Chelsea Manning Threatened with Indefinite Solitary Confinement

By TJ Acena, PQ Monthly

According to The Guardian, transgender United States Army soldier Chelsea Manning now faces the possibility of indefinite solitary confinement for “disrespect,” “disorderly conduct,” having “prohibited property,” and “medicine misuse.” Here’s a breakdown of what those charges …

Dr. Alan Hart, Unwitting Queer Pioneer

By Robin Will, President, GLAPN

This story is inspired by an old newspaper in GLAPN’s collection: a full-page article in the Oregonian of July 14, 1996, by Tom Bates, addressing the history and controversy surrounding Dr. Alan L. Hart.

Hart graduated from …

Trans Bodies, Cis Words

Leela G. ID Check

By Leela Ginelle, PQ Monthly

When my transition began, I believed it was incumbent on me to “pass” the moment I stepped outside. Having been raised with unquestioned cissexism, cis male and cis female were the only genders I considered valid.

My …

The Jenner Diversion

A guest commentary by Jenn Burleton, TransActive

Now that Ms. Jenner has confirmed the rude speculations of the meat-grinder media, America has a new transgender role model. At long last we have a “matching set” of celebrities who were famous prior …

Trans Exclusion in Portland

Leela G. ID Check

By Leela Ginelle, PQ Monthly

At Q Center’s second Town Hall meeting, an attendee stood, identified herself as a “woman born woman” and requested space to meet exclusively with other women who identify as she does. Hearing her, I, and the …

Cis Only Spaces Dehumanize Trans People

By Leela Ginelle, PQ Monthly


Cissexism is the flipside of transphobia; it’s the belief that cisgender people are better, normal and more desirable than transgender people.

When I grew up cissexism was so omnipresent its tenets went without saying. The culture then …