Austen Crowder

Austen Crowder

At a Glance:

Austen Crowder has been a Project Contributor since March 2009, has written 106 entries and currently lives in Chicago, IL.


Austen is an eccentric tomboy, queer woman, trans, and a lover of fine video games. She volunteers with LGBTQ youth organizations as a mentor and teacher and writes novels on the side.

Austen Lives in Chicago.

Austen Crowder: Recently Filed


Silver Linings: Trans Youth Accommodated Despite Politics & IFI

Filed by Austen Crowder | December 19, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

We can't always beat groups like the Illinois/Indiana Family Institute or MassResistance, who have deep pockets, deep connections, and a lot of pent-up anger. Yet at the same time schools have a far, far bigger problem than a tussle with quasi-religious nutjobs.Read More


A New Writer on

Filed by Austen Crowder | May 11, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

I want to tell you a story about boys, girls, and macho bros raging at fighting game tournaments.Read More


The Trans Mafia Revisited: Hospitality & Messaging

Filed by Austen Crowder | February 29, 2012 | 7:00 PM | comments

My old Trans Mafia post has become hot reading material as of late. Since it is looking to become a thing in future conversations on this issue I figure I should follow-up on the first post.Read More


Indiana Moves Forward on Banning Gay License Plate

Filed by Austen Crowder | February 23, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

Welcome to the flyover states, boys and girls; while the rest of the nation celebrates victory we deal with folks who will scorch earth if it means keeping those uppity queers from getting any table scraps!Read More


Battling Activist Burnout in the Trans Community

Filed by Austen Crowder | November 15, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

How can the community can offset the "two years and out" burnout that seems to come along with trans activism? I think our best bet is in recognizing that the trans and LGB community follow two completely different structures.Read More