Find out more about Transgender Day of Remembrance at www.transgenderdor.org
See the list of people who died because of anti-transgender violence in 2012.
At the WNBA’s rookie orientation, Griner says she declined to participate in a session about makeup application and how to dress. “I don’t need that shit,” she says without rancor, adding that the only lecture she appreciated was one on 401(k)s. (Yes, new WNBA players are taught how to apply makeup while NBA rookies learn to beware of gold-digger groupies who might prick tiny holes in condoms.)
“Reading what people say makes me want to be me even more,” she told ESPN magazine’s Kate Fagan.
We’ve come a long way from, “if I wanted people to know what I do with my vagina, I would have released a sex video a long time ago.”
"…the rate at which celebrities have been coming out over the past two years is unprecedented and honestly quite thrilling…”
I used to know all the trans* mawrters. Now there are too many to keep track of. This is not a bad thing.
[squawks] forreal tho every time i ask, more and more people are identifying as non-cis
FOR REAL THO i just have to get it co-ordinated to get funding!!!! [i have to write its constitution sometime soon if you want to help btw bc i miss seeing you around and yeah whatever i don’t need an excuse i guess]
omg the sexual assault/harassment lecture thing is using neutral names and pronouns for everything
this makes me super happy
Although there are many English-language resources and glossaries about transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary terms, there are not as many in other languages. I have begun a few pages at the Non-Binary Wiki, which anyone can edit, to list terms and their meanings in a few languages:
More will be added - these were created as just a start to this project and anyone is welcome to create further language pages or edit the ones that already exist to add new terms, citations of sources, or correct any errors. I am focusing on collecting terms related to non-binary gender identity, although general gender and sex terms can also be added to these glossaries. I am very excited about this project!
As a trans woman, one of the more common questions I tend to receive is “where are you at in your transition?” This is a difficult question - and I would like to take a moment to give a short PSA on the matter.
While it’s true that all trans* people are different, there is a constant that we all adhere to regardless of age, race, or identity. To fully complete our Gender Journey we must pass through a graduated series of levels, or “echelons” as they are known within the community.
It’s important to remember that at any time your trans* friend or family member could be at any one (or a combination of) these ranks, and committing the following rank chart to memory will help you be a better ally overall.
Rank 00: Recruit
Rank 01: Initiate
Rank 02: Team Member
Rank 03: Council Member
Rank 04: Recon
Rank 05: Wood Elf
Rank 06: Dark Elf
Rank 07: Dark Wood Elf Ranger
Rank 08: Chimney Sweep
Rank 09: Boss
Rank 10: Big Boss
Rank 11: Bossanova
Rank 12: PAIN CLOWN
Rank 13: ???
Rank 14: Roast Beef
Rank 15: Hive Fiend
Rank 16: Aiden
Rank 17: *BONUS RANK* (claim prize)
Rank 18: Prize Dispenser
Rank 19: -swap clothing with person to your immediate left-
Rank 20: Mageblade
Rank 21: Assistant Manager
Rank 22: Hot Dog
Rank 23: Geomancer
Rank 24: Octomancer
Rank 25: Geomancer Redux
Rank 26: Balsamic Reduction
Rank 27: Guard
Rank 28: Hehehe
Rank 29: π
Rank 30: Wind Rider
Rank 31: Demonhunter Hunter
Rank 32: Ascendant
Rank 33: Descendant
Rank 34: Mystery Box
Rank 35: Uh
Rank 36: Luminant
Rank 37: Shoe
Rank 38: Rank 38
Rank 39: Ammonite
Rank 40: Lose a Turn
Rank 41: Kingsguard
Rank 42: Moisture Thief
Rank 43: Heavy Drinker
Rank 44: Heavy Urinator
Rank 45: SLIME
Rank 46: XXXXXXXXXX
Rank 47: Cyber Baby
Rank 48: Elder Bloodless
Rank 49: Okay Dancer
Rank 50: That Which Dares Not Be Named
Rank 51+: Fancy Hat
I reckon I’m around a Moisture Thief. Working my way up to an Okay Dancer.
RUSSIA’S president, Vladimir V. Putin, has declared war on homosexuals. So far, the world has mostly been silent.
On July 3, Mr. Putin signed a law banning the adoption of Russian-born children not only to gay couples but also to any couple or single parent living in any country where marriage equality exists in any form.
A few days earlier, just six months before Russia hosts the 2014 Winter Games, Mr. Putin signed a lawallowing police officers to arrest tourists and foreign nationals they suspect of being homosexual, lesbian or “pro-gay” and detain them for up to 14 days. Contrary to what the International Olympic Committee says, the law could mean that any Olympic athlete, trainer, reporter, family member or fan who is gay — or suspected of being gay, or just accused of being gay — can go to jail.
Earlier in June, Mr. Putin signed yet another antigay bill, classifying “homosexual propaganda” as pornography. The law is broad and vague, so that any teacher who tells students that homosexuality is not evil, any parents who tell their child that homosexuality is normal, or anyone who makes pro-gay statements deemed accessible to someone underage is now subject to arrest and fines. Even a judge, lawyer or lawmaker cannot publicly argue for tolerance without the threat of punishment.
Finally, it is rumored that Mr. Putin is about to sign an edict that would remove children from their own families if the parents are either gay or lesbian or suspected of being gay or lesbian. The police would have the authority to remove children from adoptive homes as well as from their own biological parents.
