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Owldolatrous Press: Nezu's New "Job"



I've been devoting my time for the last several months to a new project: I'm Managing Editor and a contributing author at Owldolatrous Press, an LGBTQI-positive webzine. As editor I'm doing a lot of management and behind the scenes work, as well as copy-editing and some graphic design. And as a contributor, I'm writing, mostly from a trans* perspective.

Here are my articles to date, I'd be honored if you read them, and I'd love to hear your thoughts and responses. Feel free to leave me feedback here or on the Owldolatrous site if you are so moved.

Transgender Narratives: Why We Lie
The media myth is that all transgender people share a common story, but the truth is much more complex and rich. Some of us didn't know from birth, but the pressure to pretend we did is immense.

Tranarchy in Pacifica
Graffiti in a sleepy seaside town seems to indicate there's more to Pacifica than meets the eye.

Wait, I’m Back in the Closet? Coming Out Transgender
By the time Zach started coming out as transgender, he'd been out as queer for so long he'd forgotten how scary the process was. He found the stakes were even higher this time, as he came out again to family, friends, and co-workers, and to a whole new set of people. This time he wasn't just asking them to accept his queerness, he was asking them to change what they called him and how they interacted with him: to think of him in an entirely new way.

Taking on a Full Grown Bully
"If you want to live in a world where bullying doesn’t happen, it is your business to try to make it stop." Zach’s long-held resolve never to stand idly by when someone is being bullied was tested when he and a friend intervened in a street altercation and found themselves the bullies’ new targets.

Nonpliments: How Not to Give a Trans* Person a Compliment
When is a compliment not a compliment? When it's a nonpliment. Editor Zach McCallum dissects that unfortunate old standard, "You pass so well," gives several examples of the nonpliment in disguise from his own experience, and offers a much better alternative. The most important thing to remember is that a true compliment never needs a qualifier. Here’s my favorite: “You look great!”

What's Wrong With Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20 is a day set aside to honor and remember transgender victims of hate crimes. The statistics are appalling, but what does it say about trans* people that the only day we have on the calendar as our own is a day of grief? Zach McCallum looks forward to a day when we celebrate our trans* siblings lives rather than mourn their deaths.


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