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As I patiently awaited the arrival of my copy of Janet Mock’s memoir Redefining Realness, I decided to tune in to an interview on  Piers Morgan Live. I had heard that she was on the show on Tuesday night and would be on again.  A two part interview? I thought, he must be really interested in her book! After watching the interview, it seemed that Piers Morgan was much more interested in himself (see the interview here).

In the first interview Morgan had misgendered Janet and …

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Coming out for people who identify as transgender can be a very different experience compared to coming out for LGB people.  Like LGB people, trans* people must come out to friends and family, but we also often end up coming out in situations that other people take for granted (see this Buzzfeed article for a few examples). This has become all too apparent for me due to a few recent events: I just accepted a job offer last week and filled out the forms for a background …

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With back to school season in full swing, most students are busy getting school supplies and finding their classes, but for transgender students, school comes with added challenges. While most students do not worry about which restrooms/locker rooms to use or what clothing is too feminine or masculine, transgender students must be very careful in discerning which restroom or outfit is appropriate at school. The past few years have seen a great increase in transgender awareness, especially with regard to transgender youth. GLSEN’s 2009 Harsh Realities Report showed that …

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Looking out over McMicken Commons, I am troubled by the tiny white flags, each representing a life lost to hatred and violence. There are over 250 flags, and I know I am not the only one who noticed. Students on their way to morning classes are looking down as they pass through, reading the names and causes of death written on the flags. Though very few stop at our table for more information, I can see them taking in the message: our people are being murdered at an alarming …