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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 TransAdvocate.com, 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. V. E.
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    These TERFs’ conversation is officially the *stupidest* commentary on trans people I’ve ever read. And I’ve read most of the other posts under #TERFLogic! (Thank you for starting this new feature; it’s helpful to gain insight into an enemy mindset, though perhaps you should add a disclaimer to each post warning the reader not to drink anything while browsing.)

    Seriously, yaoi and narratives influenced by it, such as many examples of M/M fan fiction, can be instrumental in helping transmasculine people discover their identities. It sounds as though this trans guy’s “””friend””” is bitter that he didn’t fit her ideal of a budding “liberated woman,” and her fellow TERF is backing her up with the bad kind of Freudian rhetoric translated to a trans dynamic.

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  2. Holly
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    So the first TERF is a licensed psychiatrist who can diagnose friends with multiple conditions? In my experience Aspies, including me, tend to be less rigid about gender and orientation. Whose business is it anyway? This woman was never a friend to the man in question.

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    1. V. E.
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      Believing that one is qualified to make psychiatric diagnoses despite having no credentials would explain a lot of TERF behavior, honestly.

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