trans issues

Loretta Lynch on Anti-LGBT Law: "All It Does Is Harm Innocent Americans.”

The attorney general said bathroom bills are “state-sanctioned discrimination” in a press conference announcing that the Justice Department will be suing North Carolina for civil rights violations.  Read more »

Popaganda Episode: Bathroom Panic

From Wisconsin to Washington to Wyoming, this spring Republican legislators have pushed for 50 new laws that would specifically ban transgender people from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity. Why is there all this... Read more »

Redefining Required Reading: Where Are Trans Women Writers in the Classroom?

Trans women writers are rarely part of the academic canon in either literature or gender-studies classes, despite publishing numerous ground-breaking books over the past decade.  Read more »

We Talked With an ACLU Lawyer Who's Fighting Transphobic Bathroom Bills

Attorney Chase Strangio explains the legal strategy for fighting the discriminatory laws from North Carolina to South Dakota. Read more »

Douchebag Decree: The American Family Association

The anti-LGBT hate group is backing discriminatory bathroom policies and attacking Target for letting staff and customers use the bathroom matching their gender-identity. Read more »

Debunking Five Myths That Fuel Right-Wing Bathroom Bills

Trans women are going to attack people in bathrooms? Nope.  Read more »

A Joke in the Powerpuff Girls Reboot is a Sucker Punch to Trans Women

In an episode about roller derby, the show deploys the tired “man in a dress” joke.  Read more »

Backtalk: Equal Pay & Anti-LGBTQ Laws Backlash

This week, we talk about the anti-LGBTQ laws that have recently been passed in North Carolina and Mississippi and the backlash they're beginning to face. PayPal and Deutsche Bank have decided against expansions in North Carolina, perhaps foreshadowing the economic hit that... Read more »

Don't “Get a Bulge”: How Wage Gap Discussions Overlook Trans Women

On Equal Pay Day, let’s discuss how trans people face all kinds of wage discrimination. In most states, it's legal to fire someone for their gender identity. On top of that, trans women often see their salaries drop after they transition. But these facts often go undiscussed in... Read more »

Backtalk: Bathroom Bills and Jian Ghomeshi

This week, we chat about North Carolina's “bathroom bills” that attack LGBT anti-discrimination measures. Meanwhile, former broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi’s sexual assault cases show how the legal system puts survivors on trial.  Read more »

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »