THIS IS A KICKSTARTER FOR THE LAST BIT OF FUNDING FOR A SHOW ABOUT TRANSGENDER PEOPLE, WRITTEN & ACTED BY ACTUAL TRANS PEOPLE
THEY STILL HAVE $39,000 TO GO ATM BUT IF WE GET THIS FUNDED CAN YOU FUCKING IMAGINE
IT WOULD BE LIKE A SHOUT OUT TO THE WORLD LIKE “HELLO YES WE’RE QUEER AND WE’RE HERE AND WE WANT TO SEE OURSELVES IN MEDIA”
Janet Mock turns the script around and asks a cisgender woman the private / invasive questions trans people are asked regularly.
Next time I’m asked these questions (hopefully there will not be a next time) I will dodge them — literally — like how Alicia does in the final gif.
I LOVE the interviewers’ full-body “okay, point made” recoil.
Ooh! Fun fact: Trans* is transmisogynistic; trans should be used instead. (the * implies that there’s a group that isn’t already captured under trans, which is untrue.)
Many nonbinary people don’t identify as trans, I’ve always seen trans* used to include nonbinary people who don’t want to use the trans tag. As a nonbinary trans person, I want to emphasize that the discrimination I go through is different than binary trans people (especially as a DFAB nonbinary person I have quite a bit of privilege over DMAB trans women and nonbinary identities.) and I feel like the asterix does that for me. How do other trans or nonbinary people feel about this?
These are all links that deal with the asterisk
I’m a trans women and I’m really against the asterisk because of how it’s often used, whether intentionally or not, to take the focus away from trans women on issues that only trans women deal with. I also don’t like it because the narrative of a “community” inherently makes the privilege of dfab trans people, especially trans men, invisible. It also seems to make people think that trans men are capable of talking about the issues of all trans people. I’m also against it because of the apparent history behind its creation to separate the transsexual identity from non binary trans people.
I didn’t even think of the way the asterisk could be racist by including race specific identities in an umbrella they don’t identify with but that makes so much sense. Thank you so much everyone for sending these links and I really encourage people (especially us DFAB trans people) to take a look.
This is the best collection of links around the nature of the asterisk that I’ve run into, and represent the reason I’ve stopped using “trans*” as a tag in my posts and started using simply “trans” instead.
I learned something today! I used to identify strongly with the second comment on this post, specifically: “As a nonbinary trans person, I want to emphasize that the discrimination I go through is different than binary trans people (especially as a DFAB nonbinary person I have quite a bit of privilege over DMAB trans women and nonbinary identities.)”
Thank you for educating me, Tumblr.
The more you know! Up till this point my only annoyance has been people not understanding that an asterisk is a common wildcard indicator.
Now I can totally avoid that argument because we shouldn’t be USING a wildcard there/the history is sketch.
reasons why this is the most important show on television
it’s equally important to remember that you can be a drag queen and a trans man at the same time.
Or a drag king and a trans guy, or nonbinary and in drag…
Hey everybody, being trans* hasn’t suddenly become the new cool thing to do and if you use the term transtrender in any serious capacity you are an asshole, full-stop
- Technological advances (such as the computer, for instance) have put the entire world at our fingertips
- certain circles are more conductive to critical thinking about gender and transgender matters
- a dialogue on the subject of gender identity opens up individuals capacity to question their own gender
- Tumblr and places like tumblr act as a sounding board for millions of people, allowing for an infinite number of dialogues to be found and discussed by infinite numbers of people
- many of these dialogues involve gender
- Where there was once a lack of community there is now substantial community
- people will identify with that community if they feel they have something to identify with
- you do not make the rules about whether a person is “trans enough” to identify within the umbrella
- community is a good thing
- new members of community are a good thing
- By excluding people because they appear to be following a surge of activity (which is, as we discussed, a product of the times we are living in rather than because the concept suddenly became popular) or because they don’t fit into the definitions you have of a trans* identified individual, you are systematically alienating them through a nonsensical “points system” you have either A) made up yourself, consciously or subconsciously and/or B) had imposed on you by societal expectations of gender roles
- The trans community has enough shit-throwing from outside sources and internal strife weakens us as a whole
- Thinking critically about ones gender can be a positive step towards an individual’s long-term self-identification and this dialogue should be fostered in whatever form it may come in rather than suppressed because you, an outside force, believe this is “a phase” or “a trend”
- By the virtue of your being an outside force, you do not get to dictate any other person’s identity
- In short: no one is a transtrender
- If you think so, you are an asshole
- also stop
also separating trans people into “true” trans people and transtrenders won’t make cis people see you as any more valid, sorry
Sylvia Rae Rivera: Why she kicks ass
- She was an American transgender activist. She was a founding member of both the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance and helped found STAR (Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries), a group dedicated to helping homeless young street drag queens and trans women, with her friend Marsha P. Johnson.
