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
Introduction I’m going to preface this with: All voices are beautiful. All voices are valid. There are women with deeper, warmer voices and men with higher, brighter voices. And that’s okay. To complicate things more, every culture experiences gendered voices in their own ways, so what may come across as “masculine” in one culture may be perfectly “feminine” in another. Why? Because these are artificial terms that are constantly changing. A 1998 study by the University of South Australia compared recordings of Australian women ages 18-25 from 1945 and the early 1990’s. What they found was that the fundamental frequency … Continue reading Voice Feminization
Despite studies showing that assaults in gendered spaces like bathrooms and locker rooms have not increased in areas that have passed trans-inclusive bathroom ordinances, our community still faces bathroom discrimination. An Oregon trans woman was beaten, causing facial fractures that required surgery, by a cis man for attempting to use the women’s restroom. A North Corolina trans woman was sexually assaulted by two cisgender women in the bathroom of a bar. A trans woman in DC was assaulted by a security guard for attempting to use the restroom. And it’s not just adults. These prejudices our society has towards transgender people extends to children … Continue reading On the Trans Bathroom Debate
The answer to this clickbait headline is a simple one: yes. Duh. Why shouldn’t we be allowed? What are you – some kind of transphobe? But people are seriously up in arms over this, so I guess we’re talking about … Continue reading Should Trans Woman Athletes be Allowed to Compete in Women’s Sports?
There is a risk of infertility with prolonged Hormone Replacement Therapy. However, even still, trans people do still achieve pregnancy (example, example, example, this guy was pregnant with his second baby post-HRT, this trans man used a trans woman’s sperm to get pregnant). The likelihood of fertility post-HRT is currently unknown because we’re lacking in good studies on the topic. A study by the journal Pediatrics examined two trans women who were on HRT to see if they could regain fertility. Of the post-HRT study participants, one was able to produce viable sperm after halting HRT for 5 months, while … Continue reading Fertility Outcomes for Transgender Patients
What is Informed Consent? The traditional way of handling Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for transgender patients is to obtain a letter of recommendation from a therapist. This can take anywhere from one visit to one year or even more of regular therapy sessions, which, as you can imagine, can be both cost-prohibitive and too time-consuming for a community that faces inordinate rates of homelessness, unemployment, and lack of adequate insurance and transportation access. The traditional way of handling Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for transgender patients is to obtain a letter of recommendation from a therapist. This can take anywhere from … Continue reading Informed Consent and Why it Matters