Ellen Krug Posts

Skirting The Issues: Remembering

The first time I ever met someone with a “positive” HIV status was in the early 2000s. His name was Doug; he was middle-aged, well-read, and introverted. He told me midway through lunch at a […]

Skirting The Issues: A Tough Crowd

Last year, training on human inclusivity across North America put me in front of more than 10,000 people. In November, I encountered what was by far my biggest challenge of the entire year: law enforcement […]

Skirting The Issues: Hope

“Can I talk to you, Ellie?” The words came at me outside a San Francisco hotel ballroom minutes after my presentation. I had been fumbling with my computer getting ready to call Uber for a […]

Skirting the Issues: Loss

A couple months ago, I was contacted by a researcher who asked whether the ways I celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas have changed since I came out as transgender. My reply was yes, there’s been a […]

Skirting the Issues: Erasure

Have you heard about the referendum in Massachusetts to strip people of color of the right to use public accommodations without fearing discrimination—places such as restaurants, libraries, hotels, malls, public transportation services, and bathrooms and […]

Skirting The Issues: Attention To Detail

The woman behind the front desk at the gastroenterologist office seemed friendly enough. I had detected an east coast accent; “Let me guess, New York?” I said. “Close,” she answered. “Connecticut.” As I fished for […]

Skirting the Issues: Magic Number

Warning: you’ll probably want to file this under “TMI.” I’m going to talk about sex, or more precisely, my lack of it. Woe is me. Several years ago, I met a vibrant young woman—I’ll call […]

Skirting The Issues: Road Trip

“Tell me another story.” I looked over to the passenger seat at my 26-year-old daughter, Meredyth, and smiled. I had just shared a story about life when I was my former self, presenting as man. […]

Skirting The Issues: Canary In A Coal Mine

A couple months ago, I spoke at a national conference for government clerks and finance officers in a mid-Atlantic coastal city. My topic was Gray Area Thinking®, a training on human inclusivity and on how […]

Skirting The Issues: Three Years

Hello. I’m Ellie and I’m an alcoholic. If I make it to June 28 (a few days after this year’s Pride Weekend) without taking a drink, I will have been sober for three years. In […]

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