How to cover gender responsibly, an incomplete guide

Trans visibility is on the rise, which means that, hooray, there’s more media coverage of gender, including discussions that really take gender beyond binaristic views, that explore different gender identities and the spectrum of gender expression, and more. This is all very exciting, but it comes with a really important pitfall: The more stories produced, […]

On rereading and perspective

I vividly remember my first reading of The Scarlet Letter, for high school English—it’s a not uncommon text to inflict upon high school students across the US, sometimes introduced with ‘Young Goodman Brown’ in the hopes of luring students into the fold. It didn’t work. I absolutely hated the book, and vented my vitriol widely and loudly, including in my […]

Are we finally ready to put trans actresses in trans roles?

In a perhaps confusing incidence of synchronicity, two comedies featuring trans characters hit the media world this year — Boy Meets Boy in the United States is a romantic comedy that went on limited release earlier in the year and started streaming in April. In the UK, the television programme of the same name started filming in late […]