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Transgender Uterus Transplant: My Body, My Choice (Part 2)

Continued from Part 1… Where Swedish doctors had ignited in my mind the somewhat-realistic prospect of some day being able to carry a pregnancy, a trio of Canadian doctors appeared and made quick effort to snuff that prospect out. In 2012, the three doctors (all men) from the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University in […]

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Transgender Uterus Transplant: My Body, My Choice (Part 1)

As a liberal and a feminist, I am fiercely pro-choice. I believe each individual has an inalienable human right to autonomy over their own body, a right that should be protected. I find it reprehensible that patriarchal legislators, overwhelmingly men, would abuse the power of law to limit a person’s access to modern reproductive health […]

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Welcome to the Restrooms of the Future

Imagine, if you will, that you feel nature’s call one day in a public place. Following the arrow on the sign marked Restrooms, you round a corner and come upon two doors. To your mild surprise, neither door carries the traditional “pants” or “dress” emoji that you’re used to seeing. You take a moment to […]

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For a Model of How Companies Should Handle Trans Discrimination, Look to KFC and Lyft

Employment horror stories are tragically common for transgender people, just look at the transgender unemployment rate. So with so many companies and businesses doing it wrong, it’s reassuring to notice when some companies get things right. Last week, a woman named Georgia Carter reported she was interviewed, hired, and then almost immediately fired by a […]

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Salacious Personal Details about My Sexy Trans Body

I’ve covered many trans topics, but unlike some other trans writers I have shied away from sharing personal thoughts and feelings about my body (even when asked). In particular, I’ve insistently refused to publicly disclose my surgical status: Whether I am post-, pre-, or non-operative. In other words, whether the body of this woman includes its factory-original penis […]

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I Want to Believe… That X-Files Didn’t Just Pull the Trans Prostitute Trope

Recently resurrected fan favorite The X-Files sent itself a love letter this week in the form of “Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster,” the third episode of the 10th season we waited 14 years to see. The show takes great joy in this episode, parodically lambasting many of its ’90s-era monster-of-the-week outings. In those occasional money-saving trips into the bush, Mulder and […]

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Happy ThanksQueering— Maybe

This article first appeared in Slate Magazine’s “Outward” blog. This is the time of year when we’re encouraged to think about surrounding ourselves with the love and support of our family. The trouble is, as many queer people can tell you (and many more would prefer not to discuss), when you’re one of the interesting people, family […]

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Pride Toronto has Applied for Corporate Trademark Ownership of “Dyke March” and “Trans Pride”

An edited version of this article originally appeared in NOW Toronto Magazine. Public records on the website for the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, which manages Canada’s Trademark registry, reveal that Pride Toronto has applied to take corporate ownership of the terms “Dyke March” and “Trans* Pride.” Records also show that Pride Toronto is the first […]

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When Editorial Policies Out Trans People, Discrimination Goes Unreported

Not everyone is able to be out and proud. Even now in 2015, for a significant portion of the trans population, being outed would mean being fired or disowned, made homeless, beaten or even killed. Or for some, just embarrassed and ashamed— But it’s not our place to judge strangers in their own circumstances. It must be left up to each person when […]

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We Get It, Barbara Kay: You Don’t Understand Gender and the Law

In a May 26 National Post Commentary entitled Sorry LGBT, sex and gender are not the same, Barbara Kay rails against efforts by Morgane Oger, a BC trans activist working to remove legal sex designation from birth certificates. Kay’s piece (which is specific to trans issues, but inexplicably addressed to “LGBT”) is only her latest salvo in a series of pieces where she consistently attacks the legitimacy of trans […]

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Don’t Confuse Trans Women’s Assertiveness With “Male Energy”

This article first appeared in Slate’s Outward blog. According to some Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists, trans women exhibit male entitlement through oppressive behaviors of dominance and misogyny, and by just generally continuing to be dicks. They’re also pretty quick to define any assertive action by a trans woman as being evidence of “male energy” or entitlement. That position […]

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City of Toronto Pays Funds to Country where Women Forbidden to Own Property, Gay Men Sentenced to Prison and Whipping

