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Transmissions: Within 'The Matrix'

Transmissions: Within 'The Matrix'

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Aug 12, 2020

There really wasn't a lot out there that was aimed at me when I was a young, closeted trans kid growing up in the suburbs.

Transmissions: Gimme shelter

Transmissions: Gimme shelter

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jul 29, 2020

In 2016, right around this time of year, I wrote about an often-overlooked element of the United States government.

Transmissions: We're right here

Transmissions: We're right here

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jul 15, 2020

Many years ago, when I was early in my own transition, I was listening to a drive-time talk show on KFI in Los Angeles. The topic at hand was a teacher who had just come out as a trans woman.

Transmissions: Water in the desert

Transmissions: Water in the desert

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jul 1, 2020

Netflix recently released "Disclosure," a documentary created by Sam Feder, Amy Scholder, and Laverne Cox.

Pride essay: Whose freedom?

Pride essay: Whose freedom?

  • by Terry Beswick
  • Jun 24, 2020

LGBTQ people are free, right?

Pride essay: Time to work toward a just world

Pride essay: Time to work toward a just world

  • by Jane Spahr
  • Jun 24, 2020

It is such an honor and joy to have been voted as community grand marshal in this 50th year of LGBTQAI+ Pride. What a historical moment for us as we celebrate 50 years of working toward our freedom.

Pride essay: How to win liberation for all LGBTQ people

Pride essay: How to win liberation for all LGBTQ people

  • by StormMiguel Florez
  • Jun 24, 2020

I have been invited to write on what it means to be an San Francisco Pride community grand marshal in a time of COVID-19 and shelter-in-place.

Transmissions: On black trans lives and J.K. Rowling

Transmissions: On black trans lives and J.K. Rowling

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jun 17, 2020

We may, right now, be living through some of the most impactful times for trans and nonbinary people, and the choices we make now may shape the trans community for decades to come.

Transmissions: Stereotypes, biases, and bad theories

Transmissions: Stereotypes, biases, and bad theories

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jun 3, 2020

At the heart of many of society's "-isms" is a laundry list of stereotypes that seek to characterize a group in ways that both provide an easy, if inaccurate, method of describing that group, while also confirming already inherent biases against it.

Transmissions: All about Aimee

Transmissions: All about Aimee

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • May 20, 2020

Aimee Stephens was a transgender woman.

Transmissions: Trans care and COVID-19

Transmissions: Trans care and COVID-19

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • May 6, 2020

I'll admit that as I write this, I am quite out of sorts. Last week, a friend of mine died due to complications of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

Thanks to matching offer from anonymous donor, Bay Area Reporter extends fundraising appeal

Thanks to matching offer from anonymous donor, Bay Area Reporter extends fundraising appeal

  • by Michael Yamashita
  • May 1, 2020

Thank you very much, it has been both humbling and encouraging receiving your generous support when so many are also in need of help. So far, we have raised just over $25,000 and are just 15% away from reaching our goal of $30,000.

Transmissions: Cracking the egg

Transmissions: Cracking the egg

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Apr 22, 2020

There are those who believe that transgender and nonbinary people only become trans or enby after they are exposed to the notion, or after they are "indoctrinated" into the transgender community.

You can help support the Bay Area Reporter fundraising campaign

You can help support the Bay Area Reporter fundraising campaign

  • by Michael Yamashita
  • Apr 15, 2020

San Francisco is one of 11 US cities that is fortunate to have a legacy LGBT publication by us, for us, and about us. Help preserve the BAR as an historic and important community institution for the future.