thrones showrunners. Earlier this week, Trump announced via three tweets (how presidential!) that he intends to ban transgender people from serving in the military... Read more »

Methodical Killing: Losing Trans Film Characters Devalues Them IRL

Sympathetic trans deaths go back at least to 1953. Read more »

There’s a Lot of Ways of Being Us: Jennifer Finney Boylan on Transgender Advocacy, Her Writing Career, and Caitlyn Jenner

There are now enough transgender writers that we don’t always have to talk about the experience of being trans and the cliche of transition. Read more »

Channeling Audre: Janet Mock Opens Up About Her Memoir, Sex Work, and Being An Icon

Janet Mock is no longer offering a 101 master class on trans identity. Read more »

Popaganda: Video Games and Identity

Video games are a huge piece of our pop culture industry. People who don’t play games maybe think that they’re a weird, dorky niche that only a few people play. But that’s exactly the opposite of true. Globally, video games are a $91 billion industry. Fifty-nine percent of people in... Read more »

Poetic Resistance Against Everyday Transphobia, Racism, Ableism: A Review of "When the Chant Comes"

Within its pages, When the Chant Comes delivers profound, often gut-wrenching meditations that explore what it means for Barrett to navigate life in the United States as a disabled, pilipinx-amerikan, transgender queer. Read more »

Some Of Us Are Brave: A Roundtable on Feminist Icons and Responsibility

What to do about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lena Dunham, and, even Beysus—all of whom have made contributions to feminism, but have also said and done things contrary to feminist values? We assembled a diverse group of feminists to talk it out. 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 »

Know & Tell: The literary renaissance of trans women writers

For so long, the people who wrote about us were not us. Finally, that is beginning to change. 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 »