Posts Tagged Trans Activism

DC cops scared about bad press around trans rights

The DC Trans Coalition, a fantastic local organization, filed a Freedom of Information Act request last year to look at police correspondence about the treatment of transgender folks by the DC police force. What they found suggests public pressure is having an impact on how trans folks are treated when in police custody.

There’s a history of bad press around these issues in DC. Amanda Hess lays out some of the background:

In July of 2007, police arrested Virginia Grace Soto for missing a court date. Then, judging by what they called her “masculine features,” police wrongfully determined that Soto was a post-operative trans woman, detained her in a male facility over her objections, and forced her to sleep ...

The DC Trans Coalition, a fantastic local organization, filed a Freedom of Information Act request last year to look at police correspondence about the treatment of transgender folks by the DC police force. What they found ...

Words that are transphobic and why

Check out this fantastic poster designed by Clinton Andor for UC Davis’ LGBT Resource Center.


Click the image for a larger version.

I love this poster. It’s clear, straightforward, informative, and a good design. I want one! Hey Clinton/UC Davis LGBT Resource Center — poster fundraiser maybe?

h/t to Cy for the link.

Check out this fantastic poster designed by Clinton Andor for UC Davis’ LGBT Resource Center.


Click the image for a larger version.

I love this poster. It’s clear, straightforward, informative, and a good design. ...

Dean Spade drops knowledge

Dean Spade, founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and the first openly trans tenure-track law professor in the U.S. (Seattle University) has all kinds of super smart and important things to say. Thankfully, Spade’s saying them in lots o’ places: the Enough blog (which I’ve written about before, via my friend Tyrone), a forthcoming book on South End Press, and this awesome interview in Guernica.

Spade, for example, on the limits of the law to make widespread social change:

But the hard thing is that few lawsuits actually have those effects. On one hand, a lot of laws are not enforced or never implemented. For example, in a lot of places it’s illegal to fire or ...

Dean Spade, founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and the first openly trans tenure-track law professor in the U.S. (Seattle University) has all kinds of super smart and important things to say. Thankfully, Spade’s ...

The Post-DADT Battle for Trans Servicemembers


Transgender activist Autumn Sandeen stood with Dan Choi and other LGBT servicemembers outside of the White House. Via AP.

Amanda Hess has an important post from last week discussing the political issues surrounding the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal and the struggle that trans servicemembers have had and are facing now that DADT is on its way out. Between some feeling sold out to their fellow gay and lesbian servicemembers, to the growing campaign among trans activists for the right to serve, it’s a must-read:

[A]s the gays and lesbians who joined Sandeen in protest prepare for open military service, trans men and women are being warned to remain in the closet. The National Center ...


Transgender activist Autumn Sandeen stood with Dan Choi and other LGBT servicemembers outside of the White House. Via AP.

Amanda Hess has an important post from last week discussing the political issues surrounding the ...

What Does a Feminist Look Like?: A Transmasculine Perspective

I found this video on twitter from Remy, the author. I think it does a great job of laying out much of what’s at stake for a truly inclusive feminism.

Transcript after the jump–thanks to Remy for providing it

I found this video on twitter from Remy, the author. I think it does a great job of laying out much of what’s at stake for a truly inclusive feminism.

Transcript after the jump–thanks to Remy for ...

What Does a Feminist Look Like?: A Transmasculine Perspective

I found this video on twitter from Remy, the author. I think it does a great job of laying out much of what’s at stake for a truly inclusive feminism.

Transcript after the jump–thanks to Remy for providing it

I found this video on twitter from Remy, the author. I think it does a great job of laying out much of what’s at stake for a truly inclusive feminism.

Transcript after the jump–thanks to Remy for providing ...

Who Am I?

This guest post is from Lilianna Angel Reyes, who I had the pleasure of co-presenting with at the CLPP Reproductive Justice Conference. If you’re at the US Social Forum check out Lillianna’s TransFeminism workshop. Her bio is after the jump.
So….. at a recent conference, I was asked to speak about the amazing feminist organizations I represent. I thought that would be fun, but then I thought about how, due to capitalism, we value people based on their formal work, not entirely what they believe or who they strive to become. It is as if we assimilate into our organizations’ missions in their entirety. Although I work for great organizations, I wanted to tell the ...

This guest post is from Lilianna Angel Reyes, who I had the pleasure of co-presenting with at the CLPP Reproductive Justice Conference. If you’re at the US Social Forum check out Lillianna’s TransFeminism workshop. Her ...

Genderfork: Beauty in Ambiguity

Trying New Things via Genderfork

Genderfork is one of my new favorite online discoveries. It’s a collection of photos, quotes, videos and other snippets from folks talking about gender and ambiguity. Their about us reads:

Genderfork is a supportive community for the expression of identities across the gender spectrum. Our primary space, Genderfork.com, is a blog that offers images, thoughts, identities, and conversations from gender variant people and their extended communities.

The photo series above is one of many cool things submitted by users to the site every day. I love scrolling through the feed, getting glimpses of gender-bending folks. More about how the site works is here, but it’s been going for three years now and has ...

Trying New Things via Genderfork

Genderfork is one of my new favorite online discoveries. It’s a collection of photos, quotes, videos and other snippets from folks talking about gender and ambiguity. Their about us ...

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