Submit your film to the Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival

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The Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival is seeking films for our fifth annual film festival.  Whether you’re dealing with gender-specific issues or not, we will be screening many diverse works made by trans, genderqueer, and intersex artists, including comedy, dramedy, drama, experimental, animation, and more!  We also welcome work by allies who are showcasing trans or genderqueer themes in their work.

Submission Guidelines/Entry Form [PDF]

The LA Transgender Film Festival consists of an annual film festival, awards show, and international tour. We have traveled to UCLA, University of Texas Austin, CSU Long Beach, Culver City High School, Lifeworks queer youth program, and Pasadena City College, among many other venues. Apart from film screenings, we also have in store some tasty live performances and panel discussions with artists and activists.

 

To bring the LA Transgender Film Festival to your campus or community, please contact us at info@tgfilmfest.org

 

www.tgfilmfest.org

www.facebook.com/tgfilmfest

roseandtrilby:

sengis:

cheatthis:

stitchmedown:

psylum:

youcouldfuckingkissme:

nolanslifeisaverage:

YES
YESYESYESYES
GSM COMMUNITY THANK YOU
GSM FTW

idgi, are these the colors associated with our ~groups?

Pardon my Ignorance, but what does GSM stand for?

Gender and Sexual Minority.
I’m also ridiculously “Ehn” about these flags, but I only feel qualified to talk about the bi and pan stuff, so shutting up now.
ETA: Also it’s pretty arguable whether the rainbow one is actually for GSM overall or if it’s just gay pride/queer pride. I dunno, I’m not interested in having that argument, just want to point out that there’s a debate.

Yeah I wouldn’t be comfortable with saying that the pride flag is representative of all GSMs, since it is a specifically queer symbol and a lot of people who fall under GSM do not fall under queer.

I’m increasingly uncomfortable with the spreading use of Gender and Sexual Minority to mean LGBTQ people on tumblr. it’s a term used in research, not an identity, and it includes a lot of unrelated groups- swingers, fetishists, circumcised women, etc.- not just queer people. I really dislike being lumped in with straight people during discussions of LGBTQ issues, and that’s what using the term GSM does.

I support using GSM because although I don’t class myself as being ‘queer’, asexuality could do with the help and support of community. As I’m sure other minority groups could. Why do I not like using the term LGBTQA?, because you have to include A on the end to include us. But it’s not just us is it? There are other groups that need this support network. But sticking more words onto the end of LGBTQ is going to make it ridiculously long (I’m pretty sure there is a VERY long version that tries to cover all the ‘minorities’) and the term is going to lose it’s meaning.
I’m not overly thrilled with the term GSM because it’s used in scientific (and negative) ways, but at least it allows for minority groups to feel included.
I’ve heard people who are bisexual, pansexual, asexual etc. complaining they don’t feel like they have a place in the LGBTQ, perhaps because it doesn’t solely focus on sexuality. I’ve also heard transgendered and genderqueer people saying they feel they don’t fit in because it focuses too much on sexuality…. both statements are contradictory. I think they’re contradictory because the LGBTQ doesn’t have a central meaning or ideology outside of ‘we’re different from the norm’. I personally think it would be better to separate sexuality from gender, giving both groups a central ideology instead of ‘we don’t fit into society’s expectations’ (which is what will happen if anymore letters get stuck on the end of LGBTQ$%£&”!!).
Obviously I’m not saying we destroy the LGBTQ community and build separate camps (it’s served an amazing service to so many people), but perhaps alternative ideas could be thought up to allow everyone to feel part of a community.

I did not know a fair amount of the points that have been brought up. They are quite valid, and it is clear to me now that I need to do more research on the term ‘GSM.’
The updated version of this banner, which reflects the rainbow flag as a symbol of the LGBTQ* Community, can be found here.

I’ll make a post about the term ‘GSM’ after I’ve done more research. Keep watch on my blog, transgenderstudentlife, for updates!

roseandtrilby:

sengis:

cheatthis:

stitchmedown:

psylum:

youcouldfuckingkissme:

nolanslifeisaverage:

YES

YESYESYESYES

GSM COMMUNITY THANK YOU

GSM FTW

idgi, are these the colors associated with our ~groups?

Pardon my Ignorance, but what does GSM stand for?

Gender and Sexual Minority.

I’m also ridiculously “Ehn” about these flags, but I only feel qualified to talk about the bi and pan stuff, so shutting up now.

ETA: Also it’s pretty arguable whether the rainbow one is actually for GSM overall or if it’s just gay pride/queer pride. I dunno, I’m not interested in having that argument, just want to point out that there’s a debate.

