Trans People Were Never Cis

Leela G. ID Check

By Leela Ginelle, PQ Monthly

There’s a trope present in certain lesbian feminist circles, aimed at discrediting trans women, which claims we, as a group, prior to transitioning, enjoyed “male privilege.” Those who argue this often claim that we bring “residual …

Measuring Progress and Pain

Leela G. ID Check

By Leela Ginelle, PQ Monthly

Recently, while I walked past a group of teenagers, one called out to my back, “Oh my god—that’s a guy!” Her tone was hysterical, and elicited a similar response from her friends.

I ignored them. While unpleasant, …

We’re So Much Stronger Together

I am writing this edition of Page 3 on an airplane; I am on a flight home from Philadelphia, where I just spent a weekend with some of the most dynamic and inspiring people I’ve ever laid eyes on. I …

Cisgender and its Discontents

Image courtesy of Liberation Collective.
By Leela Ginelle, PQ Monthly

During an otherwise quiet period in the trans-specific blogosphere, a kerfuffle broke out recently over the term “cisgender.” The rumbling began in HuffPo’s Gay Pages section, where writer J. Nielson Aviance published …