The campaign launched by Luteal, a company selling products to promote menstrual health and symptom relief, appeared last month and has since gone viral. In an image released on the official website prefacing Luteal’s mission to promote education and inclusivity when approaching the topic of periods, ten transgender men and gender non-binary people stand in their white underwear marked with a red blood stain. The caption reads “People Have Periods.”
“Every young person, and especially youth who are transgender, or intersex, should be able to participate fully in sport”
This past month has been something of a turning point for the justice of multiple marginalized groups in the United States, as well as the world over. The murder of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis, at the hands of office Derek Chauvin is a story that has been covered ad nauseum and serves as a marker for just how much more we have to go to have true equality. Even more questions are being asked as to whether such a thing is possible within our current capitalist system, in a police state where civilians can seemingly be murdered on a whim. Protests have grabbed the attention and imagination of people in every state and worldwide.
At the same time, June was Pride month, a celebration for the LGBTQ community and a reminder of the struggles our community has been through, suffering from police violence as well in our fight for equality and personhood.
hile transgender people’s visibility in American politics and culture may be relatively new, we are far from new to the medical and scientific mainstream. Our identities, including those that are neither male nor female, are validated across the academic world, and transition-related health care is recognized throughout the medical mainstream as safe, effective and necessary.
Recently, however, a cast of reactionaries, fundamentalist zealots and conversion therapy hucksters rejected this consensus in the opposition to Aimee Stephens, a Michigan woman at the center of a landmark Supreme Court case. In 2013, Stephens was fired from her job at a funeral home after she came out as transgender and began presenting as a woman at work. In briefs submitted to the nine justices, activists and organizations on the fringes of American life are attempting to make a case about trans employment into a case about trans existence.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A black transgender woman wanted to be heard, but the white men wanted to celebrate.
Out of her 14 million followers, Rowling herself follows less than 700 people on social media, so it’s safe to presume her perspective aligns with that of the well known transphobe whose account is solely committed to espousing misinformation and dangerous rhetoric toward transgender women. This clearly isn’t another middle-aged moment. Instead, it seems more like Rowling unapologetically pulling back the curtain and finally ending what little left there was to speculate about with any optimism.
“Once equality is the norm for all women, trans or cis, the women’s movement will be perfect,” says Jazz Jennings.
My country tis of thee…sweet land of liberty….for everyone but me…