Yeah I wouldn’t be comfortable with saying that the pride flag is representative of all GSMs, since it is a specifically queer symbol and a lot of people who fall under GSM do not fall under queer.

I’m increasingly uncomfortable with the spreading use of Gender and Sexual Minority to mean LGBTQ people on tumblr. it’s a term used in research, not an identity, and it includes a lot of unrelated groups- swingers, fetishists, circumcised women, etc.- not just queer people. I really dislike being lumped in with straight people during discussions of LGBTQ issues, and that’s what using the term GSM does.

I support using GSM because although I don’t class myself as being ‘queer’, asexuality could do with the help and support of community. As I’m sure other minority groups could. Why do I not like using the term LGBTQA?, because you have to include A on the end to include us. But it’s not just us is it? There are other groups that need this support network. But sticking more words onto the end of LGBTQ is going to make it ridiculously long (I’m pretty sure there is a VERY long version that tries to cover all the ‘minorities’) and the term is going to lose it’s meaning.

I’m not overly thrilled with the term GSM because it’s used in scientific (and negative) ways, but at least it allows for minority groups to feel included.

I’ve heard people who are bisexual, pansexual, asexual etc. complaining they don’t feel like they have a place in the LGBTQ, perhaps because it doesn’t solely focus on sexuality. I’ve also heard transgendered and genderqueer people saying they feel they don’t fit in because it focuses too much on sexuality…. both statements are contradictory. I think they’re contradictory because the LGBTQ doesn’t have a central meaning or ideology outside of ‘we’re different from the norm’. I personally think it would be better to separate sexuality from gender, giving both groups a central ideology instead of ‘we don’t fit into society’s expectations’ (which is what will happen if anymore letters get stuck on the end of LGBTQ$%£&”!!).

Obviously I’m not saying we destroy the LGBTQ community and build separate camps (it’s served an amazing service to so many people), but perhaps alternative ideas could be thought up to allow everyone to feel part of a community.

I did not know a fair amount of the points that have been brought up. They are quite valid, and it is clear to me now that I need to do more research on the term ‘GSM.’

The updated version of this banner, which reflects the rainbow flag as a symbol of the LGBTQ* Community, can be found here.

I’ll make a post about the term ‘GSM’ after I’ve done more research. Keep watch on my blog, transgenderstudentlife, for updates!

My updated banner, which reflects the rainbow flag as a symbol of the LGBTQ* Community.

My updated banner, which reflects the rainbow flag as a symbol of the LGBTQ* Community.

cheatthis:

stitchmedown:

psylum:

youcouldfuckingkissme:

nolanslifeisaverage:

YES
YESYESYESYES
GSM COMMUNITY THANK YOU
GSM FTW

idgi, are these the colors associated with our ~groups?

Pardon my Ignorance, but what does GSM stand for?

Gender and Sexual Minority.
I’m also ridiculously “Ehn” about these flags, but I only feel qualified to talk about the bi and pan stuff, so shutting up now.
ETA: Also it’s pretty arguable whether the rainbow one is actually for GSM overall or if it’s just gay pride/queer pride. I dunno, I’m not interested in having that argument, just want to point out that there’s a debate.

Yeah I wouldn’t be comfortable with saying that the pride flag is representative of all GSMs, since it is a specifically queer symbol and a lot of people who fall under GSM do not fall under queer.

Interesting.
I simply thought the term ‘GSM Community’ encompasses all LGBTQ* identities better than ‘queer’ (which not everyone identifies with) or ‘LGBTQ*’ (the acronym doesn’t include a lot of identities, and I think is rather divisive).
I also thought the rainbow flag was the symbol for all identities within the LGBTQ*/GSM (?) community; I didn’t realize it was a queer-specific symbol.
Are GSM & LGBTQ* interchangable terms?  I’d love to hear more thoughts! Hit up my ask box or submit!
- Noah Eitan, Admin. of transgenderstudentlife

cheatthis:

stitchmedown:

psylum:

youcouldfuckingkissme:

nolanslifeisaverage:

YES

YESYESYESYES

GSM COMMUNITY THANK YOU

GSM FTW

idgi, are these the colors associated with our ~groups?

Pardon my Ignorance, but what does GSM stand for?

Gender and Sexual Minority.

I’m also ridiculously “Ehn” about these flags, but I only feel qualified to talk about the bi and pan stuff, so shutting up now.

ETA: Also it’s pretty arguable whether the rainbow one is actually for GSM overall or if it’s just gay pride/queer pride. I dunno, I’m not interested in having that argument, just want to point out that there’s a debate.

Yeah I wouldn’t be comfortable with saying that the pride flag is representative of all GSMs, since it is a specifically queer symbol and a lot of people who fall under GSM do not fall under queer.

