freececemcdonald:

Kicking off a ride out to visit Cece Mcdonald in St. Cloud. When we got to the prison, we were met with SWAT teams at every entrance. Imagine that, prison officials are terrified of solidarity. Wonder why?  Check out freecece.wordpress.com for more info.

freececemcdonald:

Kicking off a ride out to visit Cece Mcdonald in St. Cloud. When we got to the prison, we were met with SWAT teams at every entrance. Imagine that, prison officials are terrified of solidarity. Wonder why?

Check out freecece.wordpress.com for more info.

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I’m Sick To My Stomach (tw: violence against trans person, murder, transphobia)

saneoldsameold:

because another black trans* woman is dead three blocks from where Paige Clay was found murdered in April and major Chicago news outlets won’t even give her the basic respect of using her chosen name

Because our young black girls are dying at an alarming rate and even the queer community doesn’t want to talk about it

Because my own people (queer people and black people) are throwing these women into the streets and their blood is running there now

Because my black and brown trans* sisters are being murdered in the streets and the cis white gay rights movement is worried about how soon we can get married (which is important) but ignores the need for trans* folks to have housing options when they’re kicked out of their homes, which is far too often

Because gay men are still tossing around the t-slur that these women probably heard as they died

And it’s disgusting. Because nobody cares. The queer community will not speak of these women, and neither will the black community. I used to think it would take a rash of murders to wake people up, but I don’t know anymore. Because that rash is here. Tiffany Gooden was not the first. And I’m so afraid she won’t be the last. It kills me to think that my sisters are dying like this. Brown and queer and beautiful and with nobody to empower them. It absolutely kills me.

(Source: queercommunist, via tzunuun)

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boredangry:
Unapologetic #1
QUEER/PUNK/RADICAL/ANTI-RACIST/COOL TRANS WOMEN OF THE INTERNET
Start taking a tally of the amount of time you spend arguing with transmisogynistic jerks on tumblr, add to it the time you spend reading fucked up things in the mainstream media, and then make yourself spend at least as that much time with badass shit that badass trans women have done. Like for example Tagonist’s zine from 1997, Unapologetic.
**capitalist patriarchy wants you to feel historyless but you are not historyless**

boredangry:

Unapologetic #1

QUEER/PUNK/RADICAL/ANTI-RACIST/COOL TRANS WOMEN OF THE INTERNET

Start taking a tally of the amount of time you spend arguing with transmisogynistic jerks on tumblr, add to it the time you spend reading fucked up things in the mainstream media, and then make yourself spend at least as that much time with badass shit that badass trans women have done. Like for example Tagonist’s zine from 1997, Unapologetic.

**capitalist patriarchy wants you to feel historyless but you are not historyless**

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anti-oppressivebabyanimals:

[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A BABY AFRICAN BULL ELEPHANT STANDS IN A FIELD OF GRASS, MOUTH OPEN & TRUNK EXTENDED. TEXT READS, “BABY ANIMALS FOR TRANS LIBERATION!”]
SUPPORT CECE MCDONALD!
PLEASE SEND A LETTER TO CECE WHILE SHE IS IN PRISON. LET HER (AND THE PRISON GUARDS) KNOW SHE HAS A HUGE AMOUNT OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND THAT WE’RE ALL HERE FOR HER.
GET THE DETAILS AND WRITE TO CECE: https://supportcece.wordpress.com/get-involved/write-cece/
GENERAL TIPS FOR WRITING TO SOMEONE WHO’S IN PRISON: http://www.prettyqueer.com/2012/05/04/how-to-write-your-first-letter-to-someone-in-prison/
SupportCeCe.wordpress.com

anti-oppressivebabyanimals:

[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A BABY AFRICAN BULL ELEPHANT STANDS IN A FIELD OF GRASS, MOUTH OPEN & TRUNK EXTENDED. TEXT READS, “BABY ANIMALS FOR TRANS LIBERATION!”]

SUPPORT CECE MCDONALD!

PLEASE SEND A LETTER TO CECE WHILE SHE IS IN PRISON. LET HER (AND THE PRISON GUARDS) KNOW SHE HAS A HUGE AMOUNT OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND THAT WE’RE ALL HERE FOR HER.

