“I stand with trans people.”

I did a talk for Rainbow Over Wisconsin last night – a local org that helps fund LGBTQ projects in northeastern wisco. Here’s what I said. Someone asked me recently why it is that gay people are so political, and… Continue Reading

Music: The Traveling Suitcase

So I’ve gone to see a lot of my friends’ bands over the years, and mostly they were alright, but now I get to go see Traveling Suitcase, the band that just came back after one of the guys transitioned.… Continue Reading

Bad, Bad News from HHS

You know when a document is signed by a few of your favorite organizations (NCTE, the Task Force) you have to pay attention. Here are the highlights: President Trump this week quietly appointed anti-LGBT extremist Roger Severino as Director of… Continue Reading

Tomorrow Night!

Time to #BoycottTexas: SB6 Approved

I watched some of the five hour hearing. Toward the end, a Republican woman named Lois Kolkhorst came on and made something she thought was a feminist argument for passing this law. And if I never hear another woman argue… Continue Reading

Tegan’s Family

A family in Illinois is fighting for their son’s right to use the men’s room. “I just want to let other people know, I know there’s a lot of other people that’s going through the same thing I am, that,… Continue Reading

Male Privilege & Trans Women

I’ve said in the past that I’ve made all the mistakes and asked all the dumb questions as a feminist who is trans-allied, and I have. I’ve put a lot of it in print. The reality is that many of… Continue Reading

#IBelieveinTransWomen

Look, my fellow big brained cis feminists who don’t understand trans people but who feel the need to question and evaluate trans feminism and the entire concept of gender because you’ve just learned this is something you should know about:… Continue Reading

Trans Advocates Share Message of Hope for Trans Youth

Gender Diversity Talk (by me)

It starts about 10 minutes in.

Working Women

This is my grandma. She was a janitor for a building in midtown, a proud 32 B/J union member, a single mom, and a survivor of domestic violence. The only day she called in sick to work was the day… Continue Reading

Dandara dos Santos, Or, Why I Don’t Quit

A former student expressed some fatigue and frustration on FB today while they were once again explaining how binary gender is a social construction. I said: try doing it for another 25 years. It’s two decades nearly doing trans work… Continue Reading

Int’l Women’s Day Teach In at Lawrence

Just as with February 17th, when a National Strike was called, tomorrow is the Day Without A Woman. A few of my colleagues and I agreed that education is more in our wheelhouse, so we created a day-long Teach In… Continue Reading

Parents of Trans Kids

(I’m looking for the artist’s name. Haven’t found it yet. If anyone out there tracks this person down, please let me know.) update 2PM: Here are the original designs, all being used to raise funds in the UK for trans… Continue Reading

WI State Detransitioning Trans Employees

Imagine, married folks, how it would feel if you got a cheery email from your university or from the state you live in telling you that due to some clerical reorganization, you and your spouse, and all married people in… Continue Reading

Crossdressers on NPR

It’s so rare to see a good story about crossdresser culture these days, but Veronica Vera, as ever, leads the way in this story from NPR. I love that there’s a wife interviewed as well: In fact, Pat came to… Continue Reading

This Is Compassion: Hansen Unplugged

What a remarkable thing: compassion without understanding, without needing an explanation, without fear. Just one man, looking at the situation, and trying to see this young man for who he is while also seeing how unfair it is for the… Continue Reading

Hold Tight

I am not sure straight folks even know how often we do this when we don’t feel safe.

Amicus Brief

A remarkable document, signed by 101 trans individuals – some celebrities (Jen Richards, Laverne Cox, Zachary Drucker, the Wachowski sisters), activists (Beck Bailey, Diego Sanchez, Jamison Green), professors (Ben Barres, Jenny Boylan, Paisley Currah), and lawyers (Zoe Dolan, Mik Kincaid,… Continue Reading

When We Rise #whenwerise

You really should be watching this series. It’s not perfect, but it’s really, really good, and gets at some of the ways life was. You can watch the first two episodes online, and catch the third and fourth tonight and… Continue Reading