Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard

sex work

I Did Sex Work to Make Money—and Find Real Intimacy With Men

One in eight trans women have done sex work as a source of income; one in five, for food or shelter. Some of us have looked for real human connection there, too.
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The Cash-Strapped Museum Embraced by Cops and Corporations

Just a few months after opening, the shaky existence of the National Museum of Law Enforcement suggests that the one-topic museum may exist in a country disinterested in its message.
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I Asked My Crushes Why They Won't Sleep with Me

When a straight guy says he is not into me, nor other trans women, I feel butthurt–emotionally and, unfortunately, not physically.
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The Ins and Outs of Topping as a Trans Girl

I'm not into topping—but plenty of other trans women are. I asked some (and a few straight guys who bottom) what it's like for them.
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How Should We Remember the Stonewall Uprising?

In his new show, artist Chris Vargas of the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art skewers the politics of LGBTQ memorialization.
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Andrea Long Chu Is the Cult Writer Changing Gender Theory

"Heterosexuality is bad," and other thoughts from a rising-star writer poking holes in how we talk about power, transgender identity, and what to do after you tell the truth.
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Marsha P. Johnson's LGBTQ Legacy Is About How She Lived Her Life, Too

In the film 'Happy Birthday, Marsha!' Tourmaline and Sasha Wortzel use the little archival information we have about Marsha P. Johnson to construct a story about the LGBTQ activist who helped kick off the Stonewall Riots.
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