So you know someone who has felt comfortable enough to ask you to refer to them by different gender pronouns. This is a big step for them, and the way you proceed is very important. Some of the most common reactions and behaviors can have damaging effects on the person. Check out this comic for a simple introduction to the DOs and DON’Ts of pronoun etiquette!
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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!
General society would have us believe that gender (and sexuality, and romantic attraction, and countless other identifiers) exist within a binary system. But the reality is that identity is much more complicated than that. And the concept of multidimensional spectra can be overwhelming. Check out this video for an introduction into the spectra of identity!
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.
Society sure is stuck on the idea that you can determine gender from genitals – and that gender only comes in two options. And that’s frustrating! That’s why comic artist Sophie Labelle took to the Internet to remind folks to think beyond the gender binary. Check out these cute comics and share them with others who need the reminder!
Traditional gender norms can be harmful for any child, and these ideas can help you be more body positive, especially with trans and gender non-conforming kids.
Invalidating responses to male pregnancy are common, which can lead trans men to internalize the belief that it’s not acceptable to both be a man and desire pregnancy. But many of those responses are based on misconceptions and assumptions. So here are the deeper realities. With this knowledge, we can move beyond the limits of what’s “acceptable” for a man.
This article was originally published on The Establishment and republished here with the author’s permission. I came out as fat to myself about five years ago. I also came out as bisexual to myself around the same time. Both were gradual and mutual processes. “I think that there is a coming out process around being fat that […]
It’s time to “complicate the ways in which transgender older adults are portrayed and perceived.” Let this touching photo project open you up to a world rarely shown.
There are a lot of misconceptions about what it means to be a trans guy — everything from conflating it with sexuality (“All trans guys are just super lesbians”) to misunderstanding that trans is not necessarily defined physically (“You aren’t really trans until you start hormone treatment”). Arielle Scarcella and Benton Sorensen team up to bust some of these myths!
Are you startled by the idea of this, or not even batting an eye? Either way, you should know about healthy ways to respond.
“It’s biology.” Two of our faves – Franchesca Ramsey and Kat Blaque – teamed up for these awesome responses.
If you’ve been (or are) closeted, you’re already aware that it’s not that fun. But there are things that can ease the burden.
Questioning your assigned gender can be really hard, but here’s a clear guide that can help you answer your questions and figure out your feelings.
The homeless youth are anywhere from 20-40% LGBTQ due to factors like familial rejection and housing discrimination. Yet the general public is still largely uneducated on why this problem exists or what they can do help. Homeless people are generally a vulnerable population and given how it intersects with being LGBTQ, they’re at even greater risk for violence, abuse, exploitation, and health issues.
Do you want show transgender people respect, but don’t know the practicalities of how? Learn what common phrases are hurtful and get ideas for words to use instead.
Has anyone ever implied that you’re “faking” being transgender because you don’t feel like you’re “born in the wrong body?” Here’s a comic that clears up what this myth gets wrong.
Have you noticed femmephobia in your life? Here’s what it is and how it shows up in LGBTQIA+ communities – and why we must put a stop to the devastating results for everyone involved.
How do you react to “they” pronouns? If these responses are like yours, here’s why it’s time to reflect on your privilege.
The concept of being genderqueer can be confusing for folks who aren’t really sure how it differs from identifying as trans or non-binary or gender non-conforming. It can also be confusing for people who just want to know how to be best supportive. It can even be a confusing experience for genderqueer people themselves! So watch Jacob Tobia unpack some of that confusion.