Category Archives: Trans

Transgender issues, including nonbinary

Trans life in 2018: Visibility into action

[Image: Star Amerasu, aka Ah-Mer-Ah-Su, sings at the 2018 Trans Day of Visibility in San Francisco.]

Today’s post on Medium, “Trans life in 2018: Visibility into action“,  contains photos and thoughts on Saturday’s Trans Day of Visibility celebration in San Francisco.

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Trans women of color speak on the politics of visibility

[Image: Nava Mau, Lexi Adsit, and Star Amerasu participate in a roundtable discussion.]

Today’s post on Medium, “Trans women of color speak on the politics of visibility“, contains photos and thoughts about yesterday’s roundtable discussion on the politics of transgender visibility.

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Show up for black and brown trans women

[Image: Tanesh Nutall stands with Isa Noyola, Deputy Director of the Transgender Law Center, at a rally outside San Francisco City Hall.]

Today’s post on Medium, “Show up for black and brown trans women“, is about yesterday’s Transgender Law Center rally and press conference for Tanesh Nutall, who was discriminated against by a San Francisco city employee. This story is unlocked, so everyone can read it; please share if you like it.

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Conflicted thoughts on Thanksgiving

[Image: An activist at a Stand with Standing Rock rally in San Francisco holds a sign reading “Protect the Sacred”.]

Today’s post on Medium, “Conflicted thoughts on Thanksgiving“, is about reconciling the celebration of the holiday with the continued oppression of marginalized humans and the killing of animals. Please follow me on Medium if you aren’t doing so already, thanks.

Trans resistance and resilience

[Image: Mikaela Kendrick sings at the 2017 Transgender Day of Remembrance event at the San Francisco LGBT Center.]

Today’s post on Medium, “Trans resistance and resilience“, is about the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. I attended and took photos at Monday’s event in San Francisco. Please follow me on Medium and help amplify trans voices.

To see and be seen clearly

[Image: Self-portrait of the author wearing glasses.]

Today’s post on Medium, “To see and be seen clearly“, is my perspective on the necessity of medical treatment for gender dysphoria. This story is for Medium members, but non-members with (free) Medium accounts get three free members-only stories a month. My Patreon supporters also get access to exclusive drafts. Please share and help amplify trans voices for Transgender Awareness Week.

Respecting trans lives on Wikipedia

[Image: Four people stand on a stage in front of a screen reading “Trans Day of Visibility – Embracing Our Legacy.”]

Today’s post on Medium, “Respecting trans lives on Wikipedia“, features two new biographies of trans women, and tips for writing about trans people on Wikipedia (and elsewhere) accurately and respectfully.

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Validation, not victory, for non-binary Californians

[Image: San Francisco City Hall, lit in the pink and blue colors of the transgender pride flag.]

Today’s post on Medium, “Validation, not victory, for non-binary Californians“, is about this week’s passage of a California law to recognize non-binary gender identities and streamline legal gender changes.

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Presenting at Inclusivity Conference

[Image: Headshot of Pax (by Ziggy Tomcich) with the words “San Francisco Bay Area Inclusivity Conference – Prioritizing Harm Free(dom) For Our Future”.]

Update, October 15: This conference has been postponed; see explanation on Facebook.


Next weekend, I will be presenting at the Inclusivity Conference, hosted by Vegan Leadership in Oakland, California. In my presentation, I will discuss gender diversity, giving basic education on transgender, non-binary, and intersex terminology, and suggestions on how cisgender people can demonstrate allyship with the community.

I’ll also show photos I’ve taken at events in the San Francisco Bay Area, highlighting the role of queer and trans people of color in social justice movements, and discussing how vegan ethics have informed my activism and political outlook.

The conference is on October 21 and 22, 2017, and will be catered by S+M Vegan. Other featured speakers include A. Breeze Harper of the Sistah Vegan Project and lauren Ornelas of the Food Empowerment Project. My talk is scheduled for October 22 at 1:30 p.m. You can get tickets to the event (sliding scale), or donate to help with expenses, at the conference web site.

Assimilation or extermination: The lies of the “LGBTQ” president

[Image: Marchers in the Resistance contingent of the 2017 San Francisco Pride Parade hold various signs supporting trans, black and brown folks, and immigrants.]

Today’s post on Medium, “Assimilation or extermination: The lies of the ‘LGBTQ’ president“, is about the erosion of the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people by Donald Trump and his administration, after Trump lied about supporting the community during his campaign.

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