Politics and Opinion

Erasing Trans

ABC7 News came out with a story entitled Mom Issues Warning After $5 Online Purchase Kills Son. It describes the dangers of the pong pong seed, the mother’s anguish over the self-inflicted death of her son and her determination to raise awareness about this poison from the so-called Suicide tree.

The article quotes the woman as saying that her child was transgender and struggling with the desire to live life as a woman, recently changing his name to Lucia, and that she wasn’t aware of any depression or suicidal thoughts, though he was bullied for many years in school. 

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Why Don’t People Accept Our Womanhood?

I read an article today written a few years ago by Parker Molloy for bustle.com. Here’s the link: http://www.bustle.com/articles/7727-im-a-transgender-woman-and-this-is-what-its-like It provides a nice refutation of a catalog of arguments that people use to deny trans women’s womanhood.

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Vanity Fair Cover Call Me Janie

MyVanityFairCover

Vanity Fair Cover Call Me Janie

Call Me Janie

Interesting thing this MyVanityFairCover (‪#‎MyVanityFairCover) movement.

By making Vanity Fair covers of their own, some transwomen are protesting the cis-normative, white-privileged image they say Caitlyn Jenner is perpetuating of what trans women are. Funny though that almost every MyVanityFairCover I have seen is of a cis-normative white trans woman.

Of course we trans women come in all shapes, sizes, races and colors, but having a household name come out as trans is the biggest gift we could ever have had. It normalizes us; it allows millions of people who have never known what a trans person was to intersect with us. Instead of characterising the Vanity Fair portrayal as restrictive and incomplete, let’s just revel in Caitlyn’s courage and be thankful for the generous attention paid to her.

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An Open Letter to Supporters of Religious Freedom/Anti-LGBT Laws

I understand that transgender or homosexual people may seem to you to be odd, or unnatural, or off-putting, or even a wrong choice. Many of you may have even made your determination without ever having met one of us or carefully researching the facts. I understand that the way we lead our lives may conflict with the way your religion instructs you to lead yours.

As much as we wish you didn’t feel that way about us (and would like to work to foster a better understanding of one another), rest assured that we have no desire to interfere with your beliefs or the exercise of your religion. We This business serves everyone without discriminationjust want to live our lives in peace and with dignity, much in the same way as you do. The greatest thing about our society is the way people of different backgrounds, races, colors, beliefs and opinions can live together in harmony. It makes all of us richer, happier and stronger.

Look around the world at the places where people try to impose their beliefs on everyone else.

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example of why the florida bathroom law makes no sense

Frank Artiles’ Florida Bathroom Law

Frank Artiles has introduced a bill in the Florida legislature that purports to “secure privacy and safety for all individuals using single-sex public facilities” such as restrooms, locker rooms, and fitting rooms. requiring people to use only facilities that match their assigned sex at birth. This Florida bathroom law means even post-operative trans people — those who have undergone full sex change operations — would be forced to use facilities that aren’t in accordance with their gender identities. The bill also provides for civil action against operators of public accommodations who follow trans-inclusive policies. The legislation would override local non-discrimination ordinances extending public accommodations protections to transgender people.

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i'm not kellie maloney

Kellie Maloney Has Always Been Female But I Have Not

Kellie Maloney has been in the news lately – at least the British news. Formerly a boxing promoter named Frank Maloney, she has come out in her sixties as a woman. There has been little in the form of any backlash – which is great, and yet, The Independent took time out to deliver a little lecture on the use of language.

The article appears here: Kellie Maloney has always been female.

There’s a false idea out there that “men” just wake up one day and “decide” to become women. It’s not really like that, to be honest. I find it really bizarre when people preface questions with: “When you were a man” or ask me what it was like when I “was a bloke”. For a start I transitioned in my teens, so we’re hardly talking bloke territory, but honestly, I couldn’t tell you what it felt like when I “was a man” as I’ve never been one, inside.

I get it. However…

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reference material

Reference Material

Today has been a day of reading for me, as I have stumbled on some interesting articles. I want to post links to them here as reference material for myself and others looking for information on being transgender.

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trans march family

World Pride Trans March

The Trans March is a political event; it is a party; it is a chance to get out; it is an opportunity to re-connect with friends. And, it is a vehicle for teaching the world about who we are, how many of us there are and putting a face to what it means to be trans.

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six-some at World Pride 2014

World Pride 2014

Yesterday was the Trans March at World Pride 2014.

Looking around amid the throngs of people, it was amazing to see how our little straggly march of 3 years ago has morphed into quite a large event. We have gained acceptance from the main Pride event organizers and from the city, and now march on the same route as everyone else instead of being relegated, as we were, to marching through the gay village.

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talking back limo ride for Janie and Cici

Talking Back

My good friend Cici Kytten – as thoughtful and kind a soul as you are ever likely to meet – recently released a blog post about talking back against the backlash, or more simply answering our haters. She put me in mind to write a complementary post myself on the subject. But first, I invite you to go over to her site and read her wonderful writing, and you can do so simply by clicking here.

I think the most profound point she makes is that people who tend to oppose our rights – y’know, to exist and such – are people who haven’t a clue who we are. Say what you will about trans people, we are, if nothing else, a group of some of the most fascinating, fun and friendly people on the planet. Hanging out with us for a few hours will prove as much. But, haters prefer the comfort of their own ignorance and assumptions. When you think about it, a human being who decides on a course of action and personal philosophy that is calculated to deprive others of the lives they desire, and sometimes of their lives altogether, must be pretty callous and unfeeling. I mean, at least know the people you are throwing under the bus before you go ahead. You may just change your mind.

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