Incomplete Directory of Work by Ms. Katelyn Burns

A very tired but productive trans woman’s love and hard work

Katelyn Burns
3 min readMay 6, 2016
That’s me!

So I’ve decided to make a complete listing of everything that I’ve released publicly so far. I’ve found it harder and harder to find my own links and this will be a great way for me to link people to my work as well as quickly find my own articles when I need them.

An Open Letter to Gov. Greg Abbott — 4/30/16 — Medium

In which I write a letter to the governor of the second most populous state in the US with a conservative case against bathroom bills.

Radio Interview

4/27/16–1 Mic With Big Mike

I was on 1 Mic with Big Mike to talk trans stuff and sports. I was nervous but it was fun. In case anyone was curious what my voice sound’s like, click the link.

England Has Already Lost — 4/15/16 — Unusual Efforts

My debut article for Unusual Efforts, a soccer publication that is owned, written, edited, and drawn by women, trans or cis and non-binary people. Here I skewer the English over their soccer hypocrisy.

Coming Out to My Mom Twice Nearly Killed Me, Saved My Life — 3/29/16 — Harlot Media

Trigger Warning: Suicide Discussion Here I explore my complicated history with mental health professionals, as well as my coming out to my mom twice 17 years apart.

Hate and Basketball — Why Michael Jordan Needs to Step Up — 3/25/16 — The Cauldron by Sports Illustrated

My piece for The Cauldron by Sports Illustrated on North Carolina’s HB2 bathroom bill and my childhood hero’s disappointing silence.

Secrets — 3/10/16 — The Laughing Lesbian

Originally appearing on Medium, the ladies over at The Laughing Lesbian were kind enough to republish it. I wrote this for my wife. It made me cry to write, it made her cry to read.

Hi, I Am a Woman — 3/8/16 — Medium

Written for International Women’s Day, in which I explore how it is that I know that I am a woman.

Fatness Makes the Joke Funnier — 2/28/16 —

Written for my friend Kiva Bay as part of her #BigBodyPosi series, in which I explore the harmful tropes of trans people and fat trans people in film and television.

We Are Aggressive Porcupines — 2/19/16 — Medium

Maybe my favorite piece that I’ve ever written. I discuss the every day reality of trans people and why we always seem so prickly as a group.

Brothering While Trans — 1/30/16 — Medium

Written to work through my feelings about my relationship with my brother before I came out to him, which I didn’t do for another 3 months. My family that has read it say that they were very moved by it.

Being Trans and the Importance of Online Spaces — 1/30/16 — Medium

I wouldn’t have survived as long as I have without the internet. Here’s my ode to all the online friends I’ve made over the years.

Being Trans in the Paradox of Sports — 1/23/16 — The Cauldron by Sports Illustrated

My most read story to date. In this piece, I explore my childhood obsession with sports, my internalized misogyny at that young age and the seemingly impossible dream of becoming the girl I knew myself to be. Also sports.

My Intersection with Being Trans and Fatphobia — 1/23/16 — Gender 2.0

The piece that launched it all. I wrote the draft for this and then sat on it for 2 weeks thinking it was terrible. I sent it to a friend who I think forgot about it for awhile. When I finally built up the courage to self publish it, it kind of took off. The response I received from it told me that maybe I wasn’t half bad at this writing thing.

I hope you all enjoy reading my work! Feedback is always welcome, I will keep this space updated as new work is published. Leave comments down below or email me katelynburnswrites at gmail.



Katelyn Burns

Political journalist. The first openly trans Capitol Hill reporter in US history. Writing about more than just trans issues. Follow her on Twitter @transscribe