We lost a great trans brother and educator last year when Matt Kailey suddenly passed away in his sleep of heart failure. I looked forward to his weekly “Ask Matt” emails in my inbox and even wrote in one time myself to get his opinion on a question I had. I could always rely on Matt for an honest, sometimes witty and completely fair opinion on matters of importance to my heart. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that Matt’s voice is sorely missed. His book Just Add Hormones was one of the first transgender books I read and the only one I re-read a few years later. I began blogging because of Matt. I came to WordPress because this is the site Matt used. I figured if it was good enough for him it was good enough for me. I wasn’t wrong in that assessment.
If you don’t know who Matt Kailey was you can learn more about him here. His obituary can be found here. And if you’d like to check out his vast amount of blog entries that discuss everything you can imagine about being trans* here is his website. I highly recommend checking it out.
I worry about what will happen to his website now that he’s no longer here to monitor it. I’m pretty sure it’s one of those premium accounts you have to pay money to have and I wonder if anyone has the ability to get into the account and update it. My fear is that one day it will be taken down because no one paid the subscription fee. I’m hoping I’m wrong about this. Either way, I’ve decided that every Thursday I will post a selection from his site on my blog to share with my followers.
So, without further delay, here is my first Matt Kailey excerpt: It’s Time to Lose ‘I Didn’t Choose’ (to be Transgender)