Interesting.

I simply thought the term ‘GSM Community’ encompasses all LGBTQ* identities better than ‘queer’ (which not everyone identifies with) or ‘LGBTQ*’ (the acronym doesn’t include a lot of identities, and I think is rather divisive).

I also thought the rainbow flag was the symbol for all identities within the LGBTQ*/GSM (?) community; I didn’t realize it was a queer-specific symbol.

Are GSM & LGBTQ* interchangable terms?  I’d love to hear more thoughts! Hit up my ask box or submit!

- Noah Eitan, Admin. of transgenderstudentlife

The updated version of this banner, which reflects the rainbow flag as a symbol of the LGBTQ* Community, can be found here.

The updated version of this banner, which reflects the rainbow flag as a symbol of the LGBTQ* Community, can be found here.

On my absence of late

I sincerely apologize for the recent lack of updates. I have been taking time off of my life for while to deal with some mental & emotional health issues. Content should be back up sometime next week. 

While I’m gone (or any time really), I highly recommend checking out the following blogs for some great LGBTQ* content: 

christopherhart22:

Hey everyone! I just want to give a new blog some publicity. It’s called welovetransbodies!!! It’s a safe space dedicated to empowering all trans* people to feel empowered and comfortable in their bodies. You can submit photos or text. Things that you love about yourself, your insecurities, your experiences. Trans* people of color are especially encouraged to submit! This blog is dedicated to making sure everyone’s voice is heard and that those people who usually are spoken over are heard. So please! Please submit!!!!!!! :) 

Thanks

Signal boost- rebloggable this time! :]

Call for Submissions!

I’m looking to gather personal stories of transgender* student life wherever you go/went to school!

Please submit your experience(s) in any format you’d like.  If comfortable, please include the following information:

  • Your gender identity at the time of your experience(s)- Please do clarify how you identify now if it has changed since your experience(s).
  • The year(s) during which your experience(s) take place.
  • The country and state/region/province in which your experience(s) take place.
  • The general type of school (i.e. private, public, charter, etc.) at which your experience(s) take place.
  • The level of school (i.e. elementary, primary, grammar, high school, college, university, graduate school, etc.) at which your experience(s) take place.

Please direct any questions here. You can submit your experience(s) here.

I will tag all submissions with the user name of the person submitting (if you would like to submit something anonymously, you have to log out of tumblr and submit), as well as with the tags: “transgender* student life”& “LGBTQ* personal stories”

- Noah Eitan, Admin. of transgenderstudentlife

I’ll make a man out of you.

justabitradical:

Culturally, socially, and physically, we assign humans a gender based on appearance. Popular culture has very rigid definitions of ‘male’ and ‘female’ and imposes them on today’s youth at any costs. Seventeen, Teen Beat, the list goes on. How to make the cute boy in homeroom notice you with this new pair of jeans, this new brand of makeup, and so forth. Or, for the boys…If you buy this fancy car/watch/gadget, you’ll get her attention. However, GLBT youth and trans/gender non-conforming youth are ignored in mainstream media.

Where is the message for transgender or non gender-conforming youth? It’s not. There is, quite literally—No mention of gender variant youth in popular culture. These children can’t open a magazine, read a book, watch television (okay, maybe TV—but then one would have to consider is said gender variant youth portrayed in a way that is mentally stable, non-stereotypical, etc.) These youth are often ignored or made to feel inadequate or damaged by adults and their peers. If a child that is a girl, born in a male body—Attends school as a girl, often there is an outcry. Why? Underlying transphobia, homophobia, etc. Just because a little girl (yes, she is a girl. Despite her physical gender.) wants to be able to use a restroom in peace without her entire school knowing she has a ‘special situation’ means nothing. It does not mean this child is going to endanger other children.

Why does society see transgender and gender variant individuals as somehow ‘bad’, ‘sick’, or wrong? Do we need to go back to the phobia of the unknown? The homophobia that, “Oh, no, a trans woman said hello to me! She’s going to teach my 16 year old son to do body shots off another boy in a leopard print bikini if I dare to let her speak to my son’s class about her journey!” or, “That’s not a man, that’s a woman. What could she possibly have to teach my daughter besides how wrong she is for mutilating her breasts with surgery?!” I have seen this reaction to so many of my transgender brothers. It hurts.

