Category: Transgender

120 Influential Twitter accounts to contact to help support Transgender Day of Visibility

120 Influential Twitter accounts to contact to help support Transgender Day of Visibility
International Transgender Day of Visibility is less than two weeks away. In an effort to spread the word, a list of over 120 influential Twitter accounts has been compiled for one special purpose. It is our hope to use the social media platform to reach out and garner support for the transgender community. The age... Read more »

Be an Ally on Transgender Day of Visibility

Be an Ally on Transgender Day of Visibility
For the past six years, March 31st has been set aside by the transgender community to celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility. Until 2009, the only day that was a transgender-centered holiday was the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to remember and mourn those in the trans community who we lost due to hate crimes.... Read more »

The Locker Room; A unique place to find confidence in myself

Let’s face it. Going to the gym can be an exercise in self loathing, diminished self confidence and the over whelming urge to hide every minute role of flesh that plagues our very existence. We come up with millions of excuses, I mean reasons, to avoid the mental and physical torture every day. And before... Read more »
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Illinois takes steps with new laws to protect transgender community

Illinois takes steps with new laws to protect transgender community
Regardless of the lack of a budget in Illinois, those elected to represent the people of the State have not been sitting on their hands. With bipartisan majorities, including support from Republican leaders in both the Illinois House and Senate, January 1st, 2016 will bring three new laws to the State that mark a significant... Read more »

Looking for a Happy Ending

So many of us are looking to the future for that storybook ending to our life. The present circumstances that surround us just don’t seem to add up to the happy ending we desire. It was after I had a very deep conversation with my good friend and fellow ChicagoNow blogger Lea Grover where I... Read more »

The first person I told I was transgender probably isn't who you might think

Growing up knowing you are transgender but not having the courage to say anything was, oh let’s say, like walking on eggshells in a minefield. Let’s add to that the confusion of my own sexual orientation and living in the ultra conservative Western suburbs of Chicago. Through out my life, I have only had 4... Read more »
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Let the court record show my Christian parents love their transgender daughter

A parent’s love for their child is probably one of the strongest bonds we as humans can ever have with another person. If you are a parent, you know in your heart of hearts that it’s a bond that is created long before you ever met your child. It’s a bond that should be unbreakable.... Read more »

I am Cait is a reality show I can relate to

I will be honest right up front. As a voice, albeit an extremely small voice, I find myself needing to be painfully honest on this. Over the past month I have grown a bit dubious and personally divided over the huge hoopla over Caitlyn Jenner. I will applaud until the day I die the courage... Read more »

The Chicago Tribune owes the transgender community an apology

The Chicago Tribune owes the transgender community an apology
It has been nearly a week since we all saw the unveiling of Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair. In the time that has past, there have been countless articles, blog posts, radio and television shows that have taken on the topic Caitlyn Jenner and being transgender. I am used to negative, ignorant... Read more »
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Storms, Mileposts and Legacies - Being part of the Listen To Your Mother anthology

Our lives are filled with milestones. Many of them we travel by, acknowledge for a few fleeting moments in time and move on, leaving them in the past as some old, weathered monument tucked away out of sight in a forgotten place. Others though live on in our souls and continue to change us and... Read more »