The wonderful and terrible power of words: a personal journey

When we talk about words, it is nearly always in regard to words that are spoken, written, typed or signed in order to communicate with one another. What we don’t often talk about is the power of the unspoken words that we use to think and feel, whether or not we ever hear those words …

The revolutionary potential of a quarterly trans and queer clothing swap

We recently held our seventh quarterly PDX Trans & Queer Clothing Swap and I am inspired to write about the revolutionary potential of what our community is doing with this. In June 2017, a friend tagged me in a local queer exchange group where there was a discussion about holding a clothing swap. I was …

Are you really a trans ally?

The best first step you can take toward true trans allyship—or frankly, just reducing the harm you’re doing to trans people—is to stop assuming gender. Ever. The single biggest bummer I face on a day-to-day basis is moving through the world and being regularly misgendered. And the sad fact is, it is almost invariably by …

On rejecting tolerance—and acceptance, too

You may wonder why an organization like Transcend would dedicate our inaugural blog post to rejecting not only tolerance, but acceptance, as well. Some might wonder exactly what we’re up to if we’re not looking to generate more tolerance and acceptance for trans, non-binary and all gender-expansive people. That’s a fair question, and I’m guessing …