(Trigger warning: Suicide) This author’s suicide attempt wasn’t the worst thing to happen to him. What was worse was the loneliness he felt when he realized he didn’t have a safe space to talk about it. Talking about suicide seems scary, but if we only talk about prevention or losing people to suicide, we make survivors feel invisible. So here’s how we can all do right by attempt survivors.
What would you tell your younger self? For this author, there’s a lot that he wishes he’d known as a young genderqueer and non-binary person. So here are his words to his younger self, shared with you as a reminder of how important you are. Even if you don’t identify as non-binary, you can read this for comfort and validation wherever your path takes you.
Being a trans person who experiences body dysphoria can be a challenge – both for the person directly experiencing it, as well as for the loved ones around them. The truth is, few people feel prepared to help someone cope with body dysphoria. So if you’re wondering how to support someone with this experience in your life, this list of five tips is a great place to start.
For gender non-binary people, partners can have a big impact on our transitions, for better or for worse. Rejecting our transition is rejecting who we are on a deep and essential level, and supporting us can make all the difference. If you’re a cisgender person in a relationship with a non-binary person, here’s a list of ways to lovingly support your partner.
Do you believe the negativity spread about bipolar disorder? The stigma surrounding this disorder leads people to some uninformed, hurtful conclusions. These myths perpetuate a culture that shames people with the disorder and keeps them from seeking help. Let’s tackle some of the prevalent myths so we can talk about making happiness a possibility for everyone.
Thankfully, street harassment as such is increasingly being acknowledged in our society. But we almost always discuss it in terms of how cisgender women are being targeted – without mentioning other groups who are also disproportionally targeted such as trans women, particularly trans women of color. We need to make sure we include them too. Here’s why.
It’s super important to have conversations about sexual boundaries, consent, and desires with your lovers. These conversations keep us safer, but there aren’t many examples for how to respectfully and non-fetishistically have them when your lover is trans. This article provides insight on how to compassionately negotiate sexual dialogue with your trans partner.
One of the most everyday challenging parts of coming out as transgender is the resistance people have to changing the pronouns they use. Sure, some slip-ups are understandable at first. But when people actively refuse to use your pronouns, then that’s a whole other story. Here are ten things that this refusal actually signifies to the trans person.