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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.

Transmissions: So be it

Transmissions: So be it

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jan 13, 2021

Around 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 6, a mob of pro-Trump forces, QAnon believers, Proud Boys, and others assaulted the United States Capitol, whipped up into a frenzy by weeks of propaganda and a speech by outgoing President Donald Trump.

Transmissions: Looking ahead with respair

Transmissions: Looking ahead with respair

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Dec 29, 2020

We have reached the end of 2020, and I am sure my feelings about the year easily match anyone who happens upon this column. Good riddance to such a difficult year, and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Transmissions: Not the other you thought we were

Transmissions: Not the other you thought we were

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Dec 16, 2020

Every so often I like to sit back and address my non-transgender readers, and help them understand trans issues, perhaps, just a bit better. This is one of those times.

Transmissions: One joke too many

Transmissions: One joke too many

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Dec 2, 2020

In the early 1980s, a friend of mine let me borrow a vinyl record of theirs: the "Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for Monty Python's Life of Brian."

Guest Opinion: Almost 40 years later, still no AIDS cure in sight

Guest Opinion: Almost 40 years later, still no AIDS cure in sight

  • by James May
  • Dec 1, 2020

As we observe another World AIDS Day December 1, I wish I could believe a cure was in sight but unfortunately I cannot.

Transmissions: TDOR 2020: A time to turn the tide

Transmissions: TDOR 2020: A time to turn the tide

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Nov 18, 2020

In the earliest days of the Remembering Our Dead project, which led to the Transgender Day of Remembrance, may of us shared a hope that by showing the astounding level of anti-transgender violence we face, perhaps we could begin to stem the tide.

Bay Area Cannasseur: Cooking gadget simplifies homemade cannabis edibles

Bay Area Cannasseur: Cooking gadget simplifies homemade cannabis edibles

  • by Sari Staver
  • Nov 4, 2020

A cooking gadget has revolutionized the preparation of homemade cannabis edibles.

Transmissions: Common clay

Transmissions: Common clay

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Nov 4, 2020

For better or worse, humans have a remarkable tendency to use myth, fables, and legends to help better understand the world around them.

Transmissions: The TransGriot has passed

Transmissions: The TransGriot has passed

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Oct 21, 2020

On October 5, Monica Roberts died at home in Houston.

Transmissions: Ginsburg, Barrett, and why this election matters

Transmissions: Ginsburg, Barrett, and why this election matters

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Oct 7, 2020

The presidency isn't just about the president.

Transmissions: JK Rowling and the outdated, dangerous trope

Transmissions: JK Rowling and the outdated, dangerous trope

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Sep 23, 2020

Over the last few months, "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling as devolved from a beloved children's author to the trans equivalent of reviled anti-gay crusader Anita Bryant.

B.A.R. launches memberships

B.A.R. launches memberships

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Sep 18, 2020

In a continuing effort to receive support from readers, the Bay Area Reporter has launched its membership program.

Transmissions: The wedge issue

Transmissions: The wedge issue

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Sep 9, 2020

Allow me a moment to bellyache.