the lgbt center

anonymous asked:

I have finally "come to terms", so to speak, with myself being transgendered. Growing up in a very religious household, who frowned upon such things, made me hide it for 10+ years. I'm finally coming out to parts of my family, and letting them know what's going on with me. While not everyone supports it, I'm trying to figure out what my next steps would be. How do I find a gender therapist and start actually transitioning and taking T? And any idea how to tell my managers at work? Thanks! <3

I honestly just googled best gender therapist in my area and starting making phone calls. You could also head down to the local LGBT center in your city if you have one.

In order to start hormones you need a referral from a therapist or doctor and they will then refer you to an endocrinologist or if your primary care doctor to prescribe you hormones. You will go in for blood work to make sure everything in your body is working properly and to check your hormone levels and then if it’s all good from there you can start your get.

It’s important to note this doesn’t happen in one visit and it can take time to get a referral so don’t give up! Coming out is hard but worth it. You will be so much happier.

Congrats on starting your journey

Kyle

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LGBT community center in Washington, DC, vandalized, trans staff member assaulted

  • A window was smashed and a transgender staff member was assaulted at Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center in Washington, D.C., on Sunday afternoon, according to posts from the center’s Facebook.
  • Ruby Corado, executive director of Casa Ruby, broadcasted live on Facebook twice from the community center on Sunday after the incident. 
  • In a follow-up broadcast on Sunday night, Corado called the vandalism “another example of hate” meant to “intimidate the LGBT community." 
  • Corado told FOX5 that this was the third instance of vandalism on Casa Ruby’s property in two weeks. There is a donation page here. Read more (3/13/17 2:40 PM)

imagine a modern Artemis, her clothes smudged with dirt and blood.  Hair the color of deep earth, intertwined with bones and leaves.  She isn’t pretty.  She doesn’t have to be.  She’s beautiful, terrifying, and doesn’t care what you think.

Imagine a modern Artemis who gave up her bow a century ago.  She carries guns now.  Two strapped to her side, another across her back.  Her forests are various battlefields.  She fights side by side with the female soldiers.  War is her sister’s domain, but Athena doesn’t mind.  

Imagine a modern Artemis running an animal shelter.  She protects all sort of beasts.  Her workers are all women that she found:  abused, homeless, alone.  She protects them now - she teaches them how to protect themselves.  They call themselves the huntresses. 

Imagine a modern Artemis walking in hand in hand with her brother.  They walk through LGBT youth centers.  They walk the streets in search of runaway youths.  Artemis stops to talk to trans youths, young lesbians, and bisexual girls.  “You are valid,” She says, “you are worthy.” 

Imagine a modern Artemis, walking by the full moon’s light.  She sees a man attempt to force himself on a young girl.  She readies her gun and fires.  It hits him in the stomach; he’ll die slowly.  She smiles to herself as the girl escapes.  

In the old days, Artemis used to hunt legendary beasts.  Now She kills a different kind of monster. 

i think a big issue with aces wanting to be considered lgbt and thinking they’re entitled to include themselves amongst us is that their version of the lgbt community is so idealized they don’t understand it. they don’t understand that we can barely take care of ourselves, that kids still freeze in the streets because there aren’t enough room in lgbt centers (which are barely funded as it is), that trans women are being killed left and right, that gay kids are being kicked out of their homes, that lgbt people are killing themselves every day, that alcoholism and drug use is a huge problem in the community. they only see the pretty parts – the parades, the rainbow flags, the celebration of gay marriage, the culture, but they don’t understand that it’s not like that all the time. that most of the time we’re barely scraping by, that the resources, the beds, the scholarships run out so quickly, and there’s not even enough for us now

and honestly i’m gonna disregard all the fuckin discourse for a second about whether aces are even inherently lgbt and remind people that we honestly can’t support them. our resources, our shelters, our scholarships, our food were created for certain people and we don’t even have enough for ourselves, never mind them!

and to a degree, i can understand why aces might think the lgbt community is for them, because through their narrow view they only see the good parts, and they want to be a part of it, because they’re abnormal too, right? they’re not the norm either. but that view comes with a shitload of misunderstanding on their part and ignorance of our history. we didn’t come together as a “community” by chance. we were united by things like the aids crisis, like stonewall, and even now we’re just barely clinging on to each other when we’re not fighting amongst each other. they don’t understand that during the aids crisis our elders saw their friends dying around them and a government who ignored their existence, that they attended funerals every week, that they were barred from seeing their loved ones in the hospital because of who they were. they cannot understand, and they will never understand.

and i’ll say this: aces do deserve a community. they deserve support and resources too. but the lgbt community is not the one for them. we can barely take care of ourselves, and we are not the answer to their issues.

