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Transmissions: No place for any woman

Transmissions: No place for any woman

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Dec 5, 2018

In 2013, a woman from the Dominican Republic landed in Miami. While she was hoping to witness the birth of her grandchild, police had other ideas, arresting her on an outstanding drug charge. She was taken to the local jail and processed.

Commentary: Resist: TDOR and hard truths

Commentary: Resist: TDOR and hard truths

  • by Christina A. DiEdoardo
  • Nov 28, 2018

I don't talk about my status and personal experience as a trans woman in this column very often, mainly because it's not directly relevant to the topic under discussion.

Transmissions: The two things transgender people aren't

Transmissions: The two things transgender people aren't

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Nov 20, 2018

Recently, a Dutchman named Emile Ratelband began a unique legal fight. He wanted to legally change his age. At 69, he claimed that his age made it hard for him to score on dating sites and requested to be 49 instead.

Seeing in the Dark: The rise of D Lit in publishing

Seeing in the Dark: The rise of D Lit in publishing

  • by Belo Cipriani
  • Nov 14, 2018

In a chilly November afternoon in 2008, I tapped my white cane down Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley, California and entered Pegasus Books.

Commentary: Resist: Don't rely on Dems, anti-fascists say

Commentary: Resist: Don't rely on Dems, anti-fascists say

  • by Christina A. DiEdoardo
  • Nov 14, 2018

Just as Malcolm and Macduff gathered their forces for the final assault on Macbeth's castle, anti-fascists in San Francisco and around the country continue to rise regardless of the outcome of last week's midterm elections.

Transmissions: Marching into the future

Transmissions: Marching into the future

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Nov 7, 2018

My readers are all time travelers. For me, the 2018 midterm is still a moment in my near future, not a moment of the near past. I don't know the outcomes and can only make a somewhat educated guess about what's to come.

Commentary: Resist: We f*cking warned you

Commentary: Resist: We f*cking warned you

  • by Christina A. DiEdoardo
  • Oct 31, 2018

In a week that began with the leak of the regime's plan to regulate trans and nonbinary Americans out of existence ... one sentence stays in my mind.

Transmissions: XX, XY, X-out

Transmissions: XX, XY, X-out

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Oct 24, 2018

Bleary-eyed, as the first streams of dawn's light appeared on the horizon, I checked in on my phone. It's a sort of daily ritual that I suspect I share with a large part of the world, as I try to get a sense of what's changed overnight by friendly voices

Commentary: Resist: On resistance and accommodation

Commentary: Resist: On resistance and accommodation

  • by Christina A. DiEdoardo
  • Oct 17, 2018

Other than the act itself, perhaps the most disgraceful aspect of the internment of Japanese-Americans in the Bay Area and elsewhere by the federal government in 1942 was the fact that most who were not of Japanese ancestry did nothing to protest.

Transmissions: Left outside

Transmissions: Left outside

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Oct 10, 2018

In April 2015, a year before the Departments of Justice and Education under President Barack Obama issued guidance to public schools clarifying that Title IX protected transgender students, a school district in Virginia faced a dilemma...

Commentary: Resist: Coalition fighting back against homeless sweeps

Commentary: Resist: Coalition fighting back against homeless sweeps

  • by Christina A. DiEdoardo
  • Oct 3, 2018

To many, the city of San Francisco has long gotten more credit for being a "progressive" municipal government than the actual deeds of its employees and elected officials would merit.

Commentary: Resist: Sun sets on 'Early Days'

Commentary: Resist: Sun sets on 'Early Days'

  • by Christina A. DiEdoardo
  • Sep 19, 2018

As the hours crept toward dawn Friday, September 14, most of San Francisco was asleep. Some of those who weren't were making history in Civic Center next to the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library.

Commentary: Resist: Cat Brooks takes activism to campaign trail

Commentary: Resist: Cat Brooks takes activism to campaign trail

  • by Christina A. DiEdoardo
  • Sep 5, 2018

After more than a decade fighting for the people of Oakland, both in the streets and the halls of government, Cat Brooks decided to run for mayor after she saw first-hand how some of the city's most marginalized residents struggle to survive.

Commentary: Resist: Tactics need to change in countering fascists

Commentary: Resist: Tactics need to change in countering fascists

  • by Christina A. DiEdoardo
  • Aug 22, 2018

In the Bay Area, actions at the start and end of the month provided stark examples of how much the situation has changed in a year - and why our tactics in countering the fascists need to change too.