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Trans Cinema is Here and Now!

Trans Cinema is Here and Now!

Ewan Duarte

It’s about time that a multifaceted and diverse representation of trans themes, stories, and characters that mirror, validate, educate, and empower trans folks are being expressed and seen through the medium of film/media! Trans Cinema is hot, here, and now!...

Getting To Know BROTHERS

Getting To Know BROTHERS

Amos Mac

Brothers is a new webseries about four trans guy friends out of Brooklyn, NY created by filmmaker Emmett Lundberg. One of the only trans male focused series out there, Brothers is in their final week to raise funds to help with the creation...

Writing A Trans Protagonist: In Conversation with Author Renee James

Writing A Trans Protagonist: In Conversation with Author Renee James

Mitch Kellaway

Following my review of her new crime novel, Transition to Murder, I had the pleasure of interviewing fellow trans writer/editor Renee James. Like many younger trans folks, I crave opportunities where I can listen to trans elders tell me about...

Brethan In The Forest

Brethan In The Forest

Editor Pick

Stat Sheet  Name: Brethan Wentz Age: 31 Sign: Aries, with Pisces tendencies Lives: Seattle, Washington. Pacific Northwest Dweller. Passion: The outdoors. Currently studying Forest Management and Geographical Information Systems for Natural Resources practices. Dog: Jeffery (the most human dog ever), cocker spaniel shitzu mix Favorite movie: Pillow Talk, with...

Pride Events In Your City

Pride Events In Your City

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List compiled by Emet Tauber   A list of United States Pride events -- including Trans* Marches and Trans* Pride Parties -- from now through September! Have an event to add to the list that we missed? Comment below!

The Spaces Between #6: Before and After

The Spaces Between #6: Before and After

grey doolin

Lately I have been particularly drawn to the “before and after” transition photos that populate my Facebook newsfeed from time to time—the “before” referring to any number of things: pre-hormones, pre-decision to live daily as the gender of one’s choosing,...

What's the T? Exclusive interview with director Cecilio Asuncion

What's the T? Exclusive interview with director Cecilio Asuncion

Arisce Wanzer

Ariscestocrats! What's the T? Have you seen the documentary? This movie is making waves, shedding more light on the life and times of today's transgender woman. This smart, insightful and hilarious film chronicles the lives of five very different girls...

Naked Eye Camera Auction for MIX NYC Really Does It

Naked Eye Camera Auction for MIX NYC Really Does It

Amos Mac

Goodbye are the days of Kickstarter-ing the day away or high ticket fancy cocktail hours to rake in funding! The Naked Eye Camera Benefit for MIX NYC (the nonprofit home of the New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, the longest-running queer film festival...

Acupuncturist Kien Chou: The Body As A Whole

Acupuncturist Kien Chou: The Body As A Whole

Nic Weinstein

Kien Chou is well known in the San Francisco community as the person to see if you’re transgender or queer and are interested in receiving acupuncture. Kien has his Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of...

The Basics

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James Darling Autographed Poster Give Away!

James Darling Autographed Poster Give Away!

Amos Mac

We have two posters of the Original Plumbing issue 13 cover (HOTLANTA!), signed by the one and only James Darling. This professionally printed poster is 11"x17", the photograph of James was taken by Amos Mac (aka the writer of this blog...

Fear And Confirmation

Fear And Confirmation

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By Ailyne Swartz During the nascent stages my transition, I remember my therapist asking me if I ever thought I would go stealth. I answered that it wasn't something that I ever wanted to do. That was mostly true at...

NSFW: Reel Magik FTM Prosthetic Review

NSFW: Reel Magik FTM Prosthetic Review

Editor Pick

Last year at the Philly Trans-Health Conference, I walked by a vendor table full of dicks. But unlike any other dick table I had ever passed before (and there have been many), these dicks looked almost too real. They seemed...

