Understanding Transgender

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As much I have read about the transgender experience through a number of biographies of trans men and women, and through a few trans individuals that I have gotten to know, the trans experience, while more known to me, still feels so different from my own life as a gay man.  Continue reading

Learnings from the Transgender Experience

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I continue to be interested and read about the experiences of transgender men and women. Today it seems like trans is everywhere — in the news and on TV. Just yesterday the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced proposed rules to extend nondiscrimination laws to cover transgender individuals under the Affordable Care Act. This is an amazing and important step that I could not have imagined a year ago. Continue reading

Flipping the Script

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I found a fantastic YouTube video with Janet Mock, titled, Activist Janet Mock Flips the Script on Reporter: Asks Her to Prove Her Womanhood.  Mock ‘flips the script’ on Fusion’s Alicia Menendez. She asks Alicia what it is like to be a cisgender woman. For those of you new to the term cisgender, or cis for short, it is a term used to describe a gender identity where the individual’s experiences of their gender match the sex they were assigned at birth. Simply put, a straight person’s gender identity matches the gender they were assigned at birth. Continue reading