Category Archives: Commentary

Notes from the 2012 Philadelphia Trans Health Conference – Part 1 – Venue Sharing

I attended the 2012 Philadelphia Trans Health Conference  (PTHC) for the second time in two years, and similar to my experience in 2011, I was not disappointed.  The conference was huge with an attendance of over 2000 people, making it … Continue reading

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14 Reasons Why It’s Not Okay to Out Someone as Trans – A Public Service Announcement From Your Friendly, Neighborhood Trans Person

Recently, a well-meaning friend of mine disclosed my trans status to a friend of his, someone I hadn’t known previously.  I don’t know that I ever would have found out that he had done so if his friend hadn’t slipped … Continue reading

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Our Siblings of Juchitán

There is a book store in a train station in a large city in central Europe that offers hundreds, maybe even thousands of magazines, comic books and newspapers from all over the world.  Well, maybe not from all over the … Continue reading

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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2011 & Pete Subkoviak’s Article

Transgender Day of Remembrance, held world-wide each year on November 20th, began in response to the 1998 murder of trans woman Rita Hester in Boston. Each year, the community mourns the death of gender variant people and their loved ones … Continue reading

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What Will You Be for Halloween?

A friend asked me the other day if I was going to dress up for Halloween.  I said, “I dressed as a woman for 48 years.  I’m all done wearing costumes.” But that’s me. What about you? Whatever your plans … Continue reading

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Transition by Fortune Cookie

While I was straightening up my office this summer, I came across a collection of little strips of paper inscribed with blue font.  (Why always blue font, I wonder?)  Indications of my fondness for Eastern cuisine, these were the offspring … Continue reading

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After 9/11

It was about 5:20 on the morning of September 16, 2001 when the sound of a jet flying overhead broke into my sleep.  I announced to myself as my eyes snapped open, “The airport is open!” Normally, I don’t hear … Continue reading

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Hidden Comments & Two Essays Worth Reading

It might seem as though there isn’t any activity on ATM right now, but actually, things are happening behind the scenes. This blog receives about 70 or so hits per day, even when no new posts are made. That kind … Continue reading

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The Spectra of Gender, Sexual Orientation and Biological Sex

In a previous post — the one about the Genetics Behind Sex Determination and Differentiation —  one reader left a comment that induced me to remove a sentence. The reader took issue with my statement that human gonadal sex develops … Continue reading

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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2010

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day when trans people all over the world, along with their families, friends and allies, recognize the people who have been murdered because of their gender expression. Although most of the people mourned … Continue reading

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