Becoming More Visible Trailer

An extended (10 minutes) trailer for a promising new documentary that explores young trans lives. This trailer is a version that was revised in June of 2015.

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Convicted Radical in another Stabbing Attack at Jerusalem Gay Pride


More on the horrendous anti-LGBTQ act of hate by an ultra-orthodox Jewish man in Jerusalem…

Originally posted on O-blog-dee-o-blog-da:

By Melanie Nathan, July 30, 2015.

stabbing jerusalem Gay pride 2015Six people have been injured in a stabbing attacker at Jersualem Gay Pride.

The suspect has been named as Yishai Schlissel, a radical right wing ultra-Orthodox Jew.

Schlissel was sentenced to 12 years in prison for a similar attack in 2005.  he was released from prison only three weeks ago. It is believed that the he is the same person who stabbed three people at the same parade in 2005.

According to the ambulance services, two of the injured are in a serious condition

Schlissel was restrained and arrested.

Security was strong at the parade.

However it is quite disconcerting to note that this extremist was even allowed in the vicinity of the parade. One wonders about the conditions of his release, which may have been an early release, and why he was not being monitored considering his propensity to commit the same crime…

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I Am Jazz | Season 1 Episode 4 | I Thought It Was a Choice | FULL EPISODE

For those of you who missed it, here is episode 4 of I Am Jazz exploring that “choice” question.

To view episode 5 please visit this link:

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Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

An amazing 3D tribute to the most acclaimed creators of anime in the world, and a personal favorite, Hayao Miyazaki by an animator by the name of Dono.

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Caitlyn Jenner: A “Real” Woman?


An excellent rebuttal to a prejudicial anti-Caitlyn Facebook post…

Originally posted on Strangely Progressive:

The following is a hateful Facebook post I’ve seen making the rounds, with my own rebuttal after it. I realize I’ve posted a lot on Caitlyn Jenner in the last few weeks, but it’s because I am constantly being barraged with this sort of bigoted B.S. nearly every day.  The thought of a transgender individual dealing with what they have to deal with everyday, having to see this woman’s ignorant nonsense when they jump on their Facebook makes me sick to my stomach…

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“I’ve heard you say you “identify as a woman”. But I find that highly unlikely and insulting. You see, Mr. Jenner, there is more to being a woman than beautiful gowns and fake boobs. There is more to being a woman than makeup and pretty hair.” – Of course there’s more to being a woman than dresses and makeup.  Caitlyn Jenner never said there wasn’t.  However, there are…

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Jewish Man Stabs 6 People at Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade


An outrageous attack!

Originally posted on TIME:

(JERUSALEM) — An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man lunged into a group of revelers leading Jerusalem’s annual gay pride parade and stabbed six of them Thursday evening as they marched in the holy city, Israeli police and witnesses said.

The alleged attacker, Yishai Schlissel, had recently been released from prison after serving a term for stabbing several people at a gay pride parade in 2005, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said, adding that he was arrested at the scene of Thursday’s attack.

Eli Bin of Israel’s emergency service said six young people were wounded in the attack, two of them seriously.

The annual parade was proceeding as planned when the crowd’s joyful chants gave way to screams. Panic ensued, and a bloody woman fell to the ground, an Associated Press photographer at the scene said.

A man with blood seeping from his back wandered around with a dazed look before collapsing. Another man…

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Life as Sara. What it’s like to be a transgender woman when you’re not Caitlyn Jenner | The Washington Post


The Washington Post continues it’s reporting of transgender people’s stories…

Originally posted on Kira Moore's Closet:

Life as Sara. What it’s like to be a transgender woman when you’re not Caitlyn Jenner | The Washington Post:

“Seventeen days after Caitlyn Jenner appeared in airbrushed glory on the cover of Vanity Fair, Sara Simone woke up in her rented Alexandria bedroom and considered the tools at her own disposal: a $9 bottle of Revlon ColorStay foundation — ‘Mahogany’ — a spritz of Paris Hilton perfume, a plunging black T-shirt showcasing the breasts she had patiently earned with hormones. Was the shirt too racy? Maybe. But it was better, she’d decided when she transitioned four years ago, to have men stare at her chest than to have them scrutinize her face and ask whether she was a man or a woman. ‘Better they whistle at me than jump me,’ she sometimes said, because in her particular existence as a transgender woman, catcalling seemed the lesser and safer…

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All mouth, no muscle — anti-gay party in Kenya


A lot of bluster and little action…

Originally posted on 76 CRIMES:

Logo of Kenya's tiny Republican Liberty Party. Logo of Kenya’s tiny Republican Liberty Party.

For a political party so weak that it has no members in parliament, Kenya’s Republican Liberty Party has an amazing knack for grabbing the attention of the media.

The most recent example: The supposed plans for a 5,000-person nude protest if President Obama spoke about LGBTI rights during his recent trip to Kenya.

Obama did exactly that, but protesters were nowhere to be found. Turnout for the “nude protest” — 0.

