If I Had a Hammer…

… I’d want to use it just like Pete Seeger used his. In response to questions from HUAC (The House Unamerican Activities Committee), he said this: “I decline to discuss, under compulsion, where I have sung, and who has sung… Continue Reading

Virtual Gender Swap

I want to do this. Very, very much. The Machine To Be Another’s projects work something like this: Two people put on headsets, and then see each other’s perspectives. That would be an extraordinarily bemusing experience were it not for… Continue Reading

I Prefer Not To.

Susan Stryker tells some variation of this joke in Transgender History: When crossdressers are asked if they are a boy or a girl, they say “yes. ” When genderqueer identified people are, they say “no.”  

Coolest 4-Year Old Ever

She found out boys can’t marry boys in Australia so she wrote to the Prime Minister. If you can’t read it, it says: Dear Tony Abbott, Don’t get rid of the ABC because we love it. And let boys marry… Continue Reading

Deep Dark Fears

more here. h/t io9.

Dr. V

A couple of people have contacted me to ask if I know about or what I think of the Dr. V story. I’m a little surprised I have to explain my position on this, but here it is: the story… Continue Reading

What He Did

I love this Daily Kos diary which explains what Dr. King actually did. It’s not about the quotes. It’s about standing up to systemic violence. My father told me with a sort of cold fury, “Dr. King ended the terror… Continue Reading

Legacy

The sad thing is that of course, sometimes, they do prefer you dead. Rest in peace, Dr. King. The fight hasn’t ended.

Help Me Bring the Trans to WI!

Well hello lovely readers! It’s rare for me to do this sort of thing, but there are a couple of cool events afoot that I’ve been part of that need your support. One of them is called the Trans Leadership… Continue Reading

OK, OK

The good news is that a federal judge has struck down Oklahoma’s DOMA as unconstitutional. (Image courtesy Joe.My.God) (I’m sorry. I couldn’t resist.)

The 15%

There’s a project called “We Are the 15 Percent” that collects portraits of interiracial marriages and families, and I came upon this one and decided they were too cute not to post. The project came about because of the ridiculous,… Continue Reading

If You Know a Cisgender Person…

This is just so smart and so perfect. (If anyone knows where this originated, do let me know. I’d like to credit/link to them.)

Amiri Baraka’s Gone (But Never Forgotten)

What an amazing man, an amazing poet, an amazing speaker: I saw him speak a long time ago at CCNY & was blown away. Thank you, Mr. Baraka, for being fearless and for always speaking truth to power (even if… Continue Reading

Missouri Gov Does What He Can

Says the (conservative Dem) governor of Missouri: “Many Missourians, including myself, are thinking about these issues of equality in new ways and reflecting on what constitutes discrimination. To me, that process has led to the belief that we shouldn’t treat… Continue Reading

Laverne Cox & Carmen Carrera on Katie Couric

I’m sure everyone has seen these already, but if you haven’t, they’re worth watching – even if only for their responses to the genitals questions.

NYC & Trans (Sex Worker) History

I was reading this depressing, massive list of all the business that have closed in NYC since Bloomberg became mayor and then found this post about the meatpacking district and the trans sex workers who used to ply their trade… Continue Reading

& Now for the Weather…

The Guy with Two Penises

I know this isn’t exactly news, but I found it fascinating, and with the sheer number of comments on the Reddit thread, a lot of other people have too. When asked how men and women respond, sexually, to him having… Continue Reading

Me, by Her

I don’t do this often, but I really like this photo my wife took of me, so here it is.