Western lowland gorillas can be distinguished from other gorilla subspecies by their slightly smaller size, their brown-grey coats and auburn chests. They also have wider skulls with more pronounced brow ridges and smaller ears.

To celebrate Trans Visibilty Day , we invite our trans friends and followers to submit your stories @AGoodEqualTime.

Don’t forget to read our trans visibility series:

  1. Transsexual, Transgender: Words Have Power
  2. Trans in Society
  3. Trans in TV Shows
  4. Trans in the Movie Industry
  5. Trans and media: a difficult relationship
  6. To Learn More About Trans
  7. Trans in Numbers

Happy Trans Visibility to all!!

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Safeguard is an interactive Crime Scene Cleanup Experience being developed by us here. Basically you get to walk around a 3D room after a traumatic scene has occurred, after the coroners remove the body. It’s an educational way to learn more about our industry, the hazards and what one could expect to be left with, god forbid, after a trauma scene is released in a residential home. No release date is set yet, but the initial alpha on the game is almost complete. We plan on providing it as a Web based experience, as well as be available for download for FREE for Windows, Mac and Linux. Future update plans expect Oculus Rift VR support. Screenshots above are very Alpha. Enjoy! For up-to-date info about features and release, visit www.safeguard-game.com

Can’t wait for your physical copy to arrive or just want a high-quality PDF version to read on your devices? Here you go!

Lesbians 101 is a full-color, 16 page magazine-sized comic book packed with light-hearted education based on the most common set of questions lesbians frequently get. A few lesson examples include: “Why Do All Lesbians Look The Same,” “Why Do Lesbians Hate Men,” and “Isn’t Lesbianism Just A Phase?” The material is safe for all ages, but use your discretion – there is discussion on sex and illustrations of sex toys.

This PDF is the complete First Edition of Lesbians 101 as it was printed in February 2015. PDF resolution: 200 dpi.

Created in 1996 by Maria Pulzetti at the University of Virginia, Day of Silence is an annual day of action against bullying and harassment towards LGBTQ+ students and their supporters. Since 2000, Day of Silence is organized by GLSEN (American Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network).

Every year, thousands of students across America are participating in the event in middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities. This year, Day of Silence will be held on April 17, and TMHFN/Rainbow Direction encourages all its supporter to take a day-long vow of silence as a symbol of all the LGBTQ+ students and supporters who are silenced.

As complete silence might be impossible for many reasons (work, school, family), we invite you to stay silent on your social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc) and/or set this graphic as your profile picture today.

Thank you all for your participation!

“There are times when silence has the loudest voice.”

Leroy Brownlow

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(As part of our trans visibilty day series, we invite our trans friends and followers to submit your stories @AGoodEqualTime) 

In the course of the last few articles we have been talking about trans personalities. We could also have mentioned Renee Richards, famous tennis player, and heroine of an autobiographical film called The choice; or Lynn Conway,  American computer scientist, electrical engineer, inventor, and transgender activist. And a lot of people forget, but it was a drag queen’s stiletto thrown at a cop that started the Stonewall riots and gave birth to the modern SWAT Team.

We have stated in our previous articles that trans aren’t new, it’s time now to turn back time and take a look to the trans people who made History.

  • Charles d'Éon de Beaumont, usually known as the Chevalier d'Éon, was a French diplomat, spy, freemason and soldier at French King Louis the 15th’s court. He  had androgynous physical characteristics and appeared publicly as a man and pursued masculine occupations for 49 years, while he successfully infiltrated the court of Empress Elizabeth of Russia by presenting as a woman. For 33 years, from 1777, d'Éon dressed as a woman, claiming to be assigned female at birth. Even though Doctors who examined d'Éon’s body after his death stated that he was in fact male, he remains in the public minds as an ambiguous character.
  • Born in Spain in 1592, Catalina de Erauso was daughter and sister of soldiers from the city of San Sebastián in Spain. Dressed as a man, calling herself “Francisco de Loyola”, she reached Spanish America and enlisted as a soldier in Chile under the name Alonso Díaz Ramírez de Guzmán. She served under several captains in the Arauco War, including her own brother, who never recognized her. In 1626, Catalina de Erauso was seen by Pope Urban VIII, who granted her a special dispensation to that would allow her to continue to live her life as a man, and to wear men’s clothing.
  • Lili Elbe, born in 1882 was the first ever intersex person to receive gender reassignment surgery in 1930. Her biopic, in which she’s portrayed by Eddie Redmayne, will be released in November 2015.


