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"To the victims of the purge...

...who were surveilled, interrogated, and abused; who were forced to turn on their friends and colleagues; who lost wages and lost health and lost loved ones - we betrayed you. And we are so sorry." Today, Canada's prime minister delivered an apology to LGBTQ2 members of the Canadian civil service and military whom the government attempted to purge between the 1950s and 1990s and to people who were criminally convicted for same-sex acts in the years when they were illegal. This included introducing legislation to expunge their criminal records. In addition to the apology, a settlement with the victims of the purge was also announced today. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Nov 28, 2017 - 20 comments

Tattooing, very simply put, is blood magic

Two interviews with , trans tattoo artist and witch.
For me, learning tattooing was really wrapped up in my process of learning to be trans and what that meant for me. It was a way to take a fraught, complicated, and largely unaided relationship with my body and try to have it more on my terms."
"I also think that tattooing, very simply put, is blood magic and I think that it’s something that is inherently very intense to do... any time we intentionally change our bodies, we’re doing magic, and I think that doing that in a way that feels intentional and feels respectful and consensual is also the ways in which those things overlap." [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Oct 30, 2017 - 7 comments

Mate he's obsessed with toilets

I worry it seems patronising to praise a famous 59-year-old man for doing as little as managing not to be a politically incorrect arsehole (again, a sadly surprising rarity), but I feel there’s something more than that with Big Nev, something genuinely quite affecting and inspiring.
Tristan Cross explains why former Wales & Everton keeper Neville Southall is such a mensch on and off Twitter.
posted by MartinWisse on Oct 17, 2017 - 15 comments

Pink Crayons: A Spoken Word Poem About Radical Love for My Trans Sister

We knew since she was a toddler that she was different. Although we saw her as a boy, she played with girl toys. She had a solid obsession with the color pink. She always wanted to put on my sister’s dresses. At first maybe we thought she would be gay and we were totally fine with that- we have a lot of gay relatives on my mom’s side. We didn’t force the issue either as she grew up. We didn’t want her to come up with answers that she didn’t have or needed to have. But we knew one day she would figure it out. [more inside]
posted by Major Matt Mason Dixon on Sep 30, 2017 - 21 comments

Bodies Like Oceans (VERY NSFW)

Shoog McDaniel, is a southern, queer, non-binary, fat photographer and artist living in Gainesville, Florida. "My work is about highlighting bodies and lives that are often overlooked by popular society. I enjoy photographing fat bodies, trans bodies, and queer bodies. People`with gap-toothed smiles and missing buttons. I capture images of my friends. With little exceptions, I have a connection with the humans in my photos and I intend to show that through the intimacy of my portraits. I strive to connect the viewer of each photo to beauty within themselves, through understanding the brilliancy of diversity, by showing them that there are many ways to be beautiful." (ALL LINKS VERY NSFW) [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Sep 18, 2017 - 18 comments

#VisibleWomen 2017!

"Hey, folks! doing another round of #VisibleWomen on August 7th, 2017. This time we're opening submissions up to include women* colorists, letterers, inkers and writers as well as artists." Advanced search. Via.
posted by Wobbuffet on Aug 7, 2017 - 4 comments

Animorphs as Trans Parable

"When I meet trans people for the first time, especially in mixed company, I’ll sometimes try out this line where I mention Animorphs offhand, as if I don’t take it seriously, as if I didn’t spend the majority of my first puberty wishing that I were turning into a bird or a tiger instead of into a young woman. More often than not, trans folks will say something to me like, “Oh my god, right? Tobias was totally trans!” Cisgender people will usually take this as their cue to get another drink."
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Aug 5, 2017 - 8 comments

Conversations with people that hate me

"Hi. Is this Josh?"
"Yeah, it's Josh."
"Sooo. . Back in January, you wrote: You are the most pathetic human being I have ever seen on the internet in my entire life. . . . Josh, what inspired you to write that message?"

