Jacob Tobia Talks About Being Genderqueer and Shuts Down Bulls!*t

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Trans Across America Map Version 1.0

Tans Resources Across The USA…

Trans Across America

Trans Across America is a community-curated project dedicated to helping transgender people find the vital health and wellness resources they need nationwide. Whether you live in a bustling city or a quiet small town, you deserve access to effective health and wellness resources, and Trans Across America wants to help you find them. Use this form to submit to the map and share your knowledge with other trans* young people! Once submitted, our moderator will check the information for accuracy and to make sure it fits the vision of this project and add it to the map shortly. While only a few categories are required, the more information you provide, the faster our moderators can have the entry online.

Thank you for being part of Trans Across America, feel free to email TransAcrossAmericaModerator@Gmail.com with any questions, ideas, or concerns for the map!

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Intersex rights (often violated) are human rights

An important issue! Intersex rights worldwide are explored.

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The “I” in LGBTI activism is the focus of a new report that spells out what’s at stake in the growing field of intersex advocacy.

The freely downloadable document We Are Real: The Growing Movement Advancing the Human Rights of Intersex People from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
seeks to “share and promote relevant knowledge and understanding of intersex issues and activism to people across the world.”

Readers of this blog are aware of a particularly horrifying example of anti-intersex violence that occurred in December 2015 — the fatal mutilation of intersex Kenyan teenager Muhadh Ishmael because he did not conform to their expectations for him.

For many intersex people, human rights violations are much less violent but much more common, as the report’s executive summary notes:

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Opinion: Conservatives Need to Stop Whining About Gender-Neutral Pronouns – Excerpt

I have been seeing a lot of outright hostility from right wing sites about gender neutral pronouns and non-binary gender identities. So this post from a year ago is worth a second look.

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In this post by Camille Beredjick at the Friendly Atheist blog the author takes aim at conservatives who are attacking gender neutral pronouns and their recommend use. I have excerpted about half of Camille’s post. Read the second half by following the link at the bottom of this post.

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In the last couple of weeks, officials at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville made two big decisions relating to gender-neutral pronouns. First, theyrecommended the campus community embrace gender-neutral language at their leisure. Second, they retracted that suggestion at the demand of high-profile state conservatives.

Gender-neutral pronouns — like “they,” “ze,” and “hir” — are being used increasingly by transgender people who don’t feel like the categories “men” or “women” suit them.

Michael Brown of Charisma News is terrified of this.

He wrote in a recent piece:

At what point we will realize that the more we deny gender distinctions, the more we…

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For Bullied Fairy Bears Everywhere!

From the Cartoon Network series We Bare Bears comes this dream sequence that’s fabulous, particularly the dance off!

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Gender bear now in BM (Malaysian), Chinese language & English

Another effort to illustrate the complexities of gender sexual orientation, sex and gender expression. Your reactions?

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A Gender Discussion with Jeffrey Marsh

I am a big fan of Jeffrey! It was a joy to read this post and discover Jeffrey’s perspective of gender. It is always wonderful to read the experience of another person, assigned male at birth, who identifies as genderqueer, non-binary and/or agender.

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Welcome to my new, yet to be named series all about gender (any ideas please leave in the comments or tweet me at @hannahbinns!)  This installment is a something I wrote after interviewing Vine star and LGBTQ icon, Jeffrey Marsh.  Jeffrey makes Vines about self-love and acceptance, starting trends such as the #notimetohatemyself movement. 

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The reason I wanted to interview Jeffrey in particular is that they have rejected conventional gender labels almost entirely in favour of the term “gender-queer” or “gender-fluid.”  Jeffrey is one of the people who are opening up the discussion and trying to spread the message that you can be whoever you want to be/feel you are.

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We started our conversation by talking about renowned comedian, Eddie Izzard.  Izzard is often asked in interviews about his style choices as he frequently wears…

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You Don’t Need to Be a Boy or a Girl | Alok Vaid-Menon

Alok shines as they talk about the prejudice we face, in being authentic as non-binary femmes, as people who were assigned male at birth.

