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Cristan Williams is a trans historian and pioneer in addressing the practical needs of the transgender community. She started the first trans homeless shelter in the South and co-founded the first federally funded trans-only homeless program, pioneered affordable healthcare for trans people in the Houston area, won the right for trans people to change their gender on Texas ID prior to surgery, started numerous trans social service programs and founded the Transgender Center as well as the Transgender Archives. Cristan is the editor at, chairs the City of Houston HIV Prevention Planning Group, is the jurisdictional representative to the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS), serves on the national steering body for UCHAPS and is the Executive Director of the Transgender Foundation of America.

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  1. Alexa
    Alexa at |

    I want to thank you for this website and blog. I am currently writing a university paper on the prevalence of transphobia/transgender denial in Second Wave Feminism/Feminists and this site has been a great jumping off point for much of my research. Keep up the great work!

  2. Aubrey
    Aubrey at |

    There are indeed many hasty interpretations of this study, and the first time I read it, I noticed that the study used non-trans people as a control. And in that light, they had higher suicide rates. Well, DUH! How about a more substantiative look that compares post-op trans people to their non-transitioning counterparts? That would be the only reasonable way to see what the effects of transitioning– instead of simply existing as a trans person– are.

    But I digress. If trans women retain male pattern of crime, including violent crime, is it a fair interpretation to say that trans women retain a male pattern of violence? If not, what does the statistic itself mean?

  3. Tandrea
    Tandrea at |

    I am wondering if you could post the whole email interview? That would help immensely to ward off the naysayers.

  4. Michelle Koleva
    Michelle Koleva at |

    Of course they will say that you are cheating, lying and will search in every dark hole in their subconsciousness to “create” evidences for this interview falseness.
    If we actually look at their ideology and their hate speech we’ll see how twisted they are. And now to hear a person which ideology they used in their regular way of hate and lies, is denying their visions about her study own study… that drive them mad. It’s like when the atheists put strong evidences against believers. When you tries to “take” someone fundamental beliefs, the “victim” of that “crime” goes “hysterical” /even the men do it/, because they are nothing beyond their beliefs. Because they are the people who actually believe that they are nothing without their beliefs.
    Beliefs born in someone else mind can’t define you!

  5. Little
    Little at |

    HeehehehehehehehehehehheHAHAHAHAHAHA ! Genius going to the source Cristen. Already been viewed 600 times on my FB page.

  6. Zoe Brain
    Zoe Brain at |


    Female scientists “go off on tangents and use over-emotive language” now. They don’t understand their own studies. Only TERFs do.

  7. Penny Marie Sautereau
    Penny Marie Sautereau at |

    Assuming God exists, God him/herself could swoop down from Heaven above in a burst of holy lightning and tell TERFs to their smug f**king faces “TRANS WOMEN ARE WOMEN YOU BIGOTED IMBECILES!!!” and you know they’d STILL find some way to claim it’s a deceptive conspiracy to discredit them with lies. Hell they’d probably claim Cristan dressed as God and paid Industrial Light & Magic $60’000’000 to create the effects.


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