act up

A Letter to LGBTQ Young People On the 30th Anniversary of ACT UP

Dear LGBTQ Youth, This year, March 30th to be exact, is the 30th anniversary of the founding of the radical activist coalition ACT UP. ACT

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Bathroom Bills

What is the Real Purpose of Bathroom Bills?

Gavin Grimm is a seventeen-year-old transgender student from Gloucester County, Virginia. For several months in 2014, he used the boy’s bathroom at school with no

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Laura Jane Grace

“Tranny” by Laura Jane Grace: A Riff On Punk Rock, Anarchy, and Gender

If I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman. My mother once told me she would have named me Laura. I would

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Julia Serano

Outspoken By Julia Serano: The Evolution of a Transgender Feminist

Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism & Trans Feminism is Julia Serano’s third full-length book following Whipping Girl (2007) and Excluded (2013). Serano, a writer,

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protest

The Value of Protest

From Indigenous peoples’ rebellion against settler colonialism, to the Civil Rights Movement, to decades of feminist organizing, to AIDS activism, to Occupy Wall Street, to

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Vivek Shraya

Poetry Is Still Not a Luxury: An Interview With Vivek Shraya

*In November of 2015, I wrote a profile of Shraya for The Radical Notion entitled “Vivek Shraya: A Feminist You Should Know.” In that piece,

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Does “Love Make the World Go Round”?: Thoughts On Orlando & Beyond

I am standing in line at the popular clothing store H&M waiting to purchase some items for an upcoming trip. In front of the registers,

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Preferred Name

5 Problems With the Term “Preferred Name” in Relation to the Transgender Community

The first article I wrote for The Radical Notion in July of 2015 outlined five reasons why institutions of higher education should develop and implement

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Edmund White

Edmund White’s Our Young Man: A Lesson in Gay Male History

Edmund White is often considered the foremost writer of the white gay male subcultural experience. His career parallels the rise of the modern Gay Rights

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Louis O'Neill

A Feminist Professor’s Thoughts On Asking for It by Louise O’Neill

***This article contains spoilers*** As a professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, I’ve noticed it is not uncommon for students to enroll in my courses

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Her story

Her Story: A Feminist Review

Her Story is a 6-episode new-media series that premiered online in 2016. Set in Los Angeles, the show explores the dating lives of trans and

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bathrooms

Bathroom Battles and Transgender Rights: Some Recent Developments

Despite growing awareness of transgender issues, transgender Americans do not have the same legal rights and protections in all 50 states. It is therefore unsurprising

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masculinity

Masculinity, Instagram, and Lookism: Some Personal Thoughts

When Tanya, our editor-in-chief here at TRN, put out a call asking for someone to write about male body image from a personal perspective, I

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Carrie Brownstein’s “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl” and Sleater-Kinney’s “No Cities to Love” Tour: A Mash-Up Review

Sleater-Kinney recorded their 2005 album The Woods, the band’s last release before their 9-year hiatus, in Cassadaga NY, located approximately 20 minutes from where I

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Vivek Shraya: A Feminist You Should Know

I direct a Women’s and Gender Studies program at a small, public liberal arts college in Western New York. Each year, the program hosts a

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Reading Recommendations for LGBT History Month

October is LGBT History Month in the United States. The month was established and first observed in 1994 by a high school history teacher from

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Lessons We Can Learn From the Stonewall Movie and its Boycott (Part 2)

Stonewall cost a reported 17 million dollars to produce. According to Indiewire, the film earned only $112,414 on its opening weekend, or .66% of its

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Is Prison Ideology the Best Way to End Campus Sexual Violence?

Feminist activists first raised broad cultural awareness of sexual violence, an umbrella term used to describe a range of non-consensual sexual activity, over 40 years

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The Stonewall Movie Boycott and QTPOC Erasure (Part 1)

The year was 1969. To be a queer person in the United States meant that one most likely lived a closeted lifestyle unless they found

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Caitlyn Jenner and the “Freak Show” of Transgender Representation

The premiere of Caitlyn Jenner’s new docu-series, I Am Cait, on E! Entertainment Television occasions an important conversation about the ways trans people are represented

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