Author Archives: Emily Ann Smith

Dear My Fabulous Trans sisters, Cool it with the Reactionary Activism

Being transgender is an experience; I’ve known trans people from all over and I’ve noticed we often share universal experiences, hopes, and insecurities. Unfortunately I think there is also plenty of anger and frustration with a world that doesn’t see … Continue reading

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So I’ve Been Away

I’m still back home. I came home expecting a great and refreshing break, which would give me plenty of time to write, learn french, and prepare for next semester. Here’s what has happened instead: My dog died.  Mattie was no … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Down to Business

… to study for finals. So it finals week, and while I have been working on some posts, no work on posts shall be done until after finals even though lots of cool stuff has happened :(. In other news, … Continue reading

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Lawyer Asserts that Transgender Prostitute’s Life Worth Less, Thankfully, Judge Disagrees

By Emily Ann Smith The Attorney of a man convicted in the brutal slaying of a transgender prostitute argued for leniency in sentencing his client because she didn’t belong to a certain class of individual, according to the New York … Continue reading

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Trying to shake the feeling that you’re not trans enough.

By Emily Ann Smith  Who I am in my personal life and who I am in public are different, because I’m still too scared to present as a woman. Yet I’ve given up so much to transition: so many friends, … Continue reading

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The Inevitable Post Thanksgiving Reflection: a Trip Home in Two Parts

by Emily Ann Smith I can ultimately say I had a positive trip back home this Thanksgiving.  It was the longest I’ve been home in about a year – just 6 days. It was also a time that was as … Continue reading

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Examining Privilege as One of the Worst Offenders

By Emily Ann Smith One of my most moving experiences occurred in train a station in Xi’an, China , 2010. Xi’an, for those of you not familiar with the city, is the ancient capital of China and resting place of … Continue reading

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The Senate Democrats go Nuclear

I’ve said time and time again I would avoid talking about politics on here. Well forget that. I’m all about being myself – right? So the democrats in the senate decided to use the “nuclear option’ and change the votes … Continue reading

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The Transphobe in the Mirror

My whole life, I have been trying to forgive myself for being transgender. I am now starting to realize that there is nothing to apologize for. I’ve been struggling with my own internalized transphobia.  I am constantly fighting the feeling … Continue reading

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Losing A Best Friend

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:
When it happens, you won’t want to believe it. You’ll take their word for it when they say they’re busy, swamped at work, “just doing me.” You’ll make excuses for them, put your ringer on…

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