Not Just Amanda Simpson

From the “there goes the MTF end of things sucking all the air out of the room again” division: in fact there were two trans people appointed by the Obama administration in late November.

The difficulty arose because Simpson is a former NCTE Board member, & so they sent out a press release noting their former board member’s new job, which is what caused all the hullabaloo.

Helen Boyd

is the author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married.


  1. I just wanted to clarify, as I’ve been taken to task for laying the blame on Simpson herself, that I was NOT blaming her, or even NCTE, for “sucking all the air out of the room.”

    The attention being paid Simpson is a result of people’s prurient bullshit – as demonstrated by that “joke” on Letterman – a la Julia Serano’s critiques of the way trans women are portrayed in media.

    Much more to say, but for now, just wanted to be clear.

  2. Thank you, Helen. I went back and forth on whether to make that point, and as I sit down to try to make it in a good way, you’re there ahead of me.


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