Why anti-trans parents’ testimonies are unreliable as evidence: a response to Jay Keck and the Kelsey Coalition

A recent opinion piece in USA TODAY by parent Jay Keck of the anti-trans Kelsey Coalition offers a disturbing picture of how trans-rejecting family members rationalize their refusal to recognize trans youth’s identities. Keck, whose trans son is already misgendered and invalidated in the headline as a “daughter” who merely “thinks she’s transgender”, rails against trans-supportive school policies and staff at length, and expresses his belief that their affirmation of his son as a trans boy “undermined my efforts to help her”. Continue reading “Why anti-trans parents’ testimonies are unreliable as evidence: a response to Jay Keck and the Kelsey Coalition”

The burden of representation

By Penny Robo

For all the wrong reasons, certain someones have made the news recently and I can’t help but dread what’s going to be waiting for us around the corner because of them. Minorities and other marginalized people have known something for a very long time: when people are looking for a reason to dismiss us, one of us speaks for all of us.

We’re considered mouthpieces for our entire community, our words and actions reflective of our entire group. Wave after wave of white, conservative men committing mass shootings: whatever can we do about these lone wolves? One trans woman commits a crime in prison: all trans women should be locked up in men’s prisons. Continue reading “The burden of representation”

Minnesota Mom is Just… Terrible. Really Awful.

By Penny Robo

Already self-sufficient for years due to parents dealing with substance abuse issues, 13 year old “EJK” came out to her parents as gay, triggering a wave of verbal and physical abuse. Her mother permitted her to live with her biological father at 15, but he was soon incarcerated and, rather than returning to her mother, lived with friends and her grandmother, all while attending school and starting to work, eventually moving into her own apartment by 16. After more than 6 months without any contact with her mother, and considering the ongoing circumstances of her life (including her demonstrated self-sufficiency) she was considered for all intents and purposes to be an adult and in charge of her own medical decisions.

One of her first decisions was to begin hormone replacement therapy. Continue reading “Minnesota Mom is Just… Terrible. Really Awful.”

North Carolina takes another step in walking back their “bathroom bill”

By Penny Robo

North Carolina no longer requiring trans people to amend birth certificates to use public restrooms matching identity.

2016’s HB2 , North Carolina’s infamous “bathroom bill,” was far from a success. A mass (and very public) exodus of prominent entities ranging from the NBA to PayPal to Adidas (and even Ringo Starr) followed in the wake of HB 2’s passing, which prevented trans people from using the appropriate public restroom accommodations, and suits were immediately filed challenging the validity of such a law. Through considerable public shaming and legal efforts, HB 2 was officially dead not long after its birth, but elements of it were never fully repealed by its official replacement, HB 142, which left sufficient ambiguity to continue affecting trans people in their everyday lives. Continue reading “North Carolina takes another step in walking back their “bathroom bill””

Should elderly trans women continue taking HRT?

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice.

One question frequently asked by trans women pertains to whether they will continue to take cross-sex hormones throughout their lifetime, or whether this will be tapered off or discontinued once they reach an age at which most cis women experience menopause. For many trans women, this won’t become relevant to them for several decades, but for others, this is a more immediate question: Gooren & T’Sjoen (2018) note that hundreds of trans women at the VU University gender clinic in Amsterdam are now age 60 or older. Additionally, some trans women may first seek treatment at an age beyond that at which cis women typically experience menopause. The circumstances of aging trans women, who do not possess ovaries and may or may not still possess testes, are clearly different from those of postmenopausal cis women in regards to sex hormones and development. So what approach to HRT is recommended for this group? Continue reading “Should elderly trans women continue taking HRT?”