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Transgender people are enjoying increased visibility on the catwalk as designers and photographers respond to a growing demand for gender-bending models who challenge the old distinctions between male and female. […]

“About 15 years ago we were looked upon as some freaks of nature, but today the photographers are more ready to accept us,” says PR and event management professional and transgender model Amanda Dee.

Only last month, bearded transgender model and Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst shocked the fashion world by modelling women’s lingerie alongside a pregnant model in a series of shots taken by top photographer and designer Karl Lagerfeld.

According to Trans Media Watch chair Jennie Kermode, transgender models are appealing to an increasingly wide and mainstream audience.

“A few years ago, trans models were generally spoken of with derision, or people expressed shock that they could look attractive,” she says. “Now we find that heterosexual men are increasingly willing to be open about being attracted to trans women.”

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As feminists it is ESSENTIAL that we remain self critical, and that we need to realize that just because a concept makes us feel uncomfortable it does not mean that our discomfort is justified in relation to race issues and discussions with people of colour, or with those more oppressed, such as trans women or disAbled people for instance. This application of self awareness and critical self reflection is something that we should ALL apply to our lives, to our attitudes, our values, the conversations we have, the behaviours we engage with and the concepts that we consume and reproduce. 

Asking white feminists or people to check their privileges is not about excluding white women’s voices, but rather about expanding the discussion and realizing that there are areas in which white women can be more supportive of women of colour. It is not about being exclusionary, or showing that “my problems are more significant or important than yours”, but rather about being intersectional and realizing and acknowledging that within the overall feminist movement there has been a lot of racism and marginalization of women of colour and their voices. 

For instance, I am a Middle Eastern woman but I recognize that I have IMMENSE privileges over others, white or women of colour. An example of this is that I have a Ph.D in political science and international relations, which means that I have had the PRIVILEGE to continue with my education, not to mention having space, time, support, finances and mental and physical capacity to have access to education and to finish successfully. Part of me checking my privileges in this regard is not to rely too much on theory and to give space and respect to women’s daily lived experiences and acknowledging that just because someone has not had access to formal education does not mean that they are ignorant of feminist theory or history, or that if someone does show lack of knowledge that this does not mean that they are ignorant or misinformed; this requires me to stop at times and check my privileges; this allows me to engage with others, hopefully, in a way that is respectful, inclusive, aware and informed. 

Another immense privilege that I have is that my skin tone is comparatively “lighter” as opposed to say a black woman who will automatically face social, economic and political disadvantages. By me, as a WoC acknowledging that my skin tone gives me certain privileges over my counter parts I am not denying or being denied my experiences of oppression; but rather I am acknowledging that the scope for oppression, silencing and marginalization is wider than my personal experiences as informed by my experiences based on my race, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, education level, size and Ability. 

We also need to acknowledge that there IS a hierarchy of privileges in our feminist movement; and that denying that this exists has limited our effectiveness in the past. This is why black women, for instance, feel more comfortable with labelling themselves as Womenist rather than feminist. Such women have LEGITIMATE grievances and denying that is harmful and exclusionary and anti-feminist. 

There is NO denying that we all experience injustices as women; but by acknowledging that “others are more oppressed than I am” I am expanding my humanity, my humility, my education, self awareness, my love for others, especially women. 

And, if we are not approaching our feminism from a place of love, for those who are oppressed and abused, silenced and marginalized then WHY are we feminists? We have an immense capacity for empathy and love and as a Middle Eastern woman when I acknowledge and check my particular privileges I am made all the better a feminist, a human and a woman for it. My feminist ideology first and foremost comes from a place of love and hope that we are all growing together, that we are flawed because of the different systems that we have grown in, but that we have IMMENSE capacity to grow and develop and become more informed and inclusive 

I feel like FTM and MTF are fine terms to use on yourself but not to use as blanket terms. Plus a lot of trans people arent aware there are other terms to use aside from MTF/FTM and trans woman/man. So many don’t know about DFAB/DMAB/ CAFAB/CAMAD etc.

