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, …

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 …

Clits, Cliques, and Politics

By Monika MHz, PQ Monthly

Television kind of sold it to me, just as much as they sold it to us all. I was barely in double digits when I’d been initiated into the white lie — white like supremacy — …

A Bad Education

 

By Leela Ginelle, PQ Monthly

During the summers of my early adolescence, I had to work with my father, riding next to him in his un-air conditioned van for hours, listening as he recounted stories of the sexual conquests of his youth …