- She was raised by her Venezuelan grandmother, who disapproved of her effeminate behavior, particularly after she began to wear makeup in fourth grade. As a result, she began living on the streets at the age of eleven, where she joined a community of drag queens.
- Her activism began during the Vietnam War, civil rights, and feminist movements and fully bloomed around the time of the Stonewall Riots. She often spoke of her presence within the Stonewall Inn the night of the riots. She also became involved in Puerto Rican and African American youth activism, particularly with the Young Lords and Black Panthers.
- At different times in her life, Sylvia Rivera battled substance abuse issues and lived on the streets. Her experiences made her more focused on advocacy for those who, in her view, the mainline community (and often the queer community) were leaving behind.
- In the last five years of her life Sylvia renewed her political activity, giving many speeches concerning the Stonewall Riots and the necessity for unity among transgender people to fight for their historic legacy as people in the forefront of the LGBT movement. She traveled to Italy for the Millennium March in 2000 where she was acclaimed as the Mother of all gay people.
- In early 2001, after a church service at the MCC referring to the Star announcing the birth of Jesus she decided to reinstate Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries as an active political organization. STAR fought for the New York City Transgender Rights Bill and for a trans-inclusive New York State Sexual Orientation Non Discrimination Act. Also STAR sponsored street pressures for justice for Amanda Milan, a transgender woman who was murdered in 2000.
- Sylvia also attacked the Human Rights Commission and the Empire State Pride Agenda as organizations which were standing in the way of transgender rights. On her death bed she met with Matt Foreman and Joe Grabarz of the Empire State Pride Agenda in order to negotiate trans inclusion in ESPA’s political structure and agenda.
- She refused to have the drag culture erased from the gay rights agenda by assimilationist gay leaders who were seeking to make the community look more attractive to the heterosexual majority. Rivera’s conflicts with mainstream gay and lesbian advocacy groups were emblematic of the mainstream gay rights movement’s strained relationship to transgender issues.
- She was an active member of the Metropolitan Community Church of New York, and ministered through the Church’s food pantry, which provided food to the hungry. She remained a passionate advocate for queer youth, and MCC New York’s queer youth shelter is called Sylvia’s Place in her honour.
- Named in her honor (and established in 2002), the Sylvia Rivera Law Project is dedicated “to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence”.
- Rivera was banned from New York’s Gay & Lesbian Community Center for several years in the mid-nineties, because, on a cold winter’s night, she aggressively demanded that the Center take care of poor and homeless queer youth. "One of our main goals now is to destroy the Human Rights Campaign, because I’m tired of sitting on the back of the bumper. It’s not even the back of the bus anymore—it’s the back of the bumper. The bitch on wheels is back."
you should know sylvia rivera. because there’s not a day that goes by that i don’t think about her and the ways she inspires me to do better, be better, care more than i already do.
Chicago House opens nation’s first transgender housing
On Monday, Chicago House cut the ribbon on the TransLife Center (TLC), a first in the nation facility for members of the transgender community, located in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.
The non-profit organization said it hopes to offer full wrap-around services to members of Chicago’s transgender community, which includes housing, health and employment servicecs, in a discrimination-free space.
"This will set a new model and a new standard for other cities," said Chicago House CEO, Rev. Stan J. Sloan during the morning ceremony.
The ribbon was cut by Stormie Williams, the first resident of the house, which includes nine bedrooms.
Everything you wanted to know about transgender people but were afraid to ask.
I wrote this! Tune in, turn on, dismantle the gender binary.
proud of you, my bro.
Although I’ve spoken to a few people who use ‘it’ pronouns, so if someone asks you to use them don’t correct them. However, if they haven’t, it’s probably best to default to them/they pronouns until you find out what their preferred pronouns are!