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Media Misinformation About Trans Youth: The Persistent 80% Desistance Myth

One of the most common arguments by those opposed to medical intervention for Trans kids is this claim that 80% change their minds about transitioning when they get older. In this post that claim is examined by Dr. Winters.

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Jesse Singal, Senior Editor at nymag.com, has enlisted his New York Magazine blog in the promotion of the 80% “desistance” stereotype for gender dysphoric children and youth–the widely publicized presumption that painful distress with birth-assigned sex and gender are just a phase for the great majority of children who suffer it:

While the actual percentages vary from study to study, overall, it appears that about 80 percent of kids with gender dysphoria end up feeling okay, in the long run, with the bodies they were born into.

Singal praised the 80% “desistance” presumption as “solid scientific consensus” and boasted that “every”  study, not some, but “every study that has been conducted on this has found the same thing.” He scorned those who do not accept the 80% presumption (Tannehill 2016, Serano 2016, Olson and Durwood 2016) as “part of problem,” as essentially “ignoring” science…

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Why climate change should matter to LGBTQ+ people

A welcome perspective on why climate change and environmental issues should be important to LGBTQ people.

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Stephanie Farnsworth examines how climate change will impact LGBTQ+ people across the world.


In the last week scientists have revealed that we are living in a new epoch for the first time in over eleven thousand years. The Anthropocene epoch is an era where climate is dominated by the influence of humans and much of the impact of our activity is now irreversible. As we develop more intricate predictions of what lies ahead for the world and its environment, there has been little focus on how specific communities and populations will fare. It’s an area that the LGBTQ+ community have been reluctant to even acknowledge but as has been shown, there is so much more to the community than marriage laws. Class oppression, racism, whorephobia are all issues that impact the community significantly but globally climate change will also play its part (and already has begun to).

The simple fact…

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This Week: A Very Transgender Wellness Roundup

A Trans Wellness Roundup…

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DearTransEach week HuffPost Queer Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Corey Prachniak, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness, visit our page dedicated to the topic here.

SaferSexFinally! A Safer Sex Guide Just For Trans Folks

A new guide on safer sex for transgender individuals was published by the HRC Foundation and Whitman-Walker Health, covering everything from dental dams and PrEP to changes that can occur during transition-related care.

Stage Set For Battle Over Transgender Rights

Five states sued the Obama administration for protecting transgender people under the Affordable Care Act’s ban on sex-based discrimination, claiming it violates healthcare providers’ religious freedom to discriminate. The case is now before a Texas judge and could someday reach the Supreme Court.

Major Medical Journal Spotlights Trans Mental Health Head Shot Scout 2014 lo res

The American…

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Androgynous Rock

This is a wonderfully fun post of androgynous rock and pop music videos I posted last year. Enjoy again or for the first time,

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Rock, Pop and Disco Songs Featuring, Male Androgyny, Camp, or Drag

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Tokio Hotel – Noise Live MTV World Stage, Athens, 2009

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Seremedy – No Escape

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YOHIO – SKY☆LiMiT

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David Bowie – Boys Keep Swinging

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Adam Lambert – If I Had You

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Erasure – Take A Chance On Me

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Dead Or Alive – That’s The Way (I Like It)

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Freddie Mercury – The Great Pretender (Extended)

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The Communards – Dancing Queen

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Soft Cell – Tainted Love

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Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

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QUEEN – I Want To Break Free

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Get It On – T-Rex featuring Elton John

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Elton John – Crocodile Rock (The Muppet Show)

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Cee Lo Green & Gwyneth Paltrow – Forget You (Live @ Grammys 2011)

Songs About Gender Bending Love, (way back when)

Kinks – Lola – Live, 1970

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Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side – Rare Video-HD

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Sylvester featuring Two Tons of…

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Conchita Wurst – From Vienna with Love – Sydney Opera House, Australia


The amazing Conchita Wurst in concert at The Sydney Opera House “From Vienna with Love”

Conchita’s concert in Sydney Opera House “From Vienna with Love” (ORF eins, 10.05.2016) with EN/DE/RU/FR Subtitles | Кончита Вурст, концерт в сиднейской опере, русские субтитры

EN: Conchita’s Wurstgemeinde | DE: Conchita’s Wurstgemeinde | RU: RusUnstoppables | FR: Jocelyne Peltier

