It was an act of bigotry and ignorance, one that put Joseph behind bars for 6 to 12 years for homicide, not murder, because it did not meet the “standards” for murder.The sexual organs that we have plays a significant factor in how comfortable we are with other people and how comfortable we are with ourselves.When I asked for input for this post on social media, I didn't receive enough responses from transgender men.

For this edition of Elle Oh Elle, I’ve enlisted the voice of Monika MHz, a Portland DJ and columnist.

Monika is a trans woman, and she’s here to explain how you can make the world a better place by removing transphobia from your life.

There are numerous barriers that we face when it comes to dating just about anyone from personal safety to making sure that our partner(s) know what’s acceptable and unacceptable.

This isn’t to say that all trans people face a mountain of barriers and potential issues when it comes to dating, but that there are a significant number of us that come across barriers before we enter, and during a relationship.

Conversely, MTF is "male-to-female" and refers to trans women assigned male at birth.

Some people find the term uncomfortable and don't like to use it; others prefer it.

While you wait for responses, go find the queerest bar nearby. Don’t try to explain why Kathleen Hanna is problematic while dancing. Wonder, “why do so many of these girls have bow-ties on?

Get used to a mix of pop hits, Shakira, and Bikini Kill.

Coming out to anyone as trans is especially difficult because there’s always a toss-up with how this person is going to react, will they be accepting and open, unsure but willing to accept and learn, or be hateful and discriminatory towards us. Marine, Joseph Scott Pemberton, in the Philippines after she came out to Joseph.