This article originally appeared in Daily Xtra. The City of Toronto is paying hundreds of dollars in public funds each year, to a foreign country where the civil rights of women are severely curtailed—And where gay men face imprisonment and whipping. These payments from the City’s budgets are part of a misguided attempt by City of Toronto officials to boost the social […]

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How Not to Talk to a Trans Person About Your Establishment’s Bathrooms

This article first appeared in Slate Magazine’s “Outward” blog. I recently had a negative experience and the opportunity to reflect on it. I was at a friend’s birthday party at a Toronto club. After checking my coat, I proceeded to the restrooms. I watched a man go in one and a woman enter the other. Checking the […]

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Canadian Blood Services’ Policy is that Trans Women are Men

This article was originally published by Ricochet Media. Transgender People are collateral damage in Canadian Blood Services’ continuing discrimination against gay blood, says the trans community. Canadian Blood Services’ (CBS) presently maintains a policy of banning blood donations from MSM (“Men who have Sex with Men”), even in the midst of a critical blood shortage, which […]

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TD Bank Locks Trans Customers Out of Accounts

This article originally appeared in DailyXTRA. A TD Bank Group employee shut out a Toronto trans woman from her bank accounts and credit card because he didn’t like the sound of her voice on the phone, the woman alleges. “I got locked out of all my accounts because . . . my voice wasn’t completely perfect,” […]

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Today I Am a Pimp

This article was originally published as an op-ed in Ricochet, Canada’s crowd-funded non-corporate news source. Last week, I was a law-abiding citizen. (Alright, I customarily jaywalk, but that’s it.) Today, I am a pimp. That’s right, I’m “living off the avails of prostitution,” and this is my confession. Perhaps I should clarify. My beloved partner […]

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Remember What’s Important on Trans Day of Remembrance

Originally published as a guest editorial in DailyXTRA. The International Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is upon us, a day set aside to memorialize those who have been killed in the past year as victims of anti-transgender hatred or prejudice, in Canada and worldwide. Internationally it’s set to take place in “late November,” honouring Rita Hester, a trans woman […]

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I’ve Got the Transgender, No Photo ID, Can’t Get a Mortgage Approval Blues

This article first appeared in Slate Magazine’s “Outward” blog. Recently, I came close to losing thousands of dollars—and my new home—when a real-estate deal nearly fell through over issues with government-issued identity documents. Problems I would not have had if I’d once possessed the foresight to avoid being born with my genitalia turned inside out. You see, after I determined what […]

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Why My Hat Says “BOY” on It

You may have seen these hats around: baseball caps, most commonly black, with “BOY” printed or embroidered on the front panel. I’ve seen a version that also has “GIRL” printed on the underside of the visor. On the websites that sell them, the hats are most commonly seen on men. Interestingly, though, in the real world, you will […]

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South Park Takes on Trans Issues … and It’s Great

This article first appeared, complete with video clips, in Slate Magazine’s “Outward” Blog. When we found out South Park was doing an entire episode about gender identity this season, a few of my trans friends were worried we were about to become the joke of the week. After all, the show has mishandled the issue in the past. Most famously, […]

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Beware the Chasers: “Admirers” Harrassing Trans People

This article first appeared in Slate Magazine’s “Outward” blog. There are cis people whose primary sexual attraction is to trans people. I’ve seen this described as “trans-oriented” or “trans-attracted,” and many such people self-identify as trans “admirers.” Unfortunately, a great many admirers demonstrate misogyny and transmisogyny. When these badly behaved admirers actively seek out trans partners and inflict their disrespectful nonsense on us, we call them “chasers.” What’s […]

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Why I Don’t Ride The Night Bus

This article first appeared in Slate Magazine’s “Outward” blog. I was stranded downtown at 2:47 a.m. I had lingered too long with someone I enjoy spending time with, and the subway was closed. It was too late to prevail on a friend for a couch to crash on. So I was stuck, far from home, with […]

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Should Gender Be a Non-Required Field?

