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Transmissions: Olympic-sized double standards

Transmissions: Olympic-sized double standards

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Aug 11, 2021

It wasn't until 2003 that the Olympics had a formal policy for trans participants.

Transmissions: Resources abound for younger trans people

Transmissions: Resources abound for younger trans people

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jul 28, 2021

Over the last several years, there has been a belief in some circles that the increase of transgender people over the last decade is some sort of "social contagion" brought on by the evil influence of the internet.

Transmissions: Anti-trans myth-making

Transmissions: Anti-trans myth-making

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jul 14, 2021

Myths are often greater than reality.

Transmissions: Musing on loss

Transmissions: Musing on loss

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jun 30, 2021

I am no stranger to trans mortality.

Transmissions: Slap a flag on it

Transmissions: Slap a flag on it

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jun 2, 2021

This Pride season, I have a new enamel pin on my jacket, displaying the five stripes of the transgender pride flag. They are within the shape of Mickey Mouse's head.

Transmissions: A few words about Caitlyn Jenner

Transmissions: A few words about Caitlyn Jenner

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • May 19, 2021

I really don't want to talk about Caitlyn Jenner. Rather, I find myself in the unenviable position of having to write about Jenner. As a transgender writer in 2021, it is largely unavoidable, and as such, I am resigned to this fate.

Transmissions: What it feels like to be trans

Transmissions: What it feels like to be trans

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • May 5, 2021

For the moment, I want to speak to those readers who may not think of themselves as transgender.

Transmissions: I'm angry

Transmissions: I'm angry

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Apr 21, 2021

Right now, transgender people in America are under assault.

Transmissions: Through trans eyes

Transmissions: Through trans eyes

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Apr 7, 2021

As I've written about many times before, we live in unprecedented times when it comes to trans rights.

Transmissions: It's no comedy

Transmissions: It's no comedy

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Mar 24, 2021

Two films on the American Film Institute's list of top 100 movies ever made have something in common.

Transmissions: The plight of the plastic potato

Transmissions: The plight of the plastic potato

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Mar 10, 2021

Members of the right have a problem. For the last four years they have been able to stay safely tucked behind the insanity of the Trump presidency, knowing that as long as they stay quiet and toe the line, they'll be in power.

Transmissions: Bravery

Transmissions: Bravery

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Feb 24, 2021

There often comes a time when a nonbinary or transgender person comes out that a friend of theirs will cast them as being inherently brave or courageous doing so.

Transmissions: Being or becoming

Transmissions: Being or becoming

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Feb 10, 2021

Like many, I watch more than my fair share of videos on YouTube, usually going between various cooking programs, music videos, and the occasional restoration video.

Transmissions: A chance at healing

Transmissions: A chance at healing

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jan 27, 2021

A decade ago, I had a rare opportunity. Rushed onto a flight in the middle of the week, I made my way to Washington, D.C. I had been asked, quite at the last moment, to go to the White House to discuss transgender issues.