Thursday, April 23, 2015

Alex Myers: the 'quiet revolution behind the word transgender'



Tonight PBS NewsHour aired an excellent segment that featured my beloved husband Alex Myers, entitled "the quiet revolution behind the word transgender." I like to think of Alex as a quiet revolution, and the video is a nice portrayal. I believe it is the first in a series entitled "Transgender in America." I hope you enjoy watching it. (Yes, they did include two photos of the two of us together - I'm still stunned by the idea of my photo on national television.)

NewsHour also filmed Alex speaking recently at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut, and they have posted a video of his entire unedited 20-minute talk, which he wrote as a more in-depth exploration of his identity and how he has become who he is. Check out "How a label can empower the transgender community", which I think is a more thoughtful exploration... but of course, I'm biased because he wrote it.

And if you're really ambitious, you can watch the entire hour-long NewsHour episode with multiple stories from today.

In essence, I think Alex is a magnificent ambassador for the #trans community, and it is my hope (and I think his hope, too) that by submitting to this media exposure, he can open some minds and hearts, and perhaps provide a lifeline to other queer, #trans, and questioning people - particularly youth. If you know anyone who is questioning their gender identity, or wants to know more, I hope these videos and Alex's writings (and his speaking at schools - he does regular speaking engagements at schools and colleges and posts a lot about them on his Facebook author page and has contact information on his website, should you be interested) can serve as helpful resources.

Oh yeah - he also wrote a pretty amazing novel, "Revolutionary", so check that out, too!

There are some crazy people out there, so I have vowed not to read internet comments on the Facebook posts and YouTube video pages... but this is a more select and loving audience, and I would welcome your comments here. What did you think?

16 comments:

  1. This is so so rad and incredible. Go Alex! <3

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  2. This is really awesome. Thank you for sharing! I'm honestly sad that you have to vow not to read the other comments on the internet about this (although I can completely understand why) so I just wanted to send some positivity your way.

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    1. Thanks, Tara - I really appreciate the positivity. My eyes have halfway brushed across some of the comments, and yes, some of them are really awful: bigoted, sometimes, or even hateful and violent. Oh well. One step at a time, right? Anyway, thank you!

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  3. I'm at a loss for words (so rare!). Go, Alex is right! And...go both of you for being so willing to put yourselves out there. xo

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    1. Thank you! We both believe that putting ourselves out there is important, particularly since we have done so much work with queer youth. Living our truths and being open about it really can save lives.

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  4. Bravo to Alex! His interview should definitely help the public to see transgender people as just that...people. PS-I was glad to hear that I do pronounce your name correctly. :)

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  5. It was a very good interview. I have several couples within my circles of friendship already where the husband is trans. Big hugs to the two of you.

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  6. What a great interview! Thanks for sharing! I totally understand about not wanting to read those comments.

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  7. Finally found the time to watch. Alex was great, so articulate. All the best to you both.
    Ralph

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  8. I happened upon your blog today and was blown away by this insightful, beautiful, interview. Bless you both! ~ Dawn

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words and blessings.

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