Top Surgery Hoops

Top Surgery Hoops

Ewan Duarte

I recently relocated back to California, my home state. I lived in the Southwest for six months. I was living with the question of whether I would continue to live in the Southwest or return to California. During my visit...

Becoming Joe Schmo

Becoming Joe Schmo

Matthew Jacobs

Thought: It’s interesting when you don’t realize that you miss something until its not there anymore. Or rather, a major shift happens in your world and the way society sees you, and now we need to re-adjust; your brain needs...

QUEERLY BELOVED: A Book Review

QUEERLY BELOVED: A Book Review

Mitch Kellaway

Transition isn’t just for twenty-somethings. It isn’t just for those able to afford it or those in workplaces and campuses with insurance coverage. It isn’t just for the unattached and unbridled. And it isn’t just for those who always felt...

Culture & Politics

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The Boy Who Cried "Love" - Part II

The Boy Who Cried "Love" - Part II

Arisce Wanzer

Ariscestocrats! How was everybody's Pride month? Did you see me in the "What's The T?" section of the parade in San Fransisco? Oh, you didn't? The shade of it all!    Who's ready for the second part of Mr. Ryan's mysterious tryst...

The Future of Transgender Health Care

The Future of Transgender Health Care

Diana Tourjee

Massachusetts recently began covering transgender care, including hormone replacement therapy and gender reassignment surgery, in their Medicaid program. Governor Patrick’s administration also moved to,  “Prohibit private insurers from denying coverage for gender reassignment surgery or other treatments medically necessary for patients who are...

What's Your Problem? Ask Arisce!

What's Your Problem? Ask Arisce!

Arisce Wanzer

Since I'm often referred to as a "Relationship Guru" and "Queen of the Gays", I get a lot of emails from strangers that ask for my perspective around dating issues. This week I'm sharing a chat conversation I had with...

The Boy Who Cried "Love" -  Part I

The Boy Who Cried "Love" - Part I

Arisce Wanzer

Ariscestocrats! How is your summer going?! I hope everybody's boozy brunching it and attending grand poolside kiki's a-la rooftop (if not, do get on that, you're slackin' boo). But enough about leisure, let's talk about love.  It's a sticky subject...

How Tobi Hill-Meyer Made Porn a Better Place For Everyone

How Tobi Hill-Meyer Made Porn a Better Place For Everyone

Courtney Trouble

Since we last spoke, feminst porn trail-blaizer Tobi Hill-Meyer has literally paved that trail in gold. Winning a Feminist Porn Awards trophy for her newest film Doing It Again Vol. 1: Playful Awakenings (which we are dubbing "The Honorable Mention...

Sports Sponsorships And Someone Like Me

Sports Sponsorships And Someone Like Me

Chris Mosier

As an athlete who is serious about competing but also needs a real job to feed myself, I'm always looking for sponsorship opportunities and companies to support me. I’m not a pro, but sponsorship and acting as a brand ambassador...

I'm Sorry, Chaz: The Case for Solidarity Despite Our Differences

I'm Sorry, Chaz: The Case for Solidarity Despite Our Differences

Gabe Moses

"This is beautiful," my fiancée says, holding out the screen of her smartphone for me to see the image. It's a pregnant Thomas Beattie from a few years back, shirtless and cradling his protruding belly, faint ghosts of top surgery...

'Orange Is The New Black' Star Withdraws From Cis Separatist Festival

'Orange Is The New Black' Star Withdraws From Cis Separatist Festival

Diana Tourjee

I thought the internet might rupture if another article on Orange is the New Black was written, especially if it’s focus fell anywhere near trans subject matter. That is, until Lea DeLaria, the OITNB co-star of transgender trailblazer Laverne Cox, appeared...

Suicide's Butterfly Effect

Suicide's Butterfly Effect

Stefan

"Accept that there will be many lives to do the things we miss out on this time around. So as much as our small hearts can hurt they have an even greater capacity to heal and to share love." These...

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