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On Pronouns: They Matter

so-so-gender-fly:

If you ever find yourself under the impression that pronoun choices don’t matter…that misgendering is simply a matter of an individual being “overly sensitive” (whatever that actually means)…then change yours tomorrow. If they truly are unimportant you should have no trouble hearing yourself referred to as something you don’t identify as. 

so-so-gender-fly:

First thing first: I HATE THIS BLOG POST.

Now that that is out of the way, I’ll explain why….

1. She is speaking over a community she doesn’t understand.

The first piece of evidence is in her us of the word “cisgendered.” I automatically can’t take her seriously. I do my best not to spend too much time in my academic ivory tower, and I do feel a tinge of pretension at having to call this linguistic issue out…but, in the same breath, I’m not sure it is too much to ask that a person be well-read on a subject matter that they are taking such a stark stand against. (Also, she drops a “genderqueers” in there and that is a big No No.) All that aside, the author of this post makes it painfully clear that she does not have a good understanding of nonbinary/genderqueer identities and how these terms operate for the people who use them when she repeatedly conflates masculinity/femininity and gender roles/stereotypes with the use of these identifiers. There are AFAB people who identify as both masculine and female. There are AFAB people who identify as NB/GQ and masculine. There are also plenty of AFAB people who identify as NB/GQ and feminine. Or a mix of both. Or neither. It is far too simplistic to infer that masculine women just stop being women because they are also masculine. Actually, it doesn’t even make sense. Also, there are plenty of AMAB people who are male and effeminate and then those who identify as trans feminine. NB/GQ identities have nothing to do with stereotypes surrounding masculinity and femininity. Or gender roles. When a cis woman to declares that her favorite hobby is weightlifting, she doesn’t know how to cook, and she has no desire to carry a child she is not forced out of her cisness or her relationship with womanhood. She is merely breaking some silly stereotypes constructed around what it means to be a “good” woman. However, if she wakes up one day and says to herself, “Self…I’m not convinced the gender binary is for me anymore,” well, then….WELCOME TO THE CLUB! I would also like to note that this in no way precludes this person from identifying with womanhood (**cough cough** like me **cough cough**). There are a lot of challenges facing cis women and even more facing trans women. Finding yourself more comfortable with a NB/GQ doesn’t mean you have to remove yourself from a sisterhood if you still find that it speaks for you. I also find that this line of thinking only furthers gender policing in all of its many forms….which in this case just calls to mind the cis gatekeeping of the trans community. The worst part of her argument are the essentialist terms she uses to defend her evidence. It’s toxic to rely on these ideas and only skews your own perception of people around you. She simultaneously claims that essential “woman” stereotypes don’t fit her, while suggesting that masculine women are going to be gay. STOP ASSERTING THAT THERE IS ANY RIGHT OR WRONG WAY TO BE ANY ONE THING. STOP IT.

2. She is waiting for someone else to do the hard part.

"Perhaps one day the gender binary will be dismantled totally, and we’ll all stop limiting our children by bringing them up as either males or females." 

Yup. Yeah. This is great. Want to know how we can get started on that? Stop writing essentialist bullshit blog posts about how you are ACTIVELY REJECTING A NONBINARY IDENTITY. If you truly believe in a future without the gender binary…you should maybe not talk to people about how important you think it it is. Maybe…just maybe….if nonbinary and genderqueer children had, I dunno…nonbinary and genderqueer people to look up to they could grow up with less depression and more self esteem. Maybe they could rip apart the binary for you. But, no…let’s spend more time focusing on the cisgender experience. Here is this wacky notion I have…cisgender kids could maybe find themselves looking up to trans people? Yeah? Yeah. They definitely could. What is this separate but equal role model nonsense?

