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Talia Johnson
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Dam It! Here We go Again. #transgender #LGBT #Religion #Christianity

CW: This post discusses right wing Christian fundamentalism and may cause a reaction in those who have been, or are part of it On Monday night I came across an article discussing the failure of the Oroville Dam in California and how right-wingers are…

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Engaging Stealth Mode: What is 'Going Stealth' and Why is it Important? #transgender #lgbt

Going ‘stealth’ is a term used by transgender people who decide that the best way for them to move forward after their transition is to be stealth and not be open about their transgender history. The reasons for going stealth are many and are as…

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Ally is a Four Letter Word. An edited version of my talk Sunday at The Unitarian Fellowship of Northwest Toronto. #transgender #LGBT #Ally

This is an edited version of the talk I gave this past Sunday at The Unitarian Fellowship of Northwest Toronto. They were a wonderful group to speak to and the discussion was insightful, thoughtful, and a pleasure to be part of. Do you consider yourself…

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Trapped in a Standard Narrative: The 'Wrong Body'

Yesterday in a moment of frustration I said to my friend Cait, “I’m so tired of the ‘trapped in the wrong body’ thing.” Her reply, “Then get out of the tauntaun!” The response was perfect and my day continued. Why did I have that thought and make that…

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Talking About Mental Health: It's more than one day a year. #BellLetsTalk

Today a major Canadian telecommunications company is promoting the discussion of mental health in Canada with a campaign with the slogan “Let’s Talk.” On one level this is a good idea. We do not, generally speaking, have good, healthy discussions about…

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What Happens when we are 'Finished' with Transition?

When I began my journey of transition seven years ago I started by doing reading. What I found was a lot about the steps leading to going ‘full-time’, information about medical transition, information about the challenges. Some of it was helpful. Some of…

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This past week the BBC aired a documentary titled, “Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best?” In addition to this the National Post published a column and an op-ed that questioned whether autistic people—specifically, autistic children—are able to know their…

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Why I Continue to think of Schools as Prisons

When I was a child I had problems with mainstream schooling. I was bright, intelligent, and received a ‘gifted’ classification. Yet, at the same time, I had areas in which I struggled. Looking back with hindsight and a better knowledge of myself I now…

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I wore boy’s/men’s clothing for 37 years and it almost killed me. Over the past day or so a story has been making the rounds titled “I wore men’s clothes for a month – and it changed my life”…

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The Harm in Positive Thinking. Some thoughts on what has become a stock platitude.

Often when people are going through difficult times, illness, loss of job, disability, unable to find work, separation/divorce etc the response from friends, family, and acquaintances on social media is one of “think positively” and accompanied by…
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