This article first appeared in Slate Magazine’s “Outward” Blog. Imagine you are filling out a form. You begin by inputting your name, and date of birth, but then you come across this: Please select your species.* Turtle  Duck *Required Field Neither of these options applies to you, but … it’s a required field. What do you do? You need to submit […]

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That Feeling When your Employer Includes and Accepts You

This post originally appeared in the Klick Culture & Engagement Blog. As a web developer, I don’t meet directly with the bigwigs very often, but if I had to guess before joining Klick how often that would be, I would have said “never.” However, Klick’s senior partners live by the philosophy that every employee might offer valuable […]

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Klick Camp and Awesome Work Culture

This post originally appeared in Klick Health’s “Agency Mojo” Blog, and in the Klick Culture & Engagement Blog. I’ve been a Web Developer at Klick Health for nine moths now, and right from the start, I’ve always felt “at home” here. I know a lot of my co-workers feel the same way. On the weekend of June 13th, […]

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Don’t Let the Doctor Do This to Your Newborn

This article first appeared in Slate Magazine’s “Outward” Blog. Imagine you are in recovery from labour, laying in bed holding your infant. In your arms you cradle a stunningly beautiful, perfect little being. Completely innocent and totally vulnerable, your baby is entirely dependent on you to make all the choices that will define their life for many years […]

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Is it Natural to be Queer?

This article first appeared in Slate Magazine’s “Outward” Blog. When people debate equal rights for queer people, it often comes down to an argument over whether or not being queer is “natural.” Or if you prefer, whether it is changeable or unchangeable. Let’s answer this question once and for all. Many argue fiercely over whether queerness (or lack thereof) is an […]

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The Top 19 Questions People Always Ask a Trans* Person

There are other Trans* FAQs out there, but none of them really address the true interests of the general public—at least based on these questions which I get asked on a semi-regular basis. So, as a public service, I do hereby present this list which fairly captures the essence of the many uncomfortable conversations I […]

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Proud Life: Kyle Scanlon

NOTE: This was published in XTRA Toronto (with minor edits) on Friday, July 20th 2012, along with a lovely photo of Kyle Scanlon. The community said goodbye to celebrated activist and community leader Kyle Scanlon in a touching public memorial Thursday, July 19th. Kyle took his own life on July 3rd. “Kyle changed people’s lives,” […]

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Secret Selves is a Secret Worth Revealing

NOTE: This was published in XTRA National on July 4th, 2012, as Allowing Secret Selves with minor edits. I try to avoid forming preconceived notions, but when I was asked to review Jamie Johnson’s Secret Selves, I felt a twinge of scepticism. As a self-published book by a first-time author, it raised warning flags and I initially […]

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UPDATE: Federal Gender Identity bill passes second reading

NOTE: Carried as Feature Story in XTRA National, UPDATE: Federal gender identity bill passes second reading. In a late vote last night, Randall Garrison’s C-279 has passed second reading by a vote of 150 to 132. Several Conservative MPs were among those who rose in support for trans and gender variant Canadians. “I’m excited, but it’s […]

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Federal Trans Human Rights Bill Hangs by a Thread, Vote Scheduled Wednesday

NOTE: This article was published by XTRA on June 6th as MPs to vote on federal trans rights bill. On Friday June 1st, the House of Commons resumed debate for second reading of C-279, “An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression).” Currently, murders and […]

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Miss Universe Ditching Anti-Trans Rule a Sign of Change in Public Attitudes

Note: This article was published in XTRA (slightly edited) as Donald’s pageant trumps our legislators on trans rights on April 12th 2012. This has been a big year so far for the advancement of trans people, and I’m not just referring to legislative efforts like C-279 and Toby’s Act. Take a look in the media. In […]

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Toby’s Act is More Than Just Symbolic

Bill Would Give a Clear Guarantee of ‘Trans Rights’ Note: This article was published in XTRA (slightly edited) as Toby’s Act is More Than Symbolic on February 24th 2012. In a February 22nd editorial, Rob Salerno asks “Does insisting on enumeration actually reduce trans peoples’ civil rights?” Since “gender identity” and “gender expression” are already covered implicitly by the […]

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