I’m a transgender moc who was forced to leave my home as a result of an abusive family. Since then, my family has harassed my university, the LGBT center at my university, those who helped me leave, and my previous place of employ. They’ve stalked my social media accounts looking for ways to figure out where I live and work.

As of now, I’ve graduated with my degree (despite multiple attempts by my family to attempt to prevent the university from issuing my degree) and I am attempting to move up in the world. I’m currently working two jobs, but I’m looking to move across the country to start a new life. Unfortunately, I live in a location where the cost of living is very high and there are few opportunities for someone to break into a new field without prior connections. 

In my spare time, I write and make graphic designs. I am eventually hoping to get a position working in marketing, or at a place similar to where I used to volunteer counseling LGBT+ youth. I’m not asking you to donate or buy anything that I make, but I’m just asking that you follow me and reblog this post so I can get more visibility. 

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Philadelphia’s queer people of color have fought racism for years. Now the city is paying attention.

  • When you’ve been shut down, you get loud,“ Amber Hikes, executive director of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs, said to raucous applause at a crowded town hall meeting in the William Way LGBT Center in May. "I am here for kicking down the door if the door needs to be kicked down.”
  • “Civil disobedience is in our blood,” she added.
  • Hikes was only two months into her new job, and her very first conversation with the city’s LGBTQ community about inclusiveness in LGBTQ spaces was standing room only. 
  • Attendees represented a vast swath of Philadelphia’s LGBTQ residents: Queer and trans people of color were present; some people were in wheelchairs; others had canes.
  • The meeting was more than a simple introduction between Hikes and the community she serves. After a series of racist incidents in Philadelphia’s LGBTQ spaces, Hikes assured those present that her administration would hear their concerns and work to make the queer community’s spaces inclusive.
  • Queer Philadelphians of color had been trying for some time to bring attention to racism in LGBTQ spaces, particularly in the historical Gayborhood. 
  • The area, by some accounts the first official gay enclave in America, is small — only about six blocks by seven blocks — and abuts downtown Philadelphia and its City Hall. Rainbow street signs are mounted at its intersections. Read more (6/28/17)

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This gorgeous Pride video was created by Equinox and New York’s LGBT Community Center. It takes the viewer through an “LGBTQ alphabet” in which people share what different words and identities mean to them. 

I love how real and raw this is, but the A doesn’t stand for ally, and the inclusion of kink is questionable. What do you think?

You know, the funny thing about this whole babadook as a gay icon thing is that, having studied gothic horror for so long, you’re forced to be aware of how often queerness is coded as monstrosity. Dracula, Dorian Gray, Carmilla, The Monk, The Parasite, Frankenstein- go through any staple of the horror genre and the fear of non-heteronormativity is there. the monster always has something to do with sex and gender politics: the ‘threat’ of same-gender desire, of cross-dressing, of feminine desire or empowerment, of all sexuality that is Other in its rejection of larger sociopolitical norms. So, that LGBT+ folks are ‘monsters’ is nothing new: we’re the creature in the darkness, threatening to destroy society. We’re the ones luring women and men into same gender encounters that will deform them. We’re the ones who entice and enthrall and threaten and intimidate- frightening, dangerous, anarchist. The fact that we can go full circle like this and appropriate this trope for our own liking is amazing. Sure, it’s just some dinky memes on the internet, but that has power. When Carmilla is made into a lgbt-centered webseries where lesbian romance and vampirism work in harmony, that’s incredible. when Hannibal turns the monstrous queer trope on its head and finds immense beauty (even grotesque beauty) in same-gender encounters, that’s powerful. when we make a fuckin’ meme about the babadook scaring the shit out of het folks and being hilariously fab at a pride parade, we’re reclaiming these dangerous, intentionally dehumanizing stories. Yes, we stand in the margins. Yes, we upset the ‘order of things’. Yes, we embody change and progress. Yes, we upset the oppressors. You should be afraid. And we’re gonna find ways to fuckin’ laugh about it. 

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PRE-ORDERS ARE NOW OPEN! (Close on July 24)

Thank you for waiting and a warm thanks to all the artists who made this possible!

Salt and Vinegar is a 40-page booklet in full color, made by a team of 28 artists! Started in February, the zine was created with the end goal of providing donations to the Sacramento LGBT Center. All money earned from the zine is given to the Sacramento LGBT Center and is entirely non-profit. To see the whole artist list, look at the attached pictures and previews.

