Happy Halloween

If you’ve never read it, then listen to Neil Gaiman’s “Snow, Glass, Apples” in five parts, read by Bebe Neuwirth, instead. Part One * Part Two * Part Three * Part Four * Part Five This is one of our… Continue Reading

That Salon Piece

Since what I’ve written here has now been commented on elsewhere, I will write more about the experience of loss when you’re the loved one of a trans person. Y’all are going to force me to write another book, you… Continue Reading

Salon Piece on Dad’s Transition

The caption was what got me: “After Dad had gender reassignment surgery, he promised he’d be the same person.” Please, lovely trans folks, STOP saying this to your loved ones. It’s not true. The whole point of transition is to… Continue Reading

No, Really: Sexy Droogie

Honestly, someone is actually marketing a Sexy Droogie Costume for women who want to be Alex of A Clockwork Orange fame.  You know the movie – the one with one of the most horrifying rape scenes ever filmed? But sure!… Continue Reading

#OWS: Oakland & Atlanta

This NYT piece on the recent crackdowns on both #OccupyAtlanta and #OccupyOakland covers a little bit of why the violence has escalated. Oakland has not had easy relationship with the police force for (at least) a few years now. Cops:… Continue Reading

Girls Scouts Trans Friendly

The Girl Scouts have recently issued a statement about inclusion of young (trans) girls: “Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization and we accept all girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade as members. If a child identifies as a girl and… Continue Reading

Badass Barbie

= This is kinda what I made my Barbies look like, as well as I could, but apparently, some parents are not happy with Barbie’s alt makeover. She is a limited edition, however, and not the type of Barbie to… Continue Reading


Trans in the Workplace

A magazine called Insight Into Diversity recently did an article on transgender issues in the workplace. I was interviewed for it, as were Jillian Weiss, author of Transgender Workplace Diversity and Vanessa Sheridan, author of The Complete Guide to Transgender… Continue Reading

Occupy Writers #OWS

I’m very proud to be one of the signatories on this list of writers who are in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Go check out a poem by Alice Walker titled “the joyful news of your arrest”, a… Continue Reading

Two Tune Friday: Elliott Smith, still missed

It’s been 8 years to the day since Elliott Smith died, so a special musical offering. I love his stuff, and wish he’d hung around to create more of this gorgeous music. I wish I had seen him live, too.

Imagine More #OWS

This is the piece about #OWS that says it best, for me. No one deserves to live in a world built upon the degradation of human beings, forests, waters, and the rest of our living planet. Speaking to our brethren… Continue Reading

Gen X Is Sick of Your Bullshit

Wow it’s true: Right now, Generation X just wants a beer and to be left alone. It just wants to sit here quietly and think for a minute. Can you just do that, okay? It knows that you are so… Continue Reading

Two Tune Tuesday: OK GO

They’re otherwise famous for the video of “A Million Ways” but I had their “I Want You So Bad I Can’t Breathe” come up on Pandora the other day, and so went hunting for it, which is when I discovered… Continue Reading

Wear Purple on 10/20

From GLAAD, via Bilerico: Bilerico explains: This month GLAAD is working with organizations including GLSEN, GSA Network, PFLAG and The Trevor Project as part of National Bullying spiritday.jpgPrevention Month to inspire Americans to wear purple on Spirit Day. The Bilerico… Continue Reading

About Chaz

GLAAD put together a group of trans advocates to watch Chaz Bono’s appearance on Dancing with the Stars. Nice work, no?

Happy Friday!

Anyone else remember Human Sexual Response or this song “Cool Jerk”? Nifty video I’d never seen before, too: (You may remember their song “Jackie Onassis” instead.) Have a lovely weekend. If you can, do try to make it to an… Continue Reading

47% Condescension

A friend of mine put up this Daily Kos “letter to the 53%er” whose image and letter have been showing up all over the place. I was disgusted by the condescension, and maybe that’s because I’m a working class asshole… Continue Reading

Crimes & Misdemeanors

Topeka, Kansas isn’t currently enforcing domestic violence laws put on the books to protect women. They say they can’t afford to. & Honestly, I’d like to know when exactly we’re going to realize that our courts are clogged with minor… Continue Reading

I’m Hir: for National Coming Out Day

I haven’t had the performance of a poem make me cry in a long time. Thanks to Reiko of LU for bringing it to my attention. Happy Coming Out Day, everyone!