3. She is perpetuating the myth that trans/nb/gq visibility can be reduced to a “trend.”

Trans and nonbinary identities are nothing if not ancient. Anytime I hear a person (accidentally, or otherwise) glorify the gender binary, my first thought is, “You’re a racist with a limited understanding of Western white supremacy.” Nonbinary identities are not new. Allow me to reiterate: NONBINARY IDENTITIES ARE NOT NEW. The relationship we (white people, as I am white), in 2014 living in the USA, have with gender is not indicative of what gender looked like prior to our arrival here. The binary is not what gender looked like in the nations of the people we enslaved, either. Transgender and nonbinary people have always been and will always be. Please don’t claim that you are “square” for choosing not to co opt something you have no intention of respecting. Please don’t encourage cis people to view trans identities as a trendy phase that has an end. Please don’t invalidate people’s lives. 

I have to admit that I have walked this line myself. When I first started to look inward and realize the possibility that there was more to my relationship with my gender than the binary could offer me, I struggled a lot. I would ask myself, “What’s so wrong with being both masculine and female?” or “Am I turning my back on my female community?” I’m not mad at myself for asking these questions. It was a part of my process. And asking myself these questions helped me learn that genderqueer and womanhood don’t have to be mutually exclusive. As masculine as I am, I am interpreted as a cis female when I leave the house. That’s a part of my experience that I can not remove myself from. It is my reality and discussing it/fighting against it/identifying with it does not make me any less genderqueer. In fact, it gives me insight into two lived experiences at once. That duality can be confusing and stressful, but it can also be incredibly enlightening and, I feel, makes for a complex and richly lived life.

As someone who is both AFAB and uses the term “lesbian”, I see a problem with others in my communities and the way we approach NB/GQ people. Let’s stop treating AFAB people outside of the binary like traitors. AFAB people notoriously take up too much space within trans/NB/GQ spaces. Our visibility is more accessible and our blatant discrimination less vicious than our trans sisters. I urge us within the community and cis women alike to appreciate that privilege (and to also push back against it, but that’s another blog post). I say appreciate, because with the safety afforded us we should not be shaming the people in our community against coming out. Ever notice that these sentiments are only ever coming from cis women? Cis men don’t typically feel betrayed by trans women or trans feminine people. And they aren’t known for being the first people to rally around them and offer them support. Perhaps some of the energy being spent on shaming or discouraging or invalidating AFAB nonbinary/genderqueer people could be redirected into support and visibility and safe places for trans women and trans feminine people. 

If a nonbinary/genderqueer identity is not for you…that’s cool. No one wants you to use words for yourself that you don’t find helpful. What this boils down to is: there is no good to be done by going out of your way to defend your cis-ness. I suggest you recognize the privilege you have by not having to live with the added pressure that can come with a non-cis identity. I especially suggest that you, in turn, offer more support to the trans/nonbinary/genderqueer people around you. 

Written by mod John(na)

thenewwomensmovement:

"If a bullet should enter my brain, let it destroy every closet door." -Harvey Milk
I just finished this Harvey Milk tribute painting, and it’s listed in my etsy shop if anyone is interested in purchasing some queer feminist art for their home!  
Also, if anyone’s interested in a variation of the painting with the “You’ve got to give them hope!” quote, I’d be delighted to make them to order! Just let me know.

thenewwomensmovement:

"If a bullet should enter my brain, let it destroy every closet door." -Harvey Milk

I just finished this Harvey Milk tribute painting, and it’s listed in my etsy shop if anyone is interested in purchasing some queer feminist art for their home!  

Also, if anyone’s interested in a variation of the painting with the “You’ve got to give them hope!” quote, I’d be delighted to make them to order! Just let me know.

This is perfect.

Trans* Gear Giveaway Contest!

boinamedsue:

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 transtumblrgiveaway@gmail.com  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?
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[Note: A variety of social, cultural, or political perspectives are encouraged to apply, not just those that might align with committee members’ values!]

[image from: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Another_Yin-Yang-Yuan_BiggerWholeButterfly_TransGender-Symbol.png]

Trans* Gear Giveaway Contest! Check it out!

breakingnews:

Transgender teen murdered by mob in Jamaica
AP: 16-year-old Dwayne Jones was beaten, stabbed, shot and run over by a car when he showed up at a street party dressed as a woman. His mistake: confiding to a friend that he was attending a “straight” party as a girl for the first time in his life.
Read more here.

breakingnews:

Transgender teen murdered by mob in Jamaica

AP: 16-year-old Dwayne Jones was beaten, stabbed, shot and run over by a car when he showed up at a street party dressed as a woman. His mistake: confiding to a friend that he was attending a “straight” party as a girl for the first time in his life.