Dylan Marron* (previously) has a new series: Conversations With People That Hate Me, where he tries to get to know some of the people that have left him hateful messages. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Jul 31, 2017 - 38 comments

Making Homes

A photo essay by Shahria Sharmin about the dual lives of hijras in Bangladesh.
posted by bardophile on Jul 7, 2017 - 10 comments

Oregon is first state to issue nonbinary IDs

Starting July 3rd, Oregon will become the first state in the US to issue . [more inside]
posted by The demon that lives in the air on Jun 16, 2017 - 38 comments

Canada: Gender Identity And Gender Expression Added to Human Rights Act

Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada: “Our Government is very pleased that Bill C-16 was passed by the Senate today, bringing us one step closer to strengthening laws against discrimination, hate propaganda, and hate crime based on gender identity and gender expression. In Canada we celebrate inclusion and diversity, and all Canadians should feel safe to be themselves. Trans and gender diverse persons must be granted equal status in Canadian society, and this Bill makes that status explicit in Canadian law. [more inside]
posted by Pong74LS on Jun 15, 2017 - 26 comments

The Long, Lonely Road of Chelsea Manning

The New York Times has published a longform interview of Chelsea Manning "In January 2017, after being locked up at five different facilities, in conditions a United Nations expert called “cruel” and “inhumane,” Manning had received a surprise commutation by President Barack Obama. Four months later, she was free, trying to adjust to life in a world she helped shape."
posted by indubitable on Jun 12, 2017 - 22 comments

home is wherever I'm with you

Charlie Peck records a duet cover of Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: between himself on the first day of testosterone treatment and himself 9 months later.
posted by divabat on Mar 19, 2017 - 16 comments

Gender-bending vintage photography

Transgender and gender non-conforming people aren't new, of course. Vintage photos show that people have been defying norms for a long time, even if only in the photo studio. It's not clear which of these people are actually transgender, cross-dressing, doing it for political reasons, or just having a lark. But they're fun and sometimes glamorous. (more Paris glamor) [some outdated terminology, potential misgendering] [more inside]
posted by AFABulous on Mar 14, 2017 - 16 comments

"...history is just a collection of who everyone was sleeping with..."

One from the Vaults is a podcast series on trans history by performance artist and academic Morgan M Page. [more inside]
posted by nixon's meatloaf on Mar 8, 2017 - 4 comments

daughters don't touch their elder's feet for respect

A mother throws her daughter a surprise party for her first Women's Day. (In Hindi, English subtitles available)
posted by divabat on Mar 8, 2017 - 18 comments


At last night's Grammy Awards, Laverne Cox's introduction of Lady Gaga was preceded by an apparently unscripted exhortation to google Gavin Grimm, the 17 year old whose case is going to SCOTUS next month. Represented by the ACLU, Gavin's case involves whether or not trans children should be allowed to use the bathroom and locker room facilities that correspond to their gender identity. Gavin responds to Laverne's shoutout [autoplaying video]. In related news (but a different case), "The Trump administration has elected not to contest a Texas federal judge’s injunction barring the federal government from implementing Obama administration guidelines that protect transgender kids in schools." [more inside]
posted by AFABulous on Feb 13, 2017 - 38 comments

An Interview with Substantia Jones

Bold Nude Photos Celebrate The ‘Fat Love’ Affairs That Go Unnoticed (NSFW) “There’s this curious misconception that fat people don’t experience love, sex and romance,” Jones explained in an email to The Huffington Post. “Or perhaps that they aren’t worthy of having satisfying relationships.” [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Feb 13, 2017 - 30 comments


"In Hinduism, gods and goddesses are incarnations or avatars of the same holy energy, and while I'm not religious I definitely feel this shared sisterhood and power that comes with uplifting and positive femininity." Drag model bon_abhijeet just finished their first installment of #BadBeti on Instagram, honoring badass and inspiring South Asian women and non-binary femmes. It's hard to choose highlights, but I particularly like this one honoring Gangubai Kothewali, a mafia queen and brothel madam who fiercely advocated for sex worker rights. [more inside]
posted by naju on Jan 31, 2017 - 4 comments

Scout Law says: a Scout must be kind. Mostly. Sometimes. But here, yes.

