Where are the data on minority trans communities?

Until very recently, almost no data specifically addressing discrimination against the trans community were available, beyond extremely limited datasets, many with biased samples—like self-reporting individuals from a small geographic or demographic base. Hearing, for example, from a group of white transgender people in an affluent region of a city doesn’t really provide a broad spectrum of […]

Gender on The Mirror Empire and Ancillary Justice

Both The Mirror Empire (Kameron Hurley) and Ancillary Justice (Ann Leckie) have been receiving critical acclaim for their handling of gender. Aside from the fact that I wanted to read both books because they were being favourably reviewed for other reasons, I was particularly interested in their gender implications, because science fiction and fantasy have long been places where […]

Beyond the Binary: Transition Status

In almost any conversation with an actual live trans person, cis people seem unduly fascinated with the contents of the trans person’s pants. Everything ultimately boils down to what lies between someone else’s legs, and cis people try to figure out various ways of finding out; maybe they’re rude and just outright ask, perhaps they […]

Beyond the Binary: Sandwiches on Parade

Maureen Johnson recently queried her Twitter followers about where all the genderqueer authors were, as part of her larger coverflip challenge, which provoked an important discussion about gendering among book covers. I was tempted to respond: ‘right in front of you.’ Because that’s where genderqueer and other nonbinary and nongendered authors, writers, and creators are. […]

A Trip to Woman City

A conversation my friend kaz’s journal recently struck me as a particularly great way of illustrating not just the diversity and complexity of gender, but also the way some nonbinary people navigate their genders. Progressive organizations using illustrations to convey gender diversity classically illustrate gender as a spectral line—here’s male on one end, and female […]