Posts Tagged Transgender Issues

Weekly Feminist Reader

Malia and Sasha in the White House: dangerous narrative about the progress of African-American girls.

Social media, teens, moral panic, and the sexual predators that “lurk everywhere”.

Cooking skills and farm vegetables in inner-city Washington D.C.

Beyonce is asking ‘how come,and so am I.”

Corporate sponsors flee from Boston’s homophobic St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Why Lupita Nyong’o should be the star of  the new Star Wars

Malia and Sasha in the White House: dangerous narrative about the progress of African-American girls.

Social media, teens, moral panic, and the sexual predators that “lurk everywhere”.

Cooking skills and farm vegetables in ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

Jared Leto’s problematic Oscar nomination.

Tressie McMillan Cottom on breaking silence around black colleges.

Solomon Northup’s descendants, a photo project.

On bullying, LGBT youth, and the exacerbation of the school-to-prison pipeline.

Talib Kweli at Melissa Harris-Perry, unpacking cultural appropriation in music. 

Jared Leto’s problematic Oscar nomination.

Tressie McMillan Cottom on breaking silence around black colleges.

Solomon Northup’s descendants, a photo project.

On bullying, LGBT youth, and the exacerbation of the school-to-prison pipeline.

Talib Kweli at Melissa ...

Stakes is high: Playing catch up on trans issues

Over at The Daily Banter, Oliver Willis would like everyone to calm down and be kinder to people who may not be up on trans issues. He writes:

In the last few months or so I’ve noticed that the issue of transgendered people* and how to discuss them and reference them has become more prevalent. This reached a peak with the revelation that Bradley Manning was now Chelsea Manning and there was a whole Media Discussion About How To Discuss This New Issue.

What has struck me a little wrong is the tone from many activists and such on the left towards the more mainstream culture on this.

I don’t think the majority of people understand transgender issues in the way ...

Over at The Daily Banter, Oliver Willis would like everyone to calm down and be kinder to people who may not be up on trans issues. He writes:

In the last few months or so I’ve ...

Need a safe place to pee? There’s an app for that

Worrying about finding a safe place to use the bathroom should never be an issue in anyone’s life. But for far too many trans and gender non-conforming folks, bathrooms can be potential sites of fear, gender policing, and even violence. The right to bathroom access is important and taken for granted by most people – having to hold it can lead to dangerous health outcomes. Refuge Restrooms is a brand-new app designed to address these issues. Launched last week and already receiving lots of positive attention, the app catalogs restrooms that have been deemed safe to use, and folks can add to and update the list all the time.

Teagan Widmer created and launched ...

Worrying about finding a safe place to use the bathroom should never be an issue in anyone’s life. But for far too many trans and gender non-conforming folks, bathrooms can be potential sites of fear, gender ...

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Redefining Realness

Janet Mock’s new book Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More comes out today. Here’s the short version of my review: go buy it and read it now.

Janet Mock’s writing is compelling, familiar, and even conversational, which makes the complex work she is doing in this book seem easy. Redefining Realness is a number of things: it is primarily Mock’s personal story. But it is also a subversion of the trans memoir, a by now ubiquitous form, as Mock claims her own life and refuses to let familiar beats fall into familiar tropes. It presents a different story from those of class-privileged white trans folks whose memoirs are usually the ones to ...

Janet Mock’s new book Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More comes out today. Here’s the short version of my review: go buy it and read it now.

Janet Mock’s ...

Video: Laverne Cox on the revolutionary act of loving trans women

The 2014 National Conference for LGBT Equality: Creating Change took place in Houston this past weekend. Thursday night, Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox rocked the house with an opening keynote.

It’s beautiful to hear the crowd shouting and cheering as Cox talks about loving trans women as a revolutionary act, about the struggles of living in a world where trans women often don’t experience love and are instead marginalized and dehumanized, and about the incredible power of love in a case like CeCe McDonald’s, where a strong support network and CeCe’s leadership helped her survive through prison. Cox shouts out other amazing trans women like Janet Mock, Toni D’Orsay, and Monica Roberts, and even makes some calls ...

The 2014 National Conference for LGBT Equality: Creating Change took place in Houston this past weekend. Thursday night, Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox rocked the house with an opening keynote.

It’s beautiful to hear ...

“Nobody knows my life but me”: An elegy for Dr. V

My first thought on reading Caleb Hannan’s Grantland featureabout the trans woman inventor, Dr. V, that he all but hounded to suicide—was that I knew her. “Nobody knows my life but me,” she said sternly to the man who had been investigating her, and that is true. Even so, I think a lot of trans women can relate to much that emerged in this profile of thorns that Hannan used to frame Dr. V. (A comprehensive look at this case, with further details, can be found in The Toast’s link roundup.)

Everything that Hannan used to discredit her or slander her—her caginess about her past, her forthright demeanour and idiosyncratic style, her gloriously fabulous self-perception, and her ...

My first thought on reading Caleb Hannan’s Grantland featureabout the trans woman inventor, Dr. V, that he all but hounded to suicide—was that I knew her. “Nobody knows my life but me,” she said ...

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