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16 Myths About Gender Confirmation Surgery

Source:  Huffington Post

Misinformation is the enemy of progressive change and social improvement. And unfortunately, there is a LOT of misinformation about gender confirmation surgery. “They need therapy, not surgery!” “I don’t want to pay for that.” “It’s not like it’s life or death.” These ideas aren’t helping anyone. In fact, they’re harmful to many. So let’s clear up a few misconceptions.

11 Myths, Misconceptions, and Lies About Gender Non-conforming Children

Source: Lindsay Morris

Recently, a beautiful and moving video about a transgender child in California named Ryland Whittington went viral. Sadly, like every other conversation about transgender children, the comments section was often unkind. Scanning the comments, I saw the same poorly thought-out ideas keep popping up. I think it’s time to put these misconceptions to bed.

7 Everyday Portraits of Non-Binary People

Source: Chloe Aftel

In the fall of 2013, Sasha Fleischman was set on fire on a public bus because they wore a skirt with a men’s shirt. San Francisco Magazine asked photographer Chloe Aftel to shoot a portrait of individuals who refuse to define themselves as strictly male or female. Aftel explains, “The collection is an exploration of what this movement looks like and what it means.”

Fifty Shades of White: On Being a Trans Latina

Source: Hunted Interior

I never really used to give much thought to the idea that society needs positive cultural images of minorities until I came to embrace my Hispanic heritage and come out of the closet. When I finally did, it raised the question: Where the hell are the transgender Latinas? Is it true that there really aren’t very many Latina/Hispanic trans women in this country?

Stuff Cis People Say to Trans People

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Trans folks are people, just like cis folks are. But the way some cis people talk to trans people implies otherwise. Disrespectful questions, trivialization of trans issues, conflation of gender identity and sexual preference all add up to the dehumanization of trans folks. Check out this video compilation of some of the most common transphobic microaggressions!

Sh*t Cis People Say to Non-Binary Folks

Shit People Say to Non-Binary Folks

A lot of people don’t understand what it means to have a non-binary gender identity. That’s understandable. After all, society does a great job enforcing a gender binary. But just because you don’t understand non-binary identities doesn’t mean you get to dehumanize or invade the privacy of non-binary folks! Check out this video for a crash course in what not to say to gender non-conforming people.

10 Responses to the Phrase ‘Man Up’

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It’s the favorite advice of patriarchal misogynists everywhere: “Man up.” (See also: “Grow a pair,” “Be a man,” and “Stop acting like a girl.”) This phrase presents a view of masculinity that is oppressive to not just women and gender non-conforming people, but to men as well. Check out Guante’s kick*ss poem with ten ways to respond to this so-called “advice.”

I Knew I Was a Girl at 8: Transitioning and Teenage Activism

Source: Iowa Now

I always knew I was different from the other boys. As a toddler, I cried when my hair was cut short. I preferred girls for friends, bright colors for clothes, and dolls for toys. When I was 8 years old, I announced that I was a girl. I started to wear dresses to school. Not only was I the first openly trans* youth in my county, I was the first openly trans* person.

Celebrating Butch: A Powerful Photo Collection on Female Masculinity

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In our gender binary world, female masculinity can make lots of people uncomfortable – who then make it uncomfortable and even dangerous for butch folk to just be themselves. In spite this, butch is being proudly reclaimed and expressed. Check out this amazing photo collection by Meg Allen showing the range, fluidity, and subjectivity of female masculinity.

4 Reasons Never to Tell Your Daughters to Be ‘Ladylike’

Source: Acloche

Terms like “ladylike” are in line with equally absurd terms like “acting Black” that lump behavior onto a particular group of people in an effort to reinforce dominant society’s assertion of what is considered desirable and acceptable social protocol. So here are my four top reasons for steering clear of labels and social graces when it comes to my daughters.