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Transmissions: This dichotomy we live in

Transmissions: This dichotomy we live in

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • May 18, 2022

The big trend in popular culture is the multiverse, as seen in films like "Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness" and "Everything Everywhere All at Once."

Transmissions: The real groomers

Transmissions: The real groomers

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • May 4, 2022

In Watertown, South Dakota, on April 25, Calvin Hillesland, a German teacher at Watertown High School, handed letters to four trans and nonbinary students.

Transmissions: Letters of hope amid the darkness

Transmissions: Letters of hope amid the darkness

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Apr 20, 2022

Over the last few weeks, anti-transgender and general anti-LGBTQ animus has reached a fever pitch.

Transmissions: The other days

Transmissions: The other days

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Apr 6, 2022

In 2009, feeling a need for an event to balance the Transgender Day of Remembrance, the inaugural Transgender Day of Visibility was held.

Transmissions: We cannot rest easy

Transmissions: We cannot rest easy

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Mar 9, 2022

I haven't been sleeping well lately, and it is largely Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott's fault.

Transmissions: Common ground

Transmissions: Common ground

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Feb 23, 2022

By the time you read this column, Florida's House of Representatives may have already voted on House Bill 1557/Senate Bill 1834.

Guest Opinion: SFUSD management seeks to fire beloved queer mentor and math teacher

Guest Opinion: SFUSD management seeks to fire beloved queer mentor and math teacher

  • by John Lisovsky
  • Feb 18, 2022

The national teacher shortage has not spared San Francisco, which is seeing extreme difficulty filling teaching positions.

Transmissions: When a swimmer is not a swimmer

Transmissions: When a swimmer is not a swimmer

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Feb 9, 2022

Lia Thomas is a swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a transgender woman. The latter statement is currently jeopardizing the former.

Transmissions: The transition shower

Transmissions: The transition shower

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jan 26, 2022

A friend of mine alerted me to a social media post from a woman named Becca Green, and I wanted to share it here. In it, Green shares a brilliant possibility.

Transmissions: A walk in my shoes

Transmissions: A walk in my shoes

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jan 12, 2022

It is a new year: a chance to start with a clean slate, of course.

Transmissions: Taking back 2022

Transmissions: Taking back 2022

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Dec 29, 2021

The holidays can be a hard time to be a trans person. More often than not, we don't have a lot of family to go home to for the holidays, and end up spending many days far removed from the trappings of the season.

Transmissions: A little humanity

Transmissions: A little humanity

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Dec 15, 2021

There's one thing that transgender people have that is routinely stripped away from us and it is something we so desperately need extended to us right now — and that is humanity.

Transmissions: The darkness before the dawn

Transmissions: The darkness before the dawn

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Nov 17, 2021

For 22 years, transgender people have gathered near the end of November to honor those lost due to anti-transgender violence over the year for the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Transmissions: A change of the season

Transmissions: A change of the season

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Nov 3, 2021

Fall is one of my favorite times of year. Unlike the other seasons, it feels like an unhurried transformation, as we move through the hanging days of summer, slowly feeling the air grow chillier.