If you don't already know, The Stranger's 2014 Queer Issue is devoted entirely to transgender issues, and features words from and writings by major national trans figures. But it also features Q&As with some amazing local trans artists and activists, both of whom I was very happy to interrogate.
If you could change one thing about cisgender society, what would it be?
I can't even pick one thing. It's so boring. Are you a boy or a girl? How fucking boring is that? Creativity and difference are the enemies of the power structures that currently exist. Tolerance is not enough. It's not a word that conveys respect. So many communities have fought to change the tone from tolerance to respect. That's an enormous challenge.
Meanwhile, Mac S. McGregor is a member of the Seattle LGBT Commission; an educator and activist on gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ issues; and one of the highest-ranking martial artists in the world, and you can read my short Q&A with him here. Sample question:
If you could change one thing about the trans community, what would it be?
To be more compassionate to the cisgender community, because we've all been brainwashed by churches, schools, society. Everyone is walking around trying to figure it out, and it takes some work. I don't think people are generally trying to offend us—many people are just uneducated. If we're operating on the perception that everyone's out to get us, that's what we're going to find.