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Born in the wrong body

Dr. Michelle Forcier can't remember his name. But she remembers his face: a boy, 14, trapped in a girl's body. He was anguished. Hated what he was becoming.
A Providence doctor is on the leading edge of a new approach to transgender kids
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 26, 2012
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Warren's transgender transgression

To understand Chief US District Judge Mark Wolf's landmark ruling ordering the state of Massachusetts to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for a transgender prisoner, you need to understand this: a "sex-change operation" is not cosmetic s
What we can learn from the Senate candidate's alarming remark
By EDITORIAL  |  September 14, 2012
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Homegrown trans rocker Evan Greer keeps her music political

Last month, when Tommy Gabel of Against Me! announced via Rolling Stone that she's transgender (and will now go by Laura Jane Grace), I immediately wondered what Evan Greer might be thinking.
Mother knows best
By LIZ PELLY  |  May 25, 2012
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Trans activist Gunner Scott says, despite increased visibility, it’s still dangerous to be transgender in America

I don't know why I'm transgender. I just am.
State of the Union
By GUNNER SCOTT  |  May 25, 2012
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Female-to-male alongside pop culture

About this time a year ago, I watched Chaz Bono on Late Night with David Letterman try to explain to America what it meant to be transgender. Letterman's hammy reaction made me clammy with fear. Oh god, I thought, terrified.
Year in transition
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  May 25, 2012
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Telling Jessie's story

Julie Ross didn't always plan to blog about her experience as the mother of a 10-year-old transgender child named Jessie (who, until her 10th birthday in 2011, was known as George).
The soul inside
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 02, 2012


Remembering victims of transphobia

On Sunday, shortly after dark, a small crowd will gather in the chill of Monument Square for the Portland version of a vigil happening all over the world: the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. Several speakers — some trans, some allied — will a
In Memoriam
By LISA BUNKER  |  November 18, 2011

Trans explosion

When a social movement gets its own high-profile celebrity poster child, you know it must be hot.
Personal narratives drive social change, and vice versa
By LISA BUNKER  |  October 28, 2011
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Review: The Skin I Live In

Pedro Almodóvar applies all his hypnotic control to a sensuous, sinister tale of a plastic surgeon who kidnaps a beautiful woman in order to shroud her in experimental skin.
A sensuous, sinister tale of a plastic surgeon
By SHEILA JOHNSTON  |  October 28, 2011
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Campus safe spaces offer comfy couches and open minds

Two months into freshman year, I was sitting in a friend's dorm room when Melissa, the broadcast journalism student who lived down the hall, burst into the room. She was near tears.
Safety in numbers
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 30, 2011
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Party supplies

Original Plumbing, the New York–based quarterly lifestyle magazine and Web site for trans men and their friends, returns to the Midway this Friday for a queer/trans dance party featuring go-go boys, a photo booth, DJs D'hana and Justincredible, and a mi
Trans Dance Dept.
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  August 12, 2011


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A friend in need

For the last 15 years, Aliza Shapiro has been the heart and brains of Truth Serum Productions, the rabble-rousing outfit behind the irreverent TraniWreck cabaret.
Community comes together to support Aliza Shapiro
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  August 05, 2011

Protecting the wrong people

So, let's say you're off to go hike Mount Katahdin and commune with Mother Nature.
Gendered bathrooms
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 29, 2011
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Fake gays not protesting IFC-distributed rape film

Last week, I got an e-mail with a real honker of a subject line: "Most Controversial Film — More Dangerous than Wikileaks?"
Epic fail dept.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 04, 2011
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You go, James Franco


As if there was ever a question that James Franco was a very pretty dude. Hats off to the versatile actor, who's been fielding a...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  October 06, 2010
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That's not my name!

The transition process for transgender people, particularly transsexuals, might involve an expensive combination of surgeries, hormone-replacement therapy, and lesser tasks like perfecting one’s vocal tone or handwriting style.
Think changing genders is tricky? Try changing your name
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 04, 2010


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Review: Eyes Wide Open

Though Hair Tabakman’s intense melodrama seethes with eroticism, for most of the film the only flesh on view is the raw meat in Aaron’s (Zohar Shtrauss, who with his beard looks like Dostoevsky) butcher shop in a stark Haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Melancholy spirituality
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 07, 2010
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Review: Plan B

In this nuanced moral tale from Argentine director Marco Berger, Bruno is jealous of his ex-girlfriend’s new beau, Pablo, and he’s out to thwart the relationship.
The B is for bisexual
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 07, 2010
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Review: The Owls

Down-and-out lesbians on the skids, looking for trouble and doomed to end up with blood on their hands — it’s material that’s always worked wonders for tawdry pulp novels and grindhouse flicks.
Birds of prey
By SHAULA CLARK  |  May 07, 2010
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Review: 8: The Mormon Proposition

While we were getting decriminalized weed in Massachusetts, a large segment of the population was reeling from the devastating passage of Proposition 8 in California.
Sheds a sad light on Prop 8
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 07, 2010
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Review: The City Of Your Final Destination

Watching a James Ivory film is like entering a room aglow with plush furniture and exuding tasteful music and promising comfort and a brush with sensuality.
A lazy, lush adaptation
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 07, 2010


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Review: Children Of God

Nobody in the Bahamas of Kareem Mortimer’s uneven debut feature seems comfortable with his or her sexuality.
Fear and loathing in the Bahamas
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 07, 2010
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Review: Beyond Gay: The Politics Of Pride

The Gay Pride Parade is one of the best parties of the year — so much so that it’s easy to forget that, not so long ago, it was risky to participate, or that in some cities today, a token gesture of pride can get you imprisoned or killed.
Activism on parade
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 07, 2010

Policy matters

Identifying and living as a transgender person has intense emotional implications that we touch on in this week's story. But here, as with most social issues, the personal is also political.
 A look at the legal landscape
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 26, 2010
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Burrito, DeOssie, Boston Will Kill You, Orr and WTF(s)


Burrito, Steve DeOssie, Boston Will Kill You, Keith Orr and both WTF Lines are in today's The Sandbox podcast! Listen here! Put us on your...
By Charlie  |  November 23, 2009

Obama signs hate crime bill


Yesterday, Obama signed a bill making it a federal crime to assault a person based on their sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Matthew Shepard and...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  October 29, 2009


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Ho-Hos and air guitars

The fact is, most couples argue in the early stages of wedding planning. My partner, Diane, and I are no exception to this rule. Currently, our biggest argument surrounding plans for our wedding is whether or not she can slide into the ballroom during
Planning a same-sex wedding
By JILL BARKLEY  |  August 07, 2009