Trans Book Club: Euphoria Kids

Greetings, friends, and welcome to another installment of Trans Book Club! Today we’re going to be looking at the imaginative and affirming YA novel Euphoria Kids, by Alison Evans. I can honestly say that this was a book unlike any I’ve ever read, and while I do have a few small critiques, overall I really, deeply enjoyed it. Venture below for more!

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Trans Book Club: Both Sides Now

Hello, friends, and welcome to another thrilling edition of Trans Book Club! Last time we talked about Peter Darling, a trans reimagining of Peter Pan, and today we’ll be looking at Peyton Thomas’ Both Sides Now, a YA novel that involves a young trans man, a national debate, and a great deal of humor and heart.

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Trans Book Club: Peter Darling

Greetings, friends. In the interest of posting some actual content on this blog, I thought it might be fun to start going through the multitude of trans-related books I have in my possession and saying a thing or two about them. Most of the trans books I’ve read over the last year or so have been memoir, but today we’re going to be delving into one of the few fiction offerings I’ve sampled: a wild and wonderful trans reimagining of Peter Pan called Peter Darling.

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T.J. Baer: Twitter criminal at large

So, I woke up this morning to this pleasant message regarding my Twitter account: Yes, friends, it’s true. You are reading the words of a Twitter criminal. So now, naturally, I’m scanning through my tweets to see what could possibly have triggered this suspension. Was it my link to Jon Stewart’s rant about how deep dish pizza isn’t really pizza? Was it when I announced … Continue reading T.J. Baer: Twitter criminal at large

Sneak Peek: Dreamers (Trans YA Novel)

A few months ago over spring break, my roommate went out of town on vacation and I found myself with the apartment to myself (and no classes to teach) for a solid week. I used this time to start work on a story I’ve been wanting to tell for a long time: Namely, a trans guy coming out and learning to live life as himself. Perhaps because this was a sort of written exorcism of my own feelings, I ended up writing the entire novel in that one week, a feat I have never before accomplished (and suspect I never will again).

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Random Queer Storytime: The Suit

Welcome, friends, and thank you for joining me for yet another thrilling edition of Random Queer Storytime, that all-too-frequent occasion when I launch into a random tale of my past that exemplifies both my queer/trans-ness and the fact that I was impressively oblivious as a young person.

In today’s episode, we learn about a dance, an ex, and an ill-fitting suit that finally cracked the closet door open — before I slammed it shut again and shoved myself in deep enough to get a glimpse of Narnia. But that’s another story for another day.

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Veganuary: How to Go Vegan and Not Hate It

Greetings, friends, and a very merry Veganuary to you! After the approximately 500 years that comprised 2020, it’s nice to take a clean step into 2021 and entertain a shred of optimism that this year may be better. And while we can’t control what The World at large does, we can at the very least somewhat control the “better” in our own lives. And one way to do that is via what we eat.

When it comes to going vegan, most people exist somewhere on the spectrum between “ugh, never” and “tHiS iS tHe BeSt ThInG eVeR!1!” As with most folks, I myself started on the “ugh, never” side and am now firmly entrenched in the “best thing ever” camp.

But why? Why go vegan? Could we perhaps have the reasons in a handy list format that makes everything clear and easy to read? 

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Transgender Diaries: Entry 1

So, I’d like to start off by saying that it is 100% possible to be trans without spending your childhood despising all that comes with your assigned gender, and not everyone who identifies as transgender has the same “I always knew I was *insert gender here*” narrative. There’s no such thing as being “trans enough,” and you can identify as trans without ticking a single box on the What People Usually Expect Of Trans People list.

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