Read more here.

"IF YOU’RE YOUNG AND LBGTQ, THIS SECTION IS DESIGNED TO HELP YOU KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AND MAKE SURE THEY’RE RESPECTED."

muchachafanzine:

Writing letters to the San Antonio Four and mailing them some zines! Hang in there mujeres! Stay strong and I promise to continue sharing your story until the world knows your innocence and justice prevails.

Check out Muchacha Fanzine&#8217;s newest issue on social justice and legal concerns! (Featuring a section on Rape Culture by yours truly.)

muchachafanzine:

Writing letters to the San Antonio Four and mailing them some zines! Hang in there mujeres! Stay strong and I promise to continue sharing your story until the world knows your innocence and justice prevails.

Check out Muchacha Fanzine’s newest issue on social justice and legal concerns! (Featuring a section on Rape Culture by yours truly.)

Hi everyone! Please consider donating to help my friend and colleague, Susie, get the top surgery they need!

A little more about Susie:

"Hi folks! 

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!

Love,
Susan”

(And please reblog to spread the word!) 

gaywrites:

Check out photographer Tatjana Plitt’s series of portraits titled “Gay Warriors,” a look at LGBT members of the armed forces and their families in the aftermath of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and in the ever-present shadow of DOMA. This one’s called Idalia &amp; Angelie. Full interview here. 

gaywrites:

Check out photographer Tatjana Plitt’s series of portraits titled “Gay Warriors,” a look at LGBT members of the armed forces and their families in the aftermath of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and in the ever-present shadow of DOMA. This one’s called Idalia & Angelie. Full interview here

takethecurvedroad:

The deadline is January 18, 2013 for undergraduates. Scholarships are up to $10,000. Apply!

kaliem:


The Trevor Project has given an award to Katy Perry. Yes, you read that correctly. The Trevor Project, the organization whose aim is to prevent LGBTQ youth suicide, is giving an award to Katy Perry to honor her for “inspiring LGBTQ youth to find their spark through her video ‘Firework’” and ”increasing visibility and understanding of the LGBTQ community.”
I wonder which acts of visibility and understanding they’re referring to exactly. Was it the time she made heaps of money for celebrating the stereotype that girls kissing girls is an act done for attention? You know, the song Kathleen Hanna called “straight-up offensive,” P!nk said “trivializes lesbianism” and Beth Ditto noted was indicative of Perry ”just riding on the backs of our culture, without having to pay any of the dues and not being actually lesbian or anything at all”?
Or was it the time she peppered a song with effeminate gay male stereotypes so she could insult an ex-boyfriend, equating queerness with negativity and encouraging bullying against gay people? Did the fact that she opened that song with the lines “I hope you hang yourself with your H&amp;M scarf /While jacking off listening to Mozart” really seal the deal for a LGBTQ youth suicide prevention group?
Maybe it was the time she talked about looking like a “tranny” in Rolling Stone? Or when she mocked trans* people on twitter, inspiring a condemnation from GLAAD? Those don’t seem like moments when queer visibility was improved, nor were they stellar examples of helping other to “understand” our community any better. Those seem like moments when some homophobia slipped through the cracks, and no one listened when queers called it out. After all, Perry herself has declared that “certain parts of the world — especially in the U.S. — are just dying to be offended” and that it “won’t change how I express myself as an artist.”
Being pissed off at Katy Perry isn’t anything new for the queer community, which is why it seems strange for us to be giving her some kind of award, although it’s certainly not the first time we’ve been baffled by Perry’s inclusion and celebration in a queer space. In 2008, Perry made the cover of the OUT 100, earning the coveted honor of “Musician of the Year,” inspiring lesbian entertainment blogger Dorothy Snarker to ask OUT, “What the fuck? Katy Perry? Katy fucking Perry? This is a joke, right? What you meant to do was pick an actual lesbian to pose amid the gay men, right? Right?”

