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Cristan Williams, October 2013

“Ehipassiko” is a Pali term which roughly translates into “test it out for yourself; don’t accept things on faith alone.” It’s a skeptic’s motto taught by the Buddha more than 2500 years ago. Voted favorite queer blogger (2011, 2012 & 2013), Ehipassiko is a collection of my own commentary and does not represent the views of any group/organization with which I am affiliated. My polemic commentary usually revolves around debunking fallacious narratives which are asserted to be fact and affect the lives of the people I care about.

My Obligatory Bio:

Cristan Williams is a trans historian and pioneer in addressing the practical needs of the transgender community. She started the first trans homeless shelter and co-founded the first federally funded trans-only homeless program, pioneered affordable health care for trans people in the Houston area, won the right for trans people to change their gender on Texas ID prior to surgery, started numerous trans social service programs and founded the Transgender Center as well as the Transgender Archives. Cristan is the editor at the social justice sites and, is a long-term member and previous chair of the City of Houston HIV Prevention Planning Group, is the jurisdictional representative to the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS), serves on the national steering body for UCHAPS and is the Executive Director of the Transgender Foundation of America.

About TransHisoty:

TransHistory has been an interest of mine for some time. I started the Trans Archives in Houston and recently rewrote some trans history with the discovery of significant usage of the term “transgender” throughout the 1970s and, with the help of Dr. Rawson, discovered the earliest known usage of the term.

Dr. Milton Diamond referred to my historical research as being “…extremely valuable not only to me but to the many researchers who strive for accuracy.  Your work has certainly opened my eyes and corrected for me many misconceptions…” and trans activist and author, Kate Bornstein called my research a “must read” for those in gender studies. Both Dallas Denny and Susan Stryker claim to be fans of my research and Jamison Green called it “brilliant.”

For more on my personal blog posts concerning TransHistory, click here. Check out my two other TransHistory sites:


Cristan’s Research Site

TransHistory Timeline 

90.1 KPFT radio interview about trans terminology:




Changing Names



A mock right-wing radio interview about curing trans folk:

Here’s a second, (full-length) mock right wing anti-trans radio show on youtube.


Historical Exploration

One of my hobbies is exploring historical areas – especially if that historical area has been forgotten. I’ve researched, explored and documented so-called haunted houses, pirate strongholds, snake-oil “medicinal” springs, forgotten and abused mass graves and more. Here’s a few of my explorations:


Awards & Citations

  • Trans 100, 2014
  • OutSmart Magazine’s Favorite Blogger 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Dee McKellar Merit Award, 2011
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009
  • Jenny Jones Hero, 2009
  • Diversity Award, 2008
  • Apogee Award, 2002
  • People’s Choice Award, 2001

Speaking & Presentations

  • 2015: University of Michigan
  • 2014: Contemporary Relationships Conference
  • 2013: Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals Conference
  • 2012: AIDS Update Conference
  • 2011, 2012, 2013: University of Houston
  • 2001, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013: Galveston College
  • 2009: Lone Star College
  • 2008, 2009, 2010: University of Houston, Clear Lake
  • 2007: City of Houston
  • 2006: United States Conference on AIDS
  • 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015: Texas Women’s University
  • 1999: University of Texas, Medical Branch
  • 1998, 2009: Texas A&M University, Galveston



Another one of my hobbies is painting. The common theme to my painting is consciousness (sanditthiko, bundle theory, dualism, etc.)

Proud Member…

One thought on “About”

  1. Cristen, we are not acquainted and I am only learning about you now… while it’s come to my attention that you apparently know of me. I’d like to have a dialogue with you at your convenience, either by phone or on a private social media connection of your choosing. I feel it’s important we speak. I hope you’ll agree!

    I am also writing to express my complete support for your site’s Open Letter and to congratulate you on your inclusion in this year’s Trans100.

    Looking forward to e-meeting you,
    Dawn Ennis

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