Before Obama arrived in Kenya, Republican Liberty Party leader Vincent Kidala announced that the protest had been postponed at the request of government officials. He claimed that 3,600 people had already registered to take part in the protest “aimed at showing Obama the differences between a man and a woman,” as if that were in question.

Vincent Kidala (Photo courtesy of Nairobi News) Republican Liberty Party leader Vincent Kidala (Photo courtesy of Nairobi News)

“Kidala said the protesters will…

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Uganda Pride: ‘Passionate believer’ tells why it’s important


Pride in the face of homophobic oppression…

Originally posted on 76 CRIMES:

By Stella Nyanzi

My custom of preparing for Uganda’s Pride activities starts a week before the annual event. Today, I am starting my excited posts about ‪#PrideUganda2015‬. I have posted about each year’s activities, starting with the first one in 2012.

As an ally of the organised political LGBTIQ movement, as well as the social LGBTIQ communities in Uganda, I am also a passionate believer in Pride. Many members of the movement and communities do NOT believe in Pride celebrations; that is their prerogative, their right and their entitlement. For me, I looooove Pride. I am always an ardent participant in the entire program of activities.

Post advertising Pride Uganda 2015 Post advertising Pride Uganda 2015

This year’s logo focuses on family. “We are Family”, the poster announcing Uganda’s 2015 Pride events boldly asserts. Although family values and the heterosexual family are two ideas that are used to alienate homosexuals from society world-over, family is…

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Laverne Cox on Transgender Equality

Laverne Cox and Jodie Foster, who directed an episode featuring Laverne’s character’s transition on Orange is the New Black, talk about transgender visibility and equality. The two women were interviewed by Katie Couric at the 2014 Glamour Women of The Year Awards.

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Call For Art From LGBTQ2 Youth and Allies in Santa Fe, New Mexico


Call Type: LGBTQ2 Youth and Allies
Eligibility: Local
City: Santa Fe
State: New Mexico
Fee: None

Youth Curator Application Deadline: 18 August 2015
Entry Deadline: 25 August 2015
Media: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Multi Media and Installation Art
Submissions: Up to 5 images sent digitally to
Show: CHRONICLES OF THE FUTURE at the W21 Gallery, Sept. 18th, 2015
Prize: Scholarship

The theme of this show asks, “Where Have We Come From and Where we Are Going?” as viewed through the lens of Queerdom.  With the recent Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage in mind, we encourage participants to create works that not only show their hopes and dreams for the future of our queer community but also convey historical landmarks and pitfalls from our storied past. We encourage including the intersection of race, class, gender identity, and other narratives from a broad perspective of human rights.

The curating mentor is Niomi Fawn, a Queer-Femme-RiotGrrl from the feminist art collaborative, HYDRACOLLECTIVE.  She will select two youth to complete a curatorial team. To apply for a Youth Curator position, send a two-paragraph statement explaining why you want to participate in the process and what you hope to gain from it.

A selected artist will be awarded a special scholarship.

Chronicles of the Future will be held in conjunction with the LGBTQ2 Theatrical Production: Almost Adults – Five Short Plays exploring gay marriage, coming out, teen disenfranchisement and the journey of self-awareness by Aaron Leventman, September 17 – 27, 2015.

Niomi Fawn 808-597-6569

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10 Things You Need To Know About Transgender People, by Jazz Jennings

Ten important things to know about transgender people. By Jazz Jennings presented by

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Four Stories of Transgender Struggles In America

From ABC News

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How Many Genders Are There? Understanding Non-Binary Genders

This is an excellent overview of gender diversity, gender non-conforming and non-binary gender identities. The presenter, Justin Dennis, does a good job of explaining the topic. Watch this after watching the USA Today introductionto gender diversity.

Here are resources recommend by Justin:, a wiki-type website with brief definitions:

Gender Diversity’s list of terminology:

Gender Spectrum’s great explanation of gender, sex, and various other terms:

Kinsey Confidential’s explanation of gender nonconformity:

A HuffPo article dispelling myths about gender nonconforming children:

An indepth Washington Post article about one agender person and their struggles:

Wikipedia’s take on the idea of the third gender:

Wikipedia’s article on gender variance, with links to other terms available:

When girls starting wearing pink and boys started wearing blue: (Hint: more recent than you think)

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Understanding Transgender


Found on M.’s Pinterest and here: transgender comic
— Resolution Upconvert by Fairy JerBear

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Recommended: 8 Tips for Coming Out as Non-Binary — Everyday Feminism

Some excellent advice on coming out as non-binary gender identified. I could have used this last year! Here are the opening paragraphs. Continue reading this article by following the link at the bottom of this post:


Graphic Via Everyday Feminism

When I was first trying to figure out how to come out as non-binary, (which is used for people whose gender identity doesn’t fit into the binary of woman or man and can be both, somewhere in between, or neither), I wondered if I should just come out as a transgender man.

Not because I am a man, but because I thought it would be easier for people in my life to understand.

