When discussing queerness in relation to loving or being attracted to transgender people, several realities must be acknowledged as to the lived realities of transgender people. The first prominent point, and perhaps the most important for any discussion regarding transgender identities, is that transgender people as a group are composed of a wide variety of identities and physiologies. Even when the element of individual human variability is ignored, transition is not a straightforward shot towards an idealized, binary body. Instead, it should be the practice of an individual reclaiming ownership of their own body, modifying elements of that body in … Continue reading “I’m Gay, for You”: The Status of Queerness as Identity and Attraction to Transgender People
Medical gatekeeping – the practice of denying medical treatment to individuals based on a set of criteria that differs based on their ascribed identities – is a practice that physically transitioning transgender individuals are far too familiar with. Although the … Continue reading Transitioning as Body Modification: An Argument Against Medical Gatekeeping
I occasionally dabble in ace discourse. For those who are unaware, “ace discourse” refers to the current ongoing struggle between those who believe that asexualiy is a marginalized group under the LGBT+ umbrella and those who believe that asexuality itself … Continue reading Considering Ace Discourse: What Makes Us LGBT+?
Articles have been written before about the 2011 study on transgender criminality which seems to “prove” that transgender women are just as prone to sexual assault as cisgender men. One of the researchers, Dr. Ceclia Dhejene, has already responded to those claims and stated that the research actually shows that health care for transgender people has actually gotten better over time and that there was no causal link between “male criminality” and transgender women.
However, the article that contains that interview, while comprehensive and informative, ignores one major factor. The study itself only considered the variable of whether or not the transgender person had SRS as a measure of transition, which leads to a whole bunch of new variables.
So the rumors have already spread about how the Orlando shooter, whose name I have purposefully chosen to omit, was a regular at the Pulse bar and kept a profile on a gay dating app. His behavior was irregular and unstable. He mentioned to the other patrons that he had a wife and child. He drank heavily and was aggressive toward the other patrons. He was heavily closeted, and heavily homophobic.
The reactions to the news have been mixed and troubling. Many feel as if the community will suffer as a result, that this will lead to many people blaming the LGBT community for, what to them, seems to be our own issue. The idea that our identity is the product of mental illness or inherent sin has been perpetuated for generations to the point where, in many people’s minds, these two concepts are inexplicably intertwined. However, the truth is more complicated than that.
After the recent series of attacks on cisgender women for using public restrooms, the public is starting to slowly realize that when you target a particular group based on markers that aren’t externally identifiable – for example, what genitals someone … Continue reading Yes, The Bathroom Bills Affect Cis Women, Too, But That’s Not The Point
It’s been one year since the Down With Cis post has been published, and we’ve seen interesting developments in how the Down With Cis meme has been repurposed and adapted over the years by transgender people, along with the backlash … Continue reading A Year After “Down With Cis”
In light of Laverne Cox’s decision to play the role of Dr. Frank N Furter in a reboot of Rocky Horror Picture Show and Breastforce’s Yikes Count that she did of the original, I have decided to write a short guide for enjoying problematic content.
I was requested to do an article on the FFRF (Freedom From Religion Foundation) and I decided I would take a slightly broader scope on a small think piece and propose a couple of reasons why online atheist educational non-profits as a whole are important, both to theist allies of marginalized groups subject to religious discrimination and atheist people.
Tumblr user breastforce has been documenting offensive passages in TERF rhetoric, and that’s great and important. Here’s why. Original post here. When I was a young activist (a younger activist) a mentor explained activism work to me in a metaphor. … Continue reading When “yikes” is the only real response.