nytimes.com
Living as a Man, Fighting Breast Cancer: How Trans People Face Care Gaps
CW: problematic wording

A diagnosis of breast cancer at age 27 is shattering for anyone. But for Eli Oberman, it came with extra layers of anxiety. He is a transgender man, who was born female but began taking male hormones when he was 19 to change gender.

Like many transgender people, Mr. Oberman switched gender without having surgery to change his body. The cancer was a stark reminder that he was still vulnerable to illnesses from his original anatomy — and that the medical world has blind spots in its understanding of how to take care of trans men and women.

This is just one example of how horrible the Australian media can be.

See the full article here, where the author [Tim Clarke], misgenders Sienna over and over again - I don’t even think he understands at all what it means to be transgender. There are SO many errors here and I’m so disappointed. How trans people are perceived in the media is one of the many reasons why trans people need to fight everyday for awareness. 

Speaking as a cis woman, I do not have the same perspective but we are the ONLY ones who have the right to decide our own identity, not anybody else. 

This NEEDS to be acknowledged. 

If you’re wondering what the problem is, Everyday Feminism made a perfect article about misgendering and how dehumanising and harmful it can be: 

‘10 Things You’re Actually Saying When You Ignore Someone’s Gender Pronouns’

a while ago i got some random unsolicited terf snark and it led me down the rabbit hole of “detransitioned lesbian” terfs and like, it just felt so sad to me cause there’s like.. a lot of common ground! like reading people talkin about like feeling that they “had to be” men because something masculine in them made them predatory un-women, feeling pressure to transition away from womanhood cause womanhood is inherently devalued, and then feeling the need to reconcile with womanhood because trying to live as men hurt them, and like realizing the butchness and being gender non-conforming can be beautiful by interacting with people and loving them, that is the fucking transest shit ever and is so similar to the way so many awesome trans women talk about trans womanhood. but like the divergence happens where they assume that they were “really” women (“females”) all along and were just temporarily estranged from that (with the opposite applying, that trans women are “really” men and dont belong in women’s or lesbian’s spaces or discussions). like it’s the same bullshit hippie ideology, the natural is good, the artifical is bad. and like it would be cool if people coming from that perspective had the conceptual tools to articulate feelings that i think are so similar to what a lot of trans lesbians go through by actually talking about like their relation to patriarchy and gender as an institution rather than just talking about being “biological females” it would make a ton of sense and be mutually benificial, but i guess that is just socially discouraged because terfs are pretty active in like trying to recuperate those voices and experiences, and being trans is always presented as like a monolithic cult based around medical transitioning and like “i was born in the wrong body” narratives? it’s depressing.

If you say you support trans people, support ALL trans people.

Black trans people.
Muslim trans people.
Gender non conforming trans people.
Nonbinary trans people.
Non op trans people.
Trans people with neo pronouns.
Trans people who don’t change their name or pronouns.
Masculine and butch trans feminine people and trans women.
Feminine and femme trans masculine people and trans men.
Mentally ill trans people.
Disabled trans people.
Poor trans people.
Very young trans people.
Very old trans people.
Trans people who didn’t “always know” they were trans.
Trans students.
Trans teachers.
Trans veterans.
Trans people who don’t have the means to get a GED or college education.
Trans drop outs.
Trans immigrants.
Trans people with little to no Dysphoria.
Trans people with little to no euphoria.
Non Hetero trans people.
Ace and aro spec trans people.
Native trans people.
Nonbinary trans people who arent androgynous.
Fat trans people.
Closeted trans people.
Achillean, sapphic, and diamoric trans people.
Queer trans people.
Trans drag performers.
Trans people who don’t want HRT.
Trans people with severe allergies.
Trans people with immunity issues.
Trans otherkin.
Trans atheists and agonistic trans people.
Religious and irreligious trans people.
Trans witches.

You support ALL of us or admit that you support NONE of us.

We’re not going to be your perfect little angel and ideal of what we should be just so you can treat us like human beings.

A GENDER NEUTRAL PRONOUN IN SPANISH

Hi friends!

As we all know, the English language has a very important word when dealing with non-binary people and transgender people in general. The pronoun ‘they’.

‘They’ helps us talk about someone with gender disconformity and it’s another option for people to choose pronouns from. In Spanish we don’t have that option.

Many Spanish-speaking gender non binary people face a lot of invisibility problems because they don’t even know what to call themselves. That’s why we’ve created this petition. By signing here you will allow thousands of gender non conforming people to finally have a word to express themselves with.

The petition is sent to the Real Academia Española (RAE- Spanish Royal Academy) which is in charge of making all of the new spanish words, rules, dictionary, etc. 

Your signature could help thousands of gender non conforming people around the globe!

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An Open Letter to the Tween Girl’s Clothing Store, Justice 

(Raleigh, N.C. branch at Poyner Place, behind Triangle Town Center)

“Every time we made a trip to your neighbor store, Target, my son would longingly look in the windows of Justice and say, “I wish I could shop there.” But we never went in. There was just something off-putting about those words on your window, reading, “Just for girls,” that kept us away time and time again. My son doesn’t identify as a girl, at least he hasn’t for as long as he has been able to communicate, although he has always acted like a stereotypical girl, played exclusively with stereotypical girls toys, and has almost exclusively female friends.

