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$HOW TRANS: Elliott DeLine On His Soon-to-be-Released Book

$HOW TRANS: Elliott DeLine On His Soon-to-be-Released Book

Elliott DeLine

Trans author Elliott DeLine's latest book, $how Trans, is a nonfiction novel about sex addiction, sex work, navigating the MSM scene, a trip West, dissociative identity disorder, and the struggle to find love, connection, and self-actualization as a non-binary trans person.    What...

7 New Trans Films You Absolutely Must See

7 New Trans Films You Absolutely Must See

Ewan Duarte

We're finally hitting a stride in the world of trans cinema, and the film community is taking note! Here are my top seven trans-centric feature films that are a must-see. Keep your eyes peeled for these titles if you haven't...

Surface Difficulty: An Adventure in Reading Trans Poetry

Surface Difficulty: An Adventure in Reading Trans Poetry

Mitch Kellaway

"Most of the new North American poets I've liked lately share a surface difficulty: they tease or demand or frustrate; they're hard or impossible to paraphrase; and they try not to tell stories." -- Stephen Burt, Close Calls with Nonsense   It’s seemed to...

The Spaces Between #7: An Interview with Poetic Photographer Gavin Logan

The Spaces Between #7: An Interview with Poetic Photographer Gavin Logan

grey doolin

The odds of Gavin and I living in the same (relatively small) city for several years, inhabiting a shared queer community and never meeting are quite small. Alas, it appears we defied the odds. I am disappointed that I never...

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

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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 Basics

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9 Glorious Steps Trans People May Or May Not Take To Pick A Name

9 Glorious Steps Trans People May Or May Not Take To Pick…

Calvin Kasulke

1. Reveling in your unlimited power You’ve officially decided to do the thing — to transition, whatever that means to you, and your old name won’t cut it anymore as you jettison towards your next installment of self. Congrats! You can...

ADAM: A Book Review

ADAM: A Book Review

Mitch Kellaway

When Adam Freedman—a skinny, awkward, inexperienced teenager from Piedmont, California—goes to stay with his older sister Casey in New York City, he is hopeful that his life is about to change. And it sure does. It is the summer of...

Snapshots: Sharing Spaces with Women

Snapshots: Sharing Spaces with Women

Mitch Kellaway

[Snapshot: Bus Station, Summer 2012]: I snap a silly picture of my partner and I embracing as we descend the escalator to the subway. I pass it to her, as usual, to deem it treasure or trash, but she quickly returns...

Ode to Dysphoria (Whoever She Was)

Ode to Dysphoria (Whoever She Was)

Francis Mangogna

What makes a man? I'm so tired of explaining, and it's even more exhausting when you have to explain it to yourself. So, just so I never forget, ever again, I ask you: What makes a man? I ask the...

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...

Culture & Politics

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What the Recent Transsexual Marriage Victory Celebrations Miss

What the Recent Transsexual Marriage Victory Celebrations Miss

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 By Ezra Young   As a community facing some of the highest rates of unemployment, discrimination, violence, and more, we tend to grab ahold of good news wherever we can find it. This year has been better for us than others—Laverne Cox...

Tranarchy in the UK

Tranarchy in the UK

Editor Pick

By Jade Fernandez   What I've often forgotten is that when I log out of tumblr (log out of tumblr – what's that?), the trans scene over here isn't like the US. In many ways, the UK in comparison is pretty behind...

Welcome To The Friend Zone

Welcome To The Friend Zone

Arisce Wanzer

Hi Ariscestocrats! Have you missed me? I swear "The Boy Who Cried Love" trilogy will continue, but first, a little lesson on the touchy subject that is "The Friend Zone."   What is "The Friend Zone," you ask? And yeah, I know...

Chocolate Milk or Underwear Parties?

Chocolate Milk or Underwear Parties?

Will Krisanda

My father swears that the key to fix a broken heart is in the milk. Drinking chocolate milk is supposed to have a similar chemical effect on the body as falling in love, according to him. “Get out the chocolate milk,”...

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...

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