Articles by Oliver Leon
TRANSforming Feminism Conference: Trans Access (The Redux)
To give you an idea as to how intense the TRANSforming Feminism conference in Peterborough, ON was, I’ll share an anecdote with you.
Forced to Lie by Legislation
Trans people are often seen as liars and tricksters. An example of this would be the idea that comes up every time a bill (C-389, C-279) proposes to recognize gender identity and gender expression as a recognized group under Canada’s Criminal Code, thereby protecting…
Where Are the Gender-Neutral Bathrooms?
In my last semester at Dawson College, being in an androgynous in-between state got to be too much.
Now that I’ve been writing for The Link for an entire month of the new school year, I reckon we know each other well enough for me to share this with you, so let me tell you stories about my childhood.
Interview With Jen of We Happy Trans
I had the privilege this week of interviewing my beautiful friend Jen, of We Happy Trans fame. We met online, where we managed to discuss Kant and flirt for all the world to see. She kindly agreed to answer my questions.
What are the benefits to an androgynous society?
Imagine that you’ve landed on another planet where the inhabitants are human beings who have no gender, except for once a month when they have sex.
A Second Chance
Did you like that tumultuous time when you didn’t understand what was going on with your body, your emotions or your hormones?
Performing Femininity in the Workplace
I am no longer read as a woman. I have a deep enough voice and enough body hair that it is never in question any longer. I look dudely, and nobody questions my gender. I absolutely cannot go into women’s bathrooms or locker rooms anymore. As a female-to-male transexual, this is quite the relief.
Big Transsexual Agenda— A Decision on Sterilization
I was at the supermarket a few years ago and I saw this tabloid headline: “World’s First Pregnant Man.”
What Not to Ask
Oliver Leon is The Link’s trans columnist, and he’s really tired of getting the same questions asked over and over again
Flight-Ban Discriminates Against Trans Fliers
A regulatory change quietly made to the Aeronautics Act by Transport Canada last July could disallow transsexual and transgender people from boarding flights leaving Canada.
A Very Transexual Christmas
I want to share my transition. I want to write to you about public bathrooms, navigating my name change and taking hormones.
Day of Remembrance Acknowledges Transgender Deaths
Roughly 40 well-layered people congregated in Berri Square on a rather chilly Nov. 20 to recognize the fifth annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Seeking Stability Within the Spectrum of Blue and Pink
“I want to share my transition. I want to write to you about public bathrooms, navigating my name change and taking hormones. I want to tell you about the scary parts, the fun times and share with you the celebrations that come along with transitioning. I want to tell you all of this because I think that it is important that you know about it.”
Goods news, Concordia! I start hormones on Oct. 26. Are you excited for me? If you are, congratulate me! Really, do. It’s a good thing. It means that you are acknowledging my struggle and patting me on the back.
An Introduction to The Link’s First Trans Column
To the alarm of my parents, I am a transsexual.
I am on the female-to-male spectrum of this gender brouhaha but I have never once identified as female. I just went along with the label until I could no longer handle the mess that was my unconscious.