Yep. It is not a 100% nono term. And it doesn’t matter WHAT their pronoun is, don’t place one on anyone without checking in or hearing them self-identify. It doesn’t matter if they LOOK like a man or a woman to you, wait and see. Maybe that lesbian you’re looking at is an androgynous he, maybe the high femme you’re looking at is a they, maybe that dashing lad you’re looking at is no lad at all. Never assume pronouns based upon appearance/perception.
Indeed! As a point of fact I do not personally mind at all (though it is not meant to be a reclamation, just a personal preference) being called “it”. It is MOSTLY used as a derogatory dehumanizing term and that is hateful and AWFUL. Yet, being misgendered at all is awful. Avoid if possible.
On a related note to my post yesterday… We all need to try super hard not to assume people’s gender identity. I know that I have that problem and I AM a femme presenting agender person. I am aware that I wear dresses on a near daily basis and I’m not a woman, but when I see another person in a dress, my brain tells me that they are a woman. It’s really, really hard because we’re socialized to believe in a binary system, but we should all work to assume nothing about another person’s identity and preferred pronouns.
I try to stick with ‘you’ and ‘they’ and the person’s name until they make it clear what they would prefer I call them. I’m a big advocate of waiting, too. I understand why some people would just rather have someone ask their pronouns outright, but I’ve also had friends find it triggering to have it made apparent that a person is possibly misgendering them/that they aren’t passing, and no one should be outed as trans* or genderqueer by our curiousity, no matter how well meaning it is.
How do other people handle these situations? What do you do to keep your brain from assuming the binary and how do you approach pronouns with strangers?
I’m curious about this as well. I typically don’t think about pronouns very much in my personal life, but I DO work in customer service positions (and I’m actually moving to one with more professional clientele) and while I try to avoid “sir/ma’am” as much as possible sometimes it feels necessary. But I’d also just like to stop THINKING that way.
If you are nonbinary or trans, what do you prefer, personally? For everyone, what have you found works for you to stay polite?
(As an addendum: I personally don’t actually care, and whatever pronoun someone uses for me, if it’s clear they’re talking about me, is fine, though I prefer “they” to things like “zie”. I don’t enjoy being referred to collectively as a woman or lady but possessive pronouns aren’t even really part of my self-conceptualization of my gender. So if you ask me my preferred pronouns it won’t bug me and may amuse me! But I may not know :P)
WHY DID TORONTO’S PRIDE PARADE SHUT OUT THE WORLD’S LARGEST TRANS MARCH?
By Nicki Ward
Photos by Michael Toledano
This weekend, after years of fighting for the right to be seen and heard, thousands of people took to Yonge St. in the largest Trans March of all time. This wasn’t the largest Trans March in Canada—this was the largest Trans March in the world. Ever.
In every meaningful sense, June 28th, 2013 was a watershed moment in Trans history. So, why has almost no one heard anything about it?
The answer is Pride. Not the biblical kind of pride, but rather the corporatized, heavily branded “McPride” that is the reality of modern, gay-for-pay, event planners.
It should astonish everyone (except trans people, who are used to this kind of thing) that the Trans March receives zero financial support from Pride Toronto Inc. No money, no media support, no logistical support, no water for marchers. Nothing.
The fact that one of the wealthiest members of InterPride / WorldPride contributes absolutely nothing to this community is disgraceful. However, not only have they failed to contribute, they have actively set up barriers (literal and figurative) to prevent marches from happening.
Community members had been asking for support for years, but had been dismissed with bureaucratic excuses from Pride Festival officials who claimed that “The city won’t give a permit”, “the timing isn’t right”, or that “the police won’t allow it.”
In 2009, local activists who were tired of this figurative blockade decided to assemble at the top of Church St. and walk a few hundred yards South towards Wellesley St—the heart of Toronto’s “Gay Village.” As we assembled, several “safety officers” representing the Pride Festival attempted to panic the Trans marchers by claiming the demonstration was “illegal.” After further discussion, they claimed that they had “brokered a compromise” and that we were allowed to march… down the sidewalk.
However, we were also told that we would have to stop the march at Wellesley St. because Pride Festival officials had placed a 50-foot wide metal barricade blocking the entrance to the Gay Village.
Understandably, marchers felt outraged. To have the entrance to our “heartland” blocked by a Pride Festival, which claimed to support us, was beyond betrayal. We took to the streets, we marched, we blocked traffic, and we pushed through those barriers.