GET THE DETAILS AND WRITE TO CECE: https://supportcece.wordpress.com/get-involved/write-cece/

GENERAL TIPS FOR WRITING TO SOMEONE WHO’S IN PRISON: http://www.prettyqueer.com/2012/05/04/how-to-write-your-first-letter-to-someone-in-prison/

SupportCeCe.wordpress.com

(Source: anti-oppressivebabyanimals, via maxitron3000)

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Dear cis people who say “I go by [my assigned pronouns] but anything’s okay!”

pinebark:

Please stop. You’re not helping.

I know it must seem like a very progressive thing to do and that it’s coming from a desire to be seen as an ally, but I need you to know that it’s totally fine to tell me that your preferred pronouns are your assigned ones. It won’t make me think less of you, and it doesn’t help me to know that you’re “okay” with any pronouns. Let’s face it — getting misgendered probably isn’t a daily concern for you, and when you casually tell me that any pronouns are “fine”, it comes off as an attempt to claim a connection with me where none exists.

Just tell me what you prefer, and that’s what I’ll call you! And if you want me to know you’re working in allyship with me, then show it — don’t try to tell me.

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grrlyman:

Queer Kids in America by M. Sharkey

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Enough with “I date women and trans men” - By Jos Truitt

cassket:

I’m traveling on the east coast right now, which has thrown me back into the kind of queer, mostly female assigned community that exists in the “I date women and trans men” frame (I’m not saying this doesn’t happen on the west coast – but I’ve found alternatives way more easily). This is a big part of what my Girl Talk piece was about, but I want to address this particular issue really directly.

“I date women and trans men” is the definition of cissexism. It’s basing your frame for sexuality on the gender coercively assigned to a person by their doctor at birth, not on that person’s actual identity. In this case, we’re talking about folks who were assigned female. Of course, “women” means cis women – trans women totally drop off the map.

Chart of Assigned-Female-At-Birth Queer Hegemony. Large circle: The marvelous and transgressive queer community: all sorts of wonderful lesbians, gentle trans men, AFAB bois, AFAB genderqueers, nice gay men, female 2 femme radicals, hot bi hipsters, etc. Small outlier circle: Freaks: Those freaky trans women

Chart via TransFusion

My critique of this frame isn’t about everyone on the trans masculine spectrum, where there’s a ton of complex gender and sexuality diversity (though there is an important conversation to have about the privileging of masculinity here as well). I’m talking about how this approach to sexuality addresses people who were assigned female at birth but are men.

It’s incredibly undermining to frame sexuality in a way that lumps these men in with all female assigned folks instead of with cis men. It’s a failure, in the realm of sexuality, to recognize thattrans men’s male identities are just as legitimate as cis men’s. If you’re going to base sexuality on gender, better base it on people’s actual genders.

I get why a lot of female assigned folks exist in this frame for reasons that aren’t overtly about undermining trans identities. There’s a ton of gender based trauma out there, and I understand that folks associate this with cis men, and not with trans men. But that’s not a reality-based approach to gender. A lot of that trauma gets easily linked to genitals, but this isn’t about bodies, it’s about patriarchy. I think this sexuality frame is a big part of why so many trans men get away with (and are sometimes even encouraged to practice) unchecked misogyny and male privilege (remember, power is complicated. You can experience both male privilege and cissexist oppression). Real talk: being trans doesn’t prevent you from perpetrating hurt and violence in the realm of sexuality.

My trans brothers deserve better than sex in a frame that undermines their identities. This doesn’t mean queer cis women and gender non-conforming female assigned folks can’t fuck trans men, but then they owe it to these guys to reframe their sexuality in a way that’s not undermining – to recognize that they sleep with men, and to question why they’re OK with sleeping with trans men and not cis men. I just don’t think it’s OK to process your sexual trauma in a delegitimizing way through the bodies of folks who’ve often faced tons of trauma at the intersection of gender and sexuality.

