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Queer agender trans male. Black vegan atheist, photographer, blogger. Pronouns: they/them/their.,
Pax Ahimsa Gethen | queer • black • trans • vegan • atheist | blogger • photographer | social justice • gender & animal liberation

As I’ve seen some other writers doing this — here is an archive of the stories I’ve published on Medium, which I will attempt to keep updated (newest on top). This list contains only stories I originated, with the exception of a few substantive replies to others. Prior to September…

But here’s what that actually means.

Sigh… another week, another ignorant, bigoted celebrity crying that mean trans people who just can’t take a joke are “canceling” Black people and women for punching down on them.

There are numerous levels of ignorance in the proclamations of “team TERF” Dave Chappelle. One is the implication that Black and…

Examining preferences and identity on Celebrate Bisexuality Day

Side by side bisexual and trans pride flags, overlapped with a question mark.

Today, September 23, is Celebrate Bisexuality Day. Also known as Bi Visibility Day, this annual event marks the finale of Bisexual Awareness Week, a time to celebrate and learn about the bisexual community.

As a queer trans person who openly identified as bi for many years, I’ve written previously about…

Even Caitlyn Jenner.

Former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner recently announced her candidacy in the election to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom. Unsurprisingly given her Republican politics, she is now catering to the fearmongering about trans girls competing in school sports alongside their cisgender classmates.

Caitlyn Jenner is as representative of trans people as…

Side-by-side official portraits of Donald Trump and Joe Biden, desaturated and with the word NO in red text superimposed. Both original images are official works of the U.S. federal government and in the public domain.

This week I cast my ballot, as I have in every U.S. general election and nearly every mid-term since I first became eligible to vote in 1988. But for the first time, I did not vote for a presidential candidate. This was not a decision I took lightly.

I’d long…

Just read in the Medium blog:

Every unique home deserves a unique address. So every new profile comes with its own Medium URL. We’ll prompt you the next time you publish a story.

I was impatient to reserve my usual “funcrunch” handle and couldn’t find a setting to do so. Hence this brief not-story.

OK, to assuage my guilt here and answer an infrequently-asked question: Funcrunch is a play on Fenchurch, from the excellent Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by the late great Douglas Adams.

This is not the story I planned to write today.

I intended to write about the distress I experienced yesterday, when I was misgendered as female for the first time in years. This was likely due to wearing a mask that covered my beard and a patterned headwrap that covered…

If you love animals, why are you still eating them?

The author poses holding Ricky, a rooster, at PreetiRang Sanctuary. Pax is wearing a purple hoodie, tinted eyeglasses, and a faded black AIDS Walk San Francisco 2000 baseball cap. Photo by Ziggy, November 2016.

The Coronavirus pandemic has brought renewed attention to the harm animal agriculture inflicts not only on our fellow animals, but humans as well. …

Ending white supremacy will require radical action.

Black and white line drawings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, two of many victims of anti-black racism and police violence in the United States. From the Justice For Our Lives portrait series by Oree Originol.

On February 27 of this crazy, horrible year, I wrote the following on Facebook:

I’m calling it now: If we are headed toward a global pandemic that brings about the fall of human civilization, the culprit will be not the coronavirus itself, but fear and bigotry stemming from ignorance and…

Pax Ahimsa Gethen

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