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Watch my 2017 Austin Interfaith Pride Sermon!

This video includes the full introduction by Rabbi Rebecca Reice.

Thanks so much to the Austin Interfaith Pride Coalition for the invitation and chance to share some torah and some laughs amid challenging times!

Thoughts on the National Museum of African American History and Culture

While in Washington DC today,

I visited the new Smithsonian National Museum of American American History and Culture. It only opened this past September 2016, and was the first new museum since the National Museum of the American Indian opened in 2004. All the buzz had said it was EXCELLENT, but that getting in was a challenge due to long lines.

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I’m Back on Refinery29!

Delighted to share my latest article on Refinery29, on the real-life consequences of being publicly outed, as Survivor contestant Zeke Smith was on national television. It’s fun to have my work back up on Refinery29 after nearly a year. I’m looking forward to lots more edgy queer content coming up on R29.

What It Means To Publicly Out A Transgender Person

Survivor host Jeff Probst said it best: “You can’t unring the bell.” I’m usually the first to hear when trans headlines make the news. Mom beat me to it last night. Her text, “You better turn on Survivor,” a show I normally ignore, lacked further explanation.

Quoted by NBC News on Gavin Grimm

Gavin Grimm: When it comes to trans rights, ‘I’m in for the long haul’

The United States Supreme Court’s announcement Monday that it will no longer hear arguments in transgender student Gavin Grimm’s bathroom lawsuit left LGBTQ advocates disappointed and scrambling to regroup. “It’s not just about bathrooms, it’s about the right of trans people to exist in public spaces,” Grimm, a 17-year-old Virginia high school student, said on Monday after the announcement.

One World Trade Lit in Transgender Colors!

Governor Cuomo Lights The Night For Trans Visibility, And You Probably Missed It

It was hardly the smoothest of debuts, but if you happen to be transgender, that’s a relatable feeling. NY Governor Andrew Cuomo instructed the Port Authority to light the One World Trade Center spire in the colors of transgender pride (blue, pink, and white) for the very first time on March 31st, 2017.

Trans @ Airport Security, New Piece on NBC News

Opinion: The Dignity Cost of Being Trans (or How I Failed as an Advocate)

It was just another normal day in the airport security line. This time I was departing Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. As a transgender woman and frequent traveler, I always opt-out of the new-fangled body scanners in favor of the pat-down. Always.

Donald Trump is the candidate for women!

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#Trump is the candidate for women! Who else out there believes a young lady on stirrups in Hawaii can deliver a baby all the way into Kenya?