Category Archives: Transgender

MRA Actions Fail at the 2015 Hugo Awards

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If you are at all a Sci-Fi or Fantasy book-geek you know that the 2015 Hugo Awards were mired in controversy thanks to the actions of right wing conservatives, mostly older white guys. It’s a group that formed ‘Sad Puppies’ and it’s fraction spin-off the even more extreme ‘Rabid Puppies’. They aim to fight back against what they see as liberal bias in Sci-Fi and Fantasy towards women, LGBTQ and the mythic liberal agenda. Yes these are the terms the USA Republicans use too, this is because the puppies are mostly Americans so there is a lot of cross over in the rubric.
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Astro 16 & The Eisner Awards

stro City #16 is up for an Eisner Award this year. Why is this great news?

The story is called Wish I May, written by Kurt Busiek, art by Brent Eric Anderson, and it’s published by DC/Vertigo. Astro City has previously won 12 Eisner awards so to some extent there was a feeling of burnout when it was announced this year that it’s up for another. Astro City, again?! Look at it this way: Other comic books need to up their game, Astro City can’t help being this good. Why is Wish I May in particular up for an Eisner and why do I care so much about it? It’s complex, for personal reasons, and the issue takes some reading because it’s set in multiple time periods from two different perspectives. Before I get to why I think it matters I need to explain the story in depth, so spoiler alert for a comic that came out back in December 2014.
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I Am Cait, Episode 3- Friendship Is Magic?

It’s the I Am Cait road trip part two, with this episode carrying on from the last one during a four day road trip. Normally each episode has a theme, this week is no different, it’s friendship. We get more Caitlyn partying and being rude to people, but also some realisation that she’s not acting in the best way, with her mending relationships. So it’s not quite the slow motion train wreck of last week where Caitlyn Jenner proved to be a diva of the worst kind. Is the show any better? Well
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How Canada and the U.S. Can Improve Transgender Health Care Rights

It’s political season both in the USA and here in Canada. The US has an election on November 8th 2016; here in Canada we have an election on October 19th 2015 (a 78-day election campaign; it’s our longest election campaign ever.) In celebration of politics running rampant like two frisky rabbits in springtime, let’s get political and talk about health care!
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I Am Cait #2 – It Goes Bad

Reality TV is a parallel to reality, it’s been packaged and polished; Caitlyn Jenner’s I Am Cait delivers this unreality. A lot of people love this kind of TV, but I’m not one of them. So before I even try to unpack the content of the show, I struggle with its format. Last week, I was largely positive toward Caitlyn personally, as well as the show; for one of those, it’s about to change.
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AirBoy’s Trans Misogyny

[Trigger Warning for transmisogyny and brief discussion of suicide.]

Airboy is a comic published by Image, it’s a story written by James Robinson and the art is by Greg Hinkle. Robinson and Hinkle are also the semi-autobiographical protagonists in the comic along with Airboy, a heroic Rocketeer-like figure with superpowers. The story is irrelevant to me at this point, I’ve described why the issue is offensive to multiple people within the comics industry and had reactions ranging from “So?” to sarcasm questioning my intelligence, I‘ve also had “That’s awful!” so at least some of the explaining was worthwhile. I don’t care if you think the story is well written, if it’s highly offensive then it’s without redeeming features.
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What’s in a Name: Transgender Women Outside the Public Eye

Caitlyn Jenner, former Olympian and reality show star, announced her name via Twitter, and in four hours became the fastest person to ever get one million followers. The reaction was huge and in the time I’ve written this, late at night on the West Coast, there has been another 100+ tweets written about her. It’s been a roller coaster ride of a day for so many transgender people, trans women especially. For me it has been particularly hard.
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Trans Male Representation in the Media

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Recently there has been a lot of talk about Aydian Dowling. He’s in competition run by Men’s Health Magazine, where one of their readers could become their next cover model; someone who has leadership, has helped their community, and exemplifies the fitness goals of the magazine. Aydian has done all those, and then some. Currently he’s way ahead in the magazines public voting poll and it seems like he’s going to win easily. So why is this news outside of the fitness geek circle?
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