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Transmissions: In visibility
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.

Transmissions: A holiday wish

Transmissions: A holiday wish

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Dec 13, 2023

The holidays were different when I was younger. Lacking the internet, one would eagerly anticipate the arrival of the Sears catalog at your front door around August or September.

Transmissions: Trans for the holidays

Transmissions: Trans for the holidays

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Nov 29, 2023

We're in that time of year, post-Thanksgiving but not yet Yule, when you cannot breathe without being bombarded by messages of family get-togethers for the holidays.

Spirit of Gay Games 2023 outshines COVID, politics, and doubters

Spirit of Gay Games 2023 outshines COVID, politics, and doubters

  • by Roger Brigham
  • Nov 15, 2023

The Bay Area Reporter's former sports columnist shares his opinions on the recent Gay Games that took place in Hong Kong and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Transmissions: In difficult times

Transmissions: In difficult times

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Nov 15, 2023

It was 1998 when Rita Hester, a young Black trans woman, was found dead in Alston, Massachusetts.

Transmissions: Forgotten histories

Transmissions: Forgotten histories

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Nov 1, 2023

It should come as no surprise to anyone that I feel that the trans community often fails to grasp its own history. That focus is, after all, part of my own history.

LGBTQ HIstory Month: SF LGBTQ pioneers helped form the community

LGBTQ HIstory Month: SF LGBTQ pioneers helped form the community

  • by Chuck Forester
  • Oct 25, 2023

That gay person at the Pride parade is the result of an unusual social experiment that started in 1970 in San Francisco.

Transmissions: In God's image

Transmissions: In God's image

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Oct 18, 2023

Longtime readers will note that I don't often discuss matters of religion. It's not a topic I am comfortable with. I am predominantly agnostic, with a very strong pagan bent to my spirituality.