My stories on Medium
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 2017, many of my posts were imported from my blog, the funcrunch files. Most of my stories focus on social justice, particularly transgender issues.
Trans Takeover at Creating Change
Reflections on the 2023 Creating Change Conference, part four
Trans Athletes and Fairness to Women
Reflections on the 2023 Creating Change Conference, part three
Accessibility, Ableism, and Accommodations
Reflections on the 2023 Creating Change Conference, part two
Mixed-Race and Rootless
Reflections on the 2023 Creating Change Conference, part one
Life Sucks, But At Least There's Tea
The perfect cup that gets me out of bed in the morning Like many people, I suffer from clinical depression and anxiety…
Police Are the Mass Killers We Should Be Worried About
Two months into the year 2023, mass shootings continue to be everyday occurrences in the United States, with no end in…
Is Pacifism a Privilege?
Why I believe that killing is never the answer to oppression
Gun Safety Is An Oxymoron
For everyone’s safety, we must rid the world of firearms.
Attacking Drag Queens Will Not Save Your Children
Confronting those who scapegoat the LGBTQ community
Christians and “Nones”: Action vs Affiliation
This week, the Pew Research Center released a study showing that Christians might become a minority group in the United…
Progressive Catholics, Please Explain Yourselves
I genuinely want to understand why you stay with an oppressive institution.
Pregnant People: A Trans View on Abortion Rights Messaging
This week, a wave of fear and anger swept across the country when we learned that the U.S. Supreme Court intends to…
Cisgender Affirming Surgeries
The gender binary hurts everyone, but is breaking bones a cure?
Traveling While Trans: Does “X” Mark the Spot?
Having a non-binary gender option is great, but I doubt I’ll be switching.
Does Bisexuality Exclude Trans People?
Examining preferences and identity on Celebrate Bisexuality Day
On Animals, Gender, Race, and Optics
Is stage-crashing ever effective animal rights activism?
Want to Support Queer and Trans People? Fix Your Churches.
Protecting our rights and dignity at a more fundamental level than “getting out the vote”
Let’s celebrate bisexuality, minus the identity policing
Your sexual orientation, and chosen label for it, is your business.
This 9/11, the terrorists I fear are at home
Like millions of others around the globe remembering 9/11, I recall exactly where I was when it happened. I was living…
Ten years a Wikipedian
Ten years ago today, I made my first edit on Wikipedia. I still remember what it was without even having to look it up…
Pose: Thoughts on gender, race, and identity
Last week, I finished watching the premiere season of Pose, the new FX series that explores the lives of queer and…
Becoming a black man in America
The year was 2013. My discomfort with my assigned sex had reached a peak, and I began posting on my personal blog and…
Marching for (some) lives
On March 24 I attended March For Our Lives in San Francisco, one of several hundred events that took place that day to…
Trans women of color speak on the politics of visibility
Yesterday in San Francisco I attended a discussion on the politics of transgender visibility. Produced by Aria Sa’id…
Reclaiming and remembering queer space
This past Saturday, LGBT activists, friends, neighbors, and elected officials gathered in San Francisco’s Polk Gulch…
Show up for black and brown trans women
Yesterday I attended a rally and press conference for Tanesh Nutall, a Transgender Law Center client who was…
Animals are not “meats”
There’s a butcher shop not far from where I live that has angered me every time I’ve walked by it. Not just because…
When a dog whistle becomes a siren
Trump’s racism isn’t new. It’s the White House response that’s cause for alarm.
Fire and Fury: A review from the margins
Rarely do I anticipate a book enough to pre-order it. But last week I read the lengthy excerpt of Fire and Fury: Inside…
Conflicted thoughts on Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving used to be one of my favorite holidays, primarily because of the food. I’m not talking about turkeys; I…
White House Arrest
I’m leaning heavily toward being a prison abolitionist, but if the entire Trump/Pence Administration were to be thrown…
Respecting trans lives on Wikipedia
Continuing in my efforts to improve the coverage of marginalized people on Wikipedia, I started two new biographies of…
Validation, not victory, for non-binary Californians
On October 15, 2017, California governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill No. 179, enacting the Gender…
Freedom to oppress: Berkeley’s civil war
Scene: Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley, 1993. I had recently started my first full-time job, working in Sproul Hall, and was…
This week in woke Wikipedia
Last December, Bloomberg Businessweek asked the question, “Is Wikipedia Woke”? The article noted that the online…
Dear Melania: Please don’t teach your kid to hit people
This is an open letter to Melania Trump, husband of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
California voters: Check your affiliations
This election season is too much. The other day I got a robo-call from Donald Trump. As soon as I heard that man’s…
Not seeing eye to eye
Today I went to Optical Underground in San Francisco to pick up the new eyeglasses (pictured above and also on Flickr…
On “not seeing” race or gender
Hi Amanda — I don’t know anything about you or your now-former publication, but the thread your post is in kept coming…
Men in skirts
There’s a great piece in Black Girl Dangerous today about femme clothing, gender expression and identity. In their…
Thoughts on copyright in the digital age
I remember when my favorite author, Ursula K. Le Guin (I took my last name from one of her books), resigned from the…
Announcing Black Vegans Rock
As promised in my previous entry, I am excited to say more about Aph Ko‘s new project, Black Vegans Rock. The stated…
Clothing has no gender.
On the left is a photo of me, taken shortly before the start of my gender transition, wearing my favorite denim jacket…
Tolerance is not acceptance
Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to mourn the lives lost to transphobic violence. With at least 22…
A-gendering we will go
After reading Whipping Girl by Julia Serano, I wrote a blog entry about gendering and subconscious sex. In it, I ask…
Sometimes you’re just a jelly donut
This is a story I wrote shortly after coming out as trans two years ago. It’s a political allegory that expresses my…
What I wanted to wear: Performing masculinity
Last night I was honored to attend a talk by Alicia Garza, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter. While this was not a formal…
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