Pretty Awesome

"Do I look pretty?""Yes, you look pretty. So, so pretty."Here I am with another 3-year old going through that "Pink Phase." This time around, however, I've given in to the pink. I've surrendered.I'm encouraging it, even....more

My Kid Is Transgender. Her Life Has Changed. Our Family Has Changed.

I haven't been writing much lately. I feel like a non-writing jerk who doesn't have her priorities straight. But my heart's just not in it. My heart is elsewhere, with a kid who is having a tough time and needs her mom. ...more
I congratulate you on being a great mom! I really do.... I think that your love for your ...more

Safer Sex For Trans* People

It’s important for everyone to be safe when having sex. It doesn’t matter what genitalia you were born with or if you get surgery to make you feel more, well, you. Safe sex should always be the priority, so we have assembled a guide for those who conventional sex-ed always seem to forget about. ...more

Two Transgender Women Murdered in Cleveland Last Week

Last week, Cleveland witnessed two brutal murders - seemingly unrelated - of two transgender women.Betty Janet Skinner was 52, disabled and living with assisted care in her own apartment. Her home health care worker found her in the morning with severe head injuries.  ...more

Blindsided By a Name --Chelsea Manning

A storm raged, a private little tempest that sprouted over this town during my homeward commute, sparing everything outside a six-mile wide bubble. My short rush from car to home soaked me. Once inside, coping with soggy clothing and not yet motivated to change, I parked in front of my computer and found a message on whether I wished to write on Chelsea Manning....more
@nellewrites Hey there, thank YOU! For sharing your first person viewpoint, allowing me to ...more

I went to my first PFLAG meeting. Nobody was there.

      I went to my first parent support meeting, i.e. PFLAG (http://community.pflag.org/Page.aspx?pid=194&srcid=-2).  ...more
I have had this experience with other self-help groups - you finally get up the gumption to go, ...more

Giving Birth to a Unicorn: When Your Child Comes Out as Transgender

I thought I was liberal. I thought I'd evolved from the person I was in my youth: conservative, religious, and specific to this post, a hater of gays and lesbians. It's been a long and frequently shameful road to the person I am now (or the person I thought I was now). The person I am now truly believed that I was a good person, a someone who accepted the LGBT community wholeheartedly. ...more
Hello....I stumbled across this peice you wrote, about a week ago. I was up one late night ...more

10 Reasons Why You Should Buy Girl Scout Cookies

Yup, it's Girl Scout cookie time.Those girls time it just right. Just as your New Years diet resolve is weakening, they come a'knocking.In case you need a little nudge toward an extra box of coconut-caramel Samoas, here are 10 good reasons why you should buy Girl Scout cookies....more

Welcoming a New Blogger to the Fold

Saturday, my blog celebrated seven years in the "Burghosphere" ... a significant milestone. When I look around Pittsburgh's blogosphere - I see only two political bloggers of longer duration and a handful of familiar faces from back in the day. And that's fine - its the nature of the beast (er, beat?) I've been struggling as how to keep the momentum going while my own energy and attention are drawn in so many directions. I noticed two key things.First, I just can't carve out enough time to devote to each issue. ...more

Storytelling on Transgender Day of Remembrance

Whether you know it or not, since 1998 November 20th has been set aside as the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day for remembering the tragically high number of transgender men and women who have lost their lives to violence. Tonight there will be memorial vigils held in cities across the nation. Candles will be lit, and stories will be told....more
The transgendered community was vital in the repeal of DADT, many of whom served our country ...more
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