Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2015-07-29
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


  WINDY CITY TIMES

T IN THE LIFE Stephanie Dykes
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2012-10-17

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


PronounS: She, her

Identifies as: Woman, transwoman, transsexual woman

Neighborhood: Lombard, Illinois

Relationship status: Single

Hobbies: "I enjoy singing, and I currently sing with my church choir. I have also begun to do musicals with community theater groups. I also enjoy reading, and I have become a real fanatic about walking."

Career: "I am fortunate to be the director of research for a Chicagoland nursing school (though I am not a nurse myself). The school I am with knew I am transgender, yet chose me anyway based on my qualifications.

What is the best thing about being trans?

"Being transgender can really stink. You lose a lot and experience a lot of pain in daring to be yourself. I think people who are transgender learn to be courageous and brave; we really don't have a choice."

When did you start questioning gender?

"In my 6th grade year, I began praying to God that I would wake up in the morning and be a girl. This was all very puzzling because my favorite toys as a boy were my plastic M-16 and my toy soldiers. Around this time, as I began going through puberty, I realized I was attracted to girls. (I'm still attracted to women). This was a time of great confusion for me."

Do you consider yourself an activist?

"I believe every out transgender person is an activist, whether they want to be or not. I would say I am an activist in that for many people who I meet, I am the first transgender person they have ever known. In that sense, just by being out about who I am helps fight a lot of the negative stereotypes that exist about my community."

Whom do you admire most?

"If I had to name a person who has been influential in my life as a transsexual woman, it would have to be Kate Bornstein. Her book, Gender Outlaw, helped me reach a deeper level of self-acceptance.

I would say I also admire all of the brave transgender people who came before me who had things much more difficult than I could imagine. They helped pave the way for folks like me."

In your opinion, what are the most important issues facing the trans/ gender-variant community?

"I believe the key issue facing the transgender community is employment. We tend to face unemployment in greater proportion to the population in general. Without a job — and I mean a real job with benefits — a person — whether transgender or cisgender — lives at the survival level."

Photo by Eric Noeske. To nominate a person for T in the life, email: Kate Sosin, sosin@windycitytimes.com


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Cell-phone company plans to benefit the LGBT community 2015-08-05
W.W. Grainger earns perfect HRC CEI score right out of the gate 2015-08-04
National: Pope in Philly; 'confused' politician; trans woman punched 2015-08-04
Local 'Masterchef' talent on clothes, Creole roots 2015-08-04
Chicagoan launches wine-purification product 2015-07-31
Amanda Lepore releases "I...Amanda Lepore: Make Over Sessions" 2015-07-31
Seattle to host international confab on trans, gender-nonconforming topics 2015-07-29
AIA exec Zurich Esposito living out childhood dream 2015-07-29
Torch carried by Jenner to be auctioned 2015-07-29
Entertainment: Nick Jonas; Caitlyn Jenner; Lucy Lawless; RuPaul 2015-07-28
World news: Trans woman killed; Drag queens banned; Rio prisons 2015-07-28
Hobby baker starts United Nations of Sugar Art collaborative 2015-07-28
Competing trans legal events set to take place in Chicago 2015-07-28
Transgender student's restroom access case is likely to proceed 2015-07-27
Chaz Bono on stage in "Down the Road" in LA 2015-07-23
India Clarke, a black transgender woman, killed in Tampa 2015-07-22
Queer trans man leaves impact at Northwestern and beyond 2015-07-22
The new era of ALMA: Association of Latino/as Motivating Action 2015-07-22
In the Life: Britta Larson 2015-07-22
Leo Burnett counts diversity, inclusion as strongest assets 2015-07-21
Nat'l: Mayor does weddings; Hawaii speeds trans ID change; Chelsea Manning's fund 2015-07-21
TransTech launches national tech and employment assessment 2015-07-21
Transforming Gender: The Train Station 2015-07-15
In the LIFE Cody Domino 2015-07-15
Women & Children hosts transgender education workshop 2015-07-14
National: Gay Catholic move; Jimmy Carter; trans health app 2015-07-14
Animated series to feature transgender actress, lead character 2015-07-14
Pentagon to lift transgender military ban 2015-07-13
Navy, Marines make pro-trans move 2015-07-08
ICE announces updated guidelines regarding trans immigrants 2015-07-08
TELEVISION 'I Am Jazz' series documents famed transgender girl 2015-07-08
DOJ supports transgender student's right to appropriate restroom 2015-07-02
Trans activist writes about Obama actions 2015-07-01
In the Life: Ashley Perrin 2015-07-01
Legacy Walk welcoming Ugandan trans activist 2015-07-01
Love is Colorful, Make it Blu film series launched 2015-06-30
ICE has new guidance on care of transgender immigrants in custody 2015-06-29
Undocumented transgender woman interrupts President, calls for end to deportation 2015-06-24
Trans teen murdered in Alabama 2015-06-24
Gay United Airlines pilots on their careers, life outside of work 2015-06-24
 



Copyright © 2015 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.