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In Defense & Celebration of Femininity: Getting Beyond Judgments, Even Within the Queer Community

In Defense & Celebration of Femininity: Getting Beyond Judgments, Even Within the Queer Community

By: Lorelei Erisis*/TRT Columnist— This month I decided to write about the idea of femininity, specifically as it relates to me, but also in the broader sense as it applies to all of us. The idea was solid. I’m a femme identified trans woman who does queer activism but also gets around quite a bit […]

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How Being Visible Helps the Transgender Cause, Keeps the Momentum Going

By: Deja Nicole Greenlaw*/TRT Columnist— Last month my Springfield, Mass. trans support group, UniTy, was asked to march with Baystate Health in the 2014 Springfield Puerto Rican Day Parade. Of course, UniTy Moderator Keri Stebbins and I happily accepted the invitation, and we sent out information in our Yahoo and Facebook groups about the event. […]

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Transition & Family: Dealing with Resistance and Lack of Acceptance

By: Deja Nicole Greenlaw*/TRT Columnist— When you decide to transition, it can be a wonderful thing. Up to that point you may have felt you’ve been living untrue to yourself, and now all those painful years of being in the closet are finally over and done. Everything is full speed ahead. There’s no looking back, […]

Standing on Your Own & We Can Stand with You: Being Your Own Best Advocate

Standing on Your Own & We Can Stand with You: Being Your Own Best Advocate

By: Lorelei Erisis*/TRT Columnist— I usually like to focus on the positive aspects of being trans in this column. I’m happiest when I’m celebrating our lives and experiences, but there is no denying that a lot of the trans experience can be difficult. We face more slings and arrows in our lives than many people […]

Gender Non-Conforming Teen to File Federal Lawsuit against South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles

Gender Non-Conforming Teen to File Federal Lawsuit against South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles

New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) will hold a press conference on Tuesday, September 2, on the South Steps of the South Carolina State House in Columbia to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles on behalf of a 16-year-old gender […]

Transgender Discrimination in Public Accommodations: The New Report & How you can Help

Transgender Discrimination in Public Accommodations: The New Report & How you can Help

By: Lorelei Erisis*/TRT Columnist— One of the advantages to having a column of my own, especially as an activist, is having a little soapbox to hop up onto when things get under my skin or when there’s something really important I feel folks need to know about. In this case, it’s the subject of discrimination […]

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Being Misgendered, Whether Intentional or Not, Causes Pain

By: Deja Nicole Greenlaw*/TRT Columnist— Have you ever been misgendered? That is, have you ever been mistakenly referred to as “she” instead of “he,” or as “him” instead of “her?” Does it make you feel uncomfortable? What do you do? Do you let it go or do you correct the person? If you correct them, […]

Ask a Transwoman: Am I Trans?

Ask a Transwoman: Am I Trans?

By: Lorelei Erisis*/TRT Columnist— Dear Lorelei, I’ve known since I was nine years old that I didn’t want breasts. I went through puberty very young. By the time I was ten I was already getting hair in certain parts of my body. I was raised that hair was to be shaved off because young girls […]