Not surprisingly, some gay and lesbian families are already beginning to plan their escapes from Russia.
Why is Mr. Putin so determined to criminalize homosexuality? He has defended his actions by saying that the Russian birthrate is diminishing and that Russian families as a whole are in danger of decline. That may be. But if that is truly his concern, he should be embracing gay and lesbian couples who, in my world, are breeding like proverbial bunnies. These days I rarely meet a gay couple who aren’t raising children.
And if Mr. Putin thinks he is protecting heterosexual marriage by denying us the same unions, he hasn’t kept up with the research. Studies from San Diego State University compared homosexual civil unions and heterosexual marriages in Vermont and found that the same-sex relationships demonstrate higher levels of satisfaction, sexual fulfillment and happiness. (Vermont legalized same-sex marriages in 2009, after the study was completed.)
Mr. Putin also says that his adoption ban was enacted to protect children from pedophiles. Once again the research does not support the homophobic rhetoric. About 90 percent of pedophiles are heterosexual men.
Mr. Putin’s true motives lie elsewhere. Historically this kind of scapegoating is used by politicians to solidify their bases and draw attention away from their failing policies, and no doubt this is what’s happening in Russia. Counting on the natural backlash against the success of marriage equality around the world and recruiting support from conservative religious organizations, Mr. Putin has sallied forth into this battle, figuring that the only opposition he will face will come from the left, his favorite boogeyman.
Mr. Putin’s campaign against lesbian, gay and bisexual people is one of distraction, a strategy of demonizing a minority for political gain taken straight from the Nazi playbook. Can we allow this war against human rights to go unanswered? Although Mr. Putin may think he can control his creation, history proves he cannot: his condemnations are permission to commit violence against gays and lesbians. In May a young gay man was murdered in the city of Volgograd. He was beaten, his body violated with beer bottles, his clothing set on fire, his head crushed with a rock. This is most likely just the beginning.
Nevertheless, the rest of the world remains almost completely ignorant of Mr. Putin’s agenda. His adoption restrictions have received some attention, but it has been largely limited to people involved in international adoptions.
This must change. With Russia about to hold the Winter Games in Sochi, the country is open to pressure. American and world leaders must speak out against Mr. Putin’s attacks and the violence they foster. The Olympic Committee must demand the retraction of these laws under threat of boycott.
In 1936 the world attended the Olympics in Germany. Few participants said a word about Hitler’s campaign against the Jews. Supporters of that decision point proudly to the triumph of Jesse Owens, while I point with dread to the Holocaust and world war. There is a price for tolerating intolerance.
Harvey Fierstein, for the New York Times
To any followers in Russia, I am so sorry you are being subjected to this.
To my followers elsewhere, sounds like Russia is NOT the place to visit for a while - be safe and avoid it if possible.
If Russia continues to behave this way, we’ll never be able to join the Federation.
If you are currently in Russia and would like to escape the country, please make the necessary arrangements and travel to the embassy of the country you would like to reside in and apply for asylum. Although many countries only allow asylum applications within their own country there are many that allow applications within their embassies or provide travel documents that will enable you to leave the country.
Also be sure to research the laws and attitudes towards LGBTQ communities for each country before applying.
If you are interested in traveling to the US, please read THIS INFO about applying for asylum, bringing your family over, as well as green card applications. There are also links for minors who wish to apply for asylum.
To all of the tumblr users in Russia. Please stay safe. And stay on your guard.
if you feel as though you are in danger and would like to leave the country immediately, get your passport, book a plane ticket now, and travel to these countries as soon as possible and apply for asylum at a point-of-entry/immigration services in the airport (Immigration officers should be able to assist you):
If anyone else is interested in updating this post with the proper asylum procedures for their own country, please add the necessary links so we can help as many people as possible in Russia who might be in immediate danger.
On a similar note
It would also make an impact if every single one of us took the time to write each of these companies a physical letter or email addressing the situation. (Physical letters make a huge impact!)
PLEASE BE COURTEOUS WHEN SENDING LETTERS!!!
DO NOT swear or accuse. They will dismiss you. Writing a respectful, thoughtful letter about your concerns is the best way to get these companies to listen.
And be sure to SPELL CHECK.
Coca Cola Email
The Coca-Cola Company
P.O. Box 1734
Atlanta, GA 30301, USA
Panasonic Corporation of North America
Customer Experience Department
661 Independence Pkwy
Chesapeake, VA 23320
((They claim to respond to all letters within 48 hours))
P.O. Box 8999
San Francisco, CA 94128-8999
85 Challenger Road
Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
1 Procter & Gamble Plaza
Cincinnati, OH 45202
- Have at it!
"Femininity has been presented as something that’s artificial and masculinity is something that’s authentic, and even in a lot of feminist discourse until recently, femininity was seen as something that was artificial and fake. So there is this fear of feminine that we see in a lot of different aspects of culture that is punished. That’s a part of patriarchy. In a lot of ways we can’t talk about homophobia and transphobia, without talking about patriarchy.”
- Laverne Cox
Read the full interview here, via Gawker.
Jesus, she is a breath of fresh air.
Ugh what a role model
That’s right kiddies: It’s time for another intersectionality lecture compliments of lightspeedsound, resident asian bitch diva goddess.
So this is why I cringe and scream whenever a white queer person talks about how we don’t need to mention race, because “we’re all queer…