Category: News

Trump's military ban on trans people tells me he has no plans to relinquish power. Ever

Men and women across our nation today woke up to find that their president banned them from military service. The 45th president of the United States banned trans individuals from serving in the military. On Twitter. He claims that the military cannot be “…burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption” that a trans person... Read more »

Texas passing a 'bathroom bill' that targets trans students is only the beginning #notinanystate

Texas passing a 'bathroom bill' that targets trans students is only the beginning #notinanystate
Texas rushed to pass a bill on Sunday evening that is nothing short of outright discrimination against trans children. After a heated and emotional debate, they passed the bill by a vote of 94-50. The amendment added to this bill that specifically targets trans students is being called a “common sense” solution. A solution that... Read more »

The seven stages of grief for the future of America

The seven stages of grief for the future of America
Shock I turned CNN off around 11 PM on Tuesday, November 8th. I couldn’t handle it anymore. It made my head hurt. “Do you want to go to bed?” my husband asked. No. I couldn’t sleep. I felt numb. I felt punched in the gut. I felt like all the air had been sucked out... Read more »
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An open letter to Pope Francis on religion, gender, choice and consequence

An open letter to Pope Francis on religion, gender, choice and consequence
Dear Pope Francis, I’m writing on behalf of my son, and perhaps trans and gender non-conforming children everywhere, in expressing my gratitude for your recent remarks about how we shouldn’t force children into gender roles. I know that’s not what you really said, but I’m choosing to give you the benefit of the doubt. Let... Read more »

50 heroes died at Pulse Nightclub

50 heroes died at Pulse Nightclub
Yesterday, I struggled to find the words to describe the 15th annual Philly Trans Health Conference. I struggled to define this unique sense of community and acceptance that permeated the air. Much like last year’s conference, I had no way to convey what every single attendant felt, walking the halls together, learning and growing and... Read more »

People who support Target deserve to be recognized. So that's what I'm going to do.

People who support Target deserve to be recognized. So that's what I'm going to do.
The Internet is full of hatred these days. With Target’s announcement to allow shoppers to use the bathroom they’re most comfortable in, it seems they’ve hit a little too close to home for many cisgender identified Americans. At last count, I’ve seen almost 40 pages and groups called Boycott Target, and they’ve begun a petition,... Read more »
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Your Silence is a Privilege

Your Silence is a Privilege
I’ve never considered myself a political person. I don’t watch the news or read the papers. When people start talking politics, like sports, I tune out. Until I had a family, quite honestly, if it didn’t make Facebook or my husband’s twitter feed, I probably had very little idea of what was going on. I... Read more »

The NFL would let my trans son play in the Super Bowl...but my husband won't

The NFL would let my trans son play in the Super Bowl...but my husband won't
I’m not a football fan, not by any means. At the risk of being forced into a real football conversation, I won’t go into my reasons, because football fans won’t agree and I simply don’t care enough. My husband, on the other hand, is a diehard fan. He watches his team (Da Bears) every Sunday.... Read more »

A great time to be transgender

A great time to be transgender
When I posted about Jake’s one-year transition anniversary last month, someone made the comment that it was a great time for a young person to be transgender. Had they told me that a year ago, I think I would have broken down into a puddle of tears and anguish. A great time to be transgender.... Read more »
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An Open Letter to Superintendent Cates and District 211 Board Members

Dear Superintendent Cates, / Dear D211 Board Members,  I am writing to urge you to stand up for fairness for all students, including transgender students. Affirm your agreement with the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. Treat the student whose situation is the subject of Monday night’s board meeting with dignity and equality. This decision is... Read more »