Posts Tagged trans women

Pathfinder roleplaying game adds another trans woman to canon

Paizo’s Pathfinder roleplaying game continues to harness the imaginations of its many writers to fantastic effect. Back in July, Paizo released a new, updated “Harrow” card deck accessory for the game. Harrow is basically tarot but transposed to the fictional fantasy setting of Golarion, with unique art, symbolism, lore, and rules. The divination deck is a thing of beauty and one of the most imaginative accessories appended to any roleplaying game that I’ve seen in a while. Kyle Hunter’s artwork is breathtaking and haunting, with touches of Kafka and Dali, a Gothic mixture of the morbid and the absurd.

But of special interest was the recent revelation about an interesting addition to the lore. Sonnorae, the ancient mystic who created the ...

Paizo’s Pathfinder roleplaying game continues to harness the imaginations of its many writers to fantastic effect. Back in July, Paizo released a new, updated “Harrow” card deck accessory for the game. Harrow is basically tarot but transposed ...

Jared Leto

Against Visibility

When Jared Leto won a Golden Globe and then an Oscar for playing a (caricature of a) transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club, I witnessed so much cis mansplaining about how Leto’s performance and award show appearances were good for trans women, because we needed visibility. Lots of folks don’t know about trans people, they argued, and Leto was educating them – plus his performance wasn’t that bad, it was accurate to how trans women were (seen by these cis men) at that time. When Laverne Cox made the cover of TIME, Andrew Sullivan responded by arguing that trans people should be willing to talk about our genitals when asked because people ...

When Jared Leto won a Golden Globe and then an Oscar for playing a (caricature of a) transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club, I witnessed so much cis mansplaining about how Leto’s performance ...

#TransHealthcareNow: Why now is the time for the most vital form of trans inclusion

Conferences tend to be rather staid affairs that are rigidly structured by lovelessly adumbrated agendas. Pre-planned panels and speeches dominate those agendas. Thus, when someone goes off-script somehow, the results are bound to be fascinating.

Last Thursday the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) in New York City provided a happy off-ramp from the script of HX Refactored, a healthcare conference taking place in Manhattan, when they participated in a direct action on stage to advocate for trans-inclusive Medicaid coverage in New York. A banner was proudly unfurled, speeches were made, and everything flew off script—to the applause of many in the audience, no less, a hopeful sign if ever there was one. The state’s new health commissioner, Howard Zucker, bore ...

Conferences tend to be rather staid affairs that are rigidly structured by lovelessly adumbrated agendas. Pre-planned panels and speeches dominate those agendas. Thus, when someone goes off-script somehow, the results are bound to be fascinating.

Last Thursday the ...

Trans women belong here

Do women’s colleges really need to discriminate against trans women because of federal guidelines?

Last year we covered the case of Calliope Wong, a young woman who was rejected from Smith because she’s trans. Some women’s colleges, like Simmons which admitted Wong, have moved to be inclusive of trans women in keeping with their mission to serve women. And then there are so-called “women’s colleges” like Smith that are continuing policies of exclusion. Two weeks ago, Smith students held another protest in favor of trans women’s inclusion at the school – and on Saturday Suzanna interviewed two members of Smith Q & A about their efforts.

The Smith administration is trying to act like this is a non-issue, a typical administrative tactic at academic institutions. They pretend the school doesn’t have an exclusionary policy and have blamed federal guidelines, claiming ...

Quick Hit: Interview with Fucking Trans Women author Mira Bellwether

Fucking Trans Women #0 is an incredible resource. It’s the only text I’ve ever come across that’s real about ways of having sex with a body like mine. There’s a lot of misconceptions about trans women’s bodies and sexualities. Zine author Mira Bellwether tears all that down simply by talking about sex in a grounded, useful way. Do you know what muffing is? I didn’t until I read this zine, and I’m a trans woman.

Kennedy Nadler interviewed Mira over at Autostraddle about the first issue of the zine. Here’s an excerpt:

What’s your briefest synopsis of Fucking Trans Women?

Fucking Trans Women is, at its heart, a how-to manual, and the finished product is good sex.
I wanted to stress ...

Fucking Trans Women #0 is an incredible resource. It’s the only text I’ve ever come across that’s real about ways of having sex with a body like mine. There’s a lot of misconceptions about trans women’s ...

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Truth Takes Time – a QueerFemme Translady Story

This animated short tells the story of a young trans girl who other people won’t let be a girl, and her journey to living on her own terms. A warning that it’s a tear jerker – Ellie Krnich’s picture book animation style brings me right back to childhood. The short is a personal, intimate story that I and a lot of other folks can relate to. Ellie’s bio and a transcript are after the jump.

This animated short tells the story of a young trans girl who other people won’t let be a girl, and her journey to living on her own terms. A warning that it’s a tear jerker – Ellie ...