“Are you a man or a woman? The chances are you have a strong feeling either way; probably one that’s been with you since infancy and corresponds to your genitalia. But not necessarily. Some people have always believed they were born into the wrong gender; in others, these feelings didn’t develop until later life. Some may opt to surgically change their body to match their gender identity; others may occasionally cross-dress; or do nothing at all. Then there are people who feel neither masculine nor feminine, but somewhere in between. It takes all sorts to make a world, they say, and this is certainly true of gender.”
“Avery Jackson may be small, but she’s making big changes to empower the transgender community in the Westboro Baptist Church’s neighborhood”
“The Supreme Court, freed from the chauvinistic conservatism of Justice Scalia, has issued a string of incredibly important rulings that protect the rights and well-being of American women while dealing a resounding blow to the pernicious agendas of two of America’s most destructive lobbies. Following on the heels of this morning’s striking down of a draconian anti-abortion law is a ruling which upheld a law that would deny convicted ‘reckless’ domestic abusers their right to bear arms.”
(Via. Occupy Democrats)
“In a dramatic ruling, the Supreme Court on Monday threw out a Texas abortion access law in a victory to supporters of abortion rights who argued it would have shuttered all but a handful of clinics in the state.”
“YouTube marked the Pulse massacre and commemorated Pride Month with a compilation video of some of their best LGBTQ vloggers. Bigots responded by making it the most ‘disliked’ video on YouTube’s official channel within 24 hours.”
“On Monday, according to police, a drunk Florida man who was obsessed with his female neighbor stood outside her house and fired 33 rounds into it with a semi-automatic handgun.”
(Via. Huffington Post)
It has been some time since I last wrote something personal… too long. There are countless excuses I could give for why this is but that is all they would be, excuses. The truth is I have done everything I could to avoid writing this because of fear.
Everyday I find myself being overwhelmed by fear. Fear of being betrayed by the body I wear, the way it looks, moves, sounds… and of the ways in which people see me because of it. I fear my reflection. I fear my shadow because they scream out to me just how wrong I see myself to be.
More than this, I fear myself. What resides inside this flesh.
Every time I find myself alone with nothing other than quiet and solitude I have tried to let my thoughts free reign. Instead they turn into a thousand terrified bits which scatter in every direction. Before I know it I am searching for something, anything to distract myself, to give me something to concentrate on other than finding answers to the question I know I need to ask.
“The Chicago City Council, on June 22, approved a measure that removes a provision in the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance requiring individuals to show a government-issued ID upon request when trying to access restrooms and other public accommodations. The provision could potentially be used to to bar transgender individuals from accessing those accommodations should the gender-marker on their ID not match their gender-presentation.”
“After months of discussing how best to shift their restrooms from gendered spaces into gender-neutral ones, the owners of Myers + Chang in Boston decided to codify their restrooms with the symbol famously used by the late pop star, Prince.”