Following are the health issues GMLA’s (Gay Lesbian Medical Association) healthcare providers have identified as most commonly of concern for transgender persons. While not all of these items apply to everyone, it’s wise to be aware of these issues.
Milk Junkies is a rad website/blog about parenting and breast/chestfeeding from a transgender perspective!
Here is a simplified list of tips from Trevor, a trans*parent who has successfully chestfed. For the complete post, with all the helpful details, click the link provided in this post!
Tip One: Simply know it is possible.
Tip Two: Know that latching will be particularly tough.
Tip Three: Be aware that in the case of a trans guy who has not had any chest surgery he may have practiced years of breast binding to flatten his chest, and this, of course, may affect milk production.
Tip Four: Watch out for postpartum depression even more than usual. Feelings of guilt, body discomfort, or gender discomfort may arise and need to be addressed.
Tip Five: Trans*parents may find it helpful to have allies act as a go between when setting up with groups such as La Leche League. It can be intimidating for a cis*parent to attend these groups or meetings, and even more intimidating for a trans*parent.
A final word from Trevor: Be prepared to learn, innovate, and improvise. Have fun!
“It’s Perfectly Normal” is a book about “changing bodies, growing up, sex & sexual health”. It’s aimed primarily at pre-teens just entering or about to enter puberty, although younger curious children could read it as well. It’s filled with comics and…
Joined by Council Speaker Christine Quinn, LGBT activists rallied in New York this week to demand the passage of GENDA, or the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act.
GENDA would protect transgender people statewide against discrimination in housing, employment and public assistance programs, and also expand hate crimes law to protect trans people. The bill has passed the State Assembly six times but never made it through the Senate.
“In light of the rash of all the anti-gay incidents that have happened, including the murder of a young man just this weekend, now is the time to pass GENDA,” said City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez of Queens. “We are long overdue.”
“GENDA not being part of our state law is sending a message that transgender citizens of this state are second class, and we need to put an end to it,” Quinn said.
Let’s get this done. There’s no reason to stall equal treatment.
Equalize educates music fans about LGBTQ issues. Last year, we met over 1500 new Equalizers on Warped. This year, we’re going to double that with your help!
To our knowledge, Equalize is the only trans*-run organization to ever go on Warped Tour. With 12 days left they are less than halfway to their fundraising goal to get them back on Warped Tour this year. DO SOMETHING!!
Gender Odyssey Professional Seminar Dates: July 31 to Aug 1, 2013 – 9:30 am to 5:30 pm Location: 3rd Floor, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle WA Who Can Attend: Professionals and Students
In conjunction with the Gender Odyssey and Gender Odyssey Family conferences, Gender Diversity Education and Support Services is offering a two-day seminar, GO Professional.
This two-day conference, for those professionals or students seeking to advance their understanding and knowledge of gender variance and transgender identities, serves as a prelude to Gender Odyssey (GO) and Gender Odyssey Family (GOF) or as stand-alone conference. Attendees may opt for one or two seminar days and also secure a discounted registration for either of the subsequent Gender Odyssey conferences.
Hi all! This is Lindsay and, given that I have an indefinite amount of free time on my hands, I’ll be helping run the CoGA tumblr. Let me know if there’s anything you all want to see on here, questions, etc. Thanks!
tumblr user babylizard's "some stuff about nonbinary gender identities i feel like addressing"
(because a lot of the time even in the lgbtq community, nonbinary identities are often ignored which is pretty upsetting):
there are essentially an infinite number of genders, not just “boy” and “girl” and sometimes nonbinary folks don’t even identify themselves with any particular gender at all! and that’s okay!
physical appearance doesn’t have to have anything to do with someone’s gender identity. agender/genderqueer/otherwise nonbinary folks are not obligated in any way to present in a traditionally “androgynous” manner.
they/them/their pronouns are actually grammatically correct, and even if they weren’t, that’s no excuse to not use someone’s preferred pronouns! a person’s comfort is more important than grammar.
there are also lots of other sets of pronouns that people might identify with and even if they sound like “made-up words” who cares. all words were “made-up words” at some point. be nice.
as always, don’t ask nonbinary folks rude or invasive questions about their gender that you wouldn’t ask a cis person. how or if that person has sex/if they want any surgical procedures or hormone therapy/their sexuality is none of your business and has no effect on the validity of their gender. if someone tells you what their preferred pronouns are or how they identify, that’s all you need to know and should be supportive and thankful that they shared that much with you. if they specifically tell you (unprompted to do so) that they want to talk about anything else re: their gender identity, then continue to be kind and supportive.
do not make someone else’s gender struggles about you. do not make a big deal about how “confusing they’re being” and how “hard/weird” it is for you personally to accept their gender. listen to them and make an effort to let them know that you care and you are willing to do what you can to make them feel comfortable and safe around you. being trans* is hard, and being nonbinary can be even harder.
Today, Wednesday, February 13th, at 4:30pm in Gamble Auditorium:
The Mount Holyoke campus community is invited to attend a panel discussion that will explore the issues and needs of our transgender and genderqueer community.
Panelists include Lynn Pasquerella, president of Mount Holyoke; Genny Beemyn, director of the Stonewall Center at University of Massachusetts Amherst; Mitch Boucher, a professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst; Isaiah Bartlett, a Mount Holyoke alum; and two students.
