teenvogue.com
These Genius Advertisements Are a Reminder That Transgender Men Can Get Periods Too
“I never felt like I was in the wrong body."
By Lily Puckett

THINX, the world-dominating brand of underwear designed specifically to wear during your period without menstrual cups, tampons, or pads, just unveiled a major new ad campaign in Union Square, a very busy subway station in New York City. The campaign, which highlights their new Boyshort style, is the first of their ads to feature a transgender model, Sawyer DeVuyst, who is also featured on the campaign’s accompanying short films.

“Trans inclusion is something that has been on our radar since the iteration of our Boyshort, which was specifically designed with the trans male menstruating community in mind,” said THINX CEO Miki Agrawal on the campaign. “Sawyer graciously modeled for that campaign, People With Periods, and we thought it was high-time that people see a menstruating trans man 10 feet tall in the subway. One of THINX’s key goals is education, and there is so much education to be done with the general public on the trans community, and what their needs are.”

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medium.com
Is The New York Times Collaborating With Anti-Trans Lawmakers?
It is starting to feel like the New York Times is collaborating with anti-trans lawmakers to give platform to the lies and distortions that have enabled state legislative attacks on trans people to gain momentum over the past few years.
By chase strangio

That may sound extreme and of course I don’t really believe that the Times is formally collaborating with the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and their friends, but honestly, they might as well be.

Every day, it seems, the Times publishes a piece about trans people and restrooms that fails to debunk the “bathroom predator” myth, includes false information about the legal fight to protect trans people from discrimination,and creepily (and completely gratuitously) discusses the bodies of trans young people.

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I find the ship wars hilarious. I find people arguing about a character’s gender and sexuality funny. I find it all really funny. My only real ships in the fandom are Twenny and whatever you call Craig xThomas, along with a side of Stendy. Heck, most cliché ships in the fandom are just my brotps (Bunny, Creek, Style, etc).

out.com
Less Than 50% of Teens Identify as Straight, Says New Study
A new study by trend forecasting agency J. Walter Thompson Innovation Group found that only 48 percent of 13-20-year-olds identify as "exclusively heterosexual," compared to 65 percent of millennials aged 21 to 34.

“Vice reports: 

On a scale of zero to six, where zero signified “completely straight” and six meant “completely homosexual,” more than a third of the young demographic chose a number between one and five, indicating that they were bisexual to some degree. Only 24 percent of their older counterparts identified this way.

When it comes to gender, over a third of Generation Z (as I guess we have to call them now)  strongly agreed that gender did not define a person as much as it used to - only 28 percent of millennials felt similarly. Over half, 56 percent, of Gen Z said that they knew someone who went by gender neutral pronouns such as “they,” “them,” or “ze,” compared to 43 percent of people 28 to 34.

Gen Z’s perspectives on gender also extends to their wardrobe. Whereas 54 percent of millennials always bought clothes designed for their own gender, that number drops to 44 percent when it comes to teens. They also overwhelmingly support gender neutral bathrooms, with 70 percent in favor, versus 57 percent of millennials.

But for kids these days, embracing a queer identity while rejecting the gender binary is less a trend and more a reflection of growing up in a world with unprecedented access to information and communities, at a time when the concept of identity is open to interpretation.” 

Read more about the study at Vice.”

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It all just feels like so much work all the time. I don’t want to deal with this stuff! I have other things to think about!

Related: Trans people aren’t ‘obsessed’ with bathrooms, we don’t care about bathrooms 'too much’. We want to not care about bathrooms at all. You’re the the weird ones obsessed with bathrooms. Don’t put that on us.

gaystarnews.com
Bolivia votes to allow trans people to officially change their name and gender
This is a victory for trans people in Bolivia

Bolivian politicians have approved a bill to allow trans people to change their name and gender on official documents.

The Chamber of Deputies approved the bill which will forever change the legal standing of trans people in the South American country.

The Gender Identity bill still needs to be approved by the Senate before being signed into law by President Evo Moralas.

It has been a long awaited process, with the bill first being proposed in 2012 by the national coordinator of the Bolivian trans movement. Raysa Torriani.

It was backed by Bolivia’s Deputy Justice Minister Diego Jimenez who said Bolivia’s constitution prohibits all forms of discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation.

Trans people will still need to apply to the Ministry of Justice for a psychological examination prior to legally changing their identity.

Awesome news, Bolivia! 

buzzfeed.com
New Obamacare Rule Protects Transgender Patients
The Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule under Obamacare on Friday that prohibits denying health care or health coverage on the basis of gender identity.
By Dominic Holden

Just hours after the Obama administration on Friday stood up for transgender students, it took unprecedented steps to protect transgender patients.

Transgender people must be provided transition-related services and cannot be denied health care by providers or professionals who receive federal funding, according to a final rule announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The rule specifically bans the denial of coverage or health care itself on the basis of gender identity.

buzzfeed.com
Singer Laura Jane Grace Burned Her Birth Certificate Onstage In North Carolina
"What better way to get a fire going?"
By Sarah Karlan

Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace kicked off her concert in Durham, North Carolina, last night by burning her birth certificate onstage in front of a sold out crowd — an act of protest against the state’s discriminatory HB2 Bill.

The House 2 Bill requires transgender people to use public restrooms in state-run buildings that match the assigned gender on their birth certificate.

In a video recorded and uploaded to Twitter by a concert goer, you can hear Grace wave and say, “Goodbye, gender,” as she lights the document on fire.

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I don’t even know how to communicate this clearly. I feel like I get reminded of the inconvenience and visibility of my gender pretty much all day. Pronouns, terms of address, bathrooms, shopping, interacting, corresponding - these are the tiny little things that make up day to day life, and they’re all super gendered. I don’t think that’s as apparent if you’re in a normative gender space, but when you’re navigating a transition, or hold a non binary/gender queer identity, they all become little decisions and catches. How do I represent myself authentically here? Where do I fit? How can I be visible? Is this safe?

Honestly, I’m often tired of thinking about gender. I would love to not think about it. I wish that existing in social spaces didn’t make me have to think about it all the time. I really, really do have other things to think about. Oh, but here’s an email for a survey for a service I use and enjoy. The second field? ‘Sex: m/f’. Great.