transgender

No Longer Clueless: Reading Misfit Characters as Trans

After puberty has kicked you in the balls, the realisation that you are trans prompts a re-evaluation of your life up to that point. It is an overwhelming experience in which multiple, contradictory emotions can hit you all at the same time. There’s the rush of relief mingled with the …

Trans Men and Barriers to Healthcare

“What barriers to healthcare do you face as a trans man?” It’s no secret that healthcare is often more accessible to cis people than it is to transgender individuals, and this can cause a lot of problems for the already at-risk trans community. We’re gatekept by medical professionals, discriminated against, …

Gender Neutral Uniforms and Grass Skirts

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the first week in September, the press are obliged to write outraged articles about school uniform. You may have seen some interest in the past week or so in the story that a school has introduced gender-neutral uniform for their Year 7 cohort–and …

Trans Representation in Video Games: We Can Do Better

It’s commonly thought that the first trans character in a video game was Birdo, a recurring pink dinosaur boss in Super Mario Brothers 2 back in 1989. In the manual for the game, she was described as a ‘male who believes she is female’. Not the most flattering of descriptions. …

Navigating Grindr as a Non-Binary Trans Boy

Trigger Warning: Transmisogyny — Grindr is primarily a space for gay men, which means it’s full of machismo, femmephobia, racism, and general nonsense about gender. I’m a non-binary trans boy, and I’ve only recently been afforded a level of masculine expression which allows me access to grindr, and it’s an …

I’m Your Daughter: What I Would Say If You Would Listen

You’re my mother, but I know I’m an embarrassment to you. I always was, but never more than now. I wonder if you know that other family members have reached out to me privately, with concern and worry. They’ve explained that you talk about me in hushed tones, trying to …

The Trans Representation Betrayal

When Matt Bomer, a cisgender actor, was first announced as the transgender lead in Anything an upcoming movie release about a trans sex worker, it caused a predictable backlash from transgender people on social media. Anything it seemed, was set to join a list that includes The Danish Girl, and …