voices in time
All sections →
The Dildo Dilemma
Jul 5, 2019
A Female to Male Transsexual Reflects on Gender and Biology
Nov 8, 2018
When the Trump Administration revealed their latest gambit to deny transgender and transsexual people our civil rights, I revisited the biological
Transsexual Intel on Wearing a Bow Tie
Nov 7, 2018
Bowties caught my fancy about ten years ago. I took every opportunity to wear them. People complimented me on them. A few men told me how they
The Truth About Early Transgender Transition
Jun 13, 2017
The self-obsession I engaged in during my early days on hormones only became apparent in retrospect. Boy was I embarrassed. The realization that I
Transgender and Bisexual Solidarity
Jun 11, 2017
Biphobia runs rampant in gay and lesbian communities. Lesbians desert their bisexual friends, women they used to hang with when said women dated a
Transgender Gender Revolt (NSFW Version)
Jun 9, 2017
Way back in 2010 I created a website called Revolutionize Your Gender. I had wanted to disseminate slogans that made us transgender people feel
Transgender Super Hero/ine Asks: What Do You Know About Gender?
Jun 4, 2017
We need transsexual and transgender superheroes. That realization prompted me to spend time honing my drawing skills, something I had neglected to
Transgender Short Story: The Sketchbook Project
Jun 3, 2017
In May of 2011 I completed my first story for the Art House Coop, the virtual extension of the Brooklyn Art Library. We were allowed to choose a
Transsexual Stories: A Day in the Life of a Transsexual
Jul 25, 2013
I am proud to share with you a fictional story I wrote for the Sketchbook Project. Entitled, “A Day in the Life of a Transsexual,” it is a decent
Masculinity: What Does Self-Organizing Men Mean?
May 1, 2013
I am often asked what does the title of my book mean? Simply put, the title suggests we organize and re-organize our self-understanding as we move
What’s My Gender Again, Part 3
Apr 17, 2013
I believe the last two days of ponderings may be summed up after the jump. I suppose we reveals things to ourselves when we are ready, and, for the
The Downsides of White Privilege
Apr 12, 2013
A visitor found this space by googling “the downside of white privilege.” I suspect they wanted to learn more about how racism harms white
Perpetual Peak Experiences Hurt My Health
Jan 31, 2013
Perpetual peak experiences seemed mine by birthright. Growing up my father provided me and my family with opportunities to live in Hong Kong and
An FtM Superhero
Jul 13, 2012
After Transition: Hair Grows, Just Not Where I Wanted
Jun 13, 2012
Ahh, the growth of hair. Everywhere but on the top of my head. Besides not telling me that shaving gets boring, nobody bothered to tell me that the
After Transition: Shaving, or Drudgery
Jun 11, 2012
What Will Happen After Transition? Oh, the dreams I possessed in early transition. I was going to grow a full beard! No wait, a goatee! A
It’s All About Me!
Jun 7, 2012
This is one of the very first cartoons I drew. Can you tell? Me, too. White liberals, regardless of gender orientation, haven’t changed nearly as
The Control Issue
Nov 24, 2009
The FtM Butt
Sep 30, 2009
Do You Like My Bulge?
Sep 28, 2009
The Real Reason Trannies Transition
Jun 4, 2009
Forget the sex, the privilege, the clothes. I transitioned for the panel discussions.
The Real Reason Gays Want Marriage
Jun 2, 2009
Healthcare? I already have healthcare. I want to marry to pass on my assets for free. If you want healthcare, get a job. This cartoon is now dated.
The FtM Gets No Satisfaction
May 29, 2009
“Was it good for you,” I asked. “No even worth a tweet,” she said.
The FtM is Shocked
May 27, 2009
I know size matters for the gays. But I had no idea that size matters for the babes, too. “Of course,” a babe told me recently, “we never say
Radical Cootiest Feminist
May 14, 2009
I am a radical cootiest feminist. All manifestations of masculinity are cootie-filled and icky. Any masculine presence, be it on the web, at the
The FtM Makes a Declaration
May 13, 2009
“I can’t be racist,” I told her. “I’m FtM. I’m oppressed, too!”
The FtM Receives a Compliment
May 12, 2009
“I’m transsexual,” I told him. He said, “Wow! You’re becoming a woman.”
May 1, 2009
For femmetron and all the COLAGE folks.
It Take a Village
Apr 30, 2009
If only Hillary had known….
Apr 29, 2009
With a hat tip to Audre Lorde.
Gender is Theater
Apr 24, 2009
Gender is theater. What is your role?
Apr 22, 2009
Permalink: /worship-me/ Worship me! I have a big dildo.
My Body is Wrong
Apr 15, 2009
Permalink: /my-body-is-wrong/ I was born in the wrong body. I should have been born rich.
Hormones Can Save You
Apr 10, 2009
Testosterone is my personal jesus.
