okay my little adorable trans* followers take a tip from daddy ash and do not take birth control pills as a substitute for hormones
glee is wrong
don’t do it
don’t fucking do it
wow what the fuck glee thanks
Dylan Vade, San Francisco Transgender Law Center (via mermaid-vision)
One of my most important posts. I appreciate how much it has gone around. It needs to be heard.
Will always reblog this.
This is adorable, and also a really good representation.
Stuff like this should be on posters, in classrooms and such. Next to the motivational posters about confidence and such.
Stuff like this should be on posters, in classrooms and such. Next to the motivational posters about confidence and such.
Can you just imagine if it was?… If it was just part of life?…
Yip, that’s me.
Hate to be the one that rains on this but I always hate seeing things like this for a number of reasons:
1. Ace bandages. The chest wrapping alludes to ace bandages, which anybody who knows anything about binding, breasts, or ace bandages knows IS AN AWFUL IDEA BECAUSE ACE BANDAGES ARE NOT MEANT TO BREATHE. Using bandages for binding is uncomfortable at best and extremely risky at the worse.
2. This focuses completely on passing. They even appear to take on the complete body type of their target sex after their put their clothes on, which is erasing the large number of trans* people who do not pass as cis. Which brings me to my last point.
3. It focuses completely on a typical cis expressions of ones gender. What if you have a femme trans boy who wants to keep his hair long or wear dresses? What if you have a butch trans girl who keep her hair short, doesn’t wear makeup, and wears baggy jeans everywhere? What if they decide to keep their original physical presentation and only transition socially? The only indicator and qualifier for successful trans* people shouldn’t be their decision to completely and clearly physically transition. People who don’t fall under the binary of cis presentation are effectively erased in this, and they are constantly erased everywhere.
What I would like to see is a healthy and realistic presentation of transition and trans* people as they decide to express themselves in various ways, not this cis-like binary expression.
I’ve had a few people message me over the past few days, especially in response to these two posts, feverishly asking me if I’m “one of those social justice bloggers” and I’d like to talk about how uncomfortable of a thing it is that people do that, and their general attitude towards what is a pretty nebulous conceptualization of a group of people anyway
The answer to that question is no, I guess, I’m actually just a dude who falls under the category of someone of lesser privilege as a visible minority but of greater privilege as a dude and yes, privilege is a thing that exists and I know these constructs aren’t things we as people ask for, but actually acknowledging them and realizing how they shape your perception of the world is really crucial to inspiring meaningful and progressive dialogue
So I’m not really a “social justice blogger”, I’m just someone affected by those issues
But here’s the thing… what if I was? Why is that such a bad thing
I know you’re smart enough to know that not everyone who blogs about feminism or anti-racism or LGBTQ rights aren’t like these caricatures you immediately visualize when that term is used as a pejorative
But it’s like you’re so threatened by the idea that maybe you do some things, knowingly or not, that are inherently bigoted that you’d prefer to simply disarm anyone who might inspire you to critique your own actions because if you found something, that would mean self-improvement and you can’t have that now can you
Now, I know what you’re thinking
- “I’m just referring to the majority of Tumblr social justice bloggers who get offended by everyth-“
No stop it that’s all you’re gonna get
There’s no way you genuinely believe that it’s a majority here but that’s not going to stop you from making lazy and contrived jokes about trigger warnings and gender identity and rape culture because reapproaching the lens through which you view the world would be way too much work wouldn’t it
I say this all as a person who previously joined in on some of this straw-mannery around last spring but thinking about what I was actually doing led me to realize that not every person who writes and thinks about things like privilege and feminism and race and LGBTQ and intersectionality is going to go off on you about how their mom not letting them sleep in after staying up all night is an example of “diurnal privilege” - yes that happened, but it’s not typical, and that’s my point
I know appealing to people’s general sense of decency doesn’t always end well so if there’s one hope I have left it’s that those jokes are fucking boring and nothing should insult an aspiring internet funnyperson more than the idea that what they’re doing just isn’t funny on a basic level of creativity and imagination
You’re boring, stop it
Gender is none of your business. Thank you Miles Jai.
