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Transmissions: Of lights, family, and the holidays

Transmissions: Of lights, family, and the holidays

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Dec 18, 2019

Christmas lights used to be wired in such a way that if one bulb perished, the whole string would fail to light up. You had to go, bulb by bulb, trying to find that one filament that had given up the ghost.

Jock Talk: Elite sports need to grow a spine

Jock Talk: Elite sports need to grow a spine

  • by Roger Brigham
  • Dec 18, 2019

Two years ago, I wrote a facetious JockTalk column that said the best holiday gift the collective sports world could get would be a moral compass. This year I think our sports world could use a spine.

Bay Area Cannasseur: Affordable cannabis gifts can fill stockings

Bay Area Cannasseur: Affordable cannabis gifts can fill stockings

  • by Sari Staver
  • Dec 4, 2019

From $5 stocking stuffer socks to $175 edible-making machines, you'll have no trouble finding gifts for the cannabis aficionado in your life this holiday season.

Transmissions: The trans body

Transmissions: The trans body

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Dec 4, 2019

Transphobia, like homophobia, isn't generally using the suffix "-phobia" to mean "fear," but to mean "aversion." It's the same notion as hydrophobic surfaces refer to their ability to repel water.

Transmissions: One day after

Transmissions: One day after

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Nov 20, 2019

On November 20, transgender and nonbinary people — and our allies — across the world came together to honor those murdered due to anti-trans violence.

Transmissions: Revealing, but not what you think

Transmissions: Revealing, but not what you think

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Nov 6, 2019

In 2008, a woman named Jenna Karvunidis sliced open a cake, revealing pink frosting within the layers.

Transmissions: On being trans at Halloween

Transmissions: On being trans at Halloween

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Oct 23, 2019

Halloween is a time of magic and mystery. Traditionally, it once served as the end of the year, where fall — and the abundance of the harvest — gave way to the dark and dim days of winter.

Transmissions: She, her, hers

Transmissions: She, her, hers

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Oct 9, 2019

I find myself grappling with an unusual contradiction, one with which I find myself having somewhat unique challenges grasping for an answer that satisfies me.

Transmissions: The time for trans pitches is now

Transmissions: The time for trans pitches is now

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Sep 25, 2019

Every week, in my inbox, I receive dozens of story pitches.

Transmissions: Rapid onset

Transmissions: Rapid onset

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Sep 11, 2019

I have always been intrigued by history. I love to look at how things came together over time, and how advances in knowledge, technology, and society — for both good and ill — helped to shape the world we live in today.

Transmissions: Exist, we must

Transmissions: Exist, we must

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Aug 28, 2019

It's so damned hard to be transgender right now, and just existing is a radical act. It shouldn't have to be like this.

Transmissions: Emerging victorious

Transmissions: Emerging victorious

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jul 31, 2019

At long last, North Carolina's House Bill 2 is dead.

Transmissions: Not your performance

Transmissions: Not your performance

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jul 17, 2019

Scarlett Johansson has ended up in the news again. The actress and sometimes singer faced heavy criticism after she — a white woman — played an Asian woman in the live-action adaptation of "Ghost in the Shell" in 2015.

Transmissions: After Pride comes change

Transmissions: After Pride comes change

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jul 2, 2019

As I write this Sunday night, June 30, we're in the last waning hours of Pride Month 2019.