The resource guide Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is looking for contributors to its chapter on intersections of immigrant and transgender identities

Are you an immigrant or refugee, or do you come from a family of recent immigrants? Do you identify as transgender, or express your gender differently than is expected in your culture?

The upcoming book Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is looking for contributors to its chapter on intersections of transgender / immigrant identities. We are interested to hear about your experiences with gender in your culture and as an immigrant. If you would like to share your story, please email it to kate@transbodies.com by September 1st, or mail to Laura Erickson-Schroth, 564 First Avenue, 14D, NY NY 10016 (Email is preferred if you have access).

We are looking for pieces 300-800 words in length. Please also include the name you would like to use (pseudonyms are fine) and your age. If you feel comfortable, also include where you are from originally and where you live today. (Example: Chad, 37. Originally from Burma, now living in Arizona, USA.) The book will be in English, but if you strongly prefer to write in your native language, we will do everything we can to translate for you. If your story is chosen to be included, we will email you the text we plan on using so you have the chance to approve it.

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a resource guide for the transgender population, covering health, legal issues, cultural and social questions, history, theory, and more. It is a place for transgender and gender-questioning people, their partners and families, students, professors, guidance counselors, and others to look for up-to-date information on transgender life. For more information, visit www.transbodies.com or email kate@transbodies.com or amanda@transbodies.com with any questions or comments.

The June 1st Project
A lot of people realize that banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, and we’re here to tell you why. And we’re asking you, on June 1st, to make a video, post, status, tweet, or a good old fashioned letter to spread the word and take a stand.
A lot of people realize that banning same-sex marriage, something that is expressly outlined in the Defense of Marriage Act passed by Congress in 1996, is wrong. And a lot of people realize that it’s unconstitutional. But of those outspoken and soft-spoken supporters, not a lot of people are able to tell you exactly why.

That’s what we’re here for.
Check out the description on the facebook page for some great evidence from the Constitution, citations included.

Starting May 17th, we’re going to start contacting various people and encouraging them to spread the word. We’ve got an ambitious list: John and Hank Green and a good portion of the rest of the Youtube community, actors and actresses like Dianna Agron and Matt Bennett, and prominent authors like Tahereh Mafi and Maureen Johnson - all their names are written on a beat-up scrap of paper, and we want to add yours to the list. So do what you can. Upload a video to Youtube, reblog a post on Tumblr, share this page on Facebook, and make sure to let your voice be heard on June 1st.

We want this to go viral.

Now, we may not change much. We may get only three videos, six responses, or maybe just one lone status. And we may be naive in thinking a few kids can help change the course of history, but maybe that naivety is what we need. Maybe we just need a little optimism. Maybe we just need to put one foot in front of the other, and see where this thing goes.

So let’s try it.

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.

Lift the Lifetime Restriction on Gay Men from Donating Blood
Lift the Lifetime Restriction on Gay Men from Donating Blood

My friend Michael Heroux began this petition on April 9th, 2012. He’s gotten 1,101 signatures so far, but he needs to get to 100,000!

Please go sign his petition!

The Federal Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability decided to uphold a discriminatory rule that bans men from donating blood if they have had sex with another male, even once, since 1977. This decision affects thousands of men who wish to donate blood but have been denied. According to the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 219,000 more pints of blood could be donated if the ban is lifted. In a time where blood shortages cause many problems, such an increase is absolutely necessary. The Federal Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability should lift the ban so that all men who are disease free are able to donate blood. Many U.S. senators, the Red Cross, and America’s Blood Centers all support the lifting of the ban.

The newest and most advanced testing can detect the HIV and AIDS virus up to 2 weeks before it has been contracted. Because of this, I am petitioning to change the deferral period from life to a month. This time period allows the tests to detect any tainted blood. This would allow gay men to donate blood as equally as everyone else.

Please go sign his petition!

UPDATE: Michael Heroux, a Hofstra University pre-med student who started this petition, was recently featured in an article, written by Tim Jensen, that The Huffington Post is interested in running!

Go check out Tim Jensen’s article, Enfield Student Fighting Ban on Blood Donation.

And don’t forget to go sign the petition!

Enfield Student Fighting Ban on Blood Donation

My friend Michael, who started this petition on change.org was recently featured in an article, written by Tim Jensen, that the Huffington Post is interested in running.

Please reblog this post and my post on Michael’s petition so the tumblr community can hear about this! I’ve witnessed the power of the Tumblr community backing petitions such as this one, and I hope I see it again!

And don’t forget to go sign Michael’s petition to Lift the Lifetime Restriction on Gay Men from Donating Blood!

Lift the Lifetime Restriction on Gay Men from Donating Blood

My friend Michael began this petition on April 9th, 2012. He’s gotten 1,087 signatures so far, but he needs to get to 100,000! Please go sign his petition!

