These are the Trans Music Artists You Should Be Listening To Right Now!

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An important part of empowerment is representation. When I see someone like me on TV or the big screen, it helps me realize I am not alone and that I, like those I see, am capable of great things.

The same holds true for music. Lately, I have been listening a lot to transgender performers. …


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November is National Novel Writing Month — NaMoWriMo. The idea is to write an entire novel (at least 50,000 words of one, at least) within the month. Whenever November rolls around, this event is front of mind for most writers, even if they don’t plan on writing a novel in 30 days.

Although all sorts of people compete against themselves and win, it’s generally agreed that most writers are either plotters, pantsers, or some combination. Plotters outline all of their novel until they know what will happen. …


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I’m coming to realize that gender dysphoria is never completely banished. It can be managed, but never is it gone for good. It’s kind of like any other chronic condition I have — diabetes, depression. I can’t be caught napping or it will sneak up on me.

That has been especially true for me since we have had to stay home, social distance, etc. due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

First, for those of you who don’t know what it is, gender dysphoria is the pain and discomfort felt when one’s outward gender (generally the gender assigned at birth) does not match our actual gender identity. …


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It’s strange how I can be alive for more than half a century and still discover new things about myself. Specifically, I’ve started learning skills I thought I would never have; I’ve discovered talents that were so latent I didn’t even know they existed.

It’s absurd the stories we tell about ourselves. And they are usually reinforced by those around us. I have discussed before my experiences with singing, that I was convinced I couldn’t sing until after I joined a chorus several years ago and found that wasn’t true. …


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In the 1998 movie Mercury Rising, a character trying to help Bruce Willis get a message through when all phones and the internet are being monitored pulls out a manual typewriter and says, “Low tech rules!”

I barely remember the rest of the movie but I remember that line. I probably took it a little too much to heart back then, but it frequently proves to be true.

Low Tech with a High Tech Price Tag

Every so often I see devices advertised that don’t seem especially high tech, but combine some high tech aspects with simpler, low tech ideas. I am specifically speaking about the Freewrite by Astrohaus, which was advertised ad nauseum on my Facebook pages for months on end. It combined higher tech e-paper screens like you would see on a Kindle with the decidedly low-tech idea of no internet connections and only one file able to open at a time. …


Gender Euphoria and the Magic of Naming Yourself

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What’s in a name, really? Does it make any difference about who we are? Should it?

I used to have this pet theory about names. I had the impression that people with certain names had similar personality traits. When I would meet someone with a specific name, I would wait curiously to see if they lived up to it.

The problem with that theory, of course, is that it was hogwash. You live long enough and you find more exceptions to the rule than the rule itself.

Still, names seem to have a certain power. If they didn’t, celebrities wouldn’t change their names — Norma Jean Baker would hold the same cachet as Maryilyn Monroe. Fiction authors (like myself) wouldn’t agonize over names of characters. One would work just as well as any other. Would a kid stay up half the night reading under the covers with a flashlight (I can neither confirm nor deny I have done this) if the main characters were the Jones Boys, not the Hardy Boys, or Nancy Smith, not Nancy Drew? …


Publicity (with a huge helping of transphobia) was the end game all along

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How It All Began

Imagine you are an acclaimed children’s author. For decades you made money hand-over-fist thanks to some cute characters and a story that is the literary equivalent of spaghetti — just interesting enough to get people’s attention, but bland enough that kids love it. Love of your characters led to movies, web pages, theme parks. You now have more money than God.

You can retire, but your pride and negative reviews keep you from doing that. To prove this kids’ series and the mega-industry it spawned isn’t a fluke, you continue to write. …


I haven’t watched tv in years, lol. You know nothing about me, so you make assumptions.


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Representation in TV and Movies is Starting to Suck a Little Less (But It Still Often Sucks)

There has been a lot of discussion the past few years about LGBTQ representation in the media, especially with how trans folks are portrayed in TV and movies, and who gets to play those characters. …


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Yesterday Newsweek published an article about a new study of trans kids. Some of the findings were interesting, though not surprising to those of us who know any trans kids. The article, as well as an article from University of Washington News, and a listing of the study’s findings appear below this story.

According to Newsweek,

To conduct the study, the researchers met families across North America, study co-author Selin Gülgöz, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, told Newsweek. …

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Janelle Annemarie Heideman

Educator, writer, LGBTQ+ advocate, avid reader. Novelist in progress. Website: http://janelleswritemind.com/ Empowering the LGBTQ+ community one word at a time.

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