The panel will address several questions: What does it mean to be an all women’s college as the gender binary becomes less viable for more and more people? How can we mobilize the agency of trans* students and faculty as well as strive to create safe, trans*-inclusive academic and community settings?
The goal of the panel is to offer a platform for conversation about gender diversity and inclusion at all women’s institutions. We hope to further the education of faculty, staff, and students as well as offer an opportunity for trans* community members to speak about their experiences within women’s institutions. Please come and join in this important and timely dialogue!
if you accidentally misgender someone, or say the wrong name, just correct yourself in the same manner as if you called a cis person by the wrong name or pronouns, which is not unknown because we are all capable of verbal slips.
sometimes i accidentally call people my dog’s name, or i call them “mom”
the right way to do this is “[wrong name], excuse me, [correct name]” or “[wrong pronoun], I’m sorry [correct pronoun]”
if you accidentally mess up someone’s pronouns, do not call attention to it by falling over yourself to apologize.
conversely, do not just move on and hope they didn’t notice. they definitely noticed. not correcting yourself is offensive, and pretending that you didn’t mess up is a form of gaslighting.
if you feel like going the extra mile, apologize the next time you’re alone with them, without excuses. say “I’m sorry that I misgendered you” or “I’m sorry called you the wrong name.”
do not say “it’s so hard, and i keep forgetting! I’m so bad!” trans people hear this over and over, and the message is that they should apologize for being who they are.
if someone close to you has changed their name and/or pronouns, and you’re having a difficult time with it, maybe you should practice at home.
PSA: if a trans* person does not plan on medically transitioning, they are still the gender that they tell you they are!! If you don’t have any reason to be directly consensually involved with someone else’s junk, what that person does with it is really none of your business!!!
1. Ask permission to ask questions. Even if you think you know they are comfortable answering, they may actually not be or maybe not in that setting, and it is just rude and pretty off-putting to not ask. Say, “Hey do you mind if I ask you some things about your transition? I’ve been a little curious – feel free to not answer or say no.”
2. Avoid private and personal questions. Even a so-called open book like me doesn’t want to discuss my sex life with most anyone. If you really want to know about trans men and sex, ask in general terms – i.e. “Are many trans men ‘stone butch’ in bed?” vs. “Are you stone butch in bed?” BIG difference.
3. Do not ask questions that in any way challenge the trans person’s gender identity or expression or could obviously lead to dysphoria. Do NOT, for example, ask if a trans man will grow to be ‘average male height’ or if a trans woman is uncomfortable with the size of her hands. I’ve gotten, “Are you ever going to look your age?” Ouch, honey.
4. Phrase your questions in a way that affirms a trans person’s gender. And avoid anything that defines the trans person in terms of who they once “were.” This is pretty simple, actually. Instead of asking if someone is “still legally female,” ask what the steps are to becoming legally male and if they have completed them.
5. Avoid comparisons to non-trans people and never use the term “real” in distinguishing between transgender and non-transgender people. “Cisgender” or “non-trans” are the only appropriate ways to signify non-trans status.
6. If it is a general question, try Google first. There is a lot of information on the internet and an open trans person should not be a stand-in for your own research.
7. Do not ask what the person’s birth name was. There is absolutely no reason for you to need to know this and it is likely something this person wants distance from. It is a particularly offensive question when phrased, “What is your REAL name.” After all, Sebastian is my real name and has been since I started asking people to use it.
8. Request specific permission to ask questions relating to genitalia, even if you’ve already received general permission to ask other personal questions. “Are you comfortable discussing your genitalia?” Chances are they aren’t. After all, do you want to talk about yours? But some people are and I acknowledge that there is definitely education needed on the topic so I am not opposed entirely to asking questions, as long as you get extra permission first.
9. Be wary of your phrasing. If you aren’t sure how to talk about trans issues, you need to announce that in the beginning. Be open to correction and don’t get defensive if a trans person is offended by something you say. As a heads up, don’t refer to a trans person as their previously-assigned gender – don’t say “when you were a girl” to a trans man for example. A more accurate and safer route is “before you transitioned” or “when you were living as a girl.”
10. Be aware of your setting. These are private conversations. Don’t approach someone at a crowded party or in algebra class and expect them to have a trans chat with you.
11. Be sensitive to the person’s comfort level throughout the conversation. If they’ve given you permission but are obviously growing uncomfortable discussing things, don’t press. Be grateful for the information you’ve gained and change the subject.
12. Respect the person’s privacy. Unless this person stated otherwise, the personal information they gave you is not for you to share with the world.
“In recognition of Transgender Awareness Week and the Transgender Day of Remembrance, GLAAD has reviewed its archives of transgender-inclusive television episodes over the past ten years, and found that a great deal of progress still needs to be made for fair and accurate depictions of the transgender community.
Since 2002, GLAAD catalogued 102 episodes and non-recurring storylines of scripted television that contained transgender characters, and found that 54% of those were categorized as containing negative representations at the time of their airing. An additional 35% were categorized at ranging from “problematic” to “good,” while only 12% were considered groundbreaking, fair and accurate enough to earn a GLAAD Media Award nomination.”
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