Thomas McBee

Journalist and Author

Thomas Page McBee’s Lambda award-winning memoir, Man Alive, was named a best book of 2014 by NPR Books, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, and Publisher's Weekly. His “refreshing [and] radical” (The Guardian) second book, Amateur, a reported memoir about learning how to box in order to understand masculinity’s tie to violence, was published in August to wide acclaim. Thomas was the first transgender man to box in Madison Square Garden, a “masculinity expert” for VICE, and the author of the columns “Self-Made Man” for the Rumpus and “The American Man” for Pacific Standard. His current column, "Amateur," is for Condé Nast's Them. A former senior editor at Quartz, his essays and reportage have appeared in the New York Times, Playboy, and Glamour. He is passionate about gender equality, LGBTQ rights, and the importance of diversity in media, and speaks and teaches about related topics all over the country. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife.


"Masculinity Contests" Destroy Work Cultures. Here's What to Do About It.

Award-winning author, acclaimed columnist, boxer, and LGBTQ rights advocate Thomas McBee discusses toxic masculinity in the workplace and how it affects culture.