RuPaul; Morally Mandating Trans Women Out of Existence Since the Early 90s

I’ve written a number of editorials about the use of transphobic language within lesbian, gay, and bisexual (okay, primarily gay) circles, and I’ve frequently expressed my frustration with the continued pushback.

I recently reported on use of the word “she-male” (alternate spelling: “shemale”) on the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race. I’m used to […]

By |March 20th, 2014|Culture, LGBT|11 Comments

Joss Whedon Makes Transphobic Joke, Refuses to Apologize

Monday on Twitter, writer Joss Whedon responded to a question from Kyle McManus. McManus asked the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Buffy writer for “Advice on writing strong female leads in a comic book?”

Whedon replied, simply, “Must value strength but also community and not have peeny/balls.” In what was likely a poorly thought-out joke, Whedon’s response was viewed […]

By |January 28th, 2014|Culture|17 Comments

The Definitive Caleb Hannan Reading List

Grantland – Dr. V’s Magical Putter by Caleb Hannan

Finally it hit me. Cliché or not, a chill actually ran up my spine.

“Are you trying to tell me that Essay Anne Vanderbilt was once a man?”

Grantland – The Dr. V Story: A Letter From the Editor by Bill Simmons

Even now, […]

By |January 22nd, 2014|Culture, Sports, Transgender|2 Comments

And one more thing…

The following is a brief follow-up to an essay I wrote for The Toast.

“But, like, there just aren’t any big name trans actors. That’s why the role went to…”

Well, yes and no.

Talk to any recent college graduate who has spent even a few minutes on a job search site, and ask them what […]

By |January 16th, 2014|Culture|1 Comment

Interview in PQ Monthly (December 2013)

Back in November, I wrote an essay for the Huffington Post, titled “Gay Dudes, Can You just Not?”

Within a few short days, the article had been “liked” more than 10,000 times, shared on Facebook and Twitter thousands of times, and read by nearly 100,000 people. To be honest, I was shocked that I […]

By |December 23rd, 2013|Culture, LGBT, Personal|0 Comments

So What is a “Perfect Portrayal of a Trans Person” on TV?

I’ve been doing a fair amount of writing for The Advocate. In one of my recent pieces, I wrote about the addition of a transgender character on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men. While I’m not sure where this character’s story arc will go, or how long she’ll be a part of the […]

By |December 11th, 2013|Culture, Transgender|3 Comments

Whatever Floats Your Boat

Oxford Dictionaries named “selfie” their Word of the Year 2013. Defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website,” it’s something that almost seems too slang-like to be represented in any dictionary, let alone the Oxford. In actuality, […]

By |November 23rd, 2013|Culture|2 Comments

Azealia Banks and the Hypocrisy of the Media (TW: transphobic language)

Last night, rapper Azealia Banks tweeted a transphobic slur. Given the uproar surrounding her use of a homophobic slur (those are just 10 out of dozens of news stories about it), I assumed we could count on […]

By |September 13th, 2013|Culture, Transgender|1 Comment