Author: Claire-Renee Kohner

  • Commentary: MinnPost, Academia and the Failure of Trans Reporting

    Commentary: MinnPost, Academia and the Failure of Trans Reporting

    It didn’t take long for the MinnPost article called “What does Caitlyn Jenner’s ‘Vanity Fair’ cover mean for the transgender kid in rural Minnesota?” to hit my inbox, my chat message center, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and my iPhone. Calls of transphobia, poor journalism, violation of AP Style Handbook Rules, and a cisgender take on a […]

  • Venus DeMars’ New Release Due in April

    Venus DeMars’ New Release Due in April

    “Flesh and Wire” Officially Drops on April 7th It was fifteen below zero with the wind chill and every time the door swung open at Café Southside, a Trans friendly coffee shop on south Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, the thought once again crept into my mind as to why I stay in this state. It […]

  • Michael Hughes is not Selfie Centered When it Comes to Bathroom Bills

    Michael Hughes is not Selfie Centered When it Comes to Bathroom Bills

    Last week, Brae Carnes from British Columbia Canada, decided to post a selfie of herself in the men’s bathroom as a protest against an amendment to the Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code proposed by Senator Donald Plett. The amendment would basically kill C-279, legislation saying people who are transgender should be afforded the […]

  • Minnesota’s SF 1543 to codify gender and sex by anatomy

    Minnesota’s SF 1543 to codify gender and sex by anatomy

    The Minnesota GOP has introduced a comprehensive bill that will eliminate all gender inclusive policies adopted by all Minnesota School districts and repeal the Transgender Athlete policy recently passed. Senate bill SF 1543 was introduced on Friday by Republicans David M. Brown, Mary Kiffmeyer, Carrie Ruud, Dave Thompson and Torrey Westrom. The Student Physical Privacy […]

  • Administration Considers Lifting Ban on Trans Military Service

    Administration Considers Lifting Ban on Trans Military Service

    Co-written by Claire-Renee Kohner and Nicole Vanderheiden At a troop event in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Sunday February 22, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said when asked about his thoughts on transgender military personnel serving openly that ““I don’t think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them,” opening the door up to speculation of allowing […]

  • St. Paul’s Gender Inclusion Policy Receives Second Reading

    St. Paul’s Gender Inclusion Policy Receives Second Reading

    The second reading of the St. Paul School Districts Gender Inclusion Policy took place on February 17, almost a year to the date of when the St Paul School Board first began work on the policy. Following reports of students being harassed and discriminated against for their gender identity, the policy aims to remove the […]

  • Trans Violence: Who’s Counting Anyway?

    Trans Violence: Who’s Counting Anyway?

    She was rushing me screaming a series of trans-phobic slurs in my direction; in her hand she held a bottle and I knew that it was the next thing that would be hurled in my direction. The bottle seemed to fly in slow motion as I opened my car door, slammed it shut, turned on […]

  • Sidhe is Coming: A New Micro Brewery is Coming to St. Paul

    Sidhe is Coming: A New Micro Brewery is Coming to St. Paul

    A new micro-brew is about to hit East St. Paul Minnesota in early 2015 named Sidhe [Gaelic for ‘fairy’, pronounced ‘shee,’ or the female pronoun ‘she’] Brewing Company whose slogan is “Brewed by Women, Loved by All.” Located at 990 Payne Ave in St. Paul, construction is finishing up on this 2300 square foot brewing […]

  • Transindia: Who Are the Hijras? A Documentary of India’s Forgotten Transgender Community

    Transindia: Who Are the Hijras? A Documentary of India’s Forgotten Transgender Community

    Content provided by ClaireOverThere and republished with permission. To read more of Claire-Renee Kohner’s writing, visit clairekohner.wordpress.com. India’s Criminal Tribes Act of 1871 set forth a law by the British Empire that classified transgender [Hijras] as both immoral and corrupt. The Act was amended in 1897 and was subtitled “An Act for the Registration of […]

  • Dude…Where’s My Car? After Hours with Jendeen Forberg

    Dude…Where’s My Car? After Hours with Jendeen Forberg

    On the morning of New Years Eve 2014, I received a message from Jendeen Forberg, the former drummer for the dark-glam band ‘All the Pretty Horses’. I was working on a piece recalling 2004 where she was prominently featured in the ‘Venus of Mars’ documentary recently reissued on Amazon Instant Video; a film about Venus […]