transgender

Transgender Visibility: A Work in Progress

March 31, 2018 Life

The spirit of the first-ever recorded act of collective queer resistance to social oppression and police harassment in the U.S. occurred took place in the Tenderloin District in August 1966 and was embodied at the campus sponsored event for International Transgender Day of Visibility (ITDOV). “It’s nice to see that other people care about trans ...

Celebrity gender identities aren’t news

March 14, 2016 Opinion

Following in the footsteps of sister Lana Wachowski, “Matrix” director Lilly Wachowski has come out as a transgender woman, but not entirely on her own terms. In a statement to the Windy City Times, Wachowski revealed that reporters have been hounding her agent for the past year, threatening to publish stories about her gender transition. After ...

Cis actors continue to take credit for trans rights

February 23, 2016 Opinion 1 Comment

When I heard the news that a movie would be made based on the life of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, I was cautiously optimistic. When I heard that Eddie Redmayne, a cisgender actor, would be playing Elbe, that optimism plummeted. This isn’t the first time a cisgender actor has been cast in the role of ...

Gender neutral bathrooms cause unnecessary panic

September 8, 2015 Opinion

[media-credit name=”(Eva Rodriguez / Xpress)” align=”alignright” width=”725″][/media-credit] Earlier this year, hundreds of Americans applied for a one-way ticket to Mars with no chance of ever returning to Earth, but when it comes the thought of sharing a bathroom with the opposite sex, many seem to be terrified. When I moved to San Diego in 2011, I ...

Professor documents transgender Filipina running for Congress in Manila

February 5, 2014 Life

An SF State cinema professor’s documentary shows the world of LGBTQ political struggles from the view of a transgender woman running for office in the Philippines. Director Johnny Symons is a recent recipient of a grant from the Frameline Completion Fund for his and fellow director Leo Chiang’s documentary, “Out Run.” The grant received 112 ...

Graduate student Gina de Vries sparks queer activism through writing

November 29, 2012 Life

In a tiny bedroom full of books and trimmed with pink Christmas lights, writer and activist Gina de Vries’ experience melds with her talent for fiction. While much of de Vries’ work is confessional and autobiographical, she incorporates fictional devices as well, from combining characters, putting real people in places they’ve never been, or just ...