Posts Tagged Trans Activism

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 ...

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). The day takes place on May 17 to commemorate the World Health Organization’s removal of homosexuality from its list of mental disorders on this date in 1990.

The day began when the National Day Against Homophobia was created by Canada’s Fondation Émergence in 2003. The next year French academic and activist Louis-Georges Tin created the International Day Against Homophobia. The focus was expanded in 2009 to include transphobia.

While Pride events focus primarily on celebrating LGBT lives, IDAHO exists to shine a light on and take action against hatred and oppression based on sexuality and gender identity.

From the IDAHO website:

In 2008, sexual relations between persons of the same sex were punishable ...

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). The day takes place on May 17 to commemorate the World Health Organization’s removal of homosexuality from its list of mental disorders on this date in 1990.

The ...

American Eagle Outfitters Anti-Trans Policy Changed


This may seem like a small victory, but it’s an important one.
After discovering American Eagle Outfitters had an anti-LGBT policy on “personal appearance” for their employees requiring folks to wear gender-specific clothing, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and workers’ rights group Make the Road have pushed the store to include trans-friendly policies at the chain — and have won. Now not only will the 2,000 employees in the 61 stores across New York be allowed to wear whatever they damn well please, but will also be given trainings on transgender issues.
We aren’t too surprised that gender policing existed at American Eagle considering the ridiculous, gendered and sexist clothes they’ve sold in the past,


This may seem like a small victory, but it’s an important one.
After discovering American Eagle Outfitters had an anti-LGBT policy on “personal appearance” for their employees requiring folks to wear gender-specific clothing, ...

Barney Frank, that’s not what I call an inclusive ENDA

Representative Barney Frank spoke with Roll Call recently about the prospects of passing a transgender inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the House this year. Frank was optimistic, that is if you ignore the word “inclusive”:

…Frank said that he is optimistic about the vote count and that transgender protections will remain in the bill.
“There’s no chance of doing it without it,” he said of the transgender protections.
Frank said he’s told wavering Democrats that “the principle is the same. It’s discrimination.”
He said concessions were made in the drafting of the language to address moderates’ concerns. For instance, Frank said, transgender people with “one set of genitals” would not be able to go to a bathroom for people with ...

Representative Barney Frank spoke with Roll Call recently about the prospects of passing a transgender inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the House this year. Frank was optimistic, that is if you ignore the word “inclusive”:

…Frank said ...

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