"Equal rights once achieved are not equally accessed nor equally distributed."
Urvashi Vaid, Irresistible Revolution pg 228
"The removal of GID or its changing construction might help to further distance some (most likely white, wealthy, male-identified) trans people from external control over their access to affirming care, while simultaneously subjecting other trans people (low-income, incarcerated, people of color, female-identified) to enhanced control. […] The place where the DSM has the most control over access to trans healthcare is in prisons and for that reason, it seems that we should focus most on the needs of our incarcerated community members when thinking about the most useful set of diagnoses we want included in the DSM and ICD. Our fears about stigma, pathologization, forced institutionalization and other enhanced controls, should be framed in relation to the systems of state power that implement those controls."

"Many people will have choices over whether or not to identify with GID, the DSM and then how to access treatment. It is in the context of state definitional and distributive systems that people will not have those choices when prisons, jails, Medicaid agencies, homeless services, and children’s services enforce and withhold diagnoses and care."

— Chase Strangio, Debating ‘Gender Identity Disorder’ and Justice for Trans People

andyouhavetogivethemhope:

This stunning young man is my friend, August.

He’s been on T for about ten months and just got scheduled for top surgery: February 14, 2013. Valentines Day! So if you can manage, please show a little love and chip in whatever you can. Every little bit helps! And even if you can’t, give him a signal boost and reblog!

So again, donate whatever you can here and if you can’t, then reblog! Thank you so much for supporting my friend!

This stunning young man is my friend, August.

He’s been on T for about ten months and just got scheduled for top surgery: February 14, 2013. Valentines Day! So if you can manage, please show a little love and chip in whatever you can. Every little bit helps! And even if you can’t, give him a signal boost and reblog!

So again, donate whatever you can here and if you can’t, then reblog! Thank you so much for supporting my friend!

[TW: Trans* discrimination statistics/abuse/suicide/violence]
This study brings to light what is both patently obvious and far too often dismissed from the human rights agenda. Transgender and gender non-conforming people face injustice at every turn: in childhood homes, in school systems that promise to shelter and educate, in harsh and exclusionary workplaces, at the grocery store, the hotel front desk, in doctors’ offices and emergency rooms, before judges and at the hands of landlords, police officers, health care workers and other service providers.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality are grateful to each of the 6,450 transgender and gender non-conforming study participants who took the time and energy to answer questions about the depth and breadth of injustice in their lives. A diverse set of people, from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, completed online or paper surveys. This tremendous gift has created the first 360-degree picture of discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people in the U.S. and provides critical data points for policymakers, community activists and legal advocates to confront the appalling realities documented here and press the case for equity and justice.
READ HERE.

[TW: Trans* discrimination statistics/abuse/suicide/violence]

This study brings to light what is both patently obvious and far too often dismissed from the human rights agenda. Transgender and gender non-conforming people face injustice at every turn: in childhood homes, in school systems that promise to shelter and educate, in harsh and exclusionary workplaces, at the grocery store, the hotel front desk, in doctors’ offices and emergency rooms, before judges and at the hands of landlords, police officers, health care workers and other service providers.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality are grateful to each of the 6,450 transgender and gender non-conforming study participants who took the time and energy to answer questions about the depth and breadth of injustice in their lives. A diverse set of people, from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, completed online or paper surveys. This tremendous gift has created the first 360-degree picture of discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people in the U.S. and provides critical data points for policymakers, community activists and legal advocates to confront the appalling realities documented here and press the case for equity and justice.

READ HERE.

[Trigger warning: transphobia]

lipsyncforyourlife:

Carmen Carrera on Cake Boss

this is some utter bullshit. well done, TLC — one more reason not to watch your drivel. carmen’s reaction to being conned:

Im really trying to be a positive role model for trans people and it upsets me that after I SPECIFICALLY asked the producers of “Cake Boss” NOT to disrespect me or trans people. Before I agreed to do this show, I was assured and then reassured that it wasn’t going to be like the JERRY SPRINGER show or MAURY. Let me make this clear. CALLING A TRANSGENDER WOMAN A MAN IS WRONG. Period. Its degrading, its rude, and its very hurtful. I may not have been born a woman, but im NOT a man. I told them I would mind if they said “born male” or “was a male”. After taking this journey its not fair at all to be lied to by the producers. PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG. EDUCATE AND PROMOTE EQUALITY AND RESPECT!!!!!!!

