RIP Lady Chablis

Heartbreaking news from Monica Roberts: The Lady Chablis, aka The Doll, aka Brenda Dale Knox, had died at the young age of 59. She became famous by playing herself in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, after which… Continue Reading

Surveying Gender

It’s back to school and students everywhere are looking at a form that asks them to choose M or F. Some have changed it to include Transgender, or Other, and still others add a “don’t care to answer”. I’m glad… Continue Reading

Biblically Gendered

“The Israelites took the transgender trope from their surrounding cultures and wove it into their own sacred scripture. The four-Hebrew-letter name of God, which scholars refer to as the Tetragrammaton, YHWH, was probably not pronounced “Jehovah” or “Yahweh,” as some… Continue Reading

Hill & the DNC

I wrote this after watching Clinton’s speech at the DNC this past week (but was traveling & didn’t get a chance to post it until now): This woman had negotiated gender in ways that astonish and amaze me: to find… Continue Reading

“Calm Down or Suck It Up.”

Here’s a really great piece on bathrooms, Title VII and Title IX, and the “Dear Colleague” letter the DOE published. It explains clearly what the issues are, such as: So is the Obama administration making a rule that trans people… Continue Reading

Female Masculinity

Guest Author: Finn Enke

A very good piece about bathroom legislation, NC, and why public accommodations are not just about us.  Enke’s book , Transfeminist Perspectives, is one of my favorites of recent years.  In 2015, 21 different anti-trans bills were put before legislatures… Continue Reading

Oh, Ms. Greer

I’ve been doing work with and for trans women for about 15 years now. Arguably, I have met more trans women than most people on this planet. Older transitioners, young transitioners, passing, non-passing, those who pursue medical options, those who… Continue Reading

Same Difference: Docu About Black Masculinity

Stud, butch, AG, masculine of center – these are some of the terms people use to talk about their identities in this documentary by Nnekah Onuorah that I have to find a way to see. Short of that, this article… Continue Reading

Race is Not Gender: About Rachel Dolezal

As much as I joked yesterday that America just found out, via Spokane, that race is a social construction, I meant it to be only that: a joke. It has lead to a lot of people actually talking about what… Continue Reading

Catharine A. MacKinnon on Trans Women

I’ve always been a fan of hers even when I disagree with her. But this? Made me joyful. She was asked how her views have changed over the years: Certain things that I have had an inkling about have grown… Continue Reading

Mad Max: Fury Road

In case the MRA guys calling for a boycott of the movie isn’t a good enough reason for you, I saw it last night and loved it. Maybe it will come as a surprise that I tend to like fast… Continue Reading

Justice Alito’s Wrong

A reporter just called me and asked me to respond to this quote: JUSTICE ALITO: Well, how do you account for the fact that, as far as I’m aware, until the end of the 20th century, there never was a nation or… Continue Reading

Superhero

Gender Quiz

I actually found a Buzzfeed Quiz about gender that strikes me as pretty accurate. Go ahead & see if it gets you right.

“You still have your boxes.”

The always elegant Janet Mock talks to Bill Maher. They cover a few things – Tambour & Transparent, Jenner’s possible transness, etc. – but the very last bit is his question about why Facebook now has 56 genders. She points… Continue Reading

Max to the Max

A good friend of mine has an awesome son. This is him: And this year, he’s just old enough to start worrying about bullies and what other kids will think and say and do. He told his mom he didn’t… Continue Reading

Serano Clarifies: That New Yorker Article

I have been accused, in the past, of being a ‘handmaiden’ to trans politics (really) or of being biased. What I am a handmaiden to is representing both sides of an argument with respect; discovering where and when someone is… Continue Reading

Ruby Rose Redone

via HuffPo, where the words Ruby Rose – the model/DJ in the video – posted on her Facebook also appear: You know what needs to stop just as much as homophobia, bullying within the LGBT Community… A ‘bisexual’ isn’t just… Continue Reading

“Just Like That” (Those Oprah Guests)

Oh, Oprah. She did one of her “Where Are They Now?” editions and it turns out Christine, a woman who had been in a marriage in which both husband and wife would come out as a gay, later met a… Continue Reading