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A Defense of Crossdressers: Accepting the Gray Areas Under the Trans Umbrella

A Defense of Crossdressers: Accepting the Gray Areas Under the Trans Umbrella

By: Lorelei Erisis*/TRT Columnist— Merely hours ago, I returned home from spending the past two days at the True Colors Conference in Connecticut. I was there to represent one of the several organizations with which I work: in this case, the Transcending Boundaries Conference, which will be happening in just a few weeks. Given the […]

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A Bathroom Issue? Considering the Options for Transgender People in Restrooms

By: Deja Nicole Greenlaw*/TRT Columnist— In the quest for trans rights, one of the alleged issues is the bathroom. Opponents claim that they don’t want transwomen in the women’s room because they say that transwomen are not really women. The opponents usually follow that thought with all kinds of imagined scenarios of ciswomen (women who […]

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Religious Extremists & LGBT Rights: What Would Jesus Do?

By: Deja Nicole Greenlaw*/TRT Columnist— Ted Cruz is currently championing a bill that will allow the state of Texas to regulate marriage to not include same gender marriage. Groups in California are pushing a referendum to stop AB1266, the transgender student rights bill, which guarantees the student’s right to attend school as to be consistent […]

Ask a Transwoman: A Transwoman's Review of  “Transparent”

Ask a Transwoman: A Transwoman’s Review of “Transparent”

By: Lorelei Erisis*/TRT Columnist— I’ve just finished watching the new Amazon Originals pilot “Transparent” for the second time. The first time I watched, I was impressed enough to immediately write a rather lengthy review. I now feel I have to scrap that in its entirety, though not because I’ve come to different conclusions. I thought […]

We Need Justice for All CeCe McDonalds

We Need Justice for All CeCe McDonalds

By: Keegan O’Brien/Special to TRT— The long-awaited day finally arrived January 13 when CeCe McDonald was freed from prison. For those unfamiliar with CeCe’s case, she is an African American trans woman from Minneapolis who faced spending the remainder of her life in prison for defending herself against a life-threatening, racist, transphobic attack at the […]

Ask a Transwoman: What Should I Call All of Us? Using Language in Flux

Ask a Transwoman: What Should I Call All of Us? Using Language in Flux

By: Lorelei Erisis*/TRT Columnist— This month I thought it would be a good idea to talk about words. I thought I’d give you a little peek under the hood at why I use the words I do and how I end up using them. I am of the belief that language is a living thing. […]

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Valentine’s Day & the Transgender: Finding Love and Loving Yourself

By: Deja Nicole Greenlaw*/TRT Columnist— It’s February, and once again Valentine’s Day is upon us. It’s a day of presenting your sweetie with traditional gifts of jewelry, flowers and chocolate as signs of your love. For many it is a wonderful day, but for others it can be rather sad. If you’re not with someone […]

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Is Gender Confirmation Surgery Covered by Insurance?

By: Deja Nicole Greenlaw*/TRT Columnist— The year 2014 could be big for transgender people. There is a fairly good chance this year that gender confirmation surgeries (GCS) will become covered by many private insurances and by Medicare. Connecticut and a handful of other states have recently mandated that insurance companies operating in their state cover […]

Ask a Transwoman: Allies' Value & How to be Helpful in the Fight for Trans* Rights

Ask a Transwoman: Allies’ Value & How to be Helpful in the Fight for Trans* Rights

By: Lorelei Erisis*/TRT Columnist— Lorelei, What can I do if I want to work for trans* issues/rights? I’ve been thinking about trans* concerns today, especially because we have a new/old employee moving from one campaign to the one I work on, who is trans but did not present as so for most of her time […]

Doing Trans 101, The Basisc, Over and Over Again

Doing Trans 101, The Basisc, Over and Over Again

By: Lorelei Erisis*/TRT Columnist— This month, by way of illustrating a common occurrence many trans people have to deal with on an all too regular basis, I thought I’d share with you my answers to a series of questions I got from a friend I knew as a teenager who recently stumbled across me online. […]

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Are You Ready for the Holidays? For Trans People, It May Not Be The Same

By: Deja Nicole Greenlaw*/TRT Columnist— Happy Holidays! Yes, it’s that time of year again. It’s time for gift buying and giving, shopping, decorating, baking cookies, and doing general preparations for events, especially those events which include family. If you are involved in these kinds of family festivities, I am happy for you and I hope […]

Should We Boycott the 2014 Sochi Olympics due to Russia’s Anti-LGBT law?

Should We Boycott the 2014 Sochi Olympics due to Russia’s Anti-LGBT law?

By: Lorelei Erisis*/TRT Columnist— There’s this question I’ve been getting a lot for the last few months, and until a couple of days ago, I honestly didn’t have an answer. The question is: should we boycott the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in response to Russia’s anti-LGBT “propaganda” law? Since you’re reading a paper called The […]

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For Our Deceased Brothers & Sisters in Honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance

By: Deja Nicole Greenlaw*/TRT Columnist— Every November, we hold a Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). It’s the day we memorialize all of the transgender people who have lost their lives, especially those within the past year. Many of these transpeople were brutally beaten, stabbed multiple times, shot, stoned until their skull was crushed, beheaded, burned, […]

Op-Ed: Why is Gay Inc. Ignoring Chelsea Manning & CeCe McDonald?

Op-Ed: Why is Gay Inc. Ignoring Chelsea Manning & CeCe McDonald?

By: Keegan O’Brien— CeCe McDonald and Pvt. Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Pvt. Bradley Manning before recently coming out as transgender) are queer freedom fighters and political prisoners. The movements to free and defend them are two of the most significant queer struggles of our time, but have remained largely sidelined from the mainstream LGBTQ […]

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The dominance and demonization of genitalia: an imbalance of power

By: Deja Nicole Greenlaw*/TRT Columnist— Strictly speaking of physical sex, we all start out the same, as female, which is the natural default sex. Inside the womb, a hormone wash will turn some of us from the female sex to the male sex. The rest of us will remain female sexed. This is our physical […]

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