the trans* series Archive

On Community Spaces and Being a Trans Muslim

On Friday afternoons, we do our best to meet up somewhere in the city. Sometimes it’s my apartment, sometimes his; maybe the park if it’s nice out and we can find a space with some privacy. Privacy is important. We lay out a patchwork of blankets and sit in silence for ...Read More

The Fanciest Genderqueer You’ll Ever Meet

The Toast's previous coverage of trans* issues can be found here. I'd never thought about being genderqueer until I had to: instead, I tried to think about my gender (a confusing, uncomfortable thing) as little as possible, like a student loan I couldn’t pay yet, or a dentist appointment I’d yet to ...Read More

I Am the Best Feminist, For I Am Dating a Trans Woman

Being a feminist is a struggle. It is a Sisyphean push to gain new, cutting-edge knowledge about oppressed groups that is never completed, all toward the noble goal of shoving your liberal cred in the face of other feminists to assert your superior un-oppressiveness. But have no fear, my fellow feminists, for ...Read More

Notes On Surgery

The Toast's previous coverage of trans* issues can be found here Author's note: My husband has read, corrected, commented on, and supported this piece. I can't write his story, only my experiences. My husband and I didn't have a honeymoon. The closest we got was a trip to the southwest, ten months after our ...Read More

Dating While Trans: The Doldrums

The Toast's previous coverage of trans* issues can be found here. Let me start this off by saying that I am a woman and that is how I identify 95% of the time. Female is how I present myself to the world and it is usually nobody's business what kind of business ...Read More

Using the Bathroom While Trans: VICTORY

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Trans People and Bathrooms: It’s Already Happening

The first time I ever used the ladies’ room was absolutely nervewracking. I had just started presenting myself in public as a woman, and I was slowly becoming more confident in where I would go. Starting transition in the American south does not leave a trans girl with a lot of confidence ...Read More

My Uncomplicated Relationship With My Penis

This post was brought to you by A Reader. The Toast's previous coverage of trans* issues can be found here. Most recently: Being Visible Online.

I am not the kind of trans person who has conflicting feelings on the subject of her penis. In fact, it would be fair to ...Read More