The Tao of the Transition Story
Apr 7, 2009
The only thing that keeps him going is the mistaken belief that people care about his transition story.
The FtM Plays God
Apr 6, 2009
Permalink: /the-ftm-plays-god/ “Hey babe,” I said to her, grabbing her knees. “Pretend you’re the Red Sea and I’m God.” Then she dumped her coffee
Apr 5, 2009
Permalink: /ftm-bromance/ Heterosexual FtM Love Story equals Fromance.
The FtM Asks a Trick Question
Apr 4, 2009
Permalink: /the-ftm-asks-a-trick-question/ Who here looks like a million bucks? Trick question. I do.
Which Came First
Apr 3, 2009
Permalink: /which-came-first/ Which came first: body or gender?
The FtM Can’t Be Sexist
Apr 1, 2009
Permalink: /the-ftm-cant-be-sexist/ “I can’t be sexist. I’m FtM.”
The FtM Loses His Gender
Mar 31, 2009
I’m having an out-of-gender experience. Can I borrow some from you?
The FtM Learns Something Shocking
Mar 30, 2009
What do you mean as a white FtM I might have privilege?
The FtM Keeps His Tools of the Patriarchy
Mar 29, 2009
A zen priest once asked what objects we would keep if we had one box and one box only to keep our chosen objects in. The priest mentioned her kids
FtMs Find Meaning
Mar 28, 2009
Permalink: /the-ftms-find-meaning/ Suddenly my life has purpose. (for more on the power donut)
The FtM Lets You Know the Deal
Mar 27, 2009
Hey! I’m White.
FtM Post-Phalloplasty Surgery
Mar 26, 2009
Would you like to see my new penis?
Feel Free to Worship Me
Mar 25, 2009
I changed my gender. Feel Free to Worship Me.
Mr Asshat Transsexual
Mar 23, 2009
that’s mr. binary gender loving asshat transsexual to you.
Feb 23, 2009
The Final Femmethology Cartoons
Feb 23, 2009
I can hardly believe that Visible: A Femmethology, the only two-volume anthology dedicted to femme identity, will be released next month. Two of the
Back to life.
Jan 28, 2009
Back to reality. I heard that song last night in my spinning class. I have forgotten that these cartoons are part of my true life
Why I Became a Man
Jun 4, 2008
This cartoon is dedicated to those feminists who think I am straying from the feminine path and those FtMs who think they have no privilege. Rock
Gender: Drop Dead!
May 8, 2008
The cartoon is a checklist for your gender. I recently learned that only a judge can declare me male, in a court of law. Or so it goes in Colorado.
The Quantum Mechanics of a Pregnant Transman
Apr 4, 2008
Thomas Beattie is hot right now. Pregnant transmen boggle our imaginations. Pregnant? you say. And he says he is a man?? How can this be?!?
Unto Us A Son is Born
Dec 1, 2007
Nov 8, 2007
A man says “I forgot my gender…”
A Short To-Do List
Oct 10, 2007
He bolted upright in bed. The only thing shorter than his to-do list was his penis.
The Origin of His Problem
Oct 10, 2007
The origins of his problems: his teeny dildo.
The Not Special Penis
Sep 4, 2007
[Image description: A man with a smile on his face with text that reads “suddenly he realized his penis just wasn’t that special.”]
20 Years on Testosterone
May 8, 2007
The cartoon is captioned “FtMs after 20 years on hormones.” One ftm wearing a shirt and tie says to another FtM wearing a tranarchy t-shirt, “Hey
May 7, 2007
This cartoon works for different assclownish behaviors. I can’t believe I forgot to uphold ableism. I can’t believe I forgot to uphold
Apr 24, 2007
[Click on the cartoon to enlarge/print/download, etc. It’s free to use at any time.] Please check out Women of Color Blog for many great links
Apr 15, 2007
[Click on the image to download/print/email, etc. This cartoon is free.]
Apr 6, 2007
Thank you to a regular reader for hipping me to the latest in our evolving dynamic, very off-the-beaten-path terminology. Rock on.
Apr 5, 2007
Shaving hurts, and, after doing it off an on for thirteen years, it’s boring. Who knew?
The Back of the Bus
Mar 31, 2007
A man in a wheelchair says, “I can’t even get on the bus.”
Bottom Surgery I.D. Checker
Mar 30, 2007
Forge Forward commissioned this cartoon. I’m here this weekend. Tonight I’m giving a keynote. I’ll let everyone know how it goes. P.S. - ‘Drop
How Come Nobody Told Me
Mar 30, 2007
How come nobody told me I’m white? Other white transmen relate to that?
But I’m Trans
Mar 28, 2007
Whether we like it or not privilege happens to trans men. We didn’t ask for it, but now that we have it, let’s use it to make our worlds better for
Bow Tie or Balls?
