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Guest Opinion: New governor's council is state's latest step to stop hate

Guest Opinion: New governor's council is state's latest step to stop hate

  • by Joyce Newstat and Scott Wiener
  • Nov 22, 2022

Every year, at the beginning of Pride Month, we put on our parkas and wool caps and head up to Twin Peaks to light the incredible pink triangle installation.

Transmissions: After the election, a glimmer of hope

Transmissions: After the election, a glimmer of hope

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Nov 18, 2022

It wasn't intentional for the Transgender Day of Remembrance to fall so close to Election Day and its aftermath, but they have certainly grown in importance to each other over the years.

Jock Talk: If you believe in human rights, do not watch the World Cup

Jock Talk: If you believe in human rights, do not watch the World Cup

  • by Roger Brigham
  • Nov 11, 2022

For the first time in four decades, I will not watch a single minute of the men's soccer World Cup. Not one vuvuzela-shrieking minute.

Transmissions: Sounding the alarm

Transmissions: Sounding the alarm

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Nov 2, 2022

I often feel that I am too alarmist. I have spent decades now, deep in the issue of anti-transgender violence and murder, and I know that colors my views.

Transmissions: The litter box legend

Transmissions: The litter box legend

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Oct 19, 2022

October is no stranger to urban legends, dating back at least to Washington Irving's 1819 Halloween favorite, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

Transmissions: Gwen Araujo and the steady trickle of anti-trans violence

Transmissions: Gwen Araujo and the steady trickle of anti-trans violence

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Oct 4, 2022

Around 20 years ago, somewhere in the middle of October 2002, I was talking with another trans activist friend of mine.

Transmissions: Transit tales — and transgender typecasting

Transmissions: Transit tales — and transgender typecasting

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Sep 21, 2022

Your average, modern city is a labyrinth of streets linking home, work, and entertainment in a maze of asphaltic concrete as far as the eye can see.

Transmissions: Living

Transmissions: Living

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Sep 7, 2022

Living is a funny thing. It is something we tend to take for granted. Our lungs autonomously breathe in a steady stream of oxygen, enriching our blood.

Transmissions: It's not all about pronouns

Transmissions: It's not all about pronouns

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Aug 24, 2022

I've long had a complicated relationship with pronouns.

Transmissions: How do you tell you are transgender?

Transmissions: How do you tell you are transgender?

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Aug 10, 2022

If one goes looking, they can find plenty of online quizzes and tests that will supposedly tell them just how transgender they are.

News Briefs: B.A.R.'s Besties voting is now underway

News Briefs: B.A.R.'s Besties voting is now underway

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Aug 9, 2022

Voting is open for the Bay Area Reporter's readers' poll known as the Besties.

Transmissions: Double nickel

Transmissions: Double nickel

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jul 27, 2022

I recently had a momentous birthday, reaching 20 years past the age I expected myself to be dead.

Guest Opinion: Let's not forget about LGBTQ immigrants in ICE detention

Guest Opinion: Let's not forget about LGBTQ immigrants in ICE detention

  • by Salesh Prasad
  • Jul 13, 2022

There's a suffocating bleakness to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, detention. We are locked inside 20 hours a day.

Transmissions: What is a woman?

Transmissions: What is a woman?

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jul 13, 2022

Conservative commentator and provocateur Matt Walsh recently released a movie titled, "What Is A Woman?"