Using Character as a Literary Device

Nowhere in modern literature do stereotypical gender roles clash with modern theories and evolve more fluently on the page than in Pat Conroy’s novels and memoir. Conroy contrasts male and female gender stereotypes with his new characters and employs his characters as literary devices to suggest changes in gender roles.

Let’s Get Real About Celebrity Apr23

Let’s Get Real...

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, who chooses to remain anonymous. If you, the reader, wishes to know her name, e-mail me (you can do so from the Help & Contact Tab on the Chrysalis main page. She has given me permission to disclose it to those who ask.

The Tri-Ess Wars Apr22

The Tri-Ess Wars

I wrote this in October, 2013 and prepared it for publication here, but never actually posted it. Yesterday, I came across it in draft. I gave it a read-through and it’s ready for prime time—or as ready as it’s ever going to get, anyway.

My Take on the Trans 100 List Apr21

My Take on the Trans...

Let me be clear: I am impressed by the individuals who made the Trans 100 lists for 2013 and 2014. I know many of them and have followed the work of others for years. They are sincere, dedicated, and talented people who have a desire to help others and do so with energy and integrity.

Daddy, Daddy, Daddy Apr17

Daddy, Daddy, Daddy

The madness never leaves. It festers under the surface like an infected sore.

Why I Must Come Out Apr05

Why I Must Come Out

View Geena Rocera’s inspiring TED Talk!

Moving Trans* History Forward Symposium Mar29

Moving Trans* History Forward Symposium

The conference I’m talking about is the Moving Trans* History Forward Symposium held 21-23 March, 2014 at the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The event was put together by founder and academic director of the archives Aaron Devor and his highly competent team. About 100 trans and supportive theorists, historians, activists, and scholars attended.

CQ Flashback: 1991 Dec14

CQ Flashback: 1991

1991 saw two remarkable documents for the trans community: the Gender Activist Declaration of Independence, produced and distributed by Napa, CA’s short-lived Gender Activist League and JoAnn Roberts’ Bill of Gender Rights. Both are remarkable documents.

CQ Flashback: 1991 Dec14

CQ Flashback: 1991

The second issue of Chrysalis contained Holly Boswell’s groundbreaking article, The Transgender Alternative. Published simultaneously in Chrysalis and IFGE’s Tapestry in early 1991, Holly argued for an alternative to the existing “careers” of transsexual, crossdresser, and drag queens.

Interesting Reads Oct30

Interesting Reads

Here are two interesting reads from the Internets.

29 Linear Feet! Oct13

29 Linear Feet!

Twenty-nine linear feet! If you’re a book geek, if you’ve spent a lot of time in libraries and archives, you’re already excited. If not, let me the space a collection takes on a library’s shelves is described in linear feet. In this case it’s the cumulative length of the pamphlets, flyers, and correspondence of The National Transgender Library & Archive materials at the Labadie Collection at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Thousands of books and hundreds of journal titles are housed elsewhere in the archive and aren’t counted in those twenty-nine linear feet.

Just a Crossdresser Aug22

Just a Crossdresser

There needs to be a serious reaching out by all parties in the transgender world. This includes not only the MTF transsexuals and crossdressers, but FTMs and the intersexed as well. No one has a lock on righteousness, pain, suffering, or the right way to be gendered. By beginning to trust each other we can create a much stronger base from which we can make the world safe for gender freedom.