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May 27 2018

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Transitioning isn’t always linear. It isn’t always “from one gender to another.” There’s a misconception that when people transition they increasingly conform to gender roles; that they reinforce the gender binary. If anything, the opposite is true. As we grow more confident in ourselves, we expand the boundaries of our presentation and how the world conceptualizes gender. The further on hormones I was, the less I felt tied up by the gender norms that restricted me throughout my teenage years. Transitioning can welcome in bodies to new forms of gender presentation and even create new genders. This development of self-consciousness isn’t just for us, it’s also a way of communicating that everyone should be able to express themselves. Transitioning isn’t just about gender: it’s about our ability to create community and understanding.

Tags: Transgender
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June 28 2015


Lebanon Just Did a Whole Lot More Than Legalize Being Gay

by Erin Kilbride - March 8th, 2014
  • “LGBTQ rights supporters rejoiced on Thursday with news that homosexuality is no longer illegal in Lebanon. A court ruling abolished a case against an unnamed transwoman – accused of having a ‘same sex relationship with a man’ – stating that homosexuality can no longer be considered a crime because it is ‘not unnatural.’ Lebanese law only prohibits sexual acts ‘contradicting the laws of nature.’

    Mirroring coverage of LGBTQ advancement in the Western world, however, a vast majority of reports, blogs, tweets, and celebratory Instagram posts conspicuously erase the critical role of trans people in securing this victory.”

  • “The absence of trans-anything from most headlines is, in part, due to the nature of the court’s words, which stated specifically “homosexuality is not illegal.” However, it is also due to the tendency to elide gender differences with simplistic ideas about sexual preference, in a way that does not speak to – or do justice to – the complexities in the Lebanese court’s statement.”

  • “Western onlookers have a very firm notion of the trajectory along which LGBTQ rights should advance. That trajectory places trans rights as a clear ‘next step,’ something that can only be achieved once the groundwork has been laid by the advancement of the ‘L,’ ‘G,’ and perhaps ‘B’ contingencies (representing lesbian, gay, and bisexual, respectively). But the Lebanese courts are not following that trajectory. The same ruling that decriminalized homosexuality also formally recognized gender variation and codified principles of self-identification. This nuanced view of the interplay between sexuality and gender identification doesn’t fit with the traditional (Western) ‘gay rights’ narrative, and has resulted in Western media coverage that almost completely silences the critical role a transwoman played in achieving this landmark ruling.

    Proclaiming Lebanon’s ruling as merely a ‘victory for gays’ is not only an insult to the trans issues underpinning the ruling, but also whitewashes the Lebanese LGBTQ movement, painting it with strokes more easily digestible by Western consumers. The Lebanese case was not and is not merely a ‘victories for gays’ – it is a nuanced and praise-worthy assessment of gender variance. While critics have commented that the ruling falls short of tangible ‘rights’ for gays, in many ways it also far surpasses mainstream Western understandings of gender identity. And this deserves some press.”

June 27 2015


I interrupted Obama because we need to be heard

by Jennicet Gutiérrez (via marxbakuninhomoeroticfanfiction):

Pride celebrations of the LGBTQ community are taking place throughout the nation. The community takes great pride in celebrating our diversity and the progress we have made throughout the years. However, for the immigrant LGBTQ community progress has not been fully realized because of the continuous discrimination and violence we face in our daily lives.

I was fortunate to be invited to the White House to listen to President Obama’s speech recognizing the LGBTQ community and the progress being made. But while he spoke of ‘trans women of color being targeted,’ his administration holds LGBTQ and trans immigrants in detention. I spoke out because our issues and struggles can no longer be ignored.

Immigrant trans women are 12 times more likely to face discrimination because of our gender identity. If we add our immigration status to the equation, the discrimination increases. Transgender immigrants make up one out of every 500 people in detention, but we account for one out of five confirmed sexual abuse cases in ICE custody.

The violence my trans sisters face in detention centers is one of torture and abuse. The torture and abuse come from ICE officials and other detainees in these detention centers. I have spoken with my trans immigrant sisters who were recently released from detention centers. With a lot of emotional pain and heavy tears in their eyes, they opened up about the horrendous treatment they all experienced. Often seeking asylum to escape threats of violence because of their gender identity and sexuality, this is how they’re greeted in this country. At times misgendered, exposed to assault, and put in detention centers with men.

Last night I spoke out to demand respect and acknowledgement of our gender expression and the release of the estimated 75 transgender immigrants in detention right now. There is no pride in how LGBTQ immigrants are treated in this country and there can be no celebration with an administration that has the ability to keep us detained and in danger or release us to freedom.

It is heartbreaking to see how raising these issues were received by the president and by those in attendance. In the tradition of how Pride started, I interrupted his speech because it is time for our issues and struggles to be heard. I stood for what is right. Instead of silencing our voices, President Obama can also stand and do the right thing for our immigrant LGBTQ community.


diamondheroes: Laverne Cox by Alexei Hay, for Entertainment Weekly June 19.

Tags: Transgender

April 04 2015


March 18 2015


“I'm transgender, and I lost all my Muslim friends...”

  • Anonymous Asked:

    I'm transgender, and I lost all my Muslim friends when I came out. They hate me so much, and I'm drifting away from my faith. How do I keep from letting them push my away from Islam? I used to be so religious, but now, I hardly pray at all.

  • dyemelikeasunset answered:

    I realize community is a big part of practicing the religion, but perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate your relationship with Islam, Allah, and most importantly, with yourself. Through pain, we reach clarity, and there is no task God sends down to us without reason.

    So you haven’t prayed in a while, that’s okay. Sometimes prayers don’t have to be physical, they can be emotional, mental, idle thoughts about your spirituality. Salaat is an act of discipline, sure, but discipline isn’t always possible to maintain, especially not after suffering a blow like you have.

    If you are depressed (and sadly, I’m afraid it’s very likely in your situation), don’t sacrifice your well-being by forcing yourself into routines you used to be able to do all the time. There are good days, bad days, good months, and bad years. As you get older, you will realize how easily our lives change. Take some time to transition, re-discover, re-imagine. There are no standards, because you have a fresh slate.

    It may feel you are drifting away from Islam, but Allah is always with you. Maybe you’ve left one version of faith, and are on your way to find it in a new form. Whatever that may be, remember the saying:

    When we pray du’aa, Allah only gives us one of three answers: “Yes,” “Not yet,” or “I have something better planned for you”

March 16 2015


Trans People Are Protesting Discriminatory Bathroom Laws On Social Media

The #PlettPutMeHere campaign was started by transgender woman Brae Carnes after the Canadian Senate passed an amendment to a transgender rights bill that would exclude transgender people from using restrooms of their choice. ...

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