Matt Kailey

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Matt Kailey
Born (1955-03-17)March 17, 1955
Died May 18, 2014(2014-05-18) (aged 59)
Occupation Writer
Language English
Nationality American
Subject LGBT
Notable works "Just Add Hormones"

Matthew Scott Kailey (March 17, 1955 – May 18, 2014) was a trans male author, educator, and transgender activist.


Kailey was born in 1955 in Omaha, Nebraska to Shirley and George “Rod” Kailey. He earned a BA in Sociology and Psychology at Iowa State University and an MA in Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He later moved to Colorado and began a career as a social caseworker.[1]

Kailey began his female-to-male transition at the age of 42, transitioning from a straight woman to a gay trans man.[2] After leaving social work, he became a writer for Out Front Colorado, one of the country's oldest LGBT publications. In 2007 he became its managing editor, making Kailey the highest-ranking trans journalist of an LGBT publication.[1]

Kailey documented his gender transition in his books Just Add Hormones: An Insider’s Guide to the Transsexual Experience (2005) and Teeny Weenies and Other Short Subjects (2012). He wrote a guidebook, My Child is Transgender: 10 Tips for Parents of Adult Trans Children. He wrote an award-winning blog, Tranifesto, spoke at numerous conferences, and offered workplace training on transgender issues. He also taught courses in psychology, human sexuality, and transgender studies at Red Rocks Community College and Metropolitan State University of Denver.[2]

Kailey died in his sleep of heart failure on May 18, 2014.[2]



  1. ^ a b "Matthew Scott Kailey Obituary". Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  2. ^ a b c Anderson-Minshall, Jacob (2014-05-21). "Op-ed: Remembering Pioneering Trans Writer, Activist, Matt Kailey". The Advocate. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 

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