“Do I pass?” According to our society’s standards, women who are trans, women of color, fat, disabled, and more will never “look like a woman right” – so this author’s getting it wrong on purpose. Dysphoria can leave us heartbroken around as we try to fit the impossible standard of womanhood. With this moving article, learn about the power of looking like you.
As a hairy South Asian girl, this author was ridiculed and was made to remove his facial and body hair from a young age. And even after he came out as a trans man and was using he/him pronouns, it took him two years to let his facial hair grow. Why? Find out with this compelling story of overcoming the Western beauty and gender standards that impact us all.
Maybe you’ve seen increasing acceptance and support for LGBTQIA+ people. That’s great! But we still live in a society where straight people have rights, power, and freedom that influence their lives in so many ways. Here are some examples of how straight privilege comes into play. The last one is essential for supporting vital LGBTQIA+ liberation.
(Trigger Warning: transphobia and violence) Many well-meaning allies are spreading the word about horrific violence against transgender people (especially the high rates against trans women of color). But have you thought about what it’s like to be a trans woman of color and constantly encounter these stories? This moving piece shows how vital it is to center trans voices and offer hope for living long and happy lives.
You might have heard that every prominent medical and mental health organization in the US denounces the use of “conversion” therapy to try changing someone’s sexual orientation to heterosexual. But do you know about the disturbing number of individual therapists who still think it’s an ethical practice? Here’s what’s really going on with reparative therapy.
You never really forget the day you realize you’re the first of a kind that those around you have ever encountered. That was this author’s experience of being a masculine of center woman in a corporate office complete with assumptions about how gender and sexuality should be presented in the workplace. Here’s a deeper conversation about gender dress codes.
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.
Intersex conditions are typically non-life threatening, natural variations of internal and/or external sex anatomy. And they’re not uncommon. But as a society, we’re hooked on the idea of sex as a binary thing – and that hurts intersex people, especially youth! Learn here about how intersex youth want to be supported and broaden your feminist horizons to include them.
“Coming out of the closet” is big part of our lingo and understanding of the LGBTQIA+ experience. But do you know about the many different meanings of being “out” for different people? This comic breaks down what the concept of the closet really means, and shows how cis and straight people can help dismantle the forces building closets around our identities.
So you think that the gender you were told to have your entire life is not, in fact, who you are. Now what? This is a huge moment in your life, and it can be hard to start navigating this world designed for cis people as someone who’s trans or questioning your a/gender identity. Here are some tools to help your process of affirming yourself and others.