Because a little bit of reading never killed anyone, here’s a list of books:

First of all, here’s a selection of non-fictional books, most of them beeing academic research:

  • Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us, Kate Bornstein (1994)
  • Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law, Dean Spade (2011)
  • Redefining Realness, Janet Mock (2014)
  • Third Sex and Human Rights, Rajesh Talwar (1999)
  • Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue, Leslie Feinberg (1999)
  • Transgender History, Susan Stryker (2008)
  • Transgender Liberation: A Movement Whose Time Has Come, Leslie Feinberg (1992)
  • Transgender Rights, Paisley Currah, Richard M. Juang, and Shannon Minter (2006)
  • Transgender Warriors : Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman, Leslie Feinberg (1996)

In French

  • Ni d’Ève ni d’Adam, Défaire la différence des sexes, Marie-Joseph Bertini et Daniel Bougnoux (2006)
  • La Transidentité : Des changements individuels au débat de société, Arnaud Alessandrin (2011)
  • La transidentité, de l’espace médiatique à l’espace public, Karine Espineira (2008)
  • LG… B… T… I… ? Identités émergentes, Karine Espineira et Arnaud Alessandrin (2013)
  • Psychologie(s) des transsexuels et des transgenres, Françoise Sironi (2011)

Fiction and poetry
Young adult/Children’s

  • 10,000 Dresses, Marcus Ewert (2008)
  • The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy, S. Bear Bergman and Suzy Malik (2012)
  • Almost Perfect, Brian Katcher (2009) 2011 Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association
  • Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, Kirstin Cronn-Mills (2012) 2014 Stonewall Book Award winner
  • Being Emily, Rachel Gold (2012)
  • Freakboy, Kristin Elizabeth Clark (2013)
  • I Am Jazz, Jazz Jennings & Jessica Herthel (2014)
  • Just Girls, Rachel Gold (2014)
  • Luna, Julie Anne Peters (2004)
  • My Princess Boy, Cheryl Kilodavis and Suzanne DeSimone (2009)
  • Parrotfish, Ellen Wittlinger (2011)
  • Roving Pack, Sassafrass Lowrey (2012)

In French

  • Les Petites Déesses, Francesca Lia Block, (1999)
  • Hâvre de paix, Fujino Chiya, Thierry Magnier (2006)
  • L’Âge d’ange, Anne Percin (2008)
  • La face cachée de Luna, Julie-Anne Peters (2005)
  • Le garçon bientôt oublié, Jean-Noël Sciarini (2010)

Fictions

  • Breakfast on Pluto, Patrick McCabe (1998)
  • The Butterfly and the Flame, Dana De Young (2005)
  • The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard (anthology), Tom Léger and Riley MacLeod (editors) (2012)
  • Holding Still For As Long As Possible, Zoe Whittall (2009)
  • I Am J, Cris Beam (2011)
  • Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami (2002)
  • Maxine Wore Black, Nora Olsen (2014)
  • Myra Breckinridge, Gore Vidal (1968)
  • Nevada, Imogen Binnie (2013)
  • Orlando: A Biography, Virginia Woolf (1928)
  • Run, Clarissa, Run, Rachel Eliason (2012)
  • A Safe Girl to Love, Casey Plett (2014)
  • Stone Butch Blues, Leslie Feinberg (1993) - Won the Lambda Literary Award and the 1994 American Library Association Gay & Lesbian Book Award
  • Trans-Sister Radio, Chris Bohjalian (2000)

