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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.

Transmissions: Pride and injustice

Transmissions: Pride and injustice

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jun 19, 2019

It's Pride season, and I want to remind you that, as everyone grabs a cup of slightly-cool beer and goes out to party in the streets, we are honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.

Transmissions: The lines blur

Transmissions: The lines blur

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • May 8, 2019

Caster Semenya is a South African middle-distance runner. She took home Olympic gold in both 2012 and 2016, and has won the world championships three times.

Bay Area Cannasseur: Tips for a cannabis garden

Bay Area Cannasseur: Tips for a cannabis garden

  • by Sari Staver
  • May 1, 2019

Attention: Cannabis shoppers.

Seeing in the Dark: 'In the Dark' gets the blind experience wrong

Seeing in the Dark: 'In the Dark' gets the blind experience wrong

  • by Belo Cipriani
  • May 1, 2019

Over the past year, there has been a lot of public debate on able-bodied actors playing characters with disabilities.