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Transmissions: Dora Richter lived

Transmissions: Dora Richter lived

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jun 26, 2024

My mantra for Pride 2024 is a simple one: Dora Richter lived.

Transmissions: Frustrated by Biden's Pride proclamation

Transmissions: Frustrated by Biden's Pride proclamation

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jun 12, 2024

While President Joe Biden has issued a Pride Month proclamation and has done things to help the LGBTQ community, there is still frustration, especially compared to when Biden served as vice president.

Transmissions: A holy site

Transmissions: A holy site

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • May 29, 2024

I visited a holy site the other day.

Transmissions: Control

Transmissions: Control

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • May 15, 2024

Looking at the history of trans care since World War II, one can't help but notice a theme: transgender people gain agency, and then non-transgender people attempt to exert control to stop it.

Transmissions: A time to breathe

Transmissions: A time to breathe

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • May 1, 2024

You really do not need me to tell you how bleak things are right now for the trans community.

Transmissions: Embracing trans dignity

Transmissions: Embracing trans dignity

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Apr 17, 2024

There are three stories that have recently crossed my desk, each of which are unrelated, but together paint a very descriptive image of what's wrong with the way non-trans people are speaking about trans lives.

Transmissions: In visibility

Transmissions: In visibility

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Apr 3, 2024

Though completely random happenstance, Easter and the Transgender Day of Visibility occurred on the same day this year, Sunday, March 31.

Transmissions: A space for trans rights

Transmissions: A space for trans rights

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Mar 20, 2024

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama is the home of Space Camp, a program where kids of all ages can explore what it is to be part of a space mission.

Transmissions: A death in Oklahoma

Transmissions: A death in Oklahoma

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Mar 6, 2024

On February 7, a 16-year-old student at Owasso High School in Owasso, Oklahoma entered the girls' bathroom. Twenty-four hours later, that student would be dead.

Transmissions: Bad intentions, bad compromises

Transmissions: Bad intentions, bad compromises

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Feb 21, 2024

I regularly discuss the astounding amount of legislation put forth by lawmakers across the country aimed squarely at trans rights.

Transmissions: Send in the clowns

Transmissions: Send in the clowns

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Feb 7, 2024

Today, I want to talk to you about clowns. No, I am not slyly referring to the various Republican politicians who are filing ever more draconian bills to squash transgender freedom across our country, though the thought had occurred to me.

Transmissions: Linguistic history

Transmissions: Linguistic history

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jan 24, 2024

I was recently made aware of a fascinating bit of linguistic history, courtesy of the 1661 edition of Thomas Blount's "Glossographia, or a dictionary interpreting all such hard words of whatsoever language now used in our refined English tongue."

Transmissions: We need you

Transmissions: We need you

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jan 10, 2024

I recently wrote that last year saw 589 anti-trans bills that were introduced within 49 states. Of those introduced, 85 passed into law.

Transmissions: The closing of the year

Transmissions: The closing of the year

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Dec 27, 2023

As we close the book on 2023, my mind keeps going back to one number: 589.