A study (pdf)
released by the nonprofit Stop Street Harassment
shows that 65% of American women
have experienced some form of street harassment
– 41% of women were subject to physically aggressive harassment in public like being flashed or fondled. Men also report being harassed (and men who identified as LGBT were much more likely to be harassed
than heterosexual men). No matter who was being harassed, men were most likely to be the harassers.
of young people who identify
as neither male or female. (first two links NSFW: nudity) [more inside]
“Are you a boy or a girl?
”: Our trans-bisexual love story
Equaldex: the collaborative LGBT knowledgebase!
A crowd-sourced, verified, beautifully presented representation of equal rights (and how they are specifically denied) for LGBT folks. [via reddit]
For more than 30 years
, New York based photographer Mariette Pathy Allen
has been documenting transgender culture
worldwide; in 2004
she won the Lambda Literary Award for her monograph The Gender Frontier
. In her new publication (amazon)
, Allen focuses on the transgender community of Cuba
, especially its growing visibility
in a country whose government is transitioning into a more relaxed model of communism under Raúl Castro
's presidency. (trans 101)
Today, the Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded
the case of Smithkline Beecham Corporation v. Abbott Laboratories
, holding that lawyers cannot exclude a potential juror from service solely based on their sexual orientation, because sexual orientation
is subject to heightened scrutiny
under the Equal Protection Clause.
The Test Shot
is an online visual project that aims to document and celebrate the variety and strength of transmasculine style. Ballet dancing "princess boys"
, dapper transmen fresh out of a golden age musical
, hipstery trans* boys
, preppy boy dykes,
and video journalists in traditional Pakistani menswear
showcase the diversity in how people interpret and express their gender through their favorite clothing. Original Plumbing
[warning: non-explicit ad for porn site] is the premier print magazine dedicated to the sexuality and culture of FTM trans guys. OP documents diversity within trans male lifestyles through photographic portraits and essays, personal narratives and interviews. Read an interview with the creators
, Dr. T's medical advice column,
or check out blog entries on living in an all-male dorm,
, how to get into queer porn as a trans guy,
, and deciding to carry a baby after transition.
. [more inside]
"I am here because when I was young, I wanted very badly to be a writer, I wanted to be a filmmaker, but I couldn’t find anyone like me in the world and it felt like my dreams were foreclosed simply because my gender was less typical than others."
On Saturday, Lana Wachowski (co-director of the "Matrix" franchise and "Cloud Atlas") received a "Visibility Award" from the Human Rights Campaign for her recent decision
to publicly come out as transgender. In a powerful 25-minute acceptance speech, Lana spoke about the pain she went through growing up and how she developed self-acceptance. Video
with the Hollywood Reporter.
We Happy Trans
is a place to share positive trans experiences. The site features a project called 7 Questions
, where trans folk discuss their lives. Notable contributors include site owners Jen
, as well as "glittery hot pink polyamorous unicorn" Ira
, who just started testosterone treatment, and Stephen
, whose charm proves that not all celebrities' kids are screw ups
. [more inside]
“Sexual orientation does make you poor,” says Manohar Elavarthi, a community organizer with Sangama in Bangalore. “Poverty is not just economic – you miss access to so many things: ration cards, inheritance rights, voter ID cards.” In several South Asian countries, there are reports that LGBT people have even been denied access to disaster relief. And homophobia is intricately connected with other divisions in South Asian societies, particularly around gender but also religion and caste.
Yet I saw many signs of hope and change in both India and Nepal. Those transgender sex workers in Chennai have organized a coalition, called V-CAN, of every single community-based organization in the state of Tamil Nadu that serves homosexual or transgender people. Working with the NGO Praxis, they have been able to gain access to some public benefits, such as pensions and registering as “third gender” on government ID cards. Activists in Nepal’s Blue Diamond Society have achieved similar results and more.
~ World Bank blog post
Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. He was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at 16. Two Spirits explores the life and death of this boy who was also a girl, and the essentially spiritual nature of gender. (previously)
Don't let your kids watch Chaz Bono on Dancing with the Stars
, warns Dr. Keith Ablow
(a forensic psychiatrist and "street therapist"
), or the depiction of transgender reassignment as a heroic journey rather than tragedy may normalize it and affect their burgeoning sexual identities (a kind of observational learning effect
). Transgender advocates vociferously disagree
The New Republic examines what they're calling "America's Next Great Civil Rights Struggle" and asks, "What will it take for America to accept transgender people for who they really are?" [more inside]
Are we born gay? And if we were, how would we know it?
Sociologist Lisa Wade asks the question in response to the blog Born This Way
, a collection of images of LGBT adults as children. Perusing the photographs tells an interesting story: being gay — that is, being sexually or romantically attracted to members of the same sex — is conflated with being gender non-conformist — adopting the mannerisms and interests of the other sex.
Choice of Broadsides
is a choose-your-own-adventure game set in an alternate 19th Century world that is much like our own, where Albion and Gaul fight for naval supremacy. You can choose to be a gentleman in a standard patriarchal society, or a gentlewoman in a matriarchal one. Later on in the game you can choose your sexual orientation. Originally there were no options for a same-sex relationship, but after demands from players, it was added in
. Spoilers below the cut. [more inside]
The 2010 United States Census will be able to count gay marriages and partnerships. George Takei and his husband tell you how
. Even with the restrictions placed on that data
by the Defense of Marriage Act, that's good news for the LGB part of the spectrum, but what about T
? If you're transgender, despite what the Census might tell you
, it's not so simple to be counted
. (hat tip to nadawi) [more inside]
was the articulate elder stateswoman of the New York City ball scene
featured in the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning
. When she died
in 1993, police found the body of a murdered man 15 years mummified
in her apartment. [more inside]
Mercedes Allen looks at who's in charge of deciding the fate of Gender Identity Disorder in the DSM-IV.
(American Psychological Association) has announced it's intention to revise the DSMV
(Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). The expert they've named to chair revisions on sexuality and gender is Kenneth Zucker
. Zucker is the major remaining proponent of Reparative Therapy
for LGBT folks. [more inside]
Sexual Secret Spurs Deadly Dilemma
Her daughter was known to most people as a cocky Southwestern Ontario pig-farm worker named Angelo, married to a 26-year-old woman named Elizabeth Rudavsky.
A very sad tale of a woman who had a Gender Identity Crisis
. Frankly, I can't imagine what sort of horrors both of these people went through. Is it possible that genetic testing will eventually prevent an identity crisis from happening? Is it even desirable? Is this
a true case of gender identity crisis?
The El Modena High School Gay-Straight Alliance Club
finally met, thanks to a federal judge ruling. There was a bit of a scuffle outside afterwards with protestors, but apparently it was a real sissy fight.