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Blink TV Australia

DIRECTOR LIVE RECORDING: Randall Churchill, Blink TV

SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:

Managing Director: Rory Jeffes

Director of Ochestra Management: Aernout Kerbert

Head of Commercial Programming: Mark SutcliffeHead of Production: Laura Daniel

MUSICIANS:

Kirsten Williams, Emily Long, Nicole Masters, Alexander Norton, Monique Irik, Kirsty Hilton, Emma Jezek, Emma Hayes, Benjamin Li, Tobias Breider, Stuart Johnson, Jeroen Quint, Catherine Hewgill, Leah Lynn, Christopher Pidcock, Richard Lynn, Christina Leonard, Andrew Smith, Euan Harvey, Rachel Silver, Paul Goodchild, Daniel Henderson, Andrew Nissen, Brian Nixon, Jess Ciampa, Genevieve Huppert, Clive Lendich, Alex Henery, Anthony Clarke, Michael Tyack
CONDUCTOR: Guy Noble

SPECIAL GUESTS: Trevor Ashley, Guy Sebastian

ORCHESTRA ARRANGEMENTS: Graeme Brown, Lachlan Davidson, Justin Kearin, Anton Koch & Jessica Well
STAGE MANAGERS: Courtney Wilson & Joy Pereira

IDEA AND CONCEPT: Astrid Mulholland-Licht, Austrian National Tourist Office, Sydney

THANKS TO:

Paul Clarke, Stephanie Werrett, Randall Churchill, Chris Abbott (Blink TV)
Margaret Murphy, Jo Papadopolous and Emma Losco (SBS)

Louise Herron (Sydney Opera House)

Wendy Richards (Working Management)

Titus Day (6 Degrees Group)

Michele Bauer, David Watson (Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras)

DIRECTOR DOCUMENTARY: Robert Pfannhauser

EDITOR: Heidi Pfeifer

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Set List

Where Do I Begin

Diamonds Are Forever (with Trevor Ashley)

Where Have All The Good Men Gone

Out Of Body Experience

Firestorm

You Are Unstoppable

Climb Ev’ry Mountain (with Guy Sebastian)

That’s What I Am

Rise Like a Phoenix

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BREAKING: Local Resident Comes Out as Non-Binary, World Doesn’t End

This is too fabulous and I just had to share!

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Originally published at Wear Your Voice Magazine and republished here with permission.

OAKLAND, CA – Residents are profoundly underwhelmed today after an Oakland resident, Tyler May, announced their non-binary gender identity. What was expected to be the literal end of times, residents say that they were shocked to find that the event has had little to no impact on their daily lives.

“I said over and over again that acknowledging more than two genders would signal the apocalypse,” a local cisgender man explained. “But then nothing happened. Literally. Nothing.”

“I had designed a bomb shelter and stocked it up with canned goods for the next five years,” another resident said. “Come to find out, all Tyler wants is for us to switch pronouns.”

Many locals had believed that by in any way challenging the gender binary, it would spontaneously combust, resulting in widespread fires and a complete breakdown of the social…

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Milestones: 60, 20 & 2


The following is the post I made on my Facebook page upon the occasion of my recent birthday.

So, I am now 60. I’ve decided to embrace my new decade of life. I have lived through many interesting and marvelous adventures. This is also close to the anniversary of my move, 20 years ago, to here in Santa Fe. The other anniversary I am celebrating is the second anniversary of my coming out to a friend as a non-binary/genderqueer person. So this day is significant for many reasons.

The most important anniversary is the second year of living as an out and proud Agender/Genderqueer person. I can finally live an authentic life, something that was denied to me for the first 58 years of life. I know that embracing my agender identity is confusing for some of you. Just imagine feeling that there was something missing in your life. This had gone on for decades. Sure their were times you felt you had discovered the answer only to discover the community, you had embraced, didn’t acknowledge your gender non-conformity. Then you heard that there were more gender identities than just man or woman. I learned that my feeling of genderlessness had a name; Agender. The more I read about non-binary gender identities, the more convinced I became that the identity “Agender” described me. I now have a whole new family that I can get help from or, in turn, provide support for another member of this new Trans family of choice. This new Trans family has meant so much to me. Together we are creating safe spaces and reliable friends to turn to when others need help.

