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As #LeelahAlcorn’s mom talks to CNN, Leelah’s Reddit posts come back to haunt her

in Cristan Williams/Fact Checking/Featured

While her mom talks to CNN to profess her love and support, Leelah’s Reddit posts paint a homelife defined by bullying and fear. Much has been written about Leelah Alcorn’s suicide note* which identifies conversion therapy and unsupportive parents as contributing factors to what happened to Leelah. Under the weight of public condemnation, Leelah’s mother, Carla Alcron told CNN that…

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Fact Checking Janice Raymond: The NCHCT Report

in Cristan Williams/Fact Checking/History

It has long been asserted that the iconic TERF opinion leader, Janice Raymond, played a part in bringing an end to the public and private coverage of transgender medical care, resulting in measurable death and suffering within the trans community. Unsurprisingly, Raymond rejects any assertion that she has blood on her hands. Over on TheTERFs.com,…

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I Am Jazz: an amazing book for trans kids

in Cristan Williams/Featured/Interview

Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings recently published a book for trans kids titled, I Am Jazz. The beautifully illustrated story is based on the real-life experiences of Jazz. Laverne Cox said that the book is an “essential tool for parents and teachers” and that “I wish I had had a book like this when I…

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Debunking TERF Essentialism: Part III of the ‘Sexing the Body is Gender’ Series

in #TERFweek/Cristan Williams/Sexing the Body is Gender

Part III of the ‘Sexing the Body is Gender’ Series: Debunking TERF Essentialism In Part II, what gender is and is not was discussed and the ways in which we contextualize our bodies were reviewed. In this section, essentialism arguments regularly asserted as being self-evidently true are reviewed and deconstructed. When appealing to a substance – say,…

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Mom confronts TERF bigotry aimed at her family

in #TERFweek/Featured

By Debi Jackson Although I have been part of the LGBT community for the last three years since my daughter transitioned from male to female, I still seem to learn something new every day. Take, for example, my recent discovery of a group that some call TERFs, or Trans-Excluding Radical Feminists. Within the last few…

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Trans medical care = mutilation?

in Advice/Cristan Williams

A reader writes: I was wondering if it would be possible to open a discussion seeking articulation explaining why and how surgical alteration is different from genital mutilation. I feel insufficiently equipped to defend the difference. Here’s the deal: body autonomy. I – not some random person – get to decide what body modifications constitute…

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