I feel super uncomf when tr-scum use it tho. 

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College Final Major Project

These are posters I created for my final major project at the end of my 2-year Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Graphic Design.

I decided to create an information pack for schools and colleges providing resources for them to share with students about LGBT+ issues.

Created in Illustrator.

You are welcome to print these for your own personal use or to put up in LGBT+ safe spaces/societies/clubs/etc.

"Inside Out" is a fictional campaign.

Watch on ittybitsy.tumblr.com

check out this awesome video about dysphoria  by gender fluid model Ruby Rose.

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When asked if he’d ever considered casting a trans actress for Dallas Buyer’s Club, director Jean-Marc Vallée said, “Never. Is there any transgender actor? To my knowledge — I don’t know one. I didn’t even think about it”.

When assured that yes, of course there are trans actors, Vallée replied, “Which ones? There’s like five, or three, or what — two? I never thought of that. I never thought of hiring a real rodeo guy to play the rodeo Ron Woodruff. And just like in every film — we’re actors, we’re directors. I’m not aiming for the real thing. I’m aiming for an experienced actor who wants to portray the thing.”

The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found
Just know you're not alone
Cause I'm gonna make this place your home. (x)
Tony had been somebody we’ve talked about since season 1 and sort of a dream and his birth was a slow process over the season… we got inspired by images we saw on tumblr, on youtube or anywhere… there is so much more awareness of trans stories and to get to tell those stories on Orphan Black which is about identity and not being kind of contained by your biology or by your upbringing but exploring all of the nuances of that, I think it was just kinda the right move for us and he was an amazing addition for me to the group.
—  Tatiana Maslany on EWLive (about Tony) (x)

What a difference 3 years can make!

In the picture on the left I was preparing myself to come out to my parents as transgender. My stomach was in knots, I had lost 10 pounds that semester due to stress, I wasn’t sleeping well, panic attacks were a weekly event, and gender dysphoria plagued my ever waking moment. 

In the picture on the right I stand strong and proud of the man I have become. Recovering from top surgery with the support and love from my family that not all trans* individuals are blessed with, I am preparing to graduate college and enter the world with the intent to make it better. 

These photos are my pledge to every trans* kid out there that I will make the world better for you, or at least I will die trying to do so. 

Photo by Allieoop Photography 

BOSTON, MA: Fenway Health is observing Transgender Awareness Week by highlighting the health disparities affecting the transgender community. At The Borum, their focus is on young people ages 12–29, so they wanted to highlight some of the challenges faced by trans* and gender nonconforming youth—and stress the need to do more to support and care for them.

Did you know 50% of transgender people surveyed reported having to teach their medical providers about transgender care?

Next week is Transgender Awareness Week, a series of statewide events and educational opportunities to inform people about the trans community and raise awareness of issues facing trans and gender noncomforming people in Massachusetts.

Fenway Health and The Borum will be participating by hosting events and by sharing information about the health disparities faced by trans people. 

Download/share a high-res PDF of this poster here.

things not to say to agender/neutrois people ( ` v `)/

  • "can’t you just choose a gender?"
  • "but what’s your REAL gender?"
  • "can I pretend you’re a boy/girl so it’s easier?"
  • "you can’t wear that/look like that, it’s too easy to guess what you really are"
  • "you’ll confuse people, pick something else"
  • "that’s a strange pronoun"
  • "just stick to your old name, it’s nicer"

please be respectful and thank you \(` v ` )

In honor of Transgender Awareness Week, our youth health center, The Borum, is highlighting some of the challenges faced by trans and gender nonconforming youth.

Though we still need more research to better reflect the diversity of trans youth’s experiences, what we know now clearly points to a need to do more to care for and empower them.

Learn more here.

Our thanks to GLSEN, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and all the other great organizations whose work contributed to the creation of this graphic. 

Download/share a high-res PDF of this infographic here.

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