Posts Tagged ‘transgender’

Punk rock gives platform for alternative gender identities

Passionate, vulgar, anti-normative – lyrics off the title track of Against Me!’s album Transgender Dysphoria Blues bleed punk rock. Frontwoman Laura Jane Grace tells a story of alternative gender identities rather than the anarchistic, anti-establishment themes the band is known for. The group’s sixth album focuses on struggles of gender dysphoria (a feeling of unease…

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What’s in a name?

If the vote passes at the next general council meeting, the Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) could start a committee for transgender student issues. This committee would promote awareness of the issues faced by transgender students and would strive to make a variety of changes to better their lives at Dal by starting at the council…

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What CP doesn’t tell you

Journalists must understand the importance of asking subjects for their preferred gender pronoun. (Photo by Bryn Karcha)

I hate asking my interview subjects for their names. I’m terrified of spelling an interviewee’s name wrong, so I force myself to ask for the spelling. I hyperventilate even if the subject’s name is an apparently simple Sarah Smith, because she might spell “Sarah” without an “h” at the end, or spell it a way…

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Dalhousie trans student claims discrimination from cafeteria staff

A Dalhousie student plans to file a human rights complaint against Aramark after a series of episodes where she claims she was discriminated against because she is transgender. Jessica Dempsey has decided to speak out after several complaints about her treatment from the university’s food service staff have not been addressed, she says. Her complaints…

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Rae Spoon on music, literature, pronouns and life

Rae Spoon is not easily categorized. Their most recent album, I Can’t Keep All of Our Secrets, is a pop- folk-electronic album exploring the process of grief. Besides touring, they are also involved in putting together a documentary about transgendered people for the National Film Board and writing their first book, “First Spring Grassfire.” Rae…

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Changing sexes

A look into the life of a courageous trans individual Editor’s Note: The names in this story have been changed in order to protect the employment and social well-being of the source, who is not actively out in Halifax Sam sits his living room with a friend from elementary school, playing with his new cat.…

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