CisHet White Men Questionnaire

Application Allowing Cishet White Men to Live Among Us In the light of yet another mass shooting by a cishet white man, it is apparent that, as a group, these individuals do not quite understand the basic laws of civilization.… Continue Reading

Unerased: New Resource on Trans Murders

Mic has introduced a new resource for tracking the murders of trans people. It includes murders in the US since 2010, only, but it does a little more digging into the statistics and how transness is “negotiated” not just by… Continue Reading


Yesterday I saw students graduate who have been out and proud for most of their young lives; others are still shy around their families of origin but also full of pride in their own queer selves; some I did a… Continue Reading


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

No Justice, No Peace: UVA & Marisa Alexander

A first year student was gang raped at UVA, and it took a Rolling Stone article (TW) to get anyone to pay attention. It turns out UVA doesn’t even expel people who have admitted to rape. Those of us who… Continue Reading

It’s Not About Her Ex: A Trans Partner’s Story

My friend M. is a woman who was assaulted by her ex. Her ex happens to be a woman, too, of trans history. When the news of what had happened broke, her story was drowned out by all of the… Continue Reading

Tiffany Edwards

Tiffany Edwards was the fourth trans woman of color killed this June. She was also the fourth trans woman murdered in Ohio in the past 16 months. Her suspected killer, however, turned himself in this morning to police. His mom… Continue Reading

Triggery (But Funny?)

I found it kind of stunning, either way. Pretty much the truth of it, as disturbing as it is. It reminds me of that Margaret Atwood quote that’s circulating a lot- here’s a paraphrase: when men are asked why they’re… 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

Dear Brandon: 20 Years Ago Today…

20 years ago tonight Brandon Teena was murdered. Two friends, Lisa Lambert and Philip DeVine, were killed with him. 20 years ago the trans community protested that Brandon was not killed because he was a “lesbian” but because of his… Continue Reading

Cleveland Trans Murders

Two violent murders of trans people happened in two days in Cleveland. Brittany Stergis, 22, was found shot in her car. Betty Skinner, 52, was found dead in her apartment, apparently of head injuries. Neither has been labeled a hate… Continue Reading

Defense Attorney Reveals Culture’s Transphobia

First: At least some justice has been served in the case of Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar, who was killed in March 2010. So at least there has been some justice for another trans woman who was killed by a tranphobic, violent man.… Continue Reading

Renisha McBride

So what the fuck is going on in this country? A woman’s car dies so she stops in a suburb (of Detroit) and knocks on a door for help and is shot in the back of the head when she… Continue Reading

Islan, & Harlem, & Me

I went to college in Harlem, slept with men in Harlem, lived a little north of Harlem and a little south of Harlem for most of my 20s. I cut my teeth on womanism, which was the first form of… Continue Reading

RIP Islan Nettles

As if another side of the universe is heard from: Islan Nettles, a 21 year old trans woman, died of wounds inflicted Saturday night. She died yesterday in Harlem hospital. She and her friends were attacked by a group of… Continue Reading

No More Gay/Trans Panic Defense?

I hope so. It’s a ridiculous idea. The American Bar Association has voted on it, with these stipulations: The resolution passed by the ABA House of Delegates says that legislation should: (a)    [Require] courts in any criminal trial or… Continue Reading

RIP Dwayne Jones

(I don’t know what his femme name was, or if he even had one, or even if he used female pronouns. His friend Khloe, in this article, refers to Jones as “him” so I’m going with that.) This is another… Continue Reading

Evon Young’s Killers

Trigger warning: this death was horrific and brutal and cold blooded, in my opinion. The description is journalistic and, as a result, very upsetting. Evon Young’s killers are pleading guilty to various charges which is a good thing that will… Continue Reading

Patrick Stewart Wins Again

This is a pretty amazing statement on domestic violence, post traumatic stress disorder, and respect for parents. At 2:40 & 6:20 he’s especially astonishing.

Help Qween Amor

Qween Amor was assaulted in Union Square on May 7th, 2013. The suspect is now in custody. Immediately after this video was taken, her suitcase (pictured, red) was stolen. It contained her amplifier, laptop, and all other possessions. S/he needs… Continue Reading