One of the most 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.
Any exclusion can be painful and dangerous for LGBTQIA+ folks, but to be excluded in the workplace is especially damaging. As the boss, it’s your responsibility to make sure that this place where your employees spend so much of their time is a nontoxic environment — especially for those in the LGBTQIA+ community. Here are some practical tips on how to do this.
Unless you know queer men or you are one yourself, you probably have no idea just how many queer men struggle with eating disorders, exercise disorders, and/or incredibly negative body image. Fatphobia in gay male spaces is a social phenomenon, and it runs deep. This is a conversation we need to have both as queer activists and as feminists. Here’s why.
Asexuality is defined as not experiencing sexual attraction. Seems straightforward, right? But like most things, asexuality isn’t as simple as it appears. Within asexuality there are many different spectra to consider: from gender and sexual attraction to sexual drive and desire. There is a lot of nuance to this identity. Check out this video for a helpful introduction!
There are a lot of misconceptions about genital reconstruction. “It’s just cosmetic.” “You need therapy, not surgery.” “It’s not like it’s life or death.” And that’s just for general reconstruction conversations! There are even more specific myths about individual kinds of surgery — ie: trans men. Here are eight non-truths about trans men’s genital reconstruction!
Despite all of the gains the LGBTQIA+ community has made, bisexual people are still looked upon with confusion — or outright scorn — by gay, lesbian, and straight people alike. Here we are in the supposedly enlightened year of 2014 – and yet, biphobia persists. Here are a few tiresome lies society really needs to stop telling about bisexual people.
There are a lot of great things about being a lesbian–but the invasive comments from straight people isn’t one of them. Hypersexualization, dismissiveness, and self-indulgence are just a few of the things lesbians encounter from straight people. Check out this hilarious parody video to see what it would sound like if the roles were reversed!
There seems to be quite a lot of confusion about asexuality. Common beliefs are that it’s the same thing as celibacy, that all asexual people have been abused, and that asexuals don’t experience oppression — none of which are true. So let’s clear the air about the “A” in LGBTQIA+. Check out this comic to learn the truth about some common myths about asexuality.
We all struggle for similar things in our lives: acceptance, happiness, health…But these struggles can affect LGBTQIA+ people of color in varied and unique ways. This video features several courageous indigenous LGBTQIA+/Two Spirit families and individuals sharing their personal stories of acceptance, family, trials, and triumphs. Check it out!
As awareness of gay relationships is rising, there’s one group that often gets ignored: bisexual people. Many people can’t grasp that sexual attraction doesn’t have to be limited to one gender. And this can lead to some internal conflicts for bi folks. In this video, one bisexual activist shares her experiences of not feeling queer enough for the queer community.