Chelsea Manning

Pentagon Decides that Trans People are People (Sort of)

Yesterday, USA Today reported that Chelsea Manning has (finally) been cleared to begin receiving hormone replacement therapy as she serves out her 35-year prison sentence at Fort Leavenworth. While I remain skeptical about the veracity of this claim, as neither she nor her laywer has issued a statement acknowledging this (we’ve […]

By |February 13th, 2015|Politics, Transgender|0 Comments

“the first trans person to _______”

What I’m about to write is going to be seen by most as nit-picky, and to be entirely honest, it is.

“_________ becomes first trans person to ________”

Anytime I read that phrase, I ask myself, “How does this person know?”

I mean, there could have been a dozen, a hundred, or a million trans people to do […]

By |July 10th, 2014|Culture, LGBT, Transgender|3 Comments

My Conversation with Jim Goad

I recently wrote a Thought Catalog article titled “I Can’t Write for the Same Website as Jim Goad“. Within the comments section of the article, multiple people suggested that we “debate” the issues (the primary issue I had was that Jim had referred to transgender people as “self-mutilating freaks”). Jim […]

By |September 6th, 2013|Uncategorized|7 Comments

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness (What’s in a Name?)

Among the most basic of American principles is the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” To erase one’s identity, to render them an invisible segment of society, is to deny them true life.

Last week, Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, announced to the general public something transgender activists have known for […]

By |August 25th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kristin Beck is the Real Traitor, Not Chelsea Manning

ImageOver the past 2 days, Kristin “Warrior Princess” Beck has taken to her Facebook account to pen some frustratingly transphobic screeds. Before she has a chance to delete them, I just wanted to capture her statements in the off chance she tries to […]

By |August 23rd, 2013|Uncategorized|5 Comments

What Do You Have to Gain by Dehumanizing Us?

What do you have to gain by calling Chelsea Manning “him,” “he,” or her birth name? Are you so insecure about your own gender identity that you worry that if she’s allowed to be herself, you’ll be less of a man or less than a woman as a result? Really, what’s it to you?

Yes, she […]

By |August 23rd, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

On Chelsea Manning: “you expect the tax payers to cover this?”

Yes, absolutely.

Do prisons provide insulin to individuals who suffer from diabetes? Yes. Do prisons provide antidepressants to prisoners suffering from depression? Yes. Do prisons provide chemotherapy to […]

By |August 22nd, 2013|Uncategorized|4 Comments