“But, like embracing the woman I am, I couldn’t stay back from the allure of the waves. The pull of my trans-ness and queerness, of course, would always be stronger, the strongest impulses I have ever known. The sea, like them, was a place that represented a kind of forbidden love. I needed to overcome my fears or I would feel that I was holding myself back from living authentically.”
While it’s important to acknowledge famous names like Christine Jorgensen and Lili Elbe, it’s also important to talk about other trans women who might be less well-known, but have had their own big impact on trans history.
Musician Sean Desiree — who alone makes up all parts of the indie band bell’s roar — explains how they juggle being a musician by day with running a furniture-making business by night, how they learned to deal with rejection, and what’s it’s like being a queer person of colour in an industry and genre dominated by straight white men.
There’s a new queer-lady-friendly space in town called Qulture Collective. It’s a combination of cafe, workspace, gallery, retail store, and event space and it is really, truly, rad.
As an anti-oppression activist, I’m uncomfortable with the extent to which “outsourcing” often feels to me like a euphemism for “moving our problems onto people with less systematic power.”
After removing my damaged locks, I realized that that was the easy part. Removing the Eurocentric straight- haired image of femininity embedded in my brain was much harder.
A Barbie ad that stirs my heart, new dress code policies in Puerto Rico that keep LGBT kids safe and happy, Staceyann Chin’s tiny but badass feminist daughter, good news for trans Girl Guides, and MORE!
Hyperreal miniatures, monsters, up close with Saturn’s moon, noises, Helen Keller, Peaches, parenting, Hermione, female ghosts, Sally Ride and even more!
Keisha Jenkins is at least the 20th trans woman murdered in the US this year, and nearly all of them have been Black and/or Latinx.
Amber Rose’s Slutwalk truly embraced and celebrated the duality of women’s lives in the modern world, and it was a radically inclusive event — one with an explicit policy against all forms of oppressive language and behavior as well as an explicit intent to include, lift up, and acknowledge the unique and compounded struggles of trans women, women of color, queer women, poor women, and differently abled women.
Weddings dresses with a gay twist, the Pope dissing Kim Davis, communicating with beavers but for real and not like a joke about lesbians, Fergus the dog going home again, and more!
An examination of plays in the canon that we all deserve to see with an all-Black cast.
Jennicet Gutiérrez, Rita, Karolina and Joselyn tell us what real support for undocumented trans women looks like.
Openly gay writers/directors Lisa Cholodenko and Jane Anderson took home trophies. Jane Lynch snagged another win. And Transparent pulled down three Emmys, too!
Talking with three of the stars of trans-created webseries Her Story about love, representation, staffing a set with trans women and so much more.
Where did the taco come from? From the Aztecs to silver mines in Mexico to the Taco Bell founder, these are some big moments in taco history.
Sometimes the only way to remember the good times is to recreate them yourself.
“Why is it that trans women of color have to experience so much violence to remember that they have each other’s back?”
“Jo’s trans identity was just another integral part of her character, and it developed very naturally — she was a leader, she was VERY passionate about being a Lumberjane, she was also trans.”
Feminism is alive and well, my friends. And I’ve got 95 photos from across the planet to prove it.