Transgender writer Ellie Krug talks #CallMeCaitlyn on C&B!
Bradley Traynor

Transgender writer Ellie Krug talks #CallMeCaitlyn on C&B!

Ellie Krug, a transgender writer, lawyer and friend of Colleen & Bradley joins the show Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. to discuss the Caitlyn Jenner. Ellie joined #TeamCoBra in April for a roundtable discussion about Caitlyn Jenner’s transition.

Her visit Wednesday will focus on reactions to Caitlyn’s Vanity Fair cover, upcoming series, and their impact on our popular culture.

The interview will be available as a podcast following the broadcast.

Listed below is a reading list Ellie recommends for people wanting to delver further into the topics discussed.

Transgender-Related Reading List Courtesy of Ellie Krug

Frantz, Ashley. “A Transgender Teen’s Suicide, a Mother’s Anguish.” CNN U.S., December 31, 2014. . Report on the suicide of 17 year old Leelah Alcorn, who experienced hopelessness when rejected by her parents due to their religious convictions.

Related: my blog post, “An Open Letter to Every Leelah Alcorn in the World.”  December 31, 2014.

Stop Gendering Children Blog:

Klosterman, Chuck. “The Ethicist: ‘Should I Become a Woman and Risk Causing Pain to My Wife and Children?’” The New York Times Magazine, February 1, 2013. ( Ethics opinion that erroneously suggests gender identity is a choice.

Rubin-Erdly, Sabrina. “About a Girl.” Rolling Stone, November 7, 2013. Centers on a male to female adolescent who forced a Colorado school district to provide female bathroom access.

Hannan, Caleb. “Dr. V’s Magical Putter.”, January 15, 2014.  A sports writer “outs” a transgender inventor of a revolutionary golf putter, resulting in catastrophic  consequences.

Related story: Kahrl, Christina. “What Grantland Got Wrong: Understanding the Serious Errors in ‘Dr. V’s Magical Putter.’”, January 20, 2014.



Gender Resources

WuDunn, Sheryl, and Kristof. Nicholas, Half the Sky. New York: Vintage, 2010. A groundbreaking book about the second class status of women in much of the world; chronicles brave women and girls facing death, disfigurement, and poverty simply because of their status as female.

Wallace, Kelly. “What changes with women in the boardroom?” CNN Living, October 23, 2013. ( )

Feldhahn, Shaunti. “Cracking the Male Code of Office Behavior.” The New York Times, February 5, 2011. (

CNN Living, “Woman Experiencing New York Street Harassment,” October 30, 2014. ( )

Ravitz, Jessica, “Women in the world: Where the U.S. falters in quest for equality.” CNN, April 16, 2015. ( )

Human Connections

Brown, Brene. “The Power of Vulnerability.” TED Talk, June 2010. . The platinum standard relative to human-to-human connections.

Boyle, Christina. “’Full Circle’: Man finds stranger who saved him from suicide 6 years ago.” Today News, January 31, 2014.

Darnell Barton, City of Buffalo bus driver who saves a woman contemplating suicide.  A must-see video of a human reaching out to another human while risking job and all the unknowns relative to how a person intent on suicide might react.  A stellar example of “Gray Area Thinking.”

DeSteno, David. “The Morality of Meditation.” The New York Times, July 5, 2013. ( Discusses a study that shows meditation makes us more compassionate toward others.

Fessler, Pam. “Study Reveals the Geography of Charitable Giving.” National Public Radio, August 20, 2012. ( Documents how those living in low-income neighborhoods are more likely to give a greater percentage of their income to charities; it’s because they see humans suffering firsthand.

Krulwich, Robert, and Abumrad, Jad. “Willpower and the ‘Slacker’ Brain.” National Public Radio, January 26, 2010. ( Chronicles a study that found people under stress are more likely to choose sweets over fruits. Implication: we are less likely to think rationally—and kindly—when under stress.

Martino, Joe. “The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying.” Collective Evolution, as reprinted in the Huffington Post, August 3, 2013.  A must read for any human.

Legal Community

Babcock, Emily and Krug, Ellen. “Mid-Course Correction: A Transgender Trial Lawyer Shares Her Journey.” LGBT Litigator, American Bar Association, November 7, 2013.

Outfront Minnesota and Krug, Ellen. “Breaking New Ground: A Study of Transgender People Interacting with the Minnesota Court System.” August 2013. Located on the Outfront Minnesota website under “Library” and then the “Legal” dropdown button. See pages A1-A6 for anecdotal comments from study participants; proof that words and personal stories are far more powerful than statistics.

“LGBT People and the Prison Rape Elimination Act.” July 2012. National Center for Transgender Equality.

Smith, Brenda V, and Brisban, Lorie. “PREA Standards and Policy Development Guidelines for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Inmates.” December 18, 2012 webinar, sponsored by the National PREA Resource Center.

Krug, Ellen J. “We Hear You Knocking: An Essay on Welcoming ‘Trans’ Lawyers.” Law Review, William Mitchell College of Law, January 2015.


World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care:


American Civil Liberties Union. “Know Your Rights! A Guide for LGBT High School Students.” November 14, 2014.

American Civil Liberties Union. “I’m a Boy, so Why Won’t My School Allow Me to Use the Boys’ Bathroom?” December 22, 2014. : . A nice description of the stigmatization that young trans people often experience.

McGuire, Kim. “New School Bathrooms Seek to Ensure that All Genders Feel Safe and Welcome.” Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 25, 2014. Description of how Blake School plans to open “All Genders Welcome” restrooms. This likely isn’t optimal from a trans student’s perspective.

Transgender Resources (National and MN-based)

Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ youth (with an emphasis on trans youth): The Trevor Project ( );  Trevor Lifeline 866-488-7386.

Human Rights Campaign suggested policies for transgender inclusion in the workplace: .

Transforming Families—a suburban Twin Cities peer-led monthly support group for trans and gender-questioning youth and their families. . (612) 321-8416.

Transparenthood: a Minnesota blog-based support group for parents of trans children. (612) 518-2238.

Couples in Transition. Peer-based, suburban Twin Cities support group for couples where one partner is transgender: .

OutFront Minnesota: MN’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group with a comprehensive list of trans-related resources: .

Southeast Minnesota Transgender Support Group (SEMT): a peer-based transgender support group that meets biweekly in Rochester. .

Bridge for Youth “So What if I Am?” Weekly support group for LGBTQ youth and frequent parent support meetings. Based in Minneapolis: . 24 hr. crisis number for youth or parents:  (612) 377-8800.

RECLAIM. In Minneapolis; provides mental health support for “queer” and transgender youth: . (612) 235-6743.


A menu of Ellie Krug’s columns can be accessed at; type in “Ellen Krug” in the search box.

Ellen (Ellie) Krug


Columnist, Lavender Magazine, and Author, Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change (Stepladder Press 2013). Please follow Ellie Krug on Twitter (@elliekrug) and  “friend” on Facebook (“Ellen Krug”).




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