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 …

Finding True Community at Pride

Leela G. ID Check

By Leela Ginelle, PQ Monthly

In writing, I use the term “community” seemingly all the time in reference to trans* people, or, more broadly, LGBTQ people. Since I seem so often to be arguing for equality or against discrimination when I …

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, …