The problem isn’t one sided: trans guys owe it to themselves to not accept a misgendering sexuality frame just because it makes it easier to get laid, but that shit’s complicated in a cissexist world. It’s unfair to place all the responsibility for fixing this problem at the feet of the people who’s identities are being undermined. I want to encourage trans guys to stand up for what they deserve, but a lot of the responsibility for fixing this shit belongs to the people doing the undermining.

I do put a little more responsibility on trans men for letting this frame push their trans sisters out. This approach to sexuality totally erases trans women by excluding us from the group of sexually existing queer women. Yes, it’s also incredibly undermining of trans women’s identities by moving us out of the category “women” when it comes to sexuality. Ultimately, this frame goes back to the gender coercively assigned at birth for trans women as well. It’s a way for transmisogyny to advance unchecked, because trans women totally drop out of the conversation. It’s part of the broader problem of privileging masculinity over femininity, and specifically  of privileging masculinity in female assigned folks and hating on and marginalizing femininity in male assigned folks. The problem goes beyond gender theory about masculinity and femininity – this is about really specific, really real transmisogyny. Even when some femininity is accepted, it’s in female assigned folks. Trans women (even the butch ones) get left out in the cold. (I think it’s time for everybody to re-read Julia Serano’s groundbreaking bookWhipping Girl with their sex brains on.)

There’s a lot of resistance to thinking about the politics of sexuality in this way, which I totally get. Our sexualities are our own, they’re personal, and in such a puritanical world any critique of sexuality can seem messed up. But our desires are absolutely influenced by our cultural context. When you really look at the way patterns of desire map onto what bodies are privileged and what bodies are marginalized, it becomes obvious that our desires are political. I am absolutely not about critiquing the way one person falls for another. The problem is with a community trend. When we leave sexuality trends unexamined, sex becomes a space where privilege and oppression run amuck.

It’s well past time to say enough. If queer community wants to be about a gender and sexuality revolution it’s got to take these questions seriously. Its got to address the ways cissexism overdetermines community approaches to sexuality. This is an ongoing process involving lots of thought, critique, and, well, processing. We’ve got to be able to move from the broad and systemic to seeing how cissexism plays out in our personal lives, including in relation to who and how we fuck.

(via otipemisiwak)

angryglitter:

FreeCece Mcdonald banner at TCSD Berlin

angryglitter:

FreeCece Mcdonald banner at TCSD Berlin

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dumbthingswhitepplsay:

I’ve been introduced to this amazing new band in Japan, called ziyoou vachi.

The lead singer is a black and Japanese trans girl, and her sister is also in it, as the drummer (I bleevs the drummer, but you’ll recognize them both off the bat).

But lemme tell you? This girl is a damn good performer and I loved this video and I loved the mix of lows and highs and everything about this video makes me happy, pretty much.

Only crit is that the lead singer clearly has medium brown skin, but every time they show her, she’s been paled out so much in the video that the one point they actually show her real skin tone I didn’t even RECOGNIZE HER.

Mostly a good job, but can we let the lead singer have her NATURALLY brown skin please? Kthx.

Oh, and for those who can’t read Japanese, I’ll leave their names here:

Vocalist: Avu-chan
Bass: Yashi-chan
Drummer: Ruri-chan
Guitar: Gigi-chan 

(Source: the-original-dtwps, via vizzzibility)

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sinidentidades:

DOJ accepts ruling that transgender bias is illegal

The Department of Justice (DOJ) accepted Monday a ruling from Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that claims gender identity discrimination is a type of sex discrimination that is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

According to Metro Weekly, the April 20th ruling from the EEOC was based from a complaint brought by the Transgender Law Center (TLC) on behalf of Mia Macy, a transgender woman living in California who felt the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) denied her employment with the agency after learning of her transition.

The ATF, which is a part of the DOJ, sent a letter to Macy last Friday that will investigate her claims of discrimination. National Center for Transgender Equality executive director Mara Keisling told The Raw Story how much of a turning point decision the ruling was.

“It’s really great,” Keisling. “It’s an amazing tool, it’s common sense and we’ve already seen a lot of employers are taking [it to] the heart, doing what they have to do to be in compliance.”

Keisling also indicated that it was “absolutely” too early to gauge how many employers are abiding by the DOJ’s ruling instead of challenging it.  

