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7 Questions – Rye

I believe Rye may be the first participant who embraces the term cross-dresser, and I’m thrilled that they feel comfortable talking about that, both publicly through their stand up comedy and on this site. There is a definite schism in the wider trans* community between trans women and cross-dressers. Given that I’ve seen such prejudice…

7 Questions – Sherri

7 Questions – Sherri

The last of the first batch of videos from the This is HOW community is also the shortest 7Qs submission yet! Take two minutes to meet Sherri, who joins Lavon, Kayla, Victoria, Nickie, Ineda; plus Executive Director Toni. Sherri’s video is a good reminder that while the activists, writers, vloggers, etc., have a LOT to say (myself included), most trans…

7 Questions – Sarah Christine

7 Questions – Sarah Christine

I’m loving this fantastically effusive 7 Questions video from Sarah Christine, a “queer lesbian leaning pansexual…femme leaning tomboy.”   Watch to learn about her chosen family and her ideas on changing fear & condemnation into love & compassion, then, like I’m about to do, go follow her on Twitter and subscribe to YouTube channel and blog.…

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7 Questions – Poppy Ann

Welcome Poppy Ann, a trans woman, grandmother, former British solider, and current sailboat resident. 1) What’s your name? Chosen or otherwise. My Name is now Miss Poppy Ann Lynagh-Smith. The ‘Poppy’ part was chosen by my daughter, who said it will make it easier on my grandchildren as they did know me as ‘pirate popps’…

7 Questions – Lavon

7 Questions – Lavon

Welcome Lavon, another member of the This is HOW community  (joining Kayla, Victoria, Nickie, Ineda; plus Executive Director Toni). Several aspects of Lavon’s story warrant attention, but I particularly love that despite being a woman who never really went through transition as we typically understand it, she still feels compelled to encourage, educate, and empower other trans women, particularly…

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The Trans 100

We Happy Trans is thrilled to partner with This is HOW for the launch of the Trans 100. This will be a list of 100 trans activists currently working in the U.S. to improve the conditions of the community and the lives of those in it. We are now looking for nominations, particularly persons of…

7 Questions – Kayla

7 Questions – Kayla

Welcome the very sweet Kayla, the fourth in our series of submissions from the This is HOW community (joining Victoria, Nickie, Ineda; plus Executive Director Toni). Kayla offers a simple suggestion for changing the world, but perhaps simultaneously the most realistic and powerful: just be nice. Kayla, you should check out this previous submission from Jenna F, another musician and singer…

7 Questions – Dani

The 7Qs response from Dani. She raises the issue of gatekeeping, one of the most pervasive and pernicious obstacles trans people face. It’s easy, and right, to point a finger to the cisgender authorities who have traditionally had the power to decide who does and doesn’t get access to care and resources, but it’s just…

7 Questions – Victoria

7 Questions – Victoria

Welcome Victoria, or “Queen Victoria Marie Schultz II”, the third in our series of submissions from the This is HOW community (joining Nickie and Ineda; plus Executive Director Toni). Victoria has one the best pronoun preferences I’ve yet heard:  “who gives a fuck?”   Thanks for contributing Victoria!  

7 Questions – Natasha

7 Questions – The Writers: Natasha

Welcome Natasha, a novelist and English and Theater Arts teacher who transitioned on the job. I appreciate her reminder that we’re capable of accepting differences even if we don’t understand or approve of them. It’s a simple but powerful conceptual shift we can all work on. At one point in my pre-transition life I carried…

7 Questions – Baz

7 Questions – Baz

This 7Qs submission comes from Baz. Two points bear pointing out. First, Baz was suicidal before transitioning. That’s something I hear from most trans people. (A recent study showed that 41% of trans people had attempted suicide.) This site is intended to celebrate positive trans experiences, but let’s never forget what the stakes are, or ever stop exploring how to make conditions…

7 Questions – Nickie

7 Questions – Nickie

The best possible introduction to Nickie is to directly quote her. This is what she says after she’s pushed to explain why she wants to see more acceptance of trans people: Just so we skip all that bullshit, so that at 20 years old, instead of fighting for a place to live and eat and…

7 Questions – Ineda

7 Questions – Ineda

As I post this, it is Transgender Day of Remembrance. I have ambivalent feelings about TDOR. I understand the importance of elevating awareness of the violence trans people face, particularly trans women of color and sex workers, and honoring those who have fallen, but it hasn’t been clear to me how many of the various…

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7 Questions – Jayne

Jayne has asked us not to link to her personal social media. Like so many others, she simply doesn’t feel safe. All the more reason to appreciate that she nonetheless chose to share some of her story here. Welcome Jayne, and thank you! What’s your name? Chosen or otherwise? Since April 15th 2011, my legal…

Trans at Work – soft launch

Trans at Work – soft launch

The next major initiative of We Happy Trans will be the Trans at Work project. I and many others believe that the greatest issue facing trans people is employment. Whether it’s a young person who can’t find a safe form of employment, or an established professional who doesn’t come out in fear of losing their…