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Dear Caitlyn

Content Warning: Suicide Ideation, Transmisogyny Caitlyn, it’s been over six months since you announced who you really are. While the hoopla over a Olympic gold medalist coming out as trans has not died down, trans women have increasingly been trying to distance ourselves from you.

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It’s Bisexual Awareness Week, Y’All

I first came out as bisexual in high school in a scary wasteland called Montana in 1999. Now, I wasn’t out to everybody, but enough people guessed I was queer of some sort I routinely got called the f word. I came out to more people as bisexual in high school than I did trans […]

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Yay Marriage! What’s Next?

Now that Notorious RBG and her crew used some jiggery-pokery, marriage equality is the law of the land. Everybody seems to be asking, what is next?

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Unwelcome Home

It just hit me. My grandpa’s 90th birthday is fast approaching. My mother has been doing her motherly things and has planned a grand escape for the family. She rented a whole section of cabins on Lake McDonald in Glacier Park. It is one of my papa’s favorite places. All of the family has been invited to […]

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Someone Teach Me How to Swim

[Content Warning: Discussion of suicide and self-harm, trans slurs] 23 was a terrible age in a lot of ways. I was drowning. I was struggling. My life was in shambles. I tried to end it and I ended up in a hospital that didn’t know how to treat my dysphoric depression. I ended up being sent […]

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Life in Transition: 18 Months

August 24th, 2013 marked the first day I went to work fully and wholly as myself. It has been 18 months since that fateful day. That day also marked the last time my parents saw me in person. 

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Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial 2014

Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day to remember my sisters and brothers killed in the past year for being trans or gender non-conforming.

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Why Language Matters

I didn’t want to write this post. I have been trying to be less controversial and continue writing about pop culture. Unfortunately, something has been bothering me for months now. Language and word choice matter. “Fuck off” is a very different phrase than “go away.” Both have similar meaning, but one just is much more direct […]

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Being Trans Enough

As we are all aware, the trans* population is fairly small. This has obviously made it hard for us to unite and gain ground as a community over the years. With the Internet, trans* people have found it easier to talk and get to know one another. It has also facilitated our activism, and 2014 […]

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All Your Favorites Are Transphobic

I am an avid Twitter user. I think it’s probably the best way that celebrities, random strangers, and peoples’ cats can communicate with one another. It’s a great promotion tool. It’s also an easy place for bigotry, intended or unintended to come out. This, unfortunately, leads to us finding out some of our favorite people […]

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The Importance of Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today marks the memorial for all my trans brothers and sisters killed during the previous year. It is also the culmination of Transgender Awareness Week. It is a difficult time for the trans community. 

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Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial

Presented without any more comment. The list of my sisters and brothers killed in the past year for being trans or gender non-conforming.

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An Open Letter To Trans* Youth

Every day I read a new story about a young trans* person and it warms my heart. We are finally winning our battles. Even with the douchey bumps in the road, (Hi, NOM! See you in California again!) we seem to be progressing as a society for more acceptance and love of who we are. […]

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Feeling at Peace

We struggle our whole lives. Our humanity is defined on how we deal with those struggles. My life has definitely had its share of those battles. These last few months have shown my resilience. I am alive.

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Life In Transition

“Not All Those Who Wander are Lost “– J.R.R. Tolkien [Trigger warning for discussion of bullying and discussion of suicide.] This quote has always struck a chord with me. My life has taken an interesting turn in the last six months. I have begun a journey that has been eating at me for all 30 […]