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I want to take a moment to speak to those who are questioning whether they may be trans or nonbinary or are still fairly new to potential transitions.

We’ve survived three years of this administration, but it has done damage to both the country’s reputation and our community.  And if you feel that way, 2020 is your year to correct that path.

Christmas lights used to be wired in such a way that if one lightbulb on the string perished, the whole chain would fail to light up. You had to go light by light trying to find the one with the filament that had given up the ghost.

Transphobia, like homophobia, both use the suffice “-phobia,” and while many people might believe it means “fear,” it truly means “aversion” in this case. It’s the same principle found in “hydrophobic surfaces,” called such because of an ability to repel water.

On Nov. 20, transgender and nonbinary people — and our allies — across the world come together to honor those murdered due to anti-trans violence. This year marks the 20th since a group of people in San Francisco and another group in Boston decided to take to their respective streets, launching the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

In 2008, a woman named Jenna Karvunidis sliced open a cake, revealing pink frosting within the layers. With her, the “gender reveal party” entered the popular lexicon. A decade or so later, the gender reveal has gone a long way from those humble beginnings.

Hallowe’en is a time of magic and mystery. It once served as the end of harvest season, when autumn gave way to the dark and dim days of winter. In that liminal space between the seasons, Hallowe’en marked a moment that pierced the veil between this world and another, between life and death itself.

“Do I contradict myself?

Very well then I contradict myself,

(I am large, I contain multitudes.)”

— Walt Whitman “Song of Myself.”

Every week, via email, I receive dozens of story pitches.

Some are quite good, connecting me with engaging people and interesting stories that I might otherwise have missed. Most, however, are pretty useless to me in the overall scheme of things. A lot only tangentially relate to topics I write about or are blatant product pitches.

I have always been intrigued by history. I love to look at how things came together over time and how advances in knowledge, technology and society — for both good and ill— helped shape the world we live in today.

Being transgender makes me keen on transgender history. The stories of pharaohs and emperors who may well have been trans, for example, shed light on just how many centuries a transgender presence has existed in the world.

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