Issue 7

Trans*Scribe

Trans women are so often talked about, and so rarely listened to. Trans*scribe brings queer trans women’s voices to the front, with a diverse batch of stories covering a vast spectrum of trans experiences and triumphs.

“You’re So… You!”

“Our commitment was never in question. I just hadn’t faced the possibility that I could be, not someone’s boyfriend, but their girlfriend. That was the part I had to think about.”

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Dear Housemates of Our Radical Progressive Queer Co-op

“While I fully embrace the clothing-optional atmosphere of our body-positive home, I don’t want to shimmy down the hall with my ass hanging out in an emergency dash for TP.”

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Rebel Yell: This Voice Isn’t Gendered, It’s Punk

“The questionnaire doesn’t ask: “How do you feel your voice fits your role as an artist?,” but for me, it’s an unavoidable question.”

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Unwritten On The Body

As with the meaning of written text, our bodies float somewhere between the author (ourselves) and the reader (those we encounter).

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“And I Do Mean All My Life”: A Trans* Coming Out Letter

For anyone who’s ever wanted to say it in a letter.

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Wigging Out: How I Found Beauty in Baldness

Being bombarded by images of beautiful women with long hair while having male pattern baldness certainly made it easier to repress being transgender.

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Leaving It on the Court: When My World Changed, Sports Stayed

My teammates didn’t know that I was ending my run in this men’s league because I had to leave my male identity on the court.

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Getting With Girls Like Us: A Radical Guide to Dating Trans* Women for Cis Women

Okay ladies, let’s stop right here and get our game together.

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Call and Response: On Body Snarking and The Word “Tr*nny”

“If you do feel the need to ask if someone is transgender or not, first ask yourself why. Why is it your business? Why do you need to know? And will it change anything you think about this person?”

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On Faith And Gender, Or Why I Dress Like A Man On Fridays

“It boils down to a simple decision: dress like a man, or lose part of my faith.”

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Fat, Trans and (Working on Being) Fine With It

“Not only do I have to deal with the crippling dysphoria that comes from having a body that I often don’t even recognize as my own, I also have to deal with the cultural misogyny that tells me that a woman can’t be as big and fat as I am and still be desirable.”

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Do Not Consume Psilocybin Mushrooms While Trans*

“This is about the first time I ever did mushrooms, and it’s about how being trans* affects everything, even bullshit bourgeoise attempts at pharmacological liberation.”

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Trans and Schizophrenic: When Diagnosis Impacts Transition

If he had read my medical records he would have known that my first psychotic break was exacerbated by my fear that I would never be recognized as a woman.

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Clicks on a Keyboard: Dungeons, Dragons, and Trans-Feminism

This begins with me already being a feminist, but ends with me making peace with being a woman.

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Freezing My Assets: On Transitioning and Wanting To Be A Mom One Day Too

“He was about to break the news that I would never have a child of my own, and nothing else had ever made it so clear that I wanted one. I really, really wanted one.”

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The Future of Gender Is the Present For Trans* Characters in SciFi Novels

What do the leading names in science fiction tell us about the future of gender?

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It’s Not Okay: Intimate Partner Violence in Radical Queer Spaces

“She acts like she’s such a victim when obviously there was abuse on both sides.” Awkwardly, I shrug my shoulders and look around the room. My partner doesn’t notice how uncomfortable she’s making me because she’s caught up in her own conjectures: “It’s like how we are sometimes.”

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Transitioning While Genderqueer (Despite the Standards of Care)

“It would have been nice to share my entire truth with her, but because of the Standards of Care, I didn’t; I feared my story would be seen as diverging from the typical trans* narrative too much.”

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I Had Facial Feminization Surgery

“I paid a dude to knock me unconscious, peel back my face, and cut out chunks of my skull and jaw.”

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I’m A Trans Woman And I’m Not Interested In Being One of the “Good Ones”

If you present in a traditionally feminine way, you’re just being a misogynistic parody of a woman, and if you fail to present in a traditionally feminine way, well ha! There’s the proof that you’re not really a woman right there.

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Identity Theft: A Trans* Intersex Woman On Traumas and Surgery

“It’s unfortunate, unfair and illogical that intersex people get assigned a gender and a sex and are expected to either stick with them or fix someone else’s mistake with expensive, risky surgery on their genitals.”

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Choose Your Character: I’m Peach, Not Mario

“I did extremely well in any video games with dating elements, like Persona 4, but virtual dating and real dating are two very different things. I could master playing as someone else, but as the old cliché of dating advice often goes, I needed to be myself.”

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Fifty Shades of White

Having the blessing – or curse – of lighter skin is a double edged sword. I never gave much thought to the idea that society needs positive cultural images of minorities until I came to embrace my Hispanic heritage and come out of the closet.

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The Incredibly True Story Of How Cissexism Made My Same-Sex Marriage Legal

Thanks to a simple governmental regulation, my wife and I were able to exploit a legal loophole and obtain a federally recognized marriage.

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Leaving a Mark on the American Heartland With My Solo Queer Trans* Woman Roadtrip

“This past year of my transition, 2012, has been one of road travel with many miles revisited across numerous American states… Not the least of my concerns was driving my friend Xene’s unfamiliar Prius. Yet, my larger concern was driving solo as a woman.”

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I Knew I Was a Girl at 8: Transitioning and Teenage Activism

“I knew transitioning was possible, but I didn’t know someone under the age of 40 could do it.”

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