Zinnia Jones

Author's details

Name: Zinnia Jones
Date registered: June 7, 2012
URL: http://www.freethoughtblogs.com/zinniajones/


Zinnia Jones is a writer and videoblogger, co-blogging with Heather McNamara and Lux Pickel. She's written extensively on the subjects of secularism, feminism, and being transgender. Since 2008, her videos have received over 8 million views, and her articles have been featured in Autostraddle, the Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, and The Fight magazine. Originally from Chicago, she's currently living in Florida with her fiancee Heather and their two children. You can reach her at [email protected], or on Twitter at @ZJemptv, and her YouTube channel is at www.zinniajones.com.

Latest posts

  1. Seeking trans participants for a project with photographer Martin Schoeller — July 10, 2014
  2. Why I’m representing Chelsea Manning at SF Pride — June 26, 2014
  3. “Why can’t Bailey Jay just have her feelings about RuPaul?” On the trans community and differences of opinion — May 25, 2014
  4. Atheist transphobia: Superstition over science — May 15, 2014
  5. The worst assimilation of all: How modern-day drag hurts trans women and achieves little or nothing of value — April 26, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Trans woman commits suicide after being bullied by the Daily Mail — 280 comments
  2. The day my entire body of work became unreadable: A Freethought Blogs story — 215 comments
  3. Transgender women in women’s restrooms: A purely imagined harm — 171 comments
  4. If you aren’t attracted to us, then stop being attracted to us — 170 comments
  5. Open Letter: 350+ Trans Women and Transfeminine People Stand Against Calpernia Addams and Andrea James — 164 comments

Author's posts listings

Oct 24 2013

Hormones and transition: What would you like to know?

I’ve been on hormone therapy of the “male-to-female” variety for about a year now, and I’ll soon be putting together an in-depth review of its effects during that time. This is still a pretty uncommon thing, and it’s been a really neat experience with a lot of unexpected changes, so I want to make this …

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Oct 04 2013

Timeline video: Five years of transitioning

Since I just hit the one-year mark, I figured I’d put together a retrospective of the entire lengthy process. Transitioning can take a while!

Sep 10 2013

“That was dysphoria?” 8 signs and symptoms of indirect gender dysphoria

I am not a doctor, and none of this should be taken as medical advice or as diagnostic of any medical condition. These are anecdotes sourced from my experiences and those of others. Gender dysphoria is widely described and experienced as distress due to discomfort with one’s assigned sex, and the desire to live as …

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Aug 31 2013

I don’t want to be “one of the good ones”


A long-awaited companion piece for Heina. If you’ve ever favorably contrasted me against other trans people or atheists or queer folks or anyone else like me, just because I’ve been quiet when they’ve been outspoken in the face of wrongdoing, or I was overly patient and indulgent of ignorance when they’ve been rightfully terse: fuck …

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Aug 26 2013

Behind the scenes at CNN: How the media fails on Chelsea Manning’s gender

by Heather McNamara & Lauren McNamara Lauren: Last Thursday, I appeared on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper to discuss the Chelsea Manning case. During the segment, we covered my personal history with Chelsea, as well as the question of access to transition-related healthcare for transgender people in prisons. Tapper repeatedly referred to Chelsea as …

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Aug 24 2013

Fighting for Chelsea, again

Access to transition-related healthcare for trans inmates, like Chelsea Manning, is an extremely pressing issue. I’m grateful that I was once again given the chance to draw attention to this injustice on CNN today:

Aug 22 2013

Fighting for Chelsea Manning

Today, Private Chelsea Manning came out, and I had the opportunity to inform viewers about the importance of treatment for transgender people. Despite the misgendering, I’m very glad I could let people know why this matters, and I intend to keep fighting for Chelsea.

Aug 18 2013

Why I’m having an orchiectomy

I recently decided to begin working towards obtaining a bilateral orchiectomy, one of the many surgeries available to transgender women. This refers to the permanent removal of both testes, while leaving the penis intact. It’s also known as an orchi (rhymes with “Yorkie”), castration, or in animals, neutering. In short, it’s the polite term for …

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Aug 15 2013

10 rules for managing your penis when you’re trans

After reading Suzanne Moore’s only-half-serious advice on owning a penis, and fellow FTBer Ally Fogg’s insights on the relationship between men’s penises and society, I had an odd feeling that something was left out. Sure, their musings on the “male organ” were entertaining, but still somewhat limited in one important respect: they focused solely on …

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Aug 06 2013

Why I keep records of my transition

I keep a personal Tumblr for notes on my daily experiences while transitioning, as well as timeline photos documenting my physical development. Recently, an anonymous reader asked why I would keep such a history. This is my reply. Anonymous asked: Wouldn’t most trans people not want to keep records of their transition? I mean, isn’t that …

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