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!!!!!!! :)
Signal boost- rebloggable this time! :]
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.
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
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.
This is important. Please spread
“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.”
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”?
An intense trigger warning…suitable for an intensely personal and insightful post. Relates to the experiences of a number of trans* people I know.
Trans women are disproportionately impacted by murder and violence, and yet there is a serious gap in anti-violence and anti-oppression organizing when it comes to people who live at the intersection of being both trans and a woman.
November 20th of each year is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Events across the United States and the world are held to memorialize trans people who were killed in the past year. The murders are called anti-trans violence, even though the dead are exclusively trans women or people who were female-presenting at the time of their death. If being a trans person were the main factor, why are there not roughly equivalent numbers of male trans people who are targeted? We believe it’s because these women are no less the targets of anti-female violence than they are of anti-trans violence.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects, which tracks the murders of people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV affected communities in an annual Hate Violence Report, has found that trans women are disproportionately impacted by murder. In 2010, 44 percent of LGBTQH (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and HIV-affected) murder victims were trans women, and in 2009 trans women were 50 percent of murder victims. Yet trans people as a whole are only about 1 percent of the LGBTQH population. Trans women also more often experienced multiple forms of violence and more severe violence, as well as more police bias and violence.
The Trans Women’s Anti-Violence Project is a trans feminist initiative addressing all aspects of violence experienced by trans women.
As people who are both female and trans, trans women experience the overlapping effects of anti-trans and anti-female discrimination and violence. In her book, Whipping Girl, Julia Serano popularized the term “trans-misogyny” to describe the unique intersection of discrimination and violence that is simultaneously anti-trans and anti-female. It is trans-misogyny that is the focus of the Trans Women’s Anti-Violence Project.
Anti-violence organizing that addresses violence against women generally focuses on cis women, while failing to account for violence against trans women. And anti-violence organizing that addresses violence against trans people generally tends to treat violence against trans people as nongendered, which also fails to account for violence against trans women.
Trans women experience anti-female violence and discrimination as women. But this gendered violence and discrimination is masked by gender-neutral language identifying it as against trans people. Framing violence and discrimination against trans women as purely anti-trans — instead of anti-female — prevents us from understanding its intersectional roots.
This year, the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force released, Injustice at Every Turn, a national survey of discrimination against trans people. Significant gender differences are documented throughout the report with trans women and girls experiencing higher rates of violence and discrimination than that of male and nonbinary trans people.
Trans women experience higher rates of physical and sexual assault, less advancement in education and more discrimination in hiring. They are more likely to be fired and denied promotions, more likely to do survival sex work or trade sex for housing and are more often affected by HIV. They are also more likely to have a court stop or limit their relationship with their children, are at increased risk of incarceration, serve more time and experience greater physical and sexualized assault from law enforcement and while incarcerated.
While the Trans Women’s Anti-Violence Project believes that gender differences in violence and discrimination are important, we also believe that racialized violence and discrimination are no less important. The publications, Injustice at Every Turn and Hate Violence Report show that trans women of color disproportionately bear the brunt of the violence and discrimination.
Too often, violence against trans women is not seen as violence against women. But as the scholar and activist, Barbara Smith, said, “Feminism is the political theory and practice to free all women; women of color, working-class women, poor women, physically challenged women, lesbians, old women, as well as white economically privileged heterosexual women.”
This is the feminism on which the Trans Women’s Anti-Violence Project is based. Trans women are women, and so their issues are feminist issues. We agree with Smith: “Anything less than this is not feminism, but merely female self-aggrandizement.”
(Originally published in On The Issues Magazine)
This is amazing and everyone should read it. The only issue I would take is in the statement that only trans women are victims of anti-trans murder. It is absolutely true that almost every year the victims are exclusively women, and an overwhelming majority are women of color and sex workers, but there are rare cases when trans men are murdered based on their status. What upsets me the most about TDOR is that, at least in my city, many of the speakers are white cis men and the majority of attendants are trans men. There are so many trans people in Atlanta, that I wonder what about the TDOR vigil is keeping trans women from attending? Some of it may be the blatant attempts at erasing sex workers and people who are not American citizens from the discussion. There’s also a major lack of outreach and the event is mostly organized through facebook and listservs, which limits access.
Andii Viveros was recently crowned as Florida’s first transgender prom queen.
Andii Viveros is the second transgender prom queen historically but the first in the state of Florida.
17 year old Andii Viveros beat out 14 candidates to become the second trans teen nationally to become the prom queen at her school. To make it even more interesting, the prom king is 17 year old gay male student Juan Macias.
Andi is two years into her transition, and she says she knew she wanted to be a girl since she was little. Her parents are supportive of her choice to transistion. Andii hopes the crown will help pave the way for other trans teens like her.
I think this is great, however, I hope that we as humans can reach the point when this will no longer be ‘news,’ ya know? It’s important now, I think, because it gives a starting point to open the dialogue about transgender people and issues relevant to gender/gender identity.