Before The Revolution

dispatches from the front

Category: Transgender

CeCe McDonald; A Victim of Racism and Transphobia

An article I wrote about the CeCe McDonald case. CeCe was released from prison January of 2014  after much protest and public outrage.

Photo by Billy Navarro Jr. 

Published in  Socialist Alternative , June 15, 2012

The case of Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald, a 23-year-old African-American transgender woman who was attacked outside a bar in South Minneapolis, highlights both the abuse experienced as a way of life by many trans people and the all-too-prevalent official neglect they experience. Continue reading

Arizona May Deny Transgenders The Right To Use Public Bathrooms

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The Way of The Berdache

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Rabbit Tail, Shoshone scout, 19th century

(I wrote this about ten years ago. I would write it from somewhat more of a materialist perspective today).

The Way of The Berdache


Some, but not all Native American tribes had a social role for what we call a berdache, a transgendered person. Not much is really known about these
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