Category Archives: Trans Issues

Social Justice Synonyms #14: “I raped that midterm”

Filed under Campus, Feminism, Social Justice Synonyms, Trans Issues   ·   January 24th, 2015   ·   3 comments

Content note: This piece discusses rape, rape culture, child sexual abuse, colonialism, violence against sex workers, and transmisogyny. In honour of Sexual Assault Awareness Month here at UBC, this week’s Social Justice Synonyms will be dedicated to phrases which trivialize sexual violence, such as “I raped that midterm” or “that midterm raped me.” Casual use of […]

“Where there is a word, there’s a history”: Two-Spirited Community Organizer Harlan Pruden Comes to UBC

Filed under Campus, Decolonization, Queer Issues, Trans Issues   ·   January 14th, 2015   ·   1 comment

On Thursday, January 8, 2015, the Pride Collective at UBC hosted a fantastic presentation in Irving K. Barber, located on the traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. Harlan Pruden who is First Nations Cree, spoke to themes of sex, gender, sexuality, and the complexities of Two-Spirit identities within Indigenous contexts, both historical and contemporary. […]

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Launches at UBC


January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) at UBC, an initiative spearheaded by the University and the AMS. Access & Diversity and the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) are taking the lead in organizing and running events during SAAM, in partnership with many other campus organizations. All throughout January, members of the UBC community […]

The Net: Leelah Alcorn and the Virtual Traces of Identity

Filed under Activism, Trans Issues   ·   January 12th, 2015   ·   1 comment

  Content Warning: suicide, transphobia, transmisogyny I. At some point during the winter break I got an idea to write a column about the Internet. It may have been simply because, like most people, having more free time means I’m on the Internet more, but regardless, it felt like something that needed to be looked […]

Social Justice Synonyms #10: “Tranny”

Filed under Social Justice Synonyms, Trans Issues   ·   November 28th, 2014   ·   0 comments

Welcome to Social Justice Synonyms, your friendly column at The Talon that discusses specific words we hear and see being used, explains why they may be problematic, and provides some alternatives. This week’s term is tranny. Being our second instalment of SJS dealing with topical words in transgender communities, refer to last week’s article for […]

Social Justice Synonyms #9: “Transgendered”

Filed under Social Justice Synonyms, Trans Issues   ·   November 21st, 2014   ·   3 comments

Welcome again to Social Justice Synonyms, your friendly column at The Talon that encourages reflection on specific words and phrases we use and hear every day, and why they may be problematic. See our first week’s SJS article for wonderful suggestions on how to think about language. This week’s term is transgendered. You may have […]

The Politics of Coming Out

Filed under Queer Issues, Trans Issues   ·   October 11th, 2014   ·   7 comments

On a warm autumn Friday exactly a year ago, I came out to my friends and family on Facebook. It was the middle of the morning. I sat down at my desk, opened my laptop, and took a deep breath. Today is October 11th, National Coming Out Day, I wrote. In the past few months, […]