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Useful Martyrs and Invisible Deaths: On Leelah Alcorn and the Erasure of Trans Women of Color

Asam Ahmad on January 22, 2015

On June 3, 2014, the lifeless body of Kandy Hall, a 40-year-old Black trans woman, was found slumped in a field near a school and playground in Baltimore, MD. Exactly ten days later, the body of 28-year-old Zoraida ‘Ale” Reyes,...

Trans* and intersex advocate Ashley Love reflects on vigil held for trans* women of color and the path toward peace

Hannah Giorgis on October 22, 2014

In a bold, compassionate call to action to legislators and community members alike, over 50 people came together outside the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Conference in Washington, D.C. last month as part of the Black Trans* Women’s Lives Matter campaign....

Whose Pride Is It, Anyway?

Chrysten Jackson on June 29, 2014

Buffalo. The nickel city. The Queen City. Monikers of a city from a bygone era. Living in a post-Rust Belt world, where my city – a city once renowned as the eighth largest in the nation – now rides high...

LGBTQ histories didn’t begin with Stonewall and end with Windsor

Erik Lampmann on June 25, 2014

As I celebrate Pride this month I continue to identify mainstream narratives that situate the LGBTQ movement in the past, treat the expansion of same-sex marriage as a fait accompli, and fail to name the shared struggles for immediate survival,...

How to Break Pride: A Guide for the LGBTQ Movement

Emma Caterine on June 22, 2014

Pride in and of itself is worthless. Not only worthless, but a dangerous complex of invulnerability to criticism or even review. Pride is held by all tyrants and key to control in oppressive systems. Whether you want to call it...

At the Frontlines, Youth Continue to Fight Queer and Trans Homelessness

Hannah K. Gold on June 11, 2014

The LGBT Rally for Homeless Youth began even before the hundreds of people who had gathered in Washington Square Park stood at attention before the stage, while they were still milling around and greeting one another. A smattering of joyous...

Leaving Trans Organizers in the Dust

Kathryn Seidewitz on May 23, 2014

Emily Augusta began her transition in September 2012. Underemployed and without healthcare, she started taking illegal hormones she purchased on the street. She had moved to DC from Connecticut in the height of the Occupy movement, where she had gotten...

You are more than your trans self: Ryka Aoki's He Mele A Hilo

Emma Caterine on May 22, 2014

As the confetti falls, lights fade on JUNIOR and the sound of typing. FAITH, in a white laced Filipiniana Wedding gown, enters to introduce the members of HER wedding party. FAITH: I am Faith Sia-Lippin, born the day bombs fell...

CeCe McDonald, Transgender Women of Color, and Dreams Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex

Lexi Adsit on January 14, 2014

I’ll be honest, I didn’t consistently follow CeCe McDonald’s story or read her blog. Mostly because incarceration is a huge fear of mine and I’ve heard so many negative experiences of incarceration for transgender women of color, I prayed CeCe...

Trans Rage

Remy Lourenco on November 20, 2013

Trigger warning: This poem, which is posted here to honor Transgender Day of Remembrance, includes description of sexual assault and anti-transgender violence. they call me crazy when I enter the men’s room— that man bellowing at the top of his...

(Tired of) Loving You Long Time: The Problem of Miss Saigon

Kai Cheng Thom on October 22, 2013

“He pressed his wrist against mine and said his was too pale  My skin was so much more beautiful To him, I was Pacific sunset, almond milk, a porcelain cup When he left me, I told myself I should have...

Valuing Trans* Lives and Labor

Queen Arsem-O'Malley on September 26, 2013

In 1990, a group of disability rights activists gathered outside the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. and crawled up the 100 front steps, calling for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The direct action, known as the “Capitol...

Jealous, Wanting and Waiting: Privilege and (Not) Having Sex

Kai Cheng Thom on September 05, 2013

This post is the first in a column series entitled “Bad Ass: Real Talk about (Queer) Sex and Dating”. “We have been raised to fear the yes within ourselves, our deepest cravings […] The fear of our desires keeps them...

Nia King & Teagan Widmer: The Great Selfie Debate

Teagan Widmer and Nia King on June 19, 2013

By Teagan (Twid) Widmer and guest contributor Nia King; music courtesy of SAFE. Nia King is a mixed-race queer art activist from Boston, Massachusetts. She currently resides in Oakland, California where she runs the podcast We Want the Airwaves: QPOC Artists on...