Is the reflection I see in the mirror who I am, or just the taxi that carries "me" around? As a TG journalist for a host of magazines I have explored this and many other ideas along the detour that has become my life. Being transgender is by far the most confused, conflicted, distracting and yet amazing journey I have ever encountered thus far.
There has been a national outcry of parents and legislators making a case for or against bathroom protections for transgender individuals; (10 more states sue U.S over Transgender Policy for Schools; July 8, 2016). University students are usually the more libral ideological thinkers out there, but not so at UCLA. here i a clue people, the transgender school law is protect kids, tweens, and teens.
There can be no doubt that that the Internet has change everything; it's transparency, volume of opinions, and immediate access has nitro-charged worldwide discussions. Transgender expression is no exception.
For all those dads out there in the closet, I feel your pain. I too spent 40s in the closet before coming out. Father's Day we get ties and shirts and boxer shorts, when what we really want is pretty things that no one ever gave us. So just for you, here are some virtual gifts that you can carry in your mind's eye, and for brief moments dream of that life you long for.
For any of us who were born and evolved physically masculine and became athletic men, transition seemed unthinkable growing up. And even for those that did make the transition journey later in life. we had a mountain of hurdles to overcome.
Since coming out and getting involved in the TG community in 2000, things have changed drastically. The amount of "out" transgender people is startling, especially in the modeling and entertainment world, and most recently politics. When my friend Lauren Foster was a world renown print and runway model int he 1980s, she had to hide her transness. When she was outed she lost many of her print sponsors. Today however, transgender girls are coming out and speaking out proudly. Here is a look back and forward into people out.