Miriam Suzanne

America Heard: Transitions



in Transition

My friend Maureen Maloney asked to document my reaction to the 2016 election, as part of the America Heard film series:

Our goal is to feature at least one film from each of the 435 congressional districts and show the diversity of political perspectives throughout the United States.

America Heard

Working with Dana Forsberg and Katie Cook, we put together this short documentary — talking about trans rights, and completing one step of my legal name change. Thanks to Teacup Gorilla and Erin Rollman for joining in the fun!


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Miriam: A How-To Guide

in Transition

There are some questions that come up again and again if you are trans. A few of those questions are terrible, but most of them are well-intentioned. I’m lucky to have a supportive community around me, so I thought I’d write down my most common answers to help ease your stress about getting it right, and ease my stress about answering the same questions over and over.

Some Clarifications on Trans Language

in Transition

There’s a lot of language that gets thrown around, but much of it comes loaded with over-simplified baggage and misconceptions. Here are a few that have been on my mind – from gender identity to biological sex, transition, passing, and visibility.

America Heard: Transitions

in Transition

My friend Maureen Maloney asked to document my reaction to the 2016 election, as part of the America Heard film series…

Body & Gender Fragments

in Transition

I wasn’t born in the wrong body. I was born, a body. Without my body, I don’t exist.

Mothers, Fathers, Husbands, Wives

in Twined Fragments on Medium

Mother finds me at her wardrobe, in her pumps and pearls. What are you doing? Being a mommy. Are you, then? She clips on the earrings (they pinch!), reaches for her lipstick.

—Allison Washington

Shifting Nouns

in Twined Fragments on Medium

I’ve seen myself in the mirror. I find me… disorienting. What do they see that I don’t? Why aren’t they laughing at me?

—Miriam Suzanne

(Mis)Gender

in Transition

Reflections on the instictive act of gendering, how it can go terribly wrong, and what happens next.

Sex, Love, & Romance

in Twined Fragments on PS I Love You

I don’t have many guy friends, but my guitarist is one. Parting, I lean in for the cheek-kiss but he plants a good one right on my lips.

—Allison Washington