She’s started a petition on change.org asking for an apology. You can sign it here.

Stonewall was a Wedding?

Are we done yet? Do we have to endure another full day of self-congratulation at Obama’s personal endorsement of same-sex marriage? His announcement was heralded with as much praise as last summer’s legalization of gay marriage in New York. And that was, you know, actual legislation.

This is hardly surprising given the fact that marriage equality is designed to distract liberal consciences and give Democrats political cover to gut social services. While the passage of gay marriage enjoyed the support of prominent campaign donors, it was directly preceded by cuts to homeless shelters for queer youth. It’s a campaign season bait-and-switch — winning votes without making real concessions.

Case in point: Bloomberg commended Obama for joining a legacy of “courageous stands that so many Americans have taken over the years on behalf of equal rights for gay and lesbian Americans, stretching back to the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village.” This days after slashing youth homeless shelter funding by $7 million, in a city where40% of homeless youth are LGBT.

Looked at from this vantage point, the chief beneficiaries of gay marriage will be Crate & Barrel, not the queer folks with the most desperate needs. There is an obvious disconnect between the desires of politically connected, wealthy gay people and the needs of queer youth, and yet the major gay rights organizations have all rallied around gay marriage as if it will solve the problems of gay people everywhere, regardless of race or class.

Gay marriage proponents feed us two flavors of justification for their crusade. For the romantics they supply fantasy — the notion that legal inclusion brings social justice; for the cynics, they tout the thousand individual rights that a marriage certificate bestows.

These arguments should raise serious red flags for the Jacobin rank-and-file, and indeed, neither holds water. You’d think in the “age of the 99%,” we teeming masses would be able to see that what’s good for the few isn’t good for us all. It’s true that marriage comes with material advantages — healthcare, citizenship, and inheritance chief among them — but therein also lies the problem. Marriage consolidates privilege by creating a legal basis for denying access to those thousand rights; it literally sanctions discrimination. Instead of bestowing rights based on relationship status, the state should guarantee those rights for all people. Instead we attach basic rights to an institution with a 50% failure rate.

The obsession with marriage also sanitizes the history of queer struggle. Stonewall was not a wedding, it was a riot, led by the very queers who are now erased from the public image of gay equality. Drag queens, trans people of color, young queers, and butch dykes fought systematic violence and in Sarah Schulman’s words, “[…] arose to change society, to expand rigid gender roles, to break down confining social mores of privatized families and to defy the consumerism that accompanies monogamy and nuclear family lifestyle in the United States.” That transformative vision has been sidelined by the marriage crowd, who are content to bestow rights only on the deserving few. Are there really members of our society undeserving of health care?

Only the most privileged among us could possibly see the fight for the right to party as a movement for social justice. Proponents tout the implications for healthcare and immigration status while members of our queer and trans communities are denied basic treatment in prison, while they are harassed and ejected by ICE. Loving couples making a public commitment to one another is a beautiful thing, but it is erroneously touted by gay rights groups as the single most pressing justice issue facing queer people. Issues of access to healthcare, education, and housing go unmentioned.

Look no further than Argentina for real leadership in queer politics. While we were busy patting ourselves on the back, the Argentine legislature passed the Gender Identity Law, arguably the most gender-affirming bill in any country, to date. Argentineans can now change their legal genders without having to demonstrate any medical treatment, and the public and private healthcare systems in the country are banned from charging extra for gender-related therapies or procedures. These changes may not have the comforting ring of wedding bells, but they address administrative inequalities that present huge obstacles to trans people in accessing basic services. And it teaches us that by building power for vulnerable communities, legislative reform can be an important part of movements for social justice.

BREAKING: Obama Embraces Marriage Equality
President Obama has come out in support of marriage equality for gay and lesbian people in an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts this afternoon:

OBAMA: I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.

