Since April 2013, three transgender women have been murdered in Baltimore, in crimes that bear some similarities to one another.
For the girls I loved before I knew that’s what I was doing, I promise to blaze a trail of queer wherever I can. I’ll do it for Amanda, for Ana and for Kelly, and for every person who fears their love is something lesser than love….
This is perfect.
Helllooooooo dear followers! <3
In celebration of National Coming Out Day, I am starting a yearly giveaway during the month of October for members of genderqueer, genderquestioning, trans* community. The purpose of this giveaway is to help fellow community members access gender-confirming gear. Please note that I am merely a lowly graduate student who feels passionate about helping fellow trans* folk access the care, support, and dignity they deserve regardless if they are out or not. (My contribution may be small, but I know that it might help someone else.) Thus, the giveaway is valued at a maximum of $50US toward the purchase of a packer, STP, binder, breast forms or other gender affirming gear (including the cost of shipping).
To be considered for the giveaway, applicants should be prepared to submit some information about themselves. Please note that any information you send will be treated with the greatest care and your personal information will not be distributed or shared in anyway. (At the end of the giveaway, all material will be destroyed and deleted.) To be considered for the giveaway, please note that you must be a US resident, identify as a member of the genderqueer, multigendered, gender-questioning, transgender communities (no requirement to be out or visible, or to be “certain” that you are trans* etc). Strong preference is given to applicants with financial hardship. Please note that committee members would like to use some of your responses to help generate awareness of trans* issues with your permission.
Please email your (brief!) answers to the following questions to firstname.lastname@example.org before October 21st, 2013 at 11:59pm:
1. Preferred name and pronoun
2. Mailing address or a location where you may receive mail. Email address and phone number (if you don’t have one, we can try to communicate via email).
3. Why are you applying to the giveaway? If financial hardship is an issue, be sure to mention that in your response.
4. What sort of device/gear do you need? How much is it? What size do you need? Provide links and item SKUs/model numbers.
5. Optional: Racial or ethnic identities, ability status, or other identities that you feel would provide context for your application/answers.
Pick one (1) of the following:
6A. What are your thoughts about “National Coming Out Day” and how does your perspective about this queer holiday apply to own identity/identities and/or visibility?
6B. What is one of the biggest issues facing the trans* community today?
[Note: A variety of social, cultural, or political perspectives are encouraged to apply, not just those that might align with committee members’ values!]
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Trans* Gear Giveaway Contest! Check it out!
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Hi everyone! Please consider donating to help my friend and colleague, Susie, get the top surgery they need!
A little more about Susie:
Thank you for visiting my page and for learning more about me!
I identify as a genderqueer and transgender person and I am hoping to fundraise/save for top surgery. Top surgery is often a critical surgical procedure for people like me who bind their breasts. I am also a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (cancer) survivor. Going without a binder can be very anxiety provoking, even though wearing a binder also poses significant risks and can damage my body. Top surgery offers me the opportunity to live a day-to-day life without a binder, prevent cumulative damage to my chest cavity, and reduce the risks associated with decreased lung capacity caused by cancer treatment.
Furthermore, my mother recenty passed away after a third round of aggressive breast cancer. A significant amount of my breast tissue was radiated in order to target the lymphoma in my medastinum. Radiation plus a first degree family history of breast cancer puts me at extremely high risk for developing breast cancer myself later in life. Top surgery will allow me to feel affirmed in my gender identity and significantly reduces the chance (by approximately 95%, according to my oncologist and surgeon) that I will develop breast cancer down the road.
I am currently scheduled with Dr. Peter Raphael of Plano, Texas. Dr. Raphael is one of the best trans-specialized surgeons in the United States and also has one of the more reasonable surgical fees as well. I’ve talked with him in person, read reviews, looked at surgical results and I’m certain that this is the surgeon for me. [Check out the link for more info on him:http://www.ai4ps.com/meet-the-surgeons/dr-peter-raphael/]
Here is more information about the FTM mastectomy (a.k.a: top surgery) procedure as well:http://www.ai4ps.com/procedures/transgender/female-to-male-mastectomy/
The total cost of surgery is $6750 (including the required $500 deposit). Medical insurance does not recognize it as a necessary procedure for FTM, non-binary, gender non-conforming and transgender people; therefore, my insurance does not cover any surgical costs and I will be paying out of pocket for it.
I know that I can save enough to pay for therapy, transportation, the cost of consultations, blood work, prescriptions et cetera; however, I feel challenged to locate enough to pay for surgery at this time. 100% of the money raised here will be dedicated to funding my top surgery.
Anything that you can give/do to support me in my gender journey is deeply appreciated. Thank you for reading my story!
(And please reblog to spread the word!)
The deadline is January 18, 2013 for undergraduates. Scholarships are up to $10,000. Apply!
(In response to anon asking if there were any groups I like/didn’t like)
1. “Gay” Rights – The mainstream movement is focused almost completely on the concerns and problems of cisgender gay men, cisgender lesbian women and that’s pretty much it. These concerns are obviously of importance but the fact that everyone else is ignored and deleted is not okay. The ‘gay’ rights movement will not actually be serving the purpose for which it was created until it is working for everyone under the LGBTQ+ umbrella.
2. Assimilation and the ‘right’ way to be gay - The gay rights movement can be defined by this:
The mainstream gay rights groups want everyone to believe that that is what being gay looks like. For many, that is indeed the life of choice, but what about the people who, like me, have absolutely no intention of choosing that life?
The gay rights movement tries to hide us from view, it pretends we don’t exist and then, when forced to acknowledge our existence, they just shit all over us, shaming us and telling us that we’re hurting their cause. This is a view that has wormed its way into the collective consciousness of many in the gay community; it’s dangerous and damaging to EVERYONE – I can’t count the number of times I’ve been told that I should ‘act straighter’ because I might be ‘supporting the stereotype’. FUCK THAT!
3. Racism – White people run the gay rights movement and focuses almost completely on the problems faced by other gay white people. Everyone else is pushed out, ignored and shouted down and drowned out.
4. Dan Savage – and everything Dan Savage related.
5. Marriage Equality – Marriage equality is a very important issue. It affects a massive part of our community however it’s certainly not the be all and end all and I wish the mainstream movement would stop pretending like it is. It’s understandable why it was chosen to be the staple of the movement – it’s a quantifiable thing, it presents clear victories and losses depending of legislative change. When same-sex marriage is legalised, a part of me worries that, due the movement’s focus on it, there will be an idea that homophobia and heterosexism no longer exist and they most certainly will.
Personally, I have absolutely no intention of ever getting married (seriously, it will never ever ever happen) and, just occasionally, I would like to here someone from the mainstream talk about people like me.
6. ‘Debates’ with homophobes – Everyone’s opinions are not equally valid. My opinion on being gay is infinitely more important than anything a heterosexual has ever said on the topic. Let’s acknowledge this.
7. It’s okay to tell homophobes to go fuck themselves – Let’s acknowledge this.
8. If you believe homosexuality or homosexual acts are sins, you’re just wrong – There’s nothing else to it. There is no problem with saying this. Why does the gay rights movement insist on saying ‘you are entitled to your belief, you just shouldn’t put it into law’?
9. Shitty catchphrases – For example, “Homosexuality exists in 450 species; which one is unnatural now?” No one should ever need to justify their existence by comparing themself to a wild animal. Besides natural does not mean something is okay.
These are the ones I could think of in 10 minutes. There are many, many, many more.
All of this is not to say that the mainstream gay rights movement has not had victories and is not doing some good work, but it needs to get its act together!!!