Dying. You are hilarious. And fabulous.
I’m dying- why am I dying Please I’m dying oh god. Thank you wonderful wonderful wonderful.
Miles is fucking fabulous and I love them.
Miles omg you are fucking perfect.
Miles you know what you is doin mhmmm
omfg so fucking fabulous in all the ways
whoa, who caught me on camera after 11? and during one of my gender rants. Whoa.
I’m totally Joking. Dis man. All wonderful and such. Listen to him!
SHITTING MY PANTS i love this person so damn much i canrskjghfd;anzk
WOW THIS IS LIKE THE GREATEST
In what can only be described as a massive landmark for trans* rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — the federal government agency responsible for administering all anti-discrimination laws — just released a decision stating that discriminating on the basis of gender identity is a violation of the sex discrimination provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC’s decision was completely unanimous, with all five members of the panel endorsing the trans-inclusive definition of sex discrimination as an official clarification of the federal government’s position.
Prior to this decision, federal court precedents had established no clear consensus as to whether or not gender identity was included in Title VII. Some rulings held that the legal prohibition on sex discrimination should be narrowly interpreted as only barring discrimination against cis women; others framed the prohibition more broadly and held that at least in some circumstances, trans people were covered as well.
This is the biggest single breakthrough for legal rights for trans people in the United States of America, EVER.
The EEOC’s decision means that it is now generally against the law for any employer in the United States to discriminate against trans people. Any trans person who has experience employment discrimination can now take their case to the EEOC, and the agency will take appropriate enforcement action; the agency has the authority to directly adjudicate discrimination claims against federal agencies, or to file federal lawsuits against employers or labor organizations.
Because the EEOC’s ability to act against non-governmental employers is limited by the willingness of the federal courts to support the agency’s interpretation of the law, this decision does not fully eliminate the need for passage of a trans-inclusive version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Nonetheless, this is a landmark shift in favor of trans rights; the federal courts traditionally grant strong deference to the EEOC in its role as an enforcement agency.
As all members of the EEOC are directly appointed by the President of the United States, the trans community can thank President Obama for this historic breakthrough. In addition, we can now understand why the President declined to issue an executive order version of ENDA as had been demanded by many people in the LGb(t) lobbying movement; between the EEOC’s decision and several recent federal court precedents, the federal government is already moving very strongly for LGBT rights in a much more lasting way than an high profile executive order which could be summarily repealed by any future President.
The HRC is going to urge us all to slow down, though, because if we insist on including ourselves in this, it could screw things up for everybody else affected by the ruling.
I hope this will only strengthen a trans-inclusive ENDA’s run at passage at the federal level.
man the HRC can suck it. It’s the ‘respectable, middle class-to-rich white cis gays and lesbians’ rights coalition. They gets no support from me. I just wonder if they will actually come out and publicly stand against trans-inclusive language in ENDA?
I’m sure Monica’s going to write about this and I will definitely make that reblogable.
It greatly strengthens the momentum towards trans rights, especially when combined with a growing number of positive precedents in federal courts. The only real danger is the gay rights first and only crowd trying to use it to argue that a non-inclusive ENDA is okay because trans people are already covered by Title VII protections, but that’s not a new danger considering they were already making that claim when we weren’t reliably covered.
One of the many reasons why I am voting for Obama.
HELL YES EEOC \o/ Definitely bringing this up in class on Thursday yess
The above article is an update. Her mother went to appeal to keep her out of the psychiatric ward and lost. She will be institutionalized because of her expression of her gender. She will be held until she conforms to male gender and then released to foster care, not her mother who was supporting her.
Please, if you haven’t signed the petition, sign it, reblog it, ask your friends to sign it. We’ve managed to get 40K signatures for a pageant model, we’ve only gotten 11K for a little girl about to have her life ruined. Lets get on the ball and spread the word.
We, the community of this College, through a caring and collective approach, aspire to provide a broadbased education for all, to foster respect and dignity and to promote a safe and just environment by positively encouraging all to realise their potential.