The Boy Scouts of America have announced that "Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application" [NYT, Guardian], reversing their previous practice of basing gender on the gender listed on the birth certificate. The previous policy effectively banned trans boys from participation, and previously resulted in the expulsion of an 8 year old trans boy on the basis of misgendering him. [MeFi, NYT] [more inside]
posted by jaduncan on Jan 31, 2017 - 63 comments

Points of Inflection

Points of Inflection is a blog by John Roe, a math professor at Penn State who specializes in coarse geometry (one-sentence summary: what is geometry like if you can tell when points are getting farther and farther apart but not when points are getting closer and closer together?) He has terminal cancer and is teaching his last course this semester. He is a devout Christian who teaches about the mathematics of sustainability and who has strong words about the proposed new head of the EPA. He lost his trans* son last year. He climbs rocks.
posted by escabeche on Jan 22, 2017 - 4 comments

Hate in America is alive and well

The LGBT movement, like every other battle for civil rights, is not a simple, straightforward march toward liberation. In the coming years, as being labeled a racist or bigot is falsely equated with acting out of racism or bigotry, as evidence of hate and its terrible outcomes is clouded by self-interested suspicion and denial — it’s worth remembering that in 2016, love did not trump hate. A Buzzfeed piece uses the 1998 Matthew Shepard murder as the focal point of a longform piece on how far we've come - or not.
posted by AFABulous on Jan 4, 2017 - 17 comments

Can the Queen of Tupperware Hang On to Her Throne?

The Long Island drag queen Aunt Barbara was North America’s top Tupperware-seller — until she came out as trans
posted by Etrigan on Dec 25, 2016 - 9 comments

Dissociative Identity ________

Ariadne, Jacqueline, North, and others unnamed are all part of the same system. They share a single body. They take turns “fronting” the body, controlling it. And when they’re not fronting, the system members are free to roam an infinite landscape, a pocket reality that they call the “in-world”.
”Redwoods of the In-World” is an episode of the Here Be Monsters podcast recorded after the system got in touch with producers Jeff Emtman and Bethany Denton.
posted by Going To Maine on Dec 9, 2016 - 9 comments

Sir, Yes, Sir

What It Feels Like Being A Trans Person Serving In The Armed Forces, an interview with former Senior Airman Jordan Blisk, US Air Force Reserves, cartoonified by Jess Ruliffson
posted by Etrigan on Oct 25, 2016 - 30 comments

I think the goal is precisely to become a disappointment to our parents

Performance duo DarkMatter on being LOL killjoys and drag as politics. (SL Guernica Mag). A great interview with trans South Asian performance artists Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian, aka DarkMatter. DarkMatter's performances include It Gets Bougie, The Story They Never Told Us, White Fetish, Padma & Parvati Patil, and When Brown Looks in the Mirror and Comes Out White (all YT links). “I hear white men have huge—” “—Empires” [more inside]
posted by spamandkimchi on Jul 19, 2016 - 21 comments

Pentagon Lifts Ban on Trans Service Members

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has announced that the U.S. military will lift its ban on trans people serving openly. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Jun 30, 2016 - 31 comments

Some kind of self made TLA releases hell

Every movie listed under Netflix's LGBT Romance category, ranked.
posted by The Whelk on Jun 10, 2016 - 49 comments

Because it's 2016 II: Rainbow (and Pink and Blue) Boogaloo

For the first time in history, the pride flag has been raised on Parliament Hill (video), Ottawa. For the first time in history, the Trans Flag has been raised with the Pride Flag at Toronto City Hall.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Jun 1, 2016 - 13 comments

Bigger than bathrooms: on non-binary erasure and exclusion.

