Nothing to Fear

From Rushdie’s The Moor’s Last Sigh, toward the end of Chapter 10: I’ll tell you a secret about fear: it’s an absolutist. With fear, it’s all or nothing. Either, like any bullying tyrant, it rules your life with a stupid… Continue Reading

Two Tune Tuesday: Inspired by Juneteenth

I went to a Juneteenth celebration – yes, here in Appleton, Wisconsin – and one band did a bunch of familiar R&B; I don’t know if it’s age or what, but I have really started to love the soul side… Continue Reading

Guest Author: Kelzi

Kelzi, one of the regulars on our MHB message boards, wrote a piece about what it’s like to be a couple going through transition that resounded pretty strongly for me (& for others): Lately, I haven’t had much to say,… Continue Reading

The Other VD

South African doctor invents female condoms with ‘teeth’ to fight rape Do you really even need to read the rest of the story? Vagina dentata via prophylactic. (I’m sorry, has there not been a punk female vocalist named Vagina Dentata… Continue Reading

Dirty Crossdressers!

Oh, this killed me. Aside from the message being cool & groovy – what about all the trans women who used to identify as crosdressers – the “what CDs are doing on MySpace clip is priceless. “I can see cisgender… Continue Reading

Handsome Women in Handsome Clothes

Entrepreneur Shaz Riley has started a clothing company catering to butch women. It’s about time: menswear made for women which de-emphasizes bust line and doesn’t make room for package. What I find amazing is that on Joe.My.God’s post about it,… Continue Reading

Classical Music (& Class)

Lawrence University, where Rachel & I work, has a Conservatory as well — which for me means tons of free, cool music. I go see a lot of things I never went to see in NYC; as I was explaining,… Continue Reading

World Man Cup

No, really: why do so many cool people watch World Cup? There isn’t one woman on a team anywhere, & if any other industry were so blatant in its discrimination, so many people wouldn’t watch, & might actually be out… Continue Reading

Two Tune Tueday: Gogol Bordello

There’s new Gogol Bordello out!

Ethics, Schmethics

Alice Dreger, recently disliked by those in the trans (for defending Michael Bailey) and intersex communities (for being for the “DSD” diagnosis), has at least said, in print, in both Psychology Today and The Hastings Center Report, that maybe using… Continue Reading

Dads’ Day

A very happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. Dads, I hope you got to sleep in. Or eat what you want. Or do whatever it is that makes you happy in a simple, lovely way.


TG POC is a discussion-oriented listserv for Trans People of Color as well as their significant others and allies.

SF Trans Pride

Trans people are leading the SF Pride Parade, right after Dykes on Bikes (who have always been the 1st group). & Once again, New York lags behind in hipness (although there is a Trans Day of Action march, which includes… Continue Reading

Tierney (un)Truth and (not) Dare

A little more than a week ago, John Tierney published an article in the NYT “daring” to question whether or not girls just aren’t good at math. What a goddamn revelation. I don’t know what we would do without such… Continue Reading

Genital Algorithm

In an attempt to get rid of the weenie waggers & masturbaters, people are trying to develop tech that would help scan for human penises when people are in chat rooms. The idea, of course, is for people to avoid… Continue Reading

Like Catnip to a Lion

Cats really do rule the world. Okay, not really. Actually, toxoplasma rules the world: Unlike Plasmodium, however, which can rely on the natural behaviour of mosquitoes to spread it around, Toxoplasma’s rodent hosts have a strong aversion to helping it… Continue Reading


It’s about damn time, but a six-month moratorium on deep water drilling is a start. & To hell with the Minerals Management Service: ask any coal miner. I’m glad to hear there will be some attempt to get them to… Continue Reading

Two Tune Tuesday: Franz Ferdinand

Maybe you’ve had enough Franz Ferdinand, but I haven’t: I keep listening & then discovering my most recent favorite track (since it took me a while to listen to any other than “No You Girls”). So here’s the three most… Continue Reading


Congratulations to all of Lawrence University’s graduating seniors! Today is commencement, my second since I’ve been teaching here, but the first where I’ve known quite a few students, one of whom is graduating summa cum laude with an honors project… Continue Reading

New Guidelines for Gender Marker Changes on US Passports

This just in from NCTE: Last night the US Department of State announced new guidelines for issuing passports to transgender people. Beginning today, applicants for a gender marker change on their passports will need to submit certification from a physician… Continue Reading