The culture war has opened a new battle. The rights of trans people are front and center. There were grumblings and small pre-battles before (a bathroom controversy that I wrote about in 2016), but things have gotten more contentious now. Indeed, in talking to a friend recently, it made me think that outside of my liberal bubble, there are Americans who are genuinely terrified about the direction of the country because of some misguided view of gender-affirming care (and what it is) and because of men participating in women’s sports. I have so many thoughts. Enough of them that I turned back to this old outlet for them, an outlet I haven’t used much recently.Continue reading “Thinking about trans+ people”
All the colors of the non-binary world
This is another one of those posts that started on Facebook, but that I wanted to preserve here. It all started when I was up in the middle of the night and replied to a stranger’s comment in Facebook land. Between now and then, the original comment was deleted, so there wasn’t a chance for a reply (at least not one that I saw). The comment was unfortunately all too common. Something along the lines of there being only two genders and it’s basic biology and there are no transgender dogs (yes, there was a specific mention of dogs…I wouldn’t say that part is typical, but it was there nonetheless).Continue reading “All the colors of the non-binary world”
Bathrooms and buttheads
I had been mostly ignoring the transgender bathroom issue, believing in my core that it was simply a function of old, misinformed people running the show in the states where this has become an issue. I still think that’s true, but for some reason, likely triggered by a family member posting something on FaceBook about boycotting Target because of their bathroom policy (which may not even be their policy), this has come to the front of my brain, and this is where the front of my brain comes to the page.