Coming out is already a difficult thing to do, and the idea of coming out as non-binary (an identity and experience that most people haven’t even begun to grasp) was absolutely daunting.

In the end, I decided to come out exactly as I was – as a genderqueer, non-binary person. I had already spent six years being dishonest about my gender identity, and I didn’t want to spend any longer trying to navigate more lies about who I was.

Chances are, if you’re looking to come out as non-binary, you might have had similar thoughts: How can I get my loved ones to understand? What language should I use? What do I include, and what do I leave out?

Like me, maybe you’re having doubts that coming out and being understood is possible for you at all.

I recognize and validate how scary this coming out process can be, especially in a society that seldom recognizes our identities.

Having come out many times – to coworkers, friends, family, and even strangers – I’ve had a lot of experience now, both good and bad, that has helped to shape my approach. It’s my hope that, by writing this article, you can adapt some of what I’ve learned to make it work for you.

Non-binary people can come out – and they do come out.

Like them, you deserve to live your truth as openly as you desire. So let’s figure out how we can get you there!

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Continue reading this article and the 8 Tips for Coming Out as Non-Binary, click here at Everyday Feminism

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Disney Displays Awesome Gender Non-Conforming Mannequin In Store Window

Progress is evident in ways both obvious and subtle as this story illustrates:

This boy mannequin rocks a Minnie Mouse outfit in a Disney theme park store window.


Photo via The New Civil Rights Movement

Now, Disney has made another bold statement, but hardly anyone is noticing. One of the stores in the Disney California Adventure theme park at Disneyland has a new window display featuring a boy mannequin wearing blue jeans, a Minnie Mouse shirt and hat, and carrying a Minnie Mouse purse. The gender non-conforming mannequin is standing amongst a range of toys including dolls and a Snow White storybook.

Most guests walk right past the mannequin and seem to be oblivious of the new window display, but Jarret Hastings, an annual pass holder visiting the park over the weekend, says it’s another step in the right direction.

“I think that it’s great that the Disney company can put something like this on display in the parks,” explained Hastings. “Not every guest may notice that it’s a boy mannequin with traditionally feminine attire but it goes to show that Disney is a supportive organization that welcomes everyone.”

Read the entire article here at The New Civil Rights Movement

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Germany nixes Facebook’s dangerous ‘real names’ policy


Perhaps this official prodigy will move Facebook to change their policy.

Originally posted on 76 CRIMES:

Germany regulator Johannes Caspar (Photo courtesy of Germany regulator Johannes Caspar (Photo courtesy of

Government regulators in Germany have ruled against Facebook’s policy of demanding that account holders use their real names — a policy that jeopardizes the lives of LGBTI people in homophobic countries.

As The Guardian reported:

“The Hamburg data protection authority said on Tuesday that the site could not force users to give official ID such as a passport or identity card, nor could it unilaterally change their chosen names to their ‘real’ names on the site.

“Johannes Caspar, the Hamburg commissioner for data protection and freedom of information, said … that the requirement to use a real name violates the rights, enshrined in German law, to use a pseudonym, while requests for digital copies of an official photo ID also contradict the passport and ID card law.”

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African LGBTI advocacy group gains official status


Good news from Africa!

Originally posted on 76 CRIMES:

Logo of Pan-Africa ILGA Logo of Pan-Africa ILGA

An Africa-based advocacy group working for continent-wide recognition of  the human rights of LGBTI Africans has won official recognition in South Africa.

Pan-Africa ILGA (PAI), the continent’s regional chapter of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), announced its new official status in the following press release.

In 2014, about 150 African LGBTI activists gathered for a strategy and educational conference that PAI held in Nairobi, Kenya.

Workshops during the conference focused on topics including LGBTIQ refugees, media strategies in the quest for recognition of human rights, organizing on behalf of LGBTI people in rural communities, online advocacy, emotional support for LGBTI people in the Middle East and North Africa, and the needs of French-speaking activists.

Press Statement

 Les délégués de la conférence Pan Africa ILGA au Kenya en Mars 2014. (Photo de Colin Stewart) Delegates at the Pan Africa ILGA conference in Kenya in March 2014. (Colin Stewart photo)

Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) is pleased to announce that on…

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‘Becoming Us': A Groundbreakingly Banal Show About Trans Families


I’ve been watching this show since it’s debut. It is an excellent, honest and realistic portrayal of transgender parents and friends. I highly recommend it. It shows on Monday nights on ABC Family or on the ABC Family app.

Originally posted on Flavorwire:

Bra-shopping, texting, and endless parent-child FaceTime chats punctuate the first two episodes of ABC Family’s Becoming Us, the reality show about Ben and Danielle, two teens with newly out trans parents that feels perfectly timed to our current cultural tipping point — and to counter the inevitable backlash. What better timing for the premiere of a reality show about two rather unassuming trans women supporting their teen kids in Illinois than the day after the publication of a noxious New York Times op-ed assailing trans women as some sort of threat to feminism?

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