Every year since then, the march has struggled on. And every year since, Pride Festival officials have failed to provide financial support and have engaged in obstructive practices. In 2010, they used “cattle gates” to attempt to funnel marchers into a beer-garden. In 2011, they used cisgendered volunteers to misdirect marchers. In 2012, they pushed marchers through market stalls that were still under construction. This is just a short list of the kind of tactics used.
In 2013, Pride Festival officials, yet again, claimed that the City of Toronto had objected to the March. When community organizers disproved this and obtained a “Notice to Demonstrate,” Pride Festival officials claimed that the march wasn’t “legal” or “safe.” They sent out misinformation as to the route, the start time, and even went so far as to print thousands of copies of a route map that showed the march (incorrectly) ending up in one of their beer gardens.
And despite all of this, on June 28th 2013, the trans community self-organized the largest march of its kind in the world.
This puts Pride Toronto Inc. in a very difficult position. Their fund-raising activities rely heavily on the claim that they support things like the Trans March. A claim that is demonstrably not true.
Perhaps this explains why Pride Festival Organizers are tongue-tied when it comes to gushing about this moment in Trans history. But ultimately the accomplishments of this past weekend have superseded Pride’s constant aversion to the Trans March, even if it’s a temporary win.
Transgender people in Greece are now being rounded up and detained in a continuation of the social cleansing of the “undesirables”.
Pay attention. Pay attention. Pay attention. Pay attention.
- non-binary trans people exist
- passing privilege is a thing
- not every trans person socially or medically transitions
- you cannot always tell by looking at a person if they are trans
- being ‘stealth’ or ‘in the closest’ does not mean that a queer/trans person lacks self-respect or confidence because there are many Very Serious barriers to social transition/openness about trans or queer status and it’s very presumptuous to assume that everyone has the luxury of being out to everyone 100% of the time
- a trans person presenting as their assigned gender does not mean that they are not trans
- no one has to adhere to the social preconceptions of gender regardless of trans status, but people who do adhere to them are not weak or less deserving of respect
- there is no such thing as Trans Enough
- trans people can be transmisogynist, binarist, cissexist, heterosexist, racist, sexist, sizeist, ableist, and any other -ist, and their trans status does not make them immune to criticism
- trans people aren’t inspiration porn or pity porn
- it is okay to change gender labels multiple times because gender is fluid and it doesn’t make you a ‘special snowflake’ or whatever
- all pronouns are imaginary and invented so shut up about ‘weird’ pronouns
- respect pronouns, respect gender identities, don’t be an asshole
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Time for Me to Tell People to Step Off: Genderqueer
Kids, we need to have a sit down talk right now.
If you identify as trans*, you need to respect other people under the trans* umbrella. That means people who have binary identities need to back the fuck up on calling genderqueer and non-binary folk “transtrenders” and other bullshit like that. And it means those who ARE non-binary should stop looking down on people who identify as male or female as unenlightened. Both of these points of view are idiotic, immature, hateful, and divisive. They do nothing for the trans* community. They do nothing to keep us safe or give us rights. They do nothing to prove the validity of your trans* status or to bolster your right to your identity. You already have that right. You have it. Only you can decide that.
And because only you can choose to call yourself trans*, only you have the right to your gender identity, you also ONLY HAVE THE RIGHT TO YOURS. You do not get to tell someone else their identity is false. If you do that, you are a hypocrite. People talking down to genderqueer people, or to binary identified trans*folk are DICKS and are overstepping the very lines they themselves demand for their own minds and bodies. SHUT UP. That is not your place. If that is your place, everyone else has the right to devalue your own assertions. No one here wants that. No one wants to take your own identity from you. STOP DOING THE SAME TO OTHERS. STOP IT. Genderqueer hate is transphobia. Binary gender hate is transphobia. Stop being an enemy to your community.
Also basically the word “transtrender” needs to be banned from use. Oh, I see, you have magical ESP and can tell immediately from someone’s presence (ON THE INTERNET, most of the time) whether or not they’re a “real” trans person, because everyone wants to sign right up for that.
An independent filmmaker in Oakland, the executive director of the only LGBT center in Queens, an advocate for trans students, the first trans reality-television star, trans pioneers, as well as emerging trans voices are all included in the inaugural Trans 100.The brainchild of We Happy Trans’ Jen Richards and Antonia D’orsay, executive director of This Is How, the Trans 100 represents an effort — which will hopefully be reflected across the LGBT community — to break down implicit (and explicit) transphobia in media coverage by highlighting the diversity of trans Americans.
Very cool - go check it out!