April 23 2014, 11:05 PM

Society often blurs the lines between drag queens and trans women. This is highly problematic, because many people believe that, like drag queens, trans women go home, take off their wigs and chest plates, and walk around as men. Trans womanhood is not a performance or costume.

 - Janet Mock, Redefining Realness (via inextinguishabledesires)
April 23 2014, 03:45 PM

fauxcyborg:

it doesn’t help me as a bisexual woman when people say that people take lesbian identities seriously, as real, as anything more than a phase.

a huge part of the troubles facing women is that all of us, every woman - lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual, anything - is expected to be sexually available to men at all times. our own sexual identities don’t matter in the face of compulsory heterosexuality. our consent doesn’t matter.

the idea of what it means to be a woman in our world is to belong to a man. 

there are better ways to talk about bisexual issues without erasing patriarchy. 

April 23 2014, 03:17 PM
thebicker:

Federal judge allows terminally ill woman to marry her partner seven months before same-sex marriage becomes legal in Illinois
Vernita Gray’s breast cancer metastasized to her bones and brain. Her dying wish is to marry her partner, Patricia Ewert. A federal judge mandated that Cook County, Illinois immediately issue them a marriage license. David Orr, the Cook County Clerk, said he was thrilled “at long last” to be able to issue a same-sex marriage certificate. As soon as Gray feels well enough to leave chemotherapy, they’ll get married.

thebicker:

Federal judge allows terminally ill woman to marry her partner seven months before same-sex marriage becomes legal in Illinois

Vernita Gray’s breast cancer metastasized to her bones and brain. Her dying wish is to marry her partner, Patricia Ewert. A federal judge mandated that Cook County, Illinois immediately issue them a marriage license. David Orr, the Cook County Clerk, said he was thrilled “at long last” to be able to issue a same-sex marriage certificate. As soon as Gray feels well enough to leave chemotherapy, they’ll get married.

April 23 2014, 03:15 PM

Unfortunately, the trans* community faces three major obstacles to living a normal life in America: identity documentation, gender-segregated institutions, and access to health care. And I’ve only just jumped through the first one of these hurdles.

In our current society it’s the most banal things, such as showing an ID card, going to the bathroom, or receiving trans-related health care, that keep us from having the means to live better, more productive, and safer lives. Unfortunately, there are many laws and procedures that often don’t consider trans* people, or even outright prevent them from doing the sort of simple, day-to-day things that others take for granted.

April 22 2014, 10:36 PM

Help save a 16 year-old trans girl of color from being put in a mens adult prison with NO crimes charged on her by emailing Commissioner Katz.

inkdefense:

butchimightbe:

She has never been convicted of a crime but they want to move her to near isolation in an adult mens prison. This CANNOT happen. Here is a more in depth article: http://feministing.com/2014/04/14/how-the-connecticut-department-of-children-families-is-failing-a-trans-girl-of-color/

I put together an email for Commissioner Katz, so all you have to do is copy and paste it. Click here for the example email

Please reblog to raise awareness!

signal boost, please!

Definitely e-mail Commissioner Katz, and also sign the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project’s petition, which currently needs another 455 signatures to meet its goal.

Also, there’s a rally for this girl being held this Friday in Hartford at the Department of Children and Families - definitely attend if you live in the area.

April 22 2014, 10:15 PM
transrants:

socialistexan:

This is what the cast of a Stonewall movie should look like, not what’s being cast.

These are just a few of the beautiful, incredible, unbelievably brave people who made our movement possible. Pay respect to the people who were involved in the Stonewall Riots by boycotting this planned whitewashed film about cis gay men and drag queens because it’s false and disrespectful to the trans women of color and the other extremely important marginalized groups that sparked the movement we have and benefit from today. Don’t allow this movie to further perpetuate the whitewashing of history and lies about who really was fighting in the Stonewall Riots.

transrants:

socialistexan:

This is what the cast of a Stonewall movie should look like, not what’s being cast.

These are just a few of the beautiful, incredible, unbelievably brave people who made our movement possible. Pay respect to the people who were involved in the Stonewall Riots by boycotting this planned whitewashed film about cis gay men and drag queens because it’s false and disrespectful to the trans women of color and the other extremely important marginalized groups that sparked the movement we have and benefit from today. Don’t allow this movie to further perpetuate the whitewashing of history and lies about who really was fighting in the Stonewall Riots.

April 21 2014, 07:58 PM

When RuPaul and his supporters defend the use of the words “tr*nny” and “she-male,” it gives the power of those words to those who would “castrate or put us on an island and drop an H-bomb on us.” Defending those words is tacit permission to others to use those words as weapons, to openly manifest their hate, against people who lack the ability to fight back. We police words, because they have the power to drive us to despair when we live under an unending torrent of hate. …

The excuse that they’re reclaiming the language does not hold water: you can’t reclaim it while it’s still actively being used against you, and especially if the words are being used against some other group than your own. I can’t accept the excuse that policing language is somehow a greater moral wrong than the harm of that language on the people it is being used against.

RuPaul is not transgender, and does not define himself as such. Yet, he has decided that he can unilaterally dictate what language is offensive to transgender people, a group that isn’t his own. Imagine for a moment if one of the most popular and prominent members of the transgender community was encouraging straight people to use the word f*ggot when describing gay men. Imagine if they refused to step back from the use of this word. Would there be a similar debate?

 - Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones…But Words Can Kill the Soul | Brynn Tannehill for the Huffington Post Gay Voices  (via gaywrites)
April 21 2014, 12:02 PM

Stonewall was colored folks, poor folks, transsexuals, femmes, butches… a little bit of everybody. But the narrative that gets sold to people is that it was all these ‘A-Gay’ white normative people. That’s not who riots. Sorry.

 - Juba Kalamka in this interview (via soldadera-del-amor)
April 20 2014, 05:40 PM

All together now: Marriage equality is good for our health 

gaywrites:

Yet another medical journal has confirmed that legal marriage equality improves life for LGBT people in many ways - including physical and mental health.

According to an article published recently in The New England Journal of Medicine, there are multiple ways same-sex marriage can be good for us. A huge one is access to a spouse’s health care benefits, often only available after marriage. Previous studies have also found that the stigma and discrimination that result from anti-gay laws have negative health effects, and LGBT folks become noticeably healthier when laws are inclusive. 

The Institute of Medicine’s 2011 report about LGBT health indicated that LGBT people suffer greater “physical and mental health outcomes” than their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts, primarily because of being a part of “a stigmatized minority group.” Because of this, access to health care is all the more imperative.

"LGBT people living in states that ban same-sex marriage, for instance," the Journal article reads, “are more likely than their counterparts in other states to report symptoms of depression, anxiety, and alcohol use disorder.”

Once again, virtually none of this information is surprising, but it’s useful to know as we continue arguing for marriage equality and other LGBT-inclusive laws, and all of the ways they can help us. 

April 19 2014, 11:18 PM

How Do You Describe Your Gender Identity?

"I am a transexual woman.  I am woman.  I’m a woman in my mind and in my soul.  No one is the guarantor of womanhood.  Those people who identify themselves as women are women to me- and I love my womanhood."