Why We Must Stop Calling Menstruation A ‘Women’s Issue’
The problems come when I’m told I can’t be a part of [discussions about menstruation]. This is part of why calling it a 'women’s issue' is harmful not only to me, but to trans men and nonbinary trans people as well. It equates womanhood with a single biological process and is simply a scientifically inaccurate understanding. It has the effect of othering anyone who doesn’t fit that narrow criteria. It contributes to a mindset that there are tests one must pass to determine your womanhood."
[more inside] posted by zebra on May 25, 2016 - 86 comments

Because it's 2016

" that moments ago, I introduced legislation, Bill C-16 ... that would ensure that Canadians will be free to identify themselves and to express their gender as they wish while being protected against discrimination and hate, because as Canadians, we should feel free and safe to be ourselves," said Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould in Ottawa. [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on May 17, 2016 - 47 comments

Until I was a man, I had no idea how good men had it at work

Transgender man Thomas Page McBee reflects on how transitioning exposed sexist double standards in his work environment. Every day, I am rewarded for behavior that I did not previously exhibit, such as standing up for my ideals, pushing back, being fluent in complex power dynamics, and strategically—and visibly—taking credit. When I prove myself, just once, it tends to stick. [more inside]
posted by AFABulous on May 14, 2016 - 40 comments

So one member of your band has transitioned.

How do you address the elephant in the room with a live audience?The Axis of Awesome shows us the way. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on May 13, 2016 - 18 comments

Dept. of Justice Notifies NC it is in Violation of Title IX

The Department of Justice has notified North Carolina that it is in violation of Title IX and has given it until Monday to confirm it will not implement or enforce HB2.
posted by odinsdream on May 4, 2016 - 177 comments

Changing minds on minority rights with a single conversation, revisited

Previously on MeFi, a pair of then-graduate students, David Broockman and Joshua Kalla, uncovered that some highly-publicized research, claiming to show that brief conversations with gay canvassers could cause lasting changes in people's opinions on gay rights, was in fact fraudulent, and was based on fabricated data. However, whether or not there was in fact any grain of truth to that paper's claims remained to be seen. Recently, the same team that uncovered the fraud has published their own study, showing that canvassing can really be effective at durably increasing support for transgender rights. [more inside]
posted by en forme de poire on Apr 8, 2016 - 26 comments

Second Wachowski filmmaker sibling comes out as trans

Lilly Wachowski, 48, sibling of Lana, 50, came out in a statement to Windy City Times, after being threatened with outing by other media.
posted by brundlefly on Mar 8, 2016 - 102 comments

Mine and Theirs

Sawyer DeVuyst began his project "Mine" in October 2014. [more inside]
posted by Deoridhe on Feb 28, 2016 - 2 comments

India's first all-trans-women band

The 6-Pack Band, a collaboration between Bollywood composer Shamir Tandon and Indian tea brand Brooke Bond Red Label, consists of 6 women from the hijra community in India. They have two singles out: Hum Hain Happy, a remix of Pharrel Williams's Happy, and Sab Rab De Bande (with playback singer Sonu Nigam) based on a central Sikhism tenet of "we are all children of God".
posted by divabat on Jan 28, 2016 - 15 comments

Her Story

Her Story is a 6-episode new-media series that looks inside the dating lives of trans & queer women as they navigate the intersections of desire & identity.
The show is co-written, co-produced, and co-starred by writer and One Billion Rising organizer Laura Zak and founder of The Trans 100 and We Happy Trans Jen Richards, and also stars Angelica Ross, founder of Trans Tech Social Enterprises. (CW: One of the side characters is hella transphobic, and there's smatterings of casual transphobia.)
posted by divabat on Jan 19, 2016 - 11 comments

Trans Athlete Chris Mosier Is Training for the World Championships

In June of 2015, Chris Mosier, "athlete, coach, cool dude," and also a trans man, earned a spot on the US National team in Sprint Duathlon. He is now training for the world championships. But will he be allowed to compete? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Dec 29, 2015 - 53 comments

Hot Allostatic Load

Porpentine, creator of excellent games such as Ultra Business Tycoon III (previously) and High End Customizable Sauna Experience (previously), writes on the topics of PTSD, exile from feminist spaces, online and offline harassment and abuse. Hugely insightful and amazingly relevant.
posted by odinsdream on Dec 24, 2015 - 17 comments

“I think Lily's thoughts, I dream her dreams. She was always there.”

