Posts Tagged transphobia

I Hear Them Breathing: Trans women, prison, and the limits of tolerance

2014 has been a decidedly double edged-sword of a year for trans women thus far. “Awareness,” that maddeningly vague but precious resource, has rained upon us like falling cherry blossom petals, right along with the false promises of that debauched liberal currency known as “tolerance.” That awareness has stretched across a long, polychromatic gauntlet, from the inspirations of Laverne Cox and Janet Mock, to a flowering of trans women’s lit, to the depredations of activism and social media gone horribly wrong, to, at long last, the daily struggles of our invisible sisterhood.

Where once the shadows of prison, border control, and policing were wide and deep enough to easily engulf armies of trans women, now a bright light is shining ...

2014 has been a decidedly double edged-sword of a year for trans women thus far. “Awareness,” that maddeningly vague but precious resource, has rained upon us like falling cherry blossom petals, right along with the false promises ...

The Golden Globes gave Jared Leto an award for playing a trans woman because Hollywood is terrible

Last night Jared Leto won a Best Supporting Actor (the award for ladies is Best Supporting Actress, so this was in the dude category) for playing a trans woman.

I have not seen Dallas Buyers Club, in which Leto plays Rayon, a trans woman with AIDS. I will not see Dallas Buyers Club because I don’t hate myself. Leto’s performance may be a “revelation” as some have called it, though I highly doubt I’d see it that way. It also may be awful, stereotypical, and offensive, which sounds like the way Rayon is portrayed based on the opinions of folks who’ve seen the movie and actually care about trans women. I suspect the latter, since Leto gave ...

Last night Jared Leto won a Best Supporting Actor (the award for ladies is Best Supporting Actress, so this was in the dude category) for playing a trans woman.

I have not seen Dallas Buyers Club, in which ...

The Feministing Five: E.J. Graff

For three decades, E.J. Graff has been writing about topics that are near and dear to our hearts here at Femininsting. Covering subjects like the social history of marriage to the harassment of teenage girls at the workplace, Graff’s writing is clear, approachable, and impressively informative.

Lining up with the second month anniversary of DOMA’s repeal, Graff recently published her newest piece with Newsweek“What’s Next for the Gay Rights Movement,” where she encourages her audience to envision the next arena for social justice–expanding our national understanding of gender beyond the binary. Especially in light of the outrageous transphobic coverage of Chelsea Manning’s announcement, articulate and informative articles ...

For three decades, E.J. Graff has been writing about topics that are near and dear to our hearts here at Femininsting. Covering subjects like the social history of marriage to ...

Video: Italian politicians smooch for LGBTQI rights

Boy-on-boy and girl-on-girl kissing in the same of LGBTQI rights is a cliche by now, something activists like to experiment with and dabble in. But it’s still hot, especially, when it’s Italian-on-Italian kissing in support of legislation which would penalize homophobia and transphobia. Which, is why I’m posting this video of members of Italy’s Five Star Movement (M5S) Party staging a kiss-in during a parliamentary debate on Thursday on a law that would ban certain discrimination against LGBTQI people. The more timid members of the party opted to hug each other or hold signs. The bill passed the lower house. So I guess it worked! Now it just needs to pass the Senate. For ...

Boy-on-boy and girl-on-girl kissing in the same of LGBTQI rights is a cliche by now, something activists like to experiment with and dabble in. But it’s still hot, especially, when it’s Italian-on-Italian ...

More thoughts on Mister Cee, sexuality, and hip hop culture

I’m still thinking about DJ Mister Cee. He recently did a PSA in which he speaks openly (and more confidently) about his sexuality and decision to share his journey publicly. In it, he says:

The decision I made this week to open up about my sexuality has definitely been the most difficult thing that I have ever had to do in my life. But I felt like this was the time for me to do it personally and professionally. For me, I felt worried about how my family would be affected, how my coworkers and my friends and even my fans would be affected by this decision because in this hip-hop community of ours, it’s not ...

I’m still thinking about DJ Mister Cee. He recently did a PSA in which he speaks openly (and more confidently) about his sexuality and decision to share his journey publicly. In it, ...

Transmilitary: meet the soldiers the military doesn’t want you to

It’s no wonder Chelsea Manning didn’t start transitioning while serving in the army. The institution make have gotten rid of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but it makes no bones about its exclusion of transgender people. In language that reflects its archaic and out of touch policies, The Department of Defense  lists the following as disqualifications for serving in the military: “history of major abnormalities or defects of the genitalia, such as change of sex [and] hermaphroditism.” and “current or history of psychosexual conditions, including but not limited to transsexualism [and] transvestism.”

This, of course, does not mean there are not transgender people currently serving in the Military. But they serve in silence. Until now. A new documentary web ...

It’s no wonder Chelsea Manning didn’t start transitioning while serving in the army. The institution make have gotten rid of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but it makes no bones about its exclusion of transgender people. ...

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