Something old, something new — trans identities are not up for outsider debate

Earlier this year (way back in March), columnist for The Nation Katha Pollitt wrote an article titled “Who Has Abortions?” Pollitt’s thesis was essentially that as some organizations shifted to move inclusive language around issues of reproductive rights, women were being erased. For instance, saying “pregnant people” as opposed to “pregnant women.” (Why “pregnant people?” Well, […]

By |November 6th, 2015|Culture, Politics, Transgender|3 Comments

I don’t travel much. Here’s why.

I don’t really travel much.

Why? Well, for one, my work rarely requires that I travel, so that’s one aspect of it, I suppose. Another reason I’m reluctant to travel is that my dog Meatball is kind of a handful, so I feel bad trying to ask friends or family to watch her for any extended […]

By |September 25th, 2015|Culture, Personal, Transgender|0 Comments

On defending my own existence: the only winning move is not to play.

In 1983’s “War Games,” a pre-Ferris Bueller Matthew Broderick stars as David Lightman, a teenager who accidentally hacks into a secret government super-computer, nearly starting World War III. Over the past 32 years, the film has reached a kind of cult status for its commentary about the losing consequences of possible Cold War-era military action, […]

By |June 10th, 2015|LGBT, Life, Transgender|3 Comments

VIDEO: About Caitlyn Jenner’s wardrobe (and why it shouldn’t matter)

By |June 3rd, 2015|Culture, LGBT, Transgender|0 Comments

That which we call a Jenner by any other name…

Since Caitlyn Jenner popped up on the cover of Vanity Fair yesterday, I’ve witnessed some of the most intense, ridiculous arguing across social media. I realize that yes, that’s pretty much par for the course, but it’s a bit exhausting, isn’t it?


There have been […]

By |June 2nd, 2015|Transgender|1 Comment

No, Transgender Rights Are Not Destroying Women’s Colleges

Over at The New Republic, writer Monica Potts argues that “Trans Activism is Threatening Women’s Colleges’ Mission.” This statement — bold, hyperbolic, and just generally ridiculous — heads an article that swings wildly back and forth between a seeming belief that it’s one’s gender identity that should determine enrollment eligibility or that it’s […]

By |February 17th, 2015|Culture|6 Comments

VIDEO: Leelah Alcorn and Life as a Transgender Woman

By |January 21st, 2015|Transgender|3 Comments

A Letter Re: Why blaming Leelah Alcorn’s parents only compounds the bigotry.”

Hi, Meghan; I’m Parker.

Earlier today, I had an opportunity to read your L.A. Times op-ed, “Why blaming Leelah Alcorn’s parents only compounds the bigotry,” and I can’t help but feel as though you’ve misconstrued a number of factors in the path to forming your opinion.

Now, I noticed that though you had a chance […]

By |January 15th, 2015|Culture, Transgender|1 Comment

About that New York Magazine Cover Story

Last night, someone sent me a link to the cover story for the current issue of New York Magazine, “The Trans-Everything CEO,” a profile of Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female CEO in the America (who also happens to be transgender). As much as that headline made me a bit […]

By |September 8th, 2014|Culture|3 Comments

Breaking Down HuffPost’s “I am NOT cisgendered” Tantrum

Recently, Huffington Post Gay Voices decided to run an editorial by J. Nelson Aviance about how hard it is being a white, cisgender man. Life is tough!

avianceGiven that HuffPo Gay Voices will publish anything that falls in line with editor Noah Michelson’s personal worldview, Aviance’s […]

By |July 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized|11 Comments