Tag Archives: trans

Maine’s fumbled brand moment + expanding “business friendliness”

 Frustrated with LePage’s latest stunt—this one targeted at my friends an neighbors in the trans community—I lashed out by saying that Maine’s regressive bent is enough to drive my investment in the state elsewhere. I was frustrated—I AM frustrated—and what I said, I think, reveals and articulates my anger but clouds what I was ultimately […]

Danni Askini details how distraction laws and affordability issues impact economies

Danni Askini is a Seattle-based super activist running for a seat representing Washington’s 43rd District. She is the Executive Director of Gender Justice League and she is also a hometown hero who is originally from Portland, Maine. I just so happened to be in Seattle when Askini announced that she’d be running, and so I asked her about […]

With friends like these: Allies, we need you to act like allies.

Last week, the USM Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity announced that their 16th Annual Royal Majesty Drag Competition would be held on the same day as the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). In response to an outcry from the community, the organization rescheduled the event. Jane Doe asked if she could share some of […]

Sailor Cartwright on trans + genderqueer pronouns and resources for media and bloggers

Of the death of Leelah Alcorn, the young woman who took her life out of frustration with her parents’ refusal to acknowledge her identification as trans, I recently saw my friend Lisa Bunker (a trans woman and activist) remark, “One good thing in the aftermath of the tragic suicide of ‎Leelah Alcorn: the mainstream media […]

“Don’t prod into my gender identity at a birthday party”

When my friend Robbie, who identifies as trans, told me that someone brought up the topic of genitals (in the context of reassignment) in an inappropriate business setting, my first impulse was to ask, “really?” But then I thought for a second and immediately took that “really?” back. In general, though, genitals don’t come up […]

Jack Tar 207’s LK Weiss on offering alternatives to “straight and skinny” style

LK Weiss was born and raised in Portland, Maine. Weiss graduated from Maine College of Art and is the owner at The Portland Designer. Frustrated with saturation of “straight, skinny, perfect ‘beautiful’, plain people bogging down style blogs, Pinterest boards and magazine ads,” Weiss started Jack Tar 207. The endeavor is a mix of style […]