Andrea James


Exclusive: Using data to track transphobia in media

andrea james and the transphobia project
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Ina Fried
June 17, 2019

Rather than react one story at a time to negative media coverage of the transgender community, producer, activist and writer Andrea James wants to map out the bias, in hopes of eventually eliminating it.

What’s new: For the past year, James has been working on a data visualization project tracing connecting threads and shared sources in biased coverage. On Monday, James is going public with the effort, called The Transphobia Project, and launching a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of being able to fully fund the effort.

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World Premiere: The More Things Change

Please join me at the World Premiere of The More Things Change!

Written & Directed by Debra F. Simone


  • Michelle Hendley
  • Lisa Ann Walter
  • Travis Nicholson
  • Candace Carrizales
  • Sandra Valls
  • Luis Victor Jimenez

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Join me at RuPaul’s DragCon LA 2019

I’m scheduled to attend RuPaul’s DragCon LA 2019 May 24-26. Say hi when you see me! Kids attend free. Tickets:

I’m also moderating a panel on Sunday at noon.

She’s Got More to Say: Queens Who Left Too Soon

Sunday May 26, 2019 | 12:00 PM | NERVE Room
Los Angeles Convention Center | 1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

A hot panel of RuPaul’s Drag Race Queens who were the first to go but certainly not done yet. Join these Queens as they talk about their early elimination and life after the show.

Andrea James – Moderator

Andrea James is a filmmaker and activist who has collaborated with World of Wonder on a number of transgender-themed projects, including dating competition show Transamerican Love Story, reality series Transcendent, and NatGeo’s Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric. She directed the comedy special Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy for Showtime and currently has three upcoming projects: a one-man show starring Scott Turner Schofield, a trans-themed documentary airing in 2020, and a talk show starring drag legend Miss Coco Peru.

Laila McQueen – Panelist

Laila McQueen is the stage name of Tyler Devlin, a drag performer from Gloucester, Massachusetts. She is one of 12 contestants to compete on the eighth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Honey Davenport – Panelist

Honey Davenport is the stage name of James Heath-Clark, an American drag performer, singer and activist best known as a fixture of the New York City nightlife scene and as a contestant on season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Davenport began her career with a four-year stint as a backup dancer for New York City-based drag artist Peppermint. Davenport is releasing singles off her EP Raw and Unfiltered throughout the spring of 2019. She previously fronted a band, ELECTROHONEY, and a dance group, The Hunties. In 2018, Davenport was crowned Miss Paradise in Asbury Park, New Jersey. As of March 2019, she had won a total of 18 pageants.

Tempest DuJour – Panelist

The Delicate Flower of the Desert, Tempest Dujour took Season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race by storm with her larger than life persona and campy style. A professor at the University of Arizona by day, Tempest is the oldest and tallest contestant to ever appear on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Tempest is the hostess of the wildly popular Retro Game Show Night and Honeybaked Glam shows in her home state of Arizona and can be seen internationally performing and hosting in a variety of venues. When not performing she can be found back at Maison DuJour tending her flock of show chickens with her husband and two children.

Cited in paper on “paraphilia”

Thanks to Stephanie Hsu of Pace University for citing my work in a criticism of the DSM-V that appeared in the Journal of Medical Humanities!

“’Autogynephilia’ is a sex-fueled mental illness made up by Ray Blanchard,” trans activist Andrea James has declared (2004), but Blanchard’s own best defense has been that “the study of autogynephilia is, more than anything else, the study of what people say about their experiences (2005).

Hsu, Stephanie (2019). Fanon and the New Paraphilias: Towards a Trans of Color Critique of the DSM-V. Journal of Medical Humanities. March 2019, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 53–68. DOI: 10.1007/s10912-018-9531-3

Blanchard R (2005). Early History of the Concept of Autogynephilia Archives of Sexual Behavior, Vol. 34, No. 4, August 2005, pp. 439–446  DOI: 10.1007/s10508-005-4343-8

Buy Letters for My Sisters, get a second book free

Through March 15, 2019:

1. Purchase one book on our website:

2. Then at checkout in the “Note” section, write “Free Trans Book and [the title of the book you’d like for free]” to secure your deal! 

LGBT History Month: Fifteen essential reads on queer history

To My Trans Sisters

Edited by Charlie Craggs (Buy from Waterstones or Amazon)

Activist Charlie Craggs brings together a collection of heartfelt letters from celebrated trans women, including Andrea James, Isis King, Laura Jane Grace, and Emily Brothers, addressed to those who are transitioning.

‘Living Things’ now available on Amazon Prime Video

‘Living Things’ is now free to watch as part of an Amazon Prime subscription.

Rhona, a yoga instructor committed to a vegan lifestyle, must entertain Leo, her red meat-loving, blue collar father-in-law, as she waits for her husband to join them for dinner. When Leo attempts to apologize for a past insult, he instead opens up a debate that challenges her belief system. Their conversation quickly escalates into a heated argument that scrutinizes animal cruelty, climate change, health, morality, and spirituality. Endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and reminiscent of the classic film My Dinner With Andre, Living Things presents a compelling dialogue about humanity and the benefits of a healthier, environmentally-conscious lifestyle.

Transition Reviews site launches

My friend Danielle envisioned a place where trans people could share anonymous verified reviews of their experiences receiving trans-related healthcare and other services. I’m pleased to announce that her dream is now reality!

Independent platform

On this trans* review platform, everyone who has ever had a treatment in the context of their transition can leave a review about the treatment and about the person who carried it out. The goal is to create a virtual library of specialists in hormone treatment, surgery, voice therapy, mental health care, … you name it! This way you will be able to find the practitioner that will best meet your needs for any treatment in any chosen region, within the transgender community.

How does this website distinguish itself from other (review) platforms?

  1. First of all: real verified reviews. We guarantee all of the reviews you read are real, and that the people who wrote them are real. No fake accounts, no fake reviews!
    • How is that possible? Through a two-step verification process.
    • What does that mean? We ask you to send us proof of identity and proof of treatment. After validation of the review, this information will be permanently deleted.
  2. Secondly, you can only write one review per practitioner. So your review will contain all of the procedures you had with that practitioner. This way we want to avoid people writing multiple reviews to give a practitioner a better or a worse outcome. Let’s keep it fair: one vote per person!
  3. Thirdly, your review will always appear as anonymous. You have to provide your name when writing the review for verification purposes, but it will never become available to anyone.
  4. And last, but perhaps most importantly so: This is a safe space. No comments are allowed, there is no room for discussion, nor for criticising each other. We want you to feel free to share your experience.

Support the crowdfunding campaign for “Limerence”

Please join me in supporting Limerence, a lovely new project by some of my Atlanta collaborators on Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps!

Park Englehart, an imaginative 10 year old with a heroic vision of herself, is in love with Nia, her best friends older sister.  Park takes a leap and writes Nia a sentimental love note, unfortunately the school bully, TJ, also has a love note for Nia.

When Nia receives the two very different notes at school her world falls apart and Park’s attempt at love ends in devistation and Park is called to the principal’s office.  Her actions are met with with rejection from Nia, the kids at school and her mother.

Faced with the realization of gender norms and her mom’s disappointment, Park is ashamed  and sinks into a deep depression.

Seemingly alone, Park is visited by a vision of her older self in the form of a mysterious motorcyclist and has to decide if she will remain true to herself or crumble under her broken heart.

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