At one point during this year’s Oscars ceremony, it dawned on me: Many people don’t know the difference between trans* women and drag queens! There seems to be an assumption that all people assigned male at birth who grow up to wear clothing from the women’s section identify the same way. That couldn’t be further from the truth. So let’s talk about this difference.
Increasingly college and university campuses across the United States are working to make their campuses more welcoming and safe for queer and trans* students. In this podcast episode, Sandra Kim and Dr. Adriana di Bartolo discuss how the concrete ways she has developed the Queer Resource Center to serve 7 campuses at the Claremont Colleges.
People in queer relationships are often subjected to a barrage of ignorance from the straight community. Whether it be invasive sexual questions or unwanted criticism, nothing seems to be off limits to the innocently inquisitive straight. Inevitably, one of the more repetitive and annoying debates will be the age-old question “Who’s the man and who’s the woman?”
Coming out as trans* is hard enough without the added difficulty of a substantial language barrier. Check out this week’s video headline to hear Leo’s story of how he came out to the people in his life, including his close family members. Watch Leo impart advice and warnings about the rocky terrain of coming out to people who you can’t even communicate with.
Domestic violence is about power. When one’s trans* identity challenges conventional gender definitions, its boundaries, and its performances, DV survivors can often feel disempowered. And because it is happening in trans* communities, we need to talk about it and what you can do to help. With the right knowledge and tools, you can help facilitate recovery.
Oppressive assumptions and myths are often so embedded in our society that they are difficult to recognize. This is true of cissexism, which is often thought to be a more subtle form of transphobia. By “subtle,” I mean that it is less visible to cisgender people. Despite this, it is no less damaging. In order to eradicate transphobia, we need to tackle cissexism.
In her coming out speech, Ellen Page confessed that she felt as though she was “lying by omission” in her failure to explicitly confirm her sexuality. The HRC posted a headline congratulating Page on her decision to “live authentically.” “Lying,” “omission,” and “authentically” all strongly connote deception. And that just doesn’t sit well with me.
Did you know that biological sex is not a binary? As many as 4% of the population are predicted to be intersex — born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t fit neatly into the definitions of male and female. Check out this week’s video headline for an introduction into the reality of intersex conditions and how to respect intersex individuals.
For someone just learning about the various spectrums of human sexuality, the topic can be overwhelming. Not to fear! Here to lay out introductions to everything from gender to the difference between sexual behavior and sexual orientation is vlogger Hank Green! Check out his video to get a little closer to understanding and appreciating human complexity.
I am not the poster child queer woman. Pastel sundresses, lacy push-up bras, and vanilla lip gloss would not, as it were, come as accessories with Stereotypical Lesbian Barbie. Femmes are the surprises. Femmes are the ones who are asked how we can possibly be queer-identified if we paint our nails. We’re the ones who have to fight to be noticed for who we are.