The booklet will be:

  • 8.5x11 inches
  • 300dpi
  • saddle-stitch

Additional items ($5 each) for the zine include:

There are four options to choose from total:

  • fanzine only
  • fanzine + stickers
  • fanzine + keychain
  • full package (fanzine + stickers +keychain)

An email will go out to artists by tomorrow about artists’ orders tomorrow regarding the discount and how it will work.

We look forward to seeing this zine come to a completion.

EDIT: Digital copies will be sold after the preorders are finished and shipped out to those who ordered them! A separate post will be made regarding that and any leftover zines we have in the future.

Pride 2017 isn’t over yet — and our inbox is now open for Tumblr’s next Issue Time on transgender rights. Experts, advocates and journalists are here to answer your questions about the issues and struggles transgender people face and how we can work together to solve them.

  • According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 78% of transgender/gender non-conforming students in grades K-12 said they’ve beed harassed, while 35% reported physical assault and 12% reported sexual violence.
  • According to the same survey, transgender respondents experienced unemployment at double the rate of the general population, while 26% lost a job due to being transgender.
  • 20% of respondents also reported that they were evicted or denied housing simply for being transgender.
  • 19% of respondents said that someone denied them medical services because of their gender identity.
  • From 2010 to 2016, at least 111 transgender and gender-nonconforming Americans were murdered because of their gender identity, 72% of them were black trans women and gender-nonconforming femmes, who identify as neither male nor female but present as feminine.
  • Anti-transgender legislation continues to sprout up nationwide.

We’ll be accepting questions until Wednesday, June 28 at 11 AM and publishing the responses here on Thursday and Friday, June 29 and 30.

Ask away!

Let’s meet the panelists:

  • Tiq Milan has been an advocate in the LGBT community for over a decade. He is also a writer and journalist who carved a niche for himself as a media advocate and one of the leading voices for transgender equality. He is a regular on-air contributor to Huff Post Live and various MSNBC news outlets and has penned articles for BET.com,Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Source, Vibe and others on issues facing the LGBT movement. Tiq is the former editor-in-chief of IKONS magazine, an LGBT pop culture magazine, and has been a freelance pop culture journalist for several years, interviewing people from Jay-Z to Cicely Tyson. Recently married to Toronto based artist and educator Kim Katrin Milan, they together speak about creating love in queer communities of color and intersectional approaches to human rights activism in North America and abroad.
  • Alex Schmider received his Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Media & Communications from Tufts University in 2013. Prior to joining GLAAD’s team, he worked as the Communications Coordinator at the Los Angeles LGBT Center where he also participated in the Happy Hippie Foundation’s #InstaPride campaign and was featured in a Hallmark Mother’s Day ad, showing the love between a mom and her transgender son. Since joining GLAAD in 2016, Alex has worked with Tinder to launch its trans-inclusive app update, MTV on content for Transgender Awareness Week, and Teen Vogue on featured videos and articles. Schmider was selected as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for Media in 2017, and the same year also received the Visibility Award from L.A. Pride. In his spare time, Alex volunteers as a camp counselor for Camp Aranu'tiq—a camp for transgender and gender nonconforming youth, who inspire him to do what he can to accelerate acceptance for the transgender community.
  • Meredith Talusan is an award-winning journalist and author who has written features, essays, and opinion pieces for many publications, including The Guardian, The Atlantic, VICE, Matter, Backchannel, The Nation, Mic, BuzzFeed News, and the American Prospect. She has received journalism awards from GLAAD and the Society for Professional Journalists, and is a contributor to Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America. She lives in New York City.
  • Mathew Rodriguez is an award-winning journalist and staff writer at Mic. He is a former editor at TheBody.com, an HIV/AIDS news website, and a contributing editor at Modern Loss. His work focuses on the intersectional lives of LGBTQ people. He also hosts a podcast, Slayerfest98, about his favorite television show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Shelby Chestnut is the Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project. For over a decade, Shelby has been organizing with LGBTQ people, people of color, and low income communities to address violence, promote access to resources, and affect local policy change that is for and by the people most impacted by oppression. Shelby holds a BA from Antioch College and an MS from the New School. Shelby is a member of the Assinibouine Nation in Montana. Shelby currently calls Brooklyn, New York home.
  • Serena Jazmine Daniari is a passionate writer, blogger, social media strategist, writer and transgender activist of Iranian descent. She graduated from New York University in 2015 with a BS in Media, Culture, and Communication. Since then, Serena has worked with AOL, Cambio, The Huffington Post, and #BUILTBYGIRLS working on audience development and social strategy. During this time, Serena publicly documented and blogged about her gender transition online as she underwent various gender-affirming surgeries. Serena is now a Social Programming Editor at Mic, a media company for millennials. She has worked closely with GLSEN, GLAAD, and the Transgender Law Center.