Poetry

  • Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, T.C. Tolbert & Trace Peterson (editors) (2013)


And finally, you can also take a look at the trans associations:

International

Europe

United Kingdom

Taiwan

Australia

United States

Friends of Dorothy

RUBIX INTELLIGENCE REPORT: Top Secret

To : Madame President Bear

From : Rainbow Agent Bear, Director, Rainbow Uniformed Bear Intelligence and Xenosciences Cube

Regarding : Teddy Mercury and “Friends of Dorothy”.

It’s been brought to our attention that your brother Teddy is a “friend of Dorothy”. As you directed, an investigation to learn more about that woman was undertaken by our Xenosciences division.

It seems that woman has had rainbow friends for a long time (starting in the 40s) and we aren’t the first administration to investigate her. Indeed, in the early 80s, the US Naval Investigative Service discovered that gay men sometimes referred to themselves as “friends of Dorothy”. Since homosexuality was forbidden in the army, they launched a hunt to find Dorothy, hoping to convince her to reveal the names of gay servicemembers, without any luck.

Starting in the late 1980s, “Meeting of the Friends of Dorothy” appeared on several cruise lines activities list. Those meeting being actually a way for LGBT passengers to meet. Such meetings have expanded in popularity and frequency over the years. Now, many cruise lines will have multiple “FOD” events, sometimes as many as one each night.

We have determined that that the term “Friend of Dorothy” (FOD) is actually a code phrase gay people used to identify each other. It dates back to at least World War II, when homosexual acts were illegal in the USA. Saying that you were a “Friend of Dorothy” or asking if someone was, served as a way to discuss sexual orientation without others knowing its meaning. The actual “Dorothy” is more likely Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz (1939) portrayed by Judy Garland.

In the film, Dorothy immediately accepts those who are different, including the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr). The Lion identifies himself through song as a “sissy” and exhibits stereotypically “gay” (or at least effeminate) mannerisms. The Lion is seen as a symbol of Dorothy accepting a gay man without question. It’s also been said that Dorothy’s journey from Kansas to Oz “mirrored many gay men’s desires to escape the black-and-white limitations of small town life…for big, colorful cities filled with quirky, gender-bending characters who would welcome them.” (What does it take to be a gay icon today? Steven Franck, AfterElton.com)

While Garland did not specifically attempt to connect with gay audiences, she was known to accept and respect gay people, giving them a visibility they did not often enjoy, and she herself acknowledged her camp appeal during her lifetime. She once said, “When I die I have visions of fags singing ‘Over the Rainbow’ and the flag at Fire Island being flown at half mast.”, Fire Island being a resort community with a large LGBT presence. And indeed, some have also suggested a connection between Garland’s funeral on June 27, 1969 and the Stonewall riots, the flashpoint of the modern Gay Liberation movement,  which started in the early hours of June 28. Many people were at the Stonewall Inn that night to mark the passing of Judy Garland.

The Rainbow Flag may have been inspired, in part, by Garland’s song Over the Rainbow. Garland’s performance of this song has been described as "the sound of the closet”, speaking to gay men whose image “they presented in their own public lives was often at odds with a truer sense of self that mainstream society would not condone” (What does it take to be a gay icon today? Steven Franck, AfterElton.com).

In conclusion, Madam President Bear shouldn’t worry about her brother being a Friend of Dorothy. This isn’t any kind of gang but a way for gay men to designed themselves. We may suggest Madam President to gift her brother a Lion’s costume or the remastered Blu-Ray of The Wizard of Oz. We may also wish to consider, given that Agent Rainbow Bondage Bear has adopted this new Teddy Mercury persona, that he may be playing as a “Wizard” figure for the humans we once considered his captors. It may be possible that he has encountered a Friend of Dorothy or other Rainbow ally in need of assistance escaping their shared captivity.