His endorsement comes less than a week after Vice President Joe Biden embraced the issue during an appearance on Meet The Press and a day after North Carolina banned marriage equality and civil unions in its state constitution.
The president last made news on the freedom to marry 560 days ago, when he told progressive journalists at the White House that he is evolving towards greater acceptance.
Obama’s remarks today bring him full circle to his position in 1996, when he was running for the Illinois state Senate. In response to a questionnaire from Chicago’s Outlines gay newspaper, he proclaimed, “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”
Source.

BREAKING: Obama Embraces Marriage Equality

President Obama has come out in support of marriage equality for gay and lesbian people in an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts this afternoon:

OBAMA: I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.

His endorsement comes less than a week after Vice President Joe Biden embraced the issue during an appearance on Meet The Press and a day after North Carolina banned marriage equality and civil unions in its state constitution.

The president last made news on the freedom to marry 560 days ago, when he told progressive journalists at the White House that he is evolving towards greater acceptance.

Obama’s remarks today bring him full circle to his position in 1996, when he was running for the Illinois state Senate. In response to a questionnaire from Chicago’s Outlines gay newspaper, he proclaimed, “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”

Source.

A message from Anonymous
Seriously? Gaywrites' picture about day of silence reinforces stereotypes about gender binary???? WTF! Does it also reinforce that all women are triangle-shaped and that all people are black?? GET A CLUE!

dear anon here is referring to this post.

i answered gaywrite’s question like this: ”i find graphics like these problematic because they endorse the gender binary, which of course is a complete fallacy.”

my reaction to dear anon’s comment:

so anon, lets try this again.

i said gaywrite’s graphic “endorses the gender binary.”

i did not say that the graphic “reinforces stereotypes about gender binary” [emphasis mine].

for those of you who don’t know, the gender binary is the socially indoctrinated idea that there are only two genders: male and female. that is complete bullshit, or otherwise genderqueer people like myself would not exist.

the graphic depicts only two genders, man and woman — and a reductive portrayal of those genders at that.

so in conclusion, yes, the graphic does subscribe to the gender binary, and in fact, i will concede to you anon, reinforce stereotypical ideas of gender (woman = dress, man = pants).

looking forward to your angry reply back!

side note: i kind of feel a little bad about this reply… oh well.

[Image: A photo of the Tyler Haynes Common’s Pier at the University of Richmond. Taken from the second floor, looking down. In the middle of the photo is a rafter with a rainbow flag hanging vertically on the left side and a black flag with a pink triangle also hanging vertically on the right.]
Every April, the University of Richmond’s queer activist group, the Student Alliance for Sexual Diversity (SASD) co-opts the month of April to celebrate LGBTQ Pride month. This year, we got permission from the University to hang a rainbow and pink triangle flag in the student commons in celebration.

[Image: A photo of the Tyler Haynes Common’s Pier at the University of Richmond. Taken from the second floor, looking down. In the middle of the photo is a rafter with a rainbow flag hanging vertically on the left side and a black flag with a pink triangle also hanging vertically on the right.]

Every April, the University of Richmond’s queer activist group, the Student Alliance for Sexual Diversity (SASD) co-opts the month of April to celebrate LGBTQ Pride month. This year, we got permission from the University to hang a rainbow and pink triangle flag in the student commons in celebration.

[Images: Top image is a chalking on brick of the “all” meme. it reads, “Support ALL the choices!” The first image in the second row is a chalking of the “me gusta” meme that reads, “Reproductive Justice. Me gusta.” The second image in the second row is the “we got a badass over here” meme, that just says “Watch out!” The first image in the third row says “End the War on Women.” The second image in the third row says, “Queers 4 Reproductive Justice.” And the last image of the set says, “Abortion is not shameful.”]

So the anti-choice group, the center for bioethical reform was on campus today, teaming up with our resident anti-choice group, spiders for life. They had their giant, triggering, inaccurate, shaming photos.You can see them here [Trigger warning for abortion, medical waste]. So naturally all the concerned activists on campus formed an ad-hoc coalition to chalk the entire forum where the anti-choice display would be (More pictures coming later). Here are a few of the finest. I thought you all would enjoy. We also stood in the forum all day, talking with people, handing out ribbons for students to show their support for reproductive justice, and of course, FREE CONDOMS.