An estimated nearly 1 million trans people are eligible to vote in the 2020 general election. However, 42% of these voters do not have identification that matches their gender identity. Trans people have been turned away from the polls when their presentation didn’t match the name and gender marker on their ID (such as a Vermont trans woman who was assumed to be committing fraud for appearing as a woman but showing an ID with a traditionally male name and a male gender marker at the polls). In some cases, some trans people are given provisional ballots if their ID … Continue reading Transgress Voter Suppression
“Oh since you’re trans, you know what it’s like to be both a boy and a girl!” Incorrect. Sure, I have insight into the male world in that I know what locker room talk is, I know all their expectations and did in fact conform to a lot of them. I butched up hard in an attempt to blend in. But they always saw through it. If I got a cis guy experience, then it was as a “sissy faggot” who envied women but was so scared of men that I’d butch up if that’s what they expected of me. … Continue reading No, I Haven’t Seen Both Sides
It puts the transphobia on it’s Twitter or else it gets the hose again. You might have heard of JK Rowling’s new book “Troubled Blood” that’s earned her the hashtag #ripjkrowling. While she’s in fact not dead, her talent evidently is. This book follows a crossdressing serial killer who lures victims while in female attire. Sure, we could talk about this being indicative of her transphobia, but that’s played out by now. What really got me is that this is just the most unrealistic thing ever. Sure, there are serial killers who happen to crossdress, but they don’t crossdress to … Continue reading How JK Rowling’s “Silence of the Pet Detective” Should Have Ended
Just a reminder for trans people who say they’re “fully transitioned” because they’ve had SRS, and for cis people who ask if we’re “fully transitioned” (translation: “have you had the surgery yet?”) – transition is not linear. Not every trans person wants surgery. Not every trans person even wants HRT, for that matter. Transitioning is a personal process that’s unique to every individual. Saying that someone’s not “fully transitioned” because they haven’t had SRS implies that they’re not a real woman or man yet until they have the genitals you think they should have. And that line of thinking ultimately … Continue reading What Exactly is “Fully Transitioned”?
One thing I get asked frequently by trans women early in transition is the question of whether their gender identity is just a fetish. And ya know I started out only crossdressing in the bedroom. So it made me wonder if that’s all it was too? But this really has more to do with the way society paints trans women, and there are a few reasons for that: Lack of Nonsexualized Representations in MediaWe could talk about the fact that trans women – especially trans women of color – were barred from employment for so long (and still are to … Continue reading Why Transitioning Can Often Feel Like a Fetish
I’ve met a number of transgender people who fear that they are going against God by transitioning. The fear that God made them one gender, so who are they to go against that? Like if they accepted that they’re trans, then they’d be saying that God made a mistake. Except that literally no major religion says anything of the sort. In fact, early Judaism recognized 6 genders. In Hinduism (before Britain colonized India and shat all over LGBT people), hijra (third gender) were considered closer to the gods (especially Ardhanarishvara – roughly, “the Lord whose half is a woman” – … Continue reading Is Transitioning Going Against God or Whatever?
The LGBT community has one of the largest homeless populations in the US. However, many of us aren’t allowed in established shelters, many of which are run by religious organizations and are therefore legally allowed to discriminate against us. Transgender women in particular have died on the streets and been sexually assaulted in men’s shelters due to shelters refusing them access to gender congruent shelters. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless , 19% of trans people experience homelessness. And of those, 29% reported being turned away from shelters, and of those who were permitted shelter access, 55% report experiencing harassment by shelter … Continue reading Why We Need LGBT Shelters
For all the fear about trans women invading women’s prisons, over 40% of transgender people face sexual assault in prisons, and are five times more likely to be sexually assaulted by prison staff than cisgender inmates are. A transgender woman in Colorado was placed in a disciplinary pod along with 4 men who had previously threatened to rape her. She had requested to not be placed in that pod due to the hostilities those men showed, but she was denied by a federal judge and wound up being raped and needing hospitalization after. A Brooklyn trans woman was raped repeatedly over the course of months while locked … Continue reading Gender Incongruent Prisons are Dangerous for Trans Women
Can We Just Make Up New Words? News Flash: This Just In: READ ALL ABOUT IT!: All Language is Made Up! I mean obviously. We humans created language to be able to better communicate with each other and because of this, our language is constantly e v o l v i n g just as we are. Get use to it. Singular They/Them The funniest thing is when people get upset over the use of the singular “they”. Except that such usage has been in practice since at least the 14th Century. In fact, the singular “they” was used in … Continue reading Why Language is So Important
The Actual Numbers A meta analysis of 28 studies published in Clinical Endocrinology showed that after sexual reassignment surgery, “80% of individuals with GID reported significant improvement in gender dysphoria; 78% reported significant improvement in psychological symptoms; 80% reported significant improvement in quality of life; and 72% reported significant improvement in sexual function”. A similar European study revealed a 2.2% regret rate for SRS. For context, the regret rate for vasectomies is 7.4%. That’s over 3 times the regrets for a simple 15 minute procedure! But we’re not making them get therapist approval first, are we? A meta analysis by … Continue reading Addressing the Detransitioner Myth