That’s my school’s motto.
I’ve had fleeting thoughts of self harming since I came out as a transboy. Not for me, not to satiate any needs, not because I think I’m worthless or because I enjoy the pain. But for others. Because sometimes it just feels like no one cares until you’re dead.
I really hope you pull through and can get all the justice and good you deserve because this is appalling of a school. Schools always wonder why kids who have succumbed to suicide kill themselves or those who shoot up schools do it or even various other horrible things within their corridors and they will never get the hint that it is because they always turn a blind eye.
I hope you can wear those trousers with pride soon enough and that people will stop calling situations and ideas as simple as “I am a boy” or “I am a girl” coming out of the horse’s mouth with tolerance.
Seriously, if you schools and teachers don’t want students’ corpses on your hands you best do all you can to actually support them.
*TRIGGER WARNING - TRANSPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIC SLURS TRANSMISOGYNY, AND CISSEXISM*
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i hate lady gaga for so many reasons.
but i think her whole “jo calderone” thing is the worst one.
she uses people’s actual identities as this entertaining costume to gain more attention for herself. if she actually gave a shit about trans* people or even the queer community in general, she wouldn’t write shitty fucking songs like “born this way” and she wouldn’t say “oh, here we go again” when someone asks her a question criticizing the way she addresses the queer community.
if she actually gave a shit about trans* people you would hear her talking about them, not just dressing up. it’s all fucking theatrical, this is the same thing as when she used a wheelchair onstage. this is the same thing as when, during a photo shoot that was “asian inspired”, she squinted her eyes in every single picture. it’s the same shit. she’s a fucking commodity and this is the cheapest possible way to make oppressed minorities feel like “oh, she cares!”
not to mention that using tape to bind is a terrible idea and it’s bad for you.
rebloggin’ my own self because i’ve seen this gif about 2,000 times on my dashboard today, all with the caption “UNF SO HOTTTTTTT”, etc.
yeah. just gonna leave this here because truth.
just… this whole thing.
When people were like “but she’s giving us visibility”, no she’s not. She’s making you a circus animal. You’re an act. Fake. Flaky. Did anybody see how much she switched back and forth while taking her “Jo Calderone” persona? She wasn’t trying to make a statement for the community. She was feeding you shit and you were eating it up. Nobody is any more educated or tolerant of the trans* community because of Lady Gaga. Don’t delude yourselves.
I have a friend. He goes by Raymie(spelling?) or Seth. He is a female-to-male transman.
now, tuesday was valentine’s day. At my school, we play a game called the heart game. Each girl is given a heart which she writes her name on. Girls are not supposed to talk to boys for the whole day. If they talk to a boy, that boy gets her heart. The boy with the most hearts in each grade at the end of the day wins a prize.
Like any other boy, Seth worked hard collecting hearts. He should have won the prize for the ninth grade, as he collected the most hearts. Instead, they gave the prize to a boy who was biologically male, who had collected less hearts than seth. That boy had collected 12 hearts, while seth had collected 15.
Where is Seth now? A mental health asylum.
When the school found out he was trans, they expelled him and put him in a mental asylum.
so far, the school hasn’t listened to any of us kids when we tell them that it isn’t right for them to do that
If this gets enough notes and messages, I am going to take a screenshot, print it out, and take it with me when I go to my principal. I want them to see just how many people think that discriminating against someone is horrible, regardless of their situation.
please, please, reblog this, like this, add messages saying how horrible this is, or even just adding your signature
we need notes
please guys, Seth is such a great person, who was always nice to everyone, regardless of their story. He didn’t deserve this kind of injustice.
if you have any questions, by all means, send me an ask.
What the actual fuck.
Isn’t that illegal? Getting notes is great, but that is illegal and how can a school even send somebody to an asylum? I know they can recommend actions but..
Notes is great but somebody needs to take their asses to court. What is the name of this school? Are they public or private? Excuse me /invades your askbox
SIGNAL BOOST. Please sign this, folks.