The Danish Girl [YouTube] [Trailer]
The Danish Girl is a 2015 British-American pseudo-biographical drama film directed by Tom Hooper, based on the 2000 novel of the same name by David Ebershoff. The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery, Alicia Vikander as Gerda Wegener, Matthias Schoenaerts as Hans Axgil and Ben Whishaw as Henrik.
[more inside] posted by Fizz on Dec 22, 2015 - 52 comments


At Philosop-her, Meena Krishnamurthy invites women in philosophy to introduce themselves and their work. For example, Elizabeth Barnes, "Confessions of a Bitter Cripple": "I have sat in philosophy seminars where it was asserted that I should be left to die on a desert island ... I have been told that, while it isn't bad for me to exist, it would've been better if my mother could've had a non-disabled child instead ... And these things weren't said as the conclusions of careful, extended argument ... They were the kind of thing you skip over without pause because it's the uncontroversial part of your talk." [more inside]
posted by Wobbuffet on Dec 19, 2015 - 13 comments

Radical Acceptance in the Pearl of Africa

Cleopatra Kambugu was outed as a trans woman following the passage of extremely punitive anti-gay bills in Uganda. She, her boyfriend, and her family are the subject of a series of short documentaries about life in East Africa for openly LGBTQI individuals. "I was born here - a land with beautiful mountains and deep dark forest - a country blessed with diversity in ethnicity, gender, flora and fauna. Yet in all this richness, as a people and as a nation, we still struggle to recognize and appreciate this diversity." links and videos contain some disturbing transphobic and homophobic rhetoric and violence. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Dec 17, 2015 - 4 comments

The dark truth behind the convictions for 'gender fraud'

"Today, a young transgender man, Kyran Lee, received a two year suspended sentence after being convicted in 2014 of one count of sexual assault by penetration on the basis of “gender fraud.” He is the fifth young LGBT person to be prosecuted for and convicted of so-called “gender fraud” in the UK since 2012. The reason for this recent spate of criminal prosecutions of LGBT youth is unclear and calls for rigorous analysis in its own right. What is clear, is that while these prosecutions have some support, they do not accord with general community sentiment concerning the meaning of consent and the proper reach of criminal law."
posted by
Dysk on Dec 17, 2015 - 138 comments

"It was fantastic being myself."

"To live one's life openly as a transgender woman, let alone one as a black trans woman, simply wasn't done. The only option, really, was to 'pass' in straight society. But Norman wanted to do more than pass — she wanted to excel in the most scrutinized realm of femininity." The story of Tracey "Africa" Norman.
posted by Metroid Baby on Dec 16, 2015 - 8 comments

"A mixture of beneficial and problematic experiences..."

"her challenges point to a need for tech companies to openly examine patterns of hostility toward underrepresented employees that stem from no apparent cause other than irrational bias." [more inside]
posted by Annika Cicada on Nov 30, 2015 - 11 comments

Style Out There

Asha Leo of Refinery29 travels around the world to learn about international fashion subcultures and the way fashion affects society worldwide. So far she's met Gothic (and other) Lolitas in Amsterdam, Moroccan expat culture, hijra in India, Hasidic designers in Brooklyn, Korean matchy-matchy fashion for couples, and the highly colorful world of Japanese decora.
posted by divabat on Nov 30, 2015 - 6 comments

Reform Judaism Now the U.S.A's Most Trans-Inclusive Religious Group

Today, the Union of Reform Judaism, the body that represents synagogues in the Reform movement —Judaism's largest U.S. branch — unanimously passed the most far-reaching resolution on transgender rights of any major religious organization. The resolution affirms the equality of transgender people and welcomes them into congregations, camps and other Reform Jewish institutions. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 5, 2015 - 30 comments

"I believe that everyone has a life worth saving."

Last year, Laverne Cox read a letter written by a trans woman in involuntary protective custody for a video released by the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Cox would later ask the SRLP to take the video down, citing concerns about the inmate's convictions. This is an interview with the woman who wrote the letter, Synthia China Blast.
posted by The Devil Tesla on Nov 3, 2015 - 17 comments

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