Mar 21, 2007
A man said this very thing to me. And yes, I was wearing a bow tie….
Mar 19, 2007
FtM with a dildo on backwards says, “something is wrong but I can’t figure out what it is…”
Mar 13, 2007
What Happens Next
Feb 16, 2007
What happens after gender?
Nov 1, 2006
Is You a Feminist?
Oct 17, 2006
It’s a Bird, A Plane….
Oct 13, 2006
Very Important Transgenders
Sep 15, 2006
The Big Scary
Sep 9, 2006
What Are the Questions?
Sep 3, 2006
On my mind of late…if male and female are the answers, what are the questions?
Apr 21, 2006
Embedded with heteronormavity lies assumptions about the physical nature of heteronormative bodies. They are, usually: Thin White Temporarily
Trannier Than Thou
Apr 13, 2006
The Zen of Gender
Mar 8, 2006
Getting What We Need
Mar 8, 2006
Mar 7, 2006
The Natural Arc of My Life
Feb 27, 2006
Oh. My. God. Alas, I now know more about domain hosting and transfer than I ever though possible. I also know that it is a very bad idea for me to
Subsets of Transphobes
Feb 14, 2006
Rights Answers to the Wrong Body Question
Feb 8, 2006
Folks who want to be on our side sometimes parrot conventional wisdom and say, “transsexuals are born in the wrong body.” Over the last many years,
My Squishy Brain
Feb 7, 2006
Seriously! I realized yesterday that I believe I am stupider now on T than pre-T. (I realize that saying I’m stupider on T is sooooo un-PC. But who
Feb 6, 2006
Hormones Made Me Homophobic
Feb 2, 2006
True Story: About six months after I had begun living as a man, I stopped by my local Bunn and Noodle. I searched for Kate Bornstein’s Gender
Becoming a White Dude
Jan 10, 2006
As I read through the comments here about trans-phobic feminism a thought process has finally crystallized for me. A problem with trans-phobic
Jan 9, 2006
This is one of my favorite cartoons, which is why I’m reposting it. Everything I needed to learn in life, I learned from my cat.
Barbie Made Me Do IT!
Jan 6, 2006
Privacy and Going Against Genre
Jan 3, 2006
Privacy and question answering seem to be twin shores I swim between. At one, I am free of the ridiculous and somtimes mindbogglingly stupid -
FtM on an LGBT Panel
Dec 9, 2005
A while back I spent some time chatting with a new FtM. You know, one of the ones with less than a year’s time on hormones. So I’m sitting in my
Gender as Branding as Label
Dec 8, 2005
Of course, I will probably be killed in people’s heads for claiming that gender is branding. But gender = label = brand. I thought of this equation
Gender, Physical Movement, Permission and Waiting
Dec 7, 2005
USA Today reported that a majority of disability-related complaints filed with the Department of Transportation cited airline wheelchair service as
The Most Important Thing You Need to Know About Transgender
Dec 6, 2005
Drawn in 2005. By far the best part of blogging is reading the comments. piny, a sometimes commenter here, yesterday offered one of the most
Using Gender to Get Into Our Bodies
Nov 30, 2005
I think I’ve had this whole transsexual thing ass backwards. Then: I used medical strategies to manipulate my body to get into my masculinity.
Of Man Pies, Anatomy and Identity
Nov 18, 2005
Guys with Pies. Maria over at Daily Dose of Queer emailed me about this phrase. Dan Savage, Mr. I’m Moving to Canada if Things Don’t Go My Way
The Number 1 Reason I Became a Man
Nov 7, 2005
I awoke yesterday morning, thinking again, “who knew?” Who knew that underneath all my gender issues/dysphoria/etc. I made my gender choices for
All Progress Depends on Transcatual!
Nov 4, 2005
Again, the Human Rights Campaign, aka Hardly Recognizes Change, won’t support gender identity inclusion in federal legislation. They used to make
More FtM Blues
Nov 2, 2005
Indeed. In my tiny life, to pack or not to pack, haunts and sustains me. As long as I can remember, I’ve obsessed about the size of my package. And
Oct 28, 2005
Alas, I know I should care more about these label wars. After all, on the U.S. left, we trade in radicalness. No one wants to be average or
Conformity and Transsexualism
Oct 19, 2005
My pal Az at going somewhere has a great post about the failure of nationalistic metaphors to describe transsexual experiences. The value of his
Get It Right
Oct 12, 2005
(For Anna Camilleri and Maria at Daily Dose of Queer) [Update: For Ona Marae, too. And all the nelly, faggy, poofter, limp-wristed, femme, super
Oct 10, 2005
More on EDCs here
Oct 6, 2005
More on EDCs
Oct 5, 2005
This article discusses emerging research linking endocrine disrupting chemicals and transsexualism. (via Deborah Rudacille) Who knew tupperware