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Why is it legitimate to change genders, but not ethnicity? – Katharine Quarmby

Alice, the heroine of Lewis Carroll’s <i>Through the Looking‑Glass</i> (1871), has many extraordinary encounters, but the one that’s always stuck with me is …

Boys and Girls, Constrained by Toys and Costumes

A web search for Halloween costumes of scientists produces only boys wearing lab coats and goggles. A search for nursing costumes turns up girls in skirts with stethoscopes. Cats and cupcakes are also girls, while sharks and astronauts are boys.<p>The same gender division exists not just in toys — …

When no gender fits: A quest to be seen as just a person

Kelsey Beckham’s gender identity is “non-binary.” Or, “agender.” It’s what Kelsey feels comfortable with, even though the world keeps insisting, in a million little ways, that Kelsey has to choose.<p>How do you navigate the world when it is built on identifying with one group or another and the place …

Crossing Over

<i>Born in El Paso, She Made Herself in Juárez</i><p>En route last year from El Paso to Ciudad Juárez, once the most dangerous city on earth, Claudia Delfin …

The Transgender Crucible

A dozen eggs, bacon, maybe some biscuits: CeCe McDonald had a modest shopping list in mind, just a few things for breakfast the next day. It was …

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Literature

Celebrating the Trans Community: A Reading List

Transgender Awareness Week occurs during the beginning of November, traditionally culminating in the Transgender Day of Remembrance. This period …

LGBTQI

Stop Saying Technology is Causing Social Isolation

A group of friends checking their smartphones while hanging out. Almost everyone on the subway with their eyes fixed on their gadget’s screens. A …

Kristin Beck: A Navy SEAL in Transition

Back when she was a member of SEAL Team 6, Kristin Beck liked to grow her beard real long. But as disguises go, that was nothing compared with the life she lived as a man. What’s it take, and how does it feel, for a paragon of masculinity to travel so far to find her true self?<p>Winter 1996<p>Chris Beck …

Special Forces

Get Rich or Die Vlogging: The Sad Economics of Internet Fame

It was all so painfully awkward. That night, Brittany Ashley, a lesbian stoner in red lipstick, was at Eveleigh, a popular farm-to-table spot in West …

The Transgender Dating Dilemma

Trans women are taught to feel grateful for any scrap of affection we receive. I'm relegated to the role of teacher and therapist in my dating life — and too often, I fear for my safety.<p>“I have to tell you something,” I said. He looked at me, eyes narrowing. We’d just met, so I can only imagine the …

Transwomen

To Have and to Hold

Reproduction, marriage, and the Constitution.<p>When Louise Trubek and her husband, Dave, drove from New Haven to Washington to listen to oral arguments before the Supreme Court in Trubek v. Ullman, she was pregnant. The Trubeks had met at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and married in 1958. The …

Why Boys Need to Have Conversations About Emotional Intimacy in Classrooms

My cross-national research on adolescent sexuality shows a profound discomfort in American society not just with teenage sex, but with teenage love. And the silence among adults that results - in families, schools and the culture at large - may take a particular toll on adolescent boys.<p>Amy Schalet,</i> …

Teens

The War on Planned Parenthood

One frigid night this past February, I flew to Ohio to watch democracy in action. The next day, the Ohio state Legislature was voting on whether to …

Why we need gender-neutral bathrooms | Ivan Coyote

The Past Hundred Years Of Gender-Segregated Public Restrooms

While anti-transgender bathroom bills have only recently gained momentum, gender-segregated public restrooms have been sites of gender inequity for over a century. Cultural anxieties about bodily secretions, disease, sex, shame, and power — codified into law and reinforced by Hollywood — have …

LGBTQI

Here Is The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read Aloud To Her Attacker

A former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman was sentenced to six months in jail because a longer sentence would have "a severe impact on him," according to a judge. At his sentencing Thursday, his victim read him a letter describing the "severe impact" the assault had on …