Seattle: Trans Activist Danni Askini Is Running for Office

She’s running for an open seat in the Washington State House of Representatives, 43rd legislative district. She’s 33, trans, and awesome. She’s the founder and director of the Seattle-based Gender Justice League, and would be the first openly trans person… Continue Reading

A Message for Super Tuesday

Don't let Trump fool you: rightwing populism is the new normal It might be tempting to view the political success of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as something uniquely American. But, argues Gary Younge, rightwing populism and scapegoating of society’s… Continue Reading

Malcolm X: 51 Years Ago Today

Half a century, and I don’t think we’ve ever recovered from losing what he brought to the table. I used to walk the path his stretcher took from the Audubon Ballroom to the emergency room on a regular basis; it… Continue Reading

South Dakota Veto?

It’s up to you. The governor of South Dakota still has the chance to veto the anti-trans law – and he is, at least, willing to (finally) meet some trans students before he makes his decision, which means he should… Continue Reading

WI Trans Bathroom Bill – Contact Your Legislators

AB 469 is back on the schedule, dammit. This is the bill that wants to undo local ordinances that will overturn local ordinances that allow trans students to use the correct bathroom. It’s been scheduled for a hearing next Thursday,… Continue Reading

Houston, We Have a Problem

An amazing non discrimination ordinance in Houston was just struck down due to a paid-for campaign that focused, once again, on fear mongering: that somehow laws that allow trans people to use public bathrooms are going to result in sexual… 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

Italian Americans: Just Not Columbus

I love that Indigenous People’s Day is taking over, but as someone of some Italian American heritage (Sicilian American, it turns out), it would be nice to have a day of recognition. Just not Columbus, please, who enslaved a peaceful… Continue Reading

WI Bathroom Bill

Sadly, this transphobic bathroom stupidity has arrived at our doorstep, WI. It’s time to act. Here’s the MoveOn petition. Go sign it. Here’s a letter draft you can email to your representatives: I imagine you have heard of a bill… Continue Reading

Cecile Richards

Her mama, of course, was Gov. Ann Richards, and apparently these guys have forgotten how often she handed them their asses on a plate. As much as I appreciate everyone pointing out how many amazing services Planned Parenthood provides, it… Continue Reading

“Politically Correct” Means What?

Because my last guest author used the term “political correctness” I feel the need to comment on it. I won’t edit to that degree, but I do like to clarify why I don’t, and won’t, use this term. I remember… Continue Reading

Bernie Sanders Shows Us How It’s Done

(For the record, I’m only going to comment here about how Sanders responded to the shutdown of his speech in Seattle. I’m not interested in talking about activist tactics (but I think they were right), but more in how white… Continue Reading

EEOC Ruling

So what does this recent EEOC ruling mean? It means that sexual orientation discrimination is now considered sex discrimination, because the gender of you and the gender of who you love means it’s about gender, not orientation, per se. The… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Rules for Marriage Equality

Ramadan’s American History

Today is the start of Ramadan.One fourth of the world observes this Muslim fast, and I miss being in a culture where I could regularly witness the very happy fast-breaking at sundown; having grown up in a faith that fasts,… Continue Reading

The Origin of Memorial Day

Interesting piece on the black origins of Memorial Day in the U.S.: The largest of these events, forgotten until I had some extraordinary luck in an archive at Harvard, took place on May 1, 1865. During the final year of… Continue Reading

Happy May Day.

IN Just Made Bigotry Legal

from Lambda Legal, via Jillian Weiss: Today, the Indiana House of Representatives, with a vote of 63-31, passed a bill designed to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to discriminate against anyone in Indiana on religious grounds. Lambda Legal condemns… Continue Reading

Tell Your Story to the US Commission

If you have been discriminated against & you’re trans, NCTE is now taking testimony. You can submit your story as Anonymous if necessary, as this testimony will appear in public documents.

#blacklivesmatter

Oh, #alllivesmatter people, please, just listen for a minute. For those of us in communities that are targeted for violence – from both people who hate us and often the police who are supposed to serve and protect us –… Continue Reading