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Transmissions: Standing up in a post-Roe world

Transmissions: Standing up in a post-Roe world

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jun 29, 2022

I am sure you don't need me to tell you this: in a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which established constitutional protections for abortion, as part of a 6-3 decision to uphold an abortion ban in Mississippi.

Guest Opinion: Beyond the bubble: Pride in Israel from the North to the South

Guest Opinion: Beyond the bubble: Pride in Israel from the North to the South

  • by Matan Zamir
  • Jun 22, 2022

Located at the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea, Israel is internationally recognized as the LGBTQ+ capital of the Middle East.

Guest Opinion: LGBTQs ready for smoke-free bar patios this Pride

Guest Opinion: LGBTQs ready for smoke-free bar patios this Pride

  • by Amaya Wooding
  • Jun 22, 2022

It's Pride 2022, and we are back in the streets to celebrate in-person again!

Transmissions: Predators, prey, and Pride

Transmissions: Predators, prey, and Pride

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jun 15, 2022

Spurred on by a Twitter account known for its provocative nature, @libsoftiktok, a cadre of alleged Proud Boys members stormed into the San Lorenzo library in the East Bay June 11.

Transmissions: Living hell

Transmissions: Living hell

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jun 1, 2022

You would think that discussing a group of people who have literally hacked the code of their own bodies to present in their correct gender would be pretty fantastic, but transgender people are remarkably mundane.

Transmissions: This dichotomy we live in

Transmissions: This dichotomy we live in

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • May 18, 2022

The big trend in popular culture is the multiverse, as seen in films like "Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness" and "Everything Everywhere All at Once."

Transmissions: The real groomers

Transmissions: The real groomers

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • May 4, 2022

In Watertown, South Dakota, on April 25, Calvin Hillesland, a German teacher at Watertown High School, handed letters to four trans and nonbinary students.

Transmissions: Letters of hope amid the darkness

Transmissions: Letters of hope amid the darkness

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Apr 20, 2022

Over the last few weeks, anti-transgender and general anti-LGBTQ animus has reached a fever pitch.

Transmissions: The other days

Transmissions: The other days

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Apr 6, 2022

In 2009, feeling a need for an event to balance the Transgender Day of Remembrance, the inaugural Transgender Day of Visibility was held.

Transmissions: We cannot rest easy

Transmissions: We cannot rest easy

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Mar 9, 2022

I haven't been sleeping well lately, and it is largely Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott's fault.

Transmissions: Common ground

Transmissions: Common ground

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Feb 23, 2022

By the time you read this column, Florida's House of Representatives may have already voted on House Bill 1557/Senate Bill 1834.

Guest Opinion: SFUSD management seeks to fire beloved queer mentor and math teacher

Guest Opinion: SFUSD management seeks to fire beloved queer mentor and math teacher

  • by John Lisovsky
  • Feb 18, 2022

The national teacher shortage has not spared San Francisco, which is seeing extreme difficulty filling teaching positions.

Transmissions: When a swimmer is not a swimmer

Transmissions: When a swimmer is not a swimmer

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Feb 9, 2022

Lia Thomas is a swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a transgender woman. The latter statement is currently jeopardizing the former.

Transmissions: The transition shower

Transmissions: The transition shower

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jan 26, 2022

A friend of mine alerted me to a social media post from a woman named Becca Green, and I wanted to share it here. In it, Green shares a brilliant possibility.