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Asher Bauer, September 30th, 2010
Early transition is a vulnerable time. As we begin the processes of coming out, and possibly of medical transition, we trans folks have all kinds of insecurities. Often, we worry about how we will...
Asher Bauer, September 13th, 2010
Perhaps it is ironic to celebrate one’s 21st birthday by going to an all-ages punk club. To little straight-edge me, however, it made perfect sense. So it was that we found ourselves (“we” being my...
Asher Bauer, September 3rd, 2010
"Surgery" is a scary word. For most people, it's something to be avoided. Few eagerly anticipate spending hours under general anesthetic only to wake up nauseous and spend weeks on bed rest. Most...
Asher Bauer, August 20th, 2010
Late in July, Erin Vaught started coughing up blood. She did what anyone would have done and went straight to the ER. But Erin Vaught didn’t get treated just like anyone else when she went to Ball...
Asher Bauer, August 6th, 2010
I remember watching the Leather Contingent go by in the parade at my very first Pride. As the leather-clad sadists, masochists, and human ponies went by, whips cracking, a hush fell over the...
Asher Bauer, July 23rd, 2010
I can’t escape from the “t bomb” these days. In the words of a friend, it is like Visa: fucked up, oppressive, and everywhere I want to be. I’m talking, of course, about the word “tranny.” Lately...
Asher Bauer, July 7th, 2010
I hoped that this year’s Pride would feel triumphant and it did. From the moment I arrived at Dolores Park before Trans March and found myself face-to-face with a friend I hadn’t spoken to in years...
Asher Bauer, June 25th, 2010
San Francisco’s Gay Pride is almost here again. This year, it’s turning 40. This is wonderful, of course; I enjoy a big sparkly gay parade as much as the next fag, corporate sponsorship and all. In...
Asher Bauer, June 11th, 2010
Every once in a while, some well meaning cis guy will offer to teach me about "manhood." The implication, no matter how friendly the intent, always seems to be that I'm doing it wrong; that I...
Asher Bauer, May 28th, 2010
I have a confession to make: I have been a very bad gay boy. It's not just that I have been, and still frequently am, attracted to women. It's not even that in the past I have actually acted on...
Asher Bauer, May 14th, 2010
I've always had a thing for body mods.  A lot of it has to do with punk rock, of course. As an adolescent, I drooled over pictures of punks with cheeks, lips and earlobes riddled with safety pins...
Asher Bauer, April 30th, 2010
In order to bring you today’s column, your humble servant is about to risk looking like a complete jerk. A really good way to look like a jerk is to critique a film without having seen it and that...
Asher Bauer, April 16th, 2010
Every once in awhile, I find myself listening in on the ‘butch flight’ conversation. It’s one hell of a messy debate within the queer community, one that, despite increased understanding of trans...
Asher Bauer, April 2nd, 2010
About a month into my transition, as I was walking down the street, somebody leaned out of a car window and yelled, “Nice fucking pants, faggot!” It was the first time I had been verbally attacked...
Asher Bauer, March 19th, 2010
It seems like there’s a lot of collaring going around these days. It must be spring. The grass is green, the air is crisp, and mornings of miserable rain alternate with sunlit, clear-skied, mildly...
Asher Bauer, March 5th, 2010
Good morning, class. Today’s column is a lesson in vocabulary. I’ll be talking about my favorite prefix in the world, a short, sweet, sexy little combination of three letters: “cis.” Pronounced...
Asher Bauer, February 19th, 2010
I can’t remember quite how old I was when I first watched The Naked Civil Servant, a biopic about the extraordinary Quentin Crisp (played by the incomparable John Hurt). I do remember that it...
Asher Bauer, February 5th, 2010
Nina is the most punk rock person I know, but I didn’t think so when I first met her. I thought she was musically and culturally naïve, with her Hot Topic skinny jeans and devotion to Green Day....
Asher Bauer, January 8th, 2010
I remember it clearly—morning in the drab hotel room. A rumpled bed. Him, me, getting dressed. He had finished raping me barely fifteen minutes before. I hadn't named it "rape" yet, or even...
Asher Bauer, December 4th, 2009
At age twenty, it’s definitely weird to be going through puberty—again. The first time was all wrong. Despite the blissful androgyny of my childhood, which, I imagined, would never end, I...