Yes, things are getting better. Schools are more open, some even have policies in place to protect their trans kids. Some, however…Don’t. Are we going to let these schools and these kids slip through the cracks because their demographic and geographic locations will “Never change?” are we not going to march into the backwater places in Texas, in Kentucky, in the bible belt, the third world countries and the hovels. The ghettos and the barillos, the hollers and the mountaintops. and yell “Bring me your sons, that you force to wear suits when they would rather wear dresses! Bring me your daughters who hide in shame because they cannot escape their own bodies and the sexualization of a body part they quite possibly never wanted in the first place! Bring me your children, that desperately wish for you to see them as they see themselves!!” Yes. Yes we are. Why? Because these children need to know there is HOPE. They need to know that there are others out there like them, championing and supporting them. That they are not sick, not damaged nor broken.

They need to know that it’s okay to feel this way. That it’s normal and safe.

We need to become a caring and informed populace with the tools to enable today’s youth to safely transition. To turn miserable young sons into confident and beautiful daughters that make their parents proud.

To turn daughters into sons, strong and efficient young men that will grow up and accomplish their dreams.

These children need to know there are others like them. In the media. Portrayed normally, just like everyone else. At home, they need to be accepted and loved, not forced into a role they can’t fit. In schools, they need to be treated with respect and dignity.

I challenge you to reblog this. To spread the word. Silence is deadly. I will not be silent any longer.

IMPORTANT

The New DADT: The Military’s Ban on Transgender Service

gcvsa:

From the article at OutServe Magazine:

“The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) means that gays and lesbians can serve openly in the military without fear of discharge.

However, the ban on transgender service remains intact. Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is considered a mental disorder by the American Psychological Association, and the military considers it a medically disqualifying condition. Not only are transgender individuals who wish to join the military prohibited from doing so, but those already serving honorably in the Armed Forces can be ousted if suspected to be transgender or found cross-dressing.

As the LGBT movement, both military and civilian, has zeroed in on the marriage and partner benefits issues, transgender service members still find themselves living under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” conditions many of us thought no longer existed. They struggle every day to pass as their biological sex and risk losing their careers if they are outed, despite the impressiveness of their service records.

This past month, I had the opportunity to hear from four transgender service members and two veterans affiliated with OutServe Trans. Three are transitioning from male to female (MTF), and three from female to male (FTM). They are serving in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Army National Guard. Four are enlisted and two are officers and West Point graduates, a company commander and former Special Forces officer, respectively.”

TW: Thoughts of self harm and dysphoria

flynnanigans:

Was going through some messages on facebook and something made me decide to go and dig this post from back in September up.

Am I the only one that is bothered by the phrases “I was born this way” or “God created you like this and God makes no mistakes”?

 

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An intense trigger warning…suitable for an intensely personal and insightful post. Relates to the experiences of a number of trans* people I know.

How to Still Have Sex (if You Want it) Despite Dysphoria

pompadoursandpincurls:

herearemyhands:

iragray:

Are you afraid that your dysphoria will render you incapable of having enjoyable sex? Do you avoid having sex (assuming you want to to begin with) because you’re not sure how you’ll react? These are perfectly valid concerns, and no one should tell you otherwise. This post isn’t meant to pressure you into having sex and should not be used by partners of trans* folks as such. This is for those who want to have sex but are nervous about it.

(Source: iragray)

Read more

artoftransliness:

Transliness as Trendiness, Ira talks about hate in the trans* community toward newly out individuals. 

EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH THIS. (not to mention my gpoy SO HARD at this)

(Source: theartoftransliness)

os-car-a-non-y-mous:

Transmata.com
I’m building a user review website for trans* and gender variant humans. There’s always people asking:
“Do you know a good endo/ therapist/ surgeon in (whatever city)?”
“What’s the best binder for large chests?”
“How do I make a cheap STP/ packer/ binder?”
And other questions, so once the site is running, the whole trans*/GQ community can help each other find the best resources, be it doctors, surgeons, packers, good documentaries to show your parents or girlfriend, whatever.
If you find a great healthcare provider or product, you can let other people know. It’s basically a Yelp.com for trans*people. 
It’s in beta phase now. You can sign up on the site and get an email once its live. I need about 40 people to help me test it out. Thanks guys!

os-car-a-non-y-mous:

Transmata.com

I’m building a user review website for trans* and gender variant humans. There’s always people asking:

Do you know a good endo/ therapist/ surgeon in (whatever city)?”

What’s the best binder for large chests?”

“How do I make a cheap STP/ packer/ binder?”

And other questions, so once the site is running, the whole trans*/GQ community can help each other find the best resources, be it doctors, surgeons, packers, good documentaries to show your parents or girlfriend, whatever.

If you find a great healthcare provider or product, you can let other people know. It’s basically a Yelp.com for trans*people. 

It’s in beta phase now. You can sign up on the site and get an email once its live. I need about 40 people to help me test it out. Thanks guys!