We’ve all been on a journey to understand his gender non-conformity, but finally my husband, myself, and my 2 older cisgender children are all on the same page, and we’re just looking for ways to support our gender creative, in transition, born-male child. He may one day be LGBTQ+. He may not. We’re open to whatever, as long as he’s happy, true to himself, and not hurting anyone.

We rushed to get there, and just around 5:10 arrived. There were no other customers in the store. My son’s eyes were huge and overwhelmed with possibilities. Stephnie came right over to greet us didn’t bat an eyelash, and basically took on the role of my son’s personal shopper for the evening. 

I was blown away by the fact that Stephnie stayed well-past her shift’s end, just to continue working with us. She made my son feel beautiful and totally free of judgment. I want to thank her for that precious, precious gift. I rarely get to see my son being his full potential, his absolute true self in public. She encouraged that and even helped bring it out. I felt so much hope for the future.

We left the store 2 hours later with 2 full bags, and I snapped a picture of my son standing by the store window that reads, “just for girls.” He was clutching his 2 bags of new clothes, standing beside those words, and challenging the notion of “just for girls.”

Thank you, thank you, thank you.  ❤️

Martie Sirois, parent of a gender non-conforming 10-year-old boy transitioning to become someone even more beautiful than he already is.”

Read the full letter and see more photos here

PRETTY TOUCHING, RIGHT? WHAT DO YOU FOLKS THINK?

npr.org
California Restaurants Launch Nation's First Transgender Jobs Program
The unemployment rate for transgender people is double that of the general population. A new program aims to change that. It's all because of a trans woman who's employed trans people for years.
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Check out ‪#‎IntersexMedMondays‬ on twitter and share a post! Here’s my first tweet using the new hashtag… “Intersex folks don’t want your medicalization. We want our liberation.”

Photo by Sarah-Ji Rhee. Taken out front the now shuttered Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. The hospital moved downtown and is now called Lurie Children’s Hospital. This still goes on today. Holler at me on ig @pidgeon_is_my_name or, support the work I do and check out these prints. if you like one, maybe you could buy one and put it on your wall and send me a picture of it   ❤ http://etsy.me/1JcBKPI

remezcla.com
This Woman Tricked Trump Supporters Into Donating to a Queer Latino Organization
An unnamed woman created an ingenious poster that, at first glance, looks like it pays tribute to Donald Trump.

With a seemingly simple poster, a woman is raising money for Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement, and the donations are coming from the most unlikely of places: Donald Trump rallies. 

An unnamed woman known as thewwwayward designed a motivational Trump poster – with the words “There’s no good and evil, there’s only power and those too weak to seek it” attributed to him. She sold the posters to followers of the presumptive Republican nominee at a rally. What they didn’t know, unless they are big Harry Potter fans, is that the words actually comes from Hogwarts’ most villainous student, Voldemort.

In a video, the masked woman explains that she also gave buyers a clue that they were being trolled. “I also included a hidden image of Voldemort’s face that will only appear once they’ve hung up the poster and turned off the lights,” she said about the glow-in-the-dark bonus. 

While this already makes her a shero in our eyes, she’s taking it one step further and doing some good with the money she raised. All of her profits will be donated to Familia Trans Queer – an organization that advocates for all LGBTQ Latinos, Latinas, and gender nonconforming individuals. “Believe me, I have zero qualms about trolling Trump supporters, taking their money, and giving it to communities of color,” she concludes

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Portraits of Women Living as Men to Escape Oppression in the Balkans

Photography by Jill Peters

‘Sworn Virgin’ is the term given to a biological female in the Balkans who is chosen to take on the social identity of a man for life. Dating back hundreds of years, this was necessary in societies that lived within tribal clans, followed the Kanun, an archaic code of law, and maintained an oppressive rule over the female gender. The Kanun states that women are considered to be the property of their husbands. The freedom to vote, drive, conduct business, earn money, drink, smoke, swear, own a gun or wear pants was traditionally the exclusive province of men.

As an alternative, becoming a  Sworn Virgin, or ‘burnesha’, elevated a woman to the status of a man and granted her all the rights and privileges of the male population. In order to manifest the transition such a woman cut her hair, donned male clothing and sometimes even changed her name. Male gestures and swaggers were practiced until they became second nature. Most importantly of all, she took a vow of celibacy to remain chaste for life. This practice continues today but as modernization inches toward the small villages nestled in the Alps, this archaic tradition is increasingly seen as obsolete. Only a few aging Sworn Virgins remain.—Jill Peters

via Feature Shoot

papermag.com
Jaden Smith Says He Wears Skirts To End the Bullying of Gender-Nonconforming Kids
At only 17, Smith is a trailblazing Louis Vuitton model, actor and musician. And now he holds the unique distinction as Nylon's first ever male cover star.
By papermagazine

Smith makes a lovely and well-timed debut, on the cover of Nylon for their August issue. His close-up shot, an intimate portrait of Jaden in a ruffled blouse and studded denim combo, is nothing short of carefree black boy realness.

In his interview, Smith speaks candidly on his reasons for wearing a skirt in his Louis Vuitton campaign, saying, “So, you know, in five years when a kid goes to school wearing a skirt, he won’t get beat up and kids won’t get mad at him.”

Smith sees himself as more than an entertainer. He sees himself as an agent of change. In fact, changing the culture was the larger goal behind the revolutionary Louis Vuitton campaign. “It was lit because we all knew that we were going to impact the culture and change the game and make a difference.”

Indeed, that’s what Smith’s doing, especially when it comes to changing the way black men and boys are viewed.