Context, Culture, Community

Here are two amazing pieces written as a response to the recent uproar about the use of the term “tranny” but also due to the one caused by a series of articles about Leto playing Rayon and the potrayal of… Continue Reading

White House Issues New Guidelines for Sexual Assault on College Campuses

Wow is this overdue, but very, very welcome. “The American people have kind of woken up to the fact that we’ve got a serious problem when 20 percent of coeds say they’ve been sexually assaulted,” said Representative Jackie Speier, Democrat… Continue Reading

NC Clergy Bring It

Oh, this is all kinds of awesome. “The core protection of the First Amendment is that government may not regulate religious beliefs or take sides in religious controversies,” says Jonathan Martel, a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP. “Marriage performed… Continue Reading

“Farewell ‘Tranny'”

An old friend of mine, sometimes known as Minerva Steele, wrote a piece on Facebook about his own, queer relationship with the demise of the word “tranny” and the surrounding culture of language policing. I wanted to share it because… Continue Reading

Us @ FORGE Milwaukee

We’re doing a presentation and heading a discussion at FORGE Milwaukee tomorrow, Saturday April 26th, at 7PM. The Facebook event is here. FORGE’s longer description is here and goes like this: Join guest speaker and author Helen Boyd for a… Continue Reading

Casa Valentina Opening

It was so much fun. I’ll be writing more about the play itself in the upcoming days, but for now, look at the pretty pictures. There are more at Playbill’s site.

bell hooks @ SNC

Well check this out! This is a video of a talk bell hooks just gave on Tuesday at St. Norbert College. I was there, & it was amazing. Watch & learn. The Q&A is really the thing, and that starts… Continue Reading

‘Gabo’ Flies Away on a White Sheet While Hanging Laundry

Gabriel Garcia Marquez died and left us with an outstanding legacy of beauty and politics.

“I Touch Myself” Becomes Breast Cancer PSA

The Divynyls’ Chrissy Amphlett died of breast cancer last year and she wanted her best known song to do some good. The song of female desire is now a song of self-care: = why women rock, pt. 8010.

The RuPaul Brouhaha

RuPaul’s Drag Race decided to stop using “she mail” for a segment on the show because trans people were upset about it – but moreso upset about an additional segment where people had to guess whether a close-up shot of… Continue Reading

Sports T

All the boldface is my own. The first evidence of this new policy in action was published last year in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Four female athletes, ages 18 to 21, all from developing countries, were investigated… Continue Reading

Hyenas

I write memoir. Sometimes people ask me why I would publish such deeply personal things, and I never know how to answer that question. Because I can? Because I think shame is the single most limiting factor of our lives?… Continue Reading

Lab-grown Vaginas

For real, folks. Not only can they grow them but they can implant them. A tissue sample and a biodegradable scaffold were used to grow vaginas in the right size and shape for each woman as well as being a… Continue Reading

New Trans Relationship

So this Dear Abby letter is a few kinds of great: Dear Abby: I’m a divorced woman with grown children. I have always supported gay rights and thought of myself as straight. But a few months ago, I met a… Continue Reading

Christie Lee Littleton (Van de Putte) Dies

She did remarry after the case that made her famous, which was only recently overturned by the Nikki Araguz case. Her case brought a public spotlight onto the injustice of judges ruling on gender transition and marriage rights. I’m glad… Continue Reading

“They” – by Ivan Coyote

“Just a thought: I would like to phase out the use of the term “prefers the pronoun” she or he or they, (or any other) and replace it with “uses the pronoun”. I prefer chicken to duck. I prefer a… Continue Reading

Casa Valentina

So we were just in New York, and one of the awesome things we did was meet the cast and crew of Harvey Fierstein’s new play Casa Valentina. We didn’t get to see the whole thing – just a few… Continue Reading