The Federal Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability decided to uphold a discriminatory rule that bans men from donating blood if they have had sex with another male, even once, since 1977. This decision affects thousands of men who wish to donate blood but have been denied. According to the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 219,000 more pints of blood could be donated if the ban is lifted. In a time where blood shortages cause many problems, such an increase is absolutely necessary. The Federal Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability should lift the ban so that all men who are disease free are able to donate blood. Many U.S. senators, the Red Cross, and America’s Blood Centers all support the lifting of the ban.

The newest and most advanced testing can detect the HIV and AIDs virus up to 2 weeks before it has been contracted. Because of this, I am petitioning to change the deferral period from life to a month. This time period allows the tests to detect any tainted blood. This would allow gay men to donate blood as equally as everyone else.

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! :]

….

christopherhart22:

I am tired of endless resources, blogs, etc…. for transmen. There are literally next to no resources that are current and focused on transwomen. Is masculinity the only identity that deserves any sort of respect?

If you have any tips for me to find things please let me know?

Masculinity is NOT the only identity that deserves respect! All identities definitely deserve respect.

Here are some blogs I know of focused on trans* women:

The following are great blogs run by fabulous people (I will put how each person IDs according to their tumblr next to each link):

  • autumn-and-eve (Autumn, a radical lesbian anarcha-transfeminist)
  • gendertruckery (Chloe, transgender)
  • genderbitch (Kinsey Hope, a polyamorous, mentally ill, neurodiverse, quite likely mildly autistic, currently homeless and poor, etherist, white [Irish/Scottish/Italian/German ethnicity], USonian, queer, skinny, geeky trans woman with disabilities
  • freakytransgirl (Lily, to her loving partner: her freaky trans girl)
  • lestrans (No name given on blog, lesbian and male to female)
  • ellierantsforever (Ellie, a pansexual trans woman)
  • transgriot (Monica, a proud African-American transwoman)
  • planetransgender on blogspot & on tumblr (Kelli, a radical transgender woman of faith [according to Kelli’s twitter])

This post contains Transgender Information Pamphlets (really good resources).

I am by no means an expert on trans* women, nor do I have a ton of resources for/about/by trans* women (though I am working on finding more).

If you know of other blogs or resources for/about/by trans* women, please reblog this & add to the list!

Eighth Grade

This all takes place in NW Georgia, USA during the year 2005-2006

I went to a regular, public middle school. I was a regular teenager. Acne ridden, confused, emotionally unstable, etc. But while other teenagers were experiencing their first kisses, and some were experiencing so much more, I was just trying to grasp who I was. In fourth grade, I had come out as gay to my mom. I had no other word for anything that wasn’t completely cis and hetero-normative. In the fashion of my mom as I remember her to have been at the time. She rolled over, told me it was probably just a phase, and promptly tried to get back to sleep.

Now I was in eighth grade, my mom and my sister had moved away and my dad and I were at ends. I went to school everyday and I tried to understand who I was and what I was. Was I a crossdresser, was I bisexual? I didn’t know, I was trying to grasp for some form of self - identity, and the ways I did it gave plenty of ammunition to the bullies in my school.

I ‘went out’ with this guy that year, it was the most stereotypical of trivial middle school relationships. He was constantly ‘cheating’ on me and dumping me. And still, because we went out at all, (let me say that I don’t regret it, especially not for the reasons I’m about to talk about) people became rude and crude.

I imagine the baby blue eyeliner running down my cheeks and the purple lip gloss on my lips didn’t help.

But I couldn’t walk from class to class without hearing faggot yelled half a million times. And back before I’d even had my first kiss, people were asking me if I was the ‘pitcher’ or the ‘catcher’.

And they’d walk away from me with binders and books covering their asses, like because I wasn’t heterosexual I was automatically some feral creature that wanted to and would fuck anything and everything.

Then, as now, I just want to be loved.

The worst part was the kid who was like my next door neighbor. I have a quarter-mile long drive way, and at the time I had to walk it to get from my bus stop to my house. This kid would get off the bus after me and get on his 4-wheeler to catch me on the way down the drive way.

And he’d tell me we wouldn’t have any problems if I just wouldn’t say anything.

If I wouldn’t act so weird.

If I’d just keep my faggot mouth shut and act like a ‘normal’ fucking person.

And when that didn’t work, he’d bring his cousins out, all bigger then me, except for the one that was younger then me. And, standing in a half circle around me, they’d tried to entice me, a pacifist, into a fight.

Because I was queer and they didn’t like it.

My name is Jessica, I’m now a first year freshman at a local community college. Then I identified as a bisexual crossdresser. Now I identify as a Transgender Lesbian.

(Source: longhairedpoet)

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