I’ve been posting autobio strips about my transition on twitter (http://www.twitter.com/upandoutcomic) on Thursdays and wanted to see if there was any interest here, seeing as UP and OUT is still on hiatus.
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.
Fact #480: You’re allowed to present in a way that’s commonly associated with your assigned gender. It doesn’t invalidate you. You’re still deserving of respect, you’re still valid. And it is not your fault if people misgender you.
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