How To Be An Ally

How To Be An Ally

Being an ally is the act of centering an individual or community with less power or privilege than your own, and being an ally necessitates a few basic things...

Smart Girls Advocate for Transgender Rights: PART 3

Smart Girls Advocate for Transgender Rights: PART 3

Some people say feminism is about women being treated equally to men. Actually, that’s really just a great side effect of feminism. What feminism is really about is dismantling the systems of power that create and maintain gender inequality in the first place...

Smart Girls Advocate for Transgender Rights: PART 2

Smart Girls Advocate for Transgender Rights: PART 2

One of the cornerstones of anti-trans legislation is the subject of privacy. Some cisgender people think that a transgender person using the same restroom as them is an invasion of privacy. Let’s break this down...

My response to the Dandara Dos Santos viral murder video

My response to the Dandara Dos Santos viral murder video

Originally posted on facebook, Logo's NewNowNext reprinted my thoughts on the video of Dandara Dos Santos' last moments of life. A video they and many other newsfeeds published in attempt to catch the murderers and raise awareness about the violence being waged against trans women. I had a different response to the video and it's viral messaging.  

Smart Girls Advocate for Transgender Rights: PART 1

Smart Girls Advocate for Transgender Rights: PART 1

I’m gonna give it to you straight: So-called “bathroom bills” are about a lot more than bathrooms. They are about erasing transgender people from public life by legalizing discrimination. Let’s discuss…

Letter to the Revolution

Letter to the Revolution

Dear Fellow Revolutionaries,

I write to you as a dusty-kneed soldier of the great unfolding rebellion that is America.

I write from the heart, in a pivotal moment in which each of us must decide whether to lead with love or fear. I urge you to remember: Only love is real...

Come Home

Come Home

Theatre-maker and activist, Shakina Nayfack, takes her solo show on tour in one of the most dangerous places to be trans. Her goal: education and acceptance through art.

Originally published on Playbill.com as part of their 2016 Pride Coverage under the title "Diary of a Trans Actress on the Road...in North Carolina" 

Southern Revival

Southern Revival

Theatre-maker and activist, Shakina Nayfack, takes her solo show on tour in one of the most dangerous places to be trans. Her goal: education and acceptance through art.

Originally published on Playbill.com as part of their 2016 Pride Coverage under the title "Diary of a Trans Actress on the Road...in North Carolina" 

Making Connections

Making Connections

Theatre-maker and activist, Shakina Nayfack, takes her solo show on tour in one of the most dangerous places to be trans. Her goal: education and acceptance through art.

Originally published on Playbill.com as part of their 2016 Pride Coverage under the title "Diary of a Trans Actress on the Road...in North Carolina" 

Stand Out

Stand Out

Theatre-maker and activist, Shakina Nayfack, takes her solo show on tour in one of the most dangerous places to be trans. Her goal: education and acceptance through art.

Originally published on Playbill.com as part of their 2016 Pride Coverage under the title "Diary of a Trans Actress on the Road...in North Carolina" 

Taking Off

Taking Off

Theatre-maker and activist, Shakina Nayfack, takes her solo show on tour in one of the most dangerous places to be trans. Her goal: education and acceptance through art.

Originally published on Playbill.com as part of their 2016 Pride Coverage under the title "Diary of a Trans Actress on the Road...in North Carolina" 

Manifest Pussy

Manifest Pussy

Not many people get a second shot at virginity. It’s a particular blessing of the post-op transgender experience that I didn’t expect would weigh so heavily upon me.

How to Not Get Raped at the Gym

How to Not Get Raped at the Gym

The gym is a complicated place for most transgender people. Thankfully, the one I belong to has been awesome throughout my transition.

MY FIRST REAL DATE AS A WOMAN

MY FIRST REAL DATE AS A WOMAN

In my last BrokeAssStuart blog I wrote about the lack of mediatized representations of transgender people as complex, loving, sexual, and emotional beings. I also wrote that all the guys I had met online were interested in sex but not interested in taking me on an actual date. In what follows, I’m happy to prove myself wrong on both counts.

My Dating Life as a TransWoman

My Dating Life as a TransWoman

Last year was a hectic one, recovering from gender confirmation surgery (while writing a show about it), running a theatre company, getting on the scene as a trans actress… So much of my energy was spent working on and talking about becoming a woman in the world that I spent very little time actually being one.

I am a little boat

I am a little boat

I am a little boat
floating farther and farther away
from shore...

Post-Op Update: 4 Months – Keepin’ It Open

Post-Op Update: 4 Months – Keepin’ It Open

Someday in the not-too-distant future I’m going to write an update about how fun it is to live pain-free and how enjoyable my new vagina has become. This is not that day...