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TransAlly: Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935)

Magnus Hirschfeld was a Jewish sexologist born in Kolberg, Prussia (now Kolobrzeg, Poland) in1868. He was a physician and sexologist educated primarily in Germany. His practice was based in Berlin-Charlottenburg. He also served as a highly outspoken advocate for sexual minorities.

In 1897, Hirschfeld founded the Scientific Humanitarian Committee which has been recognized by many historians as the first advocacy group for transgender and homosexual rights. The group aimed to overturn Paragraph 175, a clause in the German penal code instated in 1871 that criminalized homosexuality. The group argued that the law encouraged blackmail. Hirschfeld's believed that having a better understanding of homosexuality and transgenderism would eliminate societal persecution of homosexuals. Under Hirschfeld's leadership of the committee, they collected over 500 signatures from prominent Germans on a petition to abolish Paragraph 175, including Albert Einstein, Herman Hesse, and Thomas Mann. T…

6 More Songs You Probably Didn't Realize Had Trans Themes

Arnold Layne- Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd is an English rock band that was best known for its unique sound and billboard smashing albums Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall,  and Wish You Were Here. However those iconic albums are just a fraction of their work. Their debut single, Arnold Layne, came during the more psychedelic wave of the late 1960's during Syd Barrett's tenure as frontman. The song, according to Roger Waters, is based on a real person who was a transvestite.Royal Orleans- Led Zeppelin
Royal Orleans is a  track from Led Zeppelin's 1976 album Presence. The song is an account of an experience of the band's bassist John Paul Jones. The story goes that while on tour in New Orleans the band would stay at the Royal Orleans Hotel. On one these trips, Jones invited a woman who he was unaware was transgender. The two smoked marijuana together and fell asleep, causing the hot ashes to catch the room on fire and burning down the hotel with no fatalities. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-D…

Current Events: Transgender Military Policy

August 25th, 2017

Today, President Donald J. Trump, issued a memorandum ordering a reversal of policies that had begun to allow transgender people to serve openly in the military that had been put in place by the Obama administration. The move is sickening and heartbreaking for many military service members and their families. Many of which are wondering just what they can do to fight this change of government policy.

It’s estimated that over 134,000 American veterans are transgender, and over 15,000 trans people are serving in the military today. While support for transgender veterans has improved, many still have to overcome a variety of obstacles. These obstacles include obtaining updated service records, and from receiving VA coverage for medical procedures and care.

It's unclear how far the effect of this discriminatory change in policy may reach. Trump wrote in his memorandum, "the previous Administration failed to identify a sufficient basis to conclude that terminating t…

Kristelle's Story: Post-Grad Blues

Graduation day was bittersweet. On the one hand, I was graduating. On the other, I had zero real plans for the future. I mean if course I had some schooling in the works and I  still had my retail job, but I had no clue as to what I wanted to do with my life or even how to go about accomplishing it. Due to the fact that I was struggling with my gender identity and the depression and anxiety that ensued as a result of having to keep up the charade of being a guy,  I had no real aspirations of figuring out my life plans. What was the point if I couldn't be who I really was? Why should I have cared about my future if all I could foresee in it was more misery and secrecy?The following fall, I started at one of those awful for-profit schools.  You know the ones with the TV commercials where a guy makes you feel like a loser for not making a phone call? Yeah, one of those. I took a program that had to do with coding and computer programming. I only did so to keep my parents off my back …