Autostraddle pretty much nails it with this article.

kaliem:

The Trevor Project has given an award to Katy Perry. Yes, you read that correctly. The Trevor Project, the organization whose aim is to prevent LGBTQ youth suicide, is giving an award to Katy Perry to honor her for “inspiring LGBTQ youth to find their spark through her video ‘Firework’” and ”increasing visibility and understanding of the LGBTQ community.”

I wonder which acts of visibility and understanding they’re referring to exactly. Was it the time she made heaps of money for celebrating the stereotype that girls kissing girls is an act done for attention? You know, the song Kathleen Hanna called “straight-up offensive,” P!nk said “trivializes lesbianism” and Beth Ditto noted was indicative of Perry ”just riding on the backs of our culture, without having to pay any of the dues and not being actually lesbian or anything at all”?

Or was it the time she peppered a song with effeminate gay male stereotypes so she could insult an ex-boyfriend, equating queerness with negativity and encouraging bullying against gay people? Did the fact that she opened that song with the lines “I hope you hang yourself with your H&M scarf /While jacking off listening to Mozart” really seal the deal for a LGBTQ youth suicide prevention group?

Maybe it was the time she talked about looking like a “tranny” in Rolling Stone? Or when she mocked trans* people on twitter, inspiring a condemnation from GLAAD? Those don’t seem like moments when queer visibility was improved, nor were they stellar examples of helping other to “understand” our community any better. Those seem like moments when some homophobia slipped through the cracks, and no one listened when queers called it out. After all, Perry herself has declared that “certain parts of the world — especially in the U.S. — are just dying to be offended” and that it “won’t change how I express myself as an artist.”

Being pissed off at Katy Perry isn’t anything new for the queer community, which is why it seems strange for us to be giving her some kind of award, although it’s certainly not the first time we’ve been baffled by Perry’s inclusion and celebration in a queer space. In 2008, Perry made the cover of the OUT 100, earning the coveted honor of “Musician of the Year,” inspiring lesbian entertainment blogger Dorothy Snarker to ask OUT, “What the fuck? Katy Perry? Katy fucking Perry? This is a joke, right? What you meant to do was pick an actual lesbian to pose amid the gay men, right? Right?”

Autostraddle pretty much nails it with this article.

womenwhokickass:

Aya Kamikawa: Why she kicks ass
She is the only openly transgender official in Japan at this point, and the first to seek or win elected office in Japan.
She won a four-year term as an independent under huge media attention, placing sixth of 72 candidates running for 52 seats in the Setagaya ward assembly, the most populous district in Tokyo.  In April 2007, she was re-elected to her second term, placing second of 71 candidates running for 52 in the same ward assembly. 
While the government announced that they would continue to consider her male officially, she stated that she would work as a woman. 
She is devoted to work for various groups, the disabled, single-parent families, homeless people to evening junior high school students, LGBT people and to improve rights for women, children, the elderly.  She strives to give support for these people and bring positive changes which would help them in society. 
She was also a committee member for Trans-net Japan (a self-support group for transgender people) and organised meetings and social events to give support and symposiums to raise the public awareness.

womenwhokickass:

Aya Kamikawa: Why she kicks ass

  • She is the only openly transgender official in Japan at this point, and the first to seek or win elected office in Japan.
  • She won a four-year term as an independent under huge media attention, placing sixth of 72 candidates running for 52 seats in the Setagaya ward assembly, the most populous district in Tokyo.  In April 2007, she was re-elected to her second term, placing second of 71 candidates running for 52 in the same ward assembly. 
  • While the government announced that they would continue to consider her male officially, she stated that she would work as a woman. 
  • She is devoted to work for various groups, the disabled, single-parent families, homeless people to evening junior high school students, LGBT people and to improve rights for women, children, the elderly.  She strives to give support for these people and bring positive changes which would help them in society. 
  • She was also a committee member for Trans-net Japan (a self-support group for transgender people) and organised meetings and social events to give support and symposiums to raise the public awareness.
transstudent:

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