So I have a new cause that I have become an activist for. I want to see a world where Trans people are accepted as a natural gender variant and, along with intersex people, are a normal part of the wonderful diversity of human experience.

So this day marks an important milestone in my life. I am celebrating my twentieth anniversary of becoming a New Mexican, the second anniversary of my coming out as an agender person and the sixtieth anniversary of my birth. All in all these are great milestones to be celebrated. So I am chasing the gloom away and putting a positive spin on the significance of these anniversaries. Thanks to all of you for your support along the way!

Fairy JeBear: 60 Years of Life, 20 Years as a New Mexican and 2 Years as an Out and Proud Agender/Genderqueer Person.

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Native and Trans People to the Front

I was moved when I heard my friend Stella deliver this important message at the Albuquerque Trans March. As a New Mexican I have had the wonderful opportunity to interact with many Native people and call them friends. I know that had European’s chosen to learn from their neighbors, who were the indigenous peoples of this country, much of the prejudice and fear around sexually and gender would be nonexistent. Instead Europeans imposed their religion and values on indigenous peoples, often at gun point, while stealing their land and forcing them to leave their homes.

Here’s a quote from the History News Network that looks at the shocking inhumanity and genocide endured by the indigenous peoples of North, Central and South America:

Thus, according to Ward Churchill, a professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado, the reduction of the North American Indian population from an estimated 12 million in 1500 to barely 237,000 in 1900 represents a”vast genocide . . . , the most sustained on record.” By the end of the 19th century, writes David E. Stannard, a historian at the University of Hawaii, native Americans had undergone the”worst human holocaust the world had ever witnessed, roaring across two continents non-stop for four centuries and consuming the lives of countless tens of millions of people.” In the judgment of Lenore A. Stiffarm and Phil Lane, Jr.,”there can be no more monumental example of sustained genocide—certainly none involving a ‘race’ of people as broad and complex as this—anywhere in the annals of human history.”

Here’s are some interesting  links followed by Stella’s remarks: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/7302 and http://endgenocide.org/learn/past-genocides/native-americans/


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This speech was originally given at the Albuquerque Trans March on June 9, 2016, just three days before a gunman murdered 49 (mostly Puerto Rican and Latino) people at a gay club in Orlando, Florida. Stella Martin is from Gallup, New Mexico and is a healthcare worker whose focus is HIV-AIDs and LGBTQ advocacy. She is also an organizer with The Red Nation.

The sun gleams itself down upon us, and the earth brings us stability and life.  Across its beautiful existence we stand; brown coffee skin to beige golden bodies. We are beautiful as ourselves, my sisters and brothers of color.

Yet all around us whiteness pervades and dominates our world, our homelands as indigenous people, our relationships with service and a mask of goodwill.

As indigenous people we were not supposed to be here, but we are.  As transgender, unidentified, naadleeh, winkte, llahmana, and all…

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Agender Art

I haven’t forgotten all those reader out there. I plan on a couple posts this week in honor of the second anniversary of coming out as agender. I thought this was an appropriate preview.

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Can You Name All The Genders.


The folks at Curious Jack take a stab a naming all the genders.

An overview of the variety of gender identities. It is not a complete overview but is a good introduction.

There are more genders than male or female! Genderqueer, trans, two spirit…these are just a few of the diverse terms used to express gender identity. How familiar are you with the terminology.

Note: The video uses trans with an asterisk (Trans*) as the umbrella term for a wide variety of gender identities. This is a practice I have ceased to use. I believe that using Trans alone is now widely understood as an umbrella term for the wide diversity of gender identities.

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Sarah McBride, first transgender speaker at major political convention, addresses DNC 2016


Progress is measured by significant moments like these. 

Sarah McBride became the first transgender speaker at a major political convention when she spoke Thursday during the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. 

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Raising Zay

Zay Crawford has felt like a girl since she was very young despite being assigned male at birth. With puberty fast approaching, she got an implant that suppressed the puberty process. This is the story of one family’s journey to acceptance and understanding of their 12 year-old daughter.

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