Face the facts: Transgender people aren’t the ones to fear

Posted on 13 May 2016 at 7:45am

I’m tempted to characterize those who joined Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in opposition to the guidelines for transgender students during the Fort Worth Independent School District’s May 10 board meeting as an angry mob, with glaring eyes, carrying pitchforks and torches — out for blood. But that wouldn’t be true. Or fair. In reality, […]

Young at heart

Posted on 06 May 2016 at 7:55am

Why we need to raise HIV/AIDS awareness among young people   I was 22 years old when I was diagnosed with HIV in 1992. I have now been living with the virus longer than I did without it. I’m grateful for being alive and healthy, but I can’t say that I’m happy to have HIV. […]

An open letter to the Texas Legislature

Posted on 29 Apr 2016 at 7:50am

(Or, ‘The Donkey in the Bathtub’)   Dear Lawmakers: What have we, as transgender people, actually done to frighten you so much? I mean, what have we actually done that is making you consider taking up precious time that should be allotted to conducting important business for the great state of Texas to instead enact […]

Bring back empathy, dignity

Posted on 22 Apr 2016 at 8:05am

As the Oak Lawn community struggles to address violence from without, we must fight hatred from within This is an article I’ve been meaning to write for some time. I sat for weeks mulling over exactly what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it. The fact is, there are so many […]

Telling ugly lies to hide a simple truth

Posted on 22 Apr 2016 at 8:00am

The easiest sale on any political issue is to frame it as critical to the safety of children, and that could become key to a civil liberties battle brewing nationwide that pivots on transgender equality. It’s a discussion that most Americans simply can’t understand because they have never met a transgender individual. They misunderstand the […]

A ‘queer’ apologia

Posted on 15 Apr 2016 at 7:55am

Defending and reclaiming a word once used as a weapon of hate We’re here! We’re queer! Get used to it! If you walk down Cedar Springs in Dallas on gay Pride parade day — or on Pride parade day in almost every other city in America — you’ll hear this chant of defiance and celebration. […]

How I live

Posted on 08 Apr 2016 at 7:45am

A revealing behind-the scenes look at the real lives of transgender women I was asked recently by a dean at the UT Southwestern Medical School to come speak to a group of medical students about LGBT issues. In my case more specifically, about being transgender. She said I ought to help the students understand how […]

The victory of Evenwel

Posted on 08 Apr 2016 at 7:40am

Why preserving ‘one person, one vote’ matters to the LGBT community Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, turned back efforts to reinterpret the constitutional rule of “one person, one vote” in the Evenwel v. Abbott case. Had the Supreme Court ruled otherwise, the case would have changed the processes Texas […]

An open letter to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory

Posted on 01 Apr 2016 at 7:55am

Dear Gov. McCrory, So on Monday, March 28, you told NBC News that the nation-wide uproar and backlash over legislation you signed into law the previous week is just a bunch of “political theater,” a “calculated smear campaign” concocted by the big, bad gay people who are throwing a temper tantrum because they didn’t get […]

The new confederacy?

Posted on 01 Apr 2016 at 7:50am

The lines of division are once again forming between states, individuals About 160 years ago, the cracks of division were forming between the states over the issue of slavery in the United States. It was North vs. South, Democrat vs. Republican. A few years before the war, the Supreme Court had ruled in Dred Scott […]