Shoutout to LGBTQ+ kids

Shoutout to LGBTQ+ kids who are told they are “too young to know”.

Shoutout to young lesbians who are overly fetishized.

Shoutout to young gay boys who feel the need to overcompensate their masculinity in order to fit in.

Shoutout to pansexual, polysexual, and bisexual kids who are told that they’re “doing it to be cool”.

Shoutout to kids on the ace spectrum who believe they are broken or confused.

Shoutout to young trans girls whose only representations of themselves are in political cartoons as creepy, perverted men.

Shoutout to young trans boys who are labeled as “tomboys” and “butch lesbians”.

Shoutout to mlm trans boys and wlw trans girls whose internalized transphobia makes them believe that they are “fakers”.

Shoutout to genderqueer kids who are told that their identity doesn’t exist. 

Shoutout to mentally ill trans kids, who are told that their gender identity is a side effect of their illness.

Shoutout to questioning kids who feel that they have to figure everything out now.

Shoutout to LGBTQ+ kids of color, who have to figure out where they fit in society, as well as getting little to no representation. 

Shoutout to LGBTQ+ kids with unsupportive or abusive families, I promise it isn’t your fault.

Shoutout to LGBTQ+ kids in the closet who feel they’d be disowned if they came out.

Shoutout to all LGBTQ+ kids. You are valid and wonderful and I love you.
Alberta judges ordered 4-year-old not to wear girls' clothes in public
3rd judge to rule said child can choose male or female clothing


Angela Reid, with the Trans Equality Society of Alberta, says this unusual court order dictating the type of clothing a child wears goes against Alberta’s Bill of Rights.

She says gender identity and gender expression are both protected, and the legislation does not require a diagnosis of gender dysphoria or any other medical condition; these rights apply to everyone.

“If it’s actually a boy who thinks he’s a boy but he wants to wear dresses anyway, that is totally OK, and that should not be prevented by the court,” says Reid.

Reid says this is the third case she’s seen like this. However it’s the only one involving a child in a custody case. In the other situations, she says it’s the parents who aren’t being allowed to dress in the clothing of their choice when visiting their children.

“The fact that we’re seeing multiple cases where someone’s gender expression is being dictated by the court tells us that perhaps a more visible ruling that, that it’s not OK in our court system, would be very useful,” says Reid.

Smith says she doesn’t know if her child is just curious, or is transgender, but she says it doesn’t matter to her. She says what does matter is that the courts respect the right of gender expression.

She plans to launch a human rights complaint against the two judges, and continue to fight to regain primary custody.

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Ambiguous Bodies and Deviant Sexualities: Hermaphrodites, Homosexuality, and Surgery in the United States, 1850-1904
[...] The first report of corrective surgery published in the United States appeared in the American Journal of the Medical Sciences in 1852, but surgery did not immediately replace more traditional social prescriptions designed to fit hermaphrodites into a dimorphic model of human sex. Only after homosexuality became a matter of discussion in American medical journals did the frequency of normalizing surgeries increase.This paper explores the connection between physicians’ increased interest in preventing “abnormal” sexual behavior and their insistence that interventionist surgeries were the most appropriate means of treating cases of hermaphroditism.

This article is the only one I’ve read so far out of the ones my partner got from the U of T medical library. It was completely eye-opening and explores the correlation between the medicalization/pathologization of homosexuality, bisexuality and gender variance and the rise of normalizing surgeries in intersex infants.

A very important and relatively short read that I heavily encourage intersex people as well as dyadic LGBT allies to read.

Content is potentially triggering. CW: intersexism, homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, conversion therapy, surgery, forced sex assignment, medical/body talk, H slur