Published Work

Queering Religion

on Pour Over Mag

“Religion and queer identities- often these two things are seen as conflicting forces. If you are one, you cannot be the opposite. Religion and being queer cannot exist hand-in-hand and when they do, it is often not only in conflict with the person, but within their community at large as well. Religion and queer are seen as conflict and negative, rarely as something ever positive. Even when the topic of queering religion comes up, it often comes up in the form of gay and lesbian members of the Judeo-Christian churches. Narratives focus on them and their sexuality, within the context of how they manage to reconcile their sexuality with their religion. These forces are still seen at odds as opposed to complimentary modes of support that create a whole rather than conflicting parts.”

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Why Are Narratives Around Transgender People Always So Negative?

on Advocate

“There exists a commonality among most trans* narratives published by the media today — negativity.

If it isn’t the story of how a trans woman was murdered, or assaulted, and there was no justice — such as Islan Nettles and CeCe McDonald — it is something else. Maybe you’ve read stories of how families dissolved due to transition (and how hard it always is on the partner who left), or about studies on how trans* people are prone to suicide attempts, much higher than the cis population. Negativity is pervasive.”

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Body Political

on Gender Splendour

“My body is a political weapon. I’m not talking about just the fact my body is a transgender one either. I am a walking political billboard, by my own choice. I use my body, especially how I dress my body, as a statement every time I go out into public. I am a visibly queer and transgender person. While I dress rather gender non-conforming (since I am a non-binary trans person who prefers feminine clothing, heels, and extreme colors), there is something much more eye catching than that.”

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Righteously Mad

on In Our Words Blog

“No one is a fake trans* person. People are their own deciders of their identities. Identities can be very fluid things, especially in something that is as wishy-washy as gender is. Many trans* people are called fake their entire lives. They are fake men, women, people, their genders constantly put in scare quotes and then misgendered. They are proclaimed to be cross-dressers and deceitful, seen as people who cannot be trusted since they lied about their genders to people. Obviously, this isn’t true, but by calling people fake trans* people you are allowing people to continue this trend.”

Unfortunately, IOWB no longer exists, but I have uploaded this piece to my site!

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Gender: Peacock

on GenderFork

“I’m a guy. A trans guy, but I am still a guy. However, I am far from your typical guy (both trans* and cis).

I often joke that my gender is peacock, because that is how I feel most of the time. A male peacock is the perfect descriptor for me. I’m flashy, loud, outspoken, opinionated, brightly colored, and love being the center of attention. While my gender occasionally does fluctuate, it always has the basis of male. I’ve always seen my body and identity as having a male base to build off of, despite being Female Assigned At Birth – or FAAB, which is a perfect acronym for me.
I am no less trans*, a man, or anything else for being a peacock.”

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Our Lives: Rebellion

on Permanent Wave Philly‘s Zine Tiny Acts of Rebellion

“Every queer person alive is an act of rebellion. Our mere will to live is a rebellion against a society that tells us we are not worthy. It is a rebellion against the cissexist and homophobic world we live in. Queer people rebel with every breath they take. Merely being alive and refusing to let society snuff us out is an act of rebellion.  In the words of Kanye West, “jokes on you, we still alive”.”

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Why Feminism Needs to be Trans* Inclusive

on The Quail Pipe

“All definitions of feminism focus on equality for all people so that they are no longer marginalized or oppressed based on their gender or perceived gender. However, there seems to be a strain of feminism that excludes women from their take on the movement, despite the bonding idea of equality.

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Republished Work

Personal, Political, Intimate

22 Years: My Body

My Body is My Own

on The Body is NOT an Apology

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