Gender Hurts: First Look Jun05

Gender Hurts: First Look

Sheila Jeffreys’ work, while essentially mirroring that of Raymond, doesn’t sound quite so bizarre. She is a far better writer than Raymond, and as such might have written a far more insidious and dangerous book. I don’t know that. I have only skimmed the work. I can say, however, that having quickly looked over Jeffreys’ book, it is a nasty, one-sided political hack job.

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

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.

First Contact Aug21

First Contact

My first contact with the transgender community was with Virginia Prince. I reproduce here my letter to her, written in 1980, and her reply.

Remembering Virginia Aug07

Remembering Virginia

Virginia Prince was a hard person to forget, so naturally my memories of her are crystal clear. Here, for what it’s worth, are my recollections from the nearly twenty years of our acquaintance.