21 Jul 2012

Speech To The San Diego Stonewall Rally (2012)

Here in my adopted hometown of San Diego, California, I was asked to speak at this year’s San Diego Pride Stonewall Rally about open service for transgender servicemembers in the U.S. military services. The rally was held on July 20, 2012; the 20th through 22nd is Pride Weekend here. This

15 Jul 2012

My Name Was Stephen

Being a someone of trans history, I wasn’t born with the name Autumn. I was born Northridge, California in the late 1950’s, and my parents gave me the name of Stephen Mark Sandeen. These days I have a complicated relationship with that name: I like the name as a name,

12 Jul 2012

This & That: Open Thread

It’s an open thread! Pleeeeease feel free to chat, blogwhore, and link-share in the comment thread… So, this is what my cartoon sockpuppet Bookworm Bob have been looking at since our last This & That post. • Feministing‘s Daniel Tosh “jokes” that woman in audience should be raped at stand-up

11 Jul 2012

The Bittersweet “Change Of Gender” Court Ruling: It Came With Even More Cyberharassment

This is the third of three parts on referring to what California calls my legal change of gender. This is an exercise in cathartic writing for me explaining not only why my change of gender, but also explaining why I haven’t been as prolific in my writing since last summer,

09 Jul 2012

Get Straight!

Here’s a parody from Liam Kyle Sullivan of the Liamshow telling us how to Get Straight! It is waaaaay too funny — but it ain’t work friendly! ~~~~~ Further reading: * Truth Wins Out: Ex-Gay activist Alan Chambers saying there is no gay cure changes everything

05 Jul 2012

Isis King And Janet Mock Discus Trans Issues On In The Life

In this closed captioned video, Janet Mock (an editor at People Magazine) and Isis King (actress and model) discuss trans issues from a trans people of color perspective for In The Life. In the video they also talk about why transgender is a term that both of them use regarding

05 Jul 2012

San Diego’s “Big Bay Boom” A Big Bay Bust

San Diego’s biggest 4th of July fireworks show the Big Bay Boom apparently lived up to it’s name…well, in the sense there was just a single boom . All the fireworks — due to what is being called a “technical glitch” — went off at once about 5-minutes before the

04 Jul 2012

Changed Times For Trans People In Argentina

Argentina’s president has personally delivered the first national identity cards to people who legally switched their genders under a law that sets a global precedent. ~The Canadian Press I remember watching this now five-year-old commercial from Agentina’s Banco Provincia, and then crossposting my friend Stephanie Stevens’ post on this video

02 Jul 2012

On Trans Pride Events And Militancy

Pride marches are born of two thoughts that can be perceived as both complimentary and contradictory: Political action and community celebration. Pride Month is in June because the Stonewall Riots, and follow-up Stonewall Uprising Gay Liberation Movement, began on June 28th, 1969. The LGBTQ community was born in a political

26 Jun 2012

Scout And Elizabeth Talk About White House Proposal with Melissa Harris-Perry

This past Sunday, Melisa Harris-Perry talked first about marriage… And then she followed up that video essay on marriage with an interview of Scout and Elizabeth — Scout being the one who proposed to his then girlfriend at the White House LGBT Pride Month Reception: To me, the most interesting