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I finally figured out a term for this

ceepolk:

dolgematki:

fromonesurvivortoanother:

You know how white liberal people are so quick to support gay marriage, but then they completely ignore things like violence against GSM people of color, or higher rates of GSM youth incarceration, abuse, and homelessness, or there being no legal protections for being fired or evicted for being gay or non-binary?

TRICKLE DOWN JUSTICE

Like I believe marriage is important— especially the legal protections and privileges it comes with. But when people are regularly dying and being abused because they are not hetero or cisgender, and no one wants to talk about it…that’s Trickle Down Justice. Because the impression is that getting this one single goal will suddenly make things better, and that these are the only “rights” people need to fight for. We don’t want to be critical of our society and how things like race, gender, and class affect how a trans person of color is treated. Or how there are a ton of homeless Queer youth. Or how marriage in general is still very flawed and assimilationist.

We don’t want to admit that this “big step” we are fighting for is only really going to help a small subset of the actual LGBT population.

This is something to think about.

…Trickle Down Justice

That’s perfect

and the comparison to urine doesn’t even miss a beat

Dean Spade actually has a really great theory about this called Trickle-Up Social Justice (link is to video)

(via strugglingtobeheard)

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Compared to averages for the entire U.S. population, transgender people are 10 to 15 times more likely to be incarcerated, two to four times more likely to be physically or sexually assaulted while in prison or jail, and four times more likely to live in extreme poverty, with a household annual income of under $10,000.

Forty-seven percent of trans people have reported not getting a job due to their gender identity/presentation, 97 percent have experienced harassment at work or in school. Trans people are 25 times more likely to commit suicide and 16 times more likely to be murdered.

Nineteen percent of all trans people have reported being homeless, and over 40 percent of Black trans people have experienced homelessness. More than 50 percent of Black trans folks have reported being pushed into sex work or selling drugs in order to make an income at point in their life. Some 38 percent of African American trans folks report experiencing police harassment, 15 percent report being physically assaulted by police, and 7 percent report being sexually assaulted by police.

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KEEGAN O’BRIEN (via hiphopcheerleader)

(Source: afrafemme, via ethiopienne)

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ava-marx:

angrybanette:

lgbt-help:

How to tell a trans person they are beautiful

omfg fucking perfect i almost cried

I think I reblogged this before, but here it is again.

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transfeminism:

Darnell “Dynasty” Young is another example of the criminalizing of trans and queer people of color for defending themselves.

Young is gay with feminine expression. Other kids bully Young because of this, taunting him with heterosexist slurs and following him home while shouting threats of physical violence, including throwing rocks and bottles at him.

In order to protect her son from becoming another statistic of anti-LGBT violence, Young’s mother gave him her stun gun for protection. And one day when six guys at school ganged up on him he pulled out his stun gun to protect himself. It worked, the bullies backed off and Young was able to go about his day.

That was until the principle responded by suspending Young, who was also arrested. Now he faces expulsion for defending himself in a school environment where the administration gives its implicit endorsement to violence against queer and trans students.

In a classic example of victim blaming,

Larry Yarrell, the Tech principal, said school staff were trying to help Young by suggesting that he “tone down” his accessories. 

“If you wear female apparel, then kids are kids and they’re going to say whatever it is that they want to say,” Yarrell said. “Because you want to be different and because you choose to wear female apparel, it may happen. In the idealistic society, it shouldn’t matter. People should be able to wear what they want to wear.”

There is a common pattern of victim blaming in our schools. Even where anti-bullying laws exist, they don’t provide adequate protections for LGBT and gender-nonconforming students whose sexuality, gender identity and/or expression are considered “disruptive” by heterosexist and cissexist administrators and educational staff. In many cases schools see the students’ deviation from hetero- and cisnormative standards as disruptive and the cause of bullying. These schools think the way to combat bullying is to institute cissexist and heterosexist policies that restrict and police the sexuality and gender of queer and trans students.

In effect, these schools are actually taking anti-queer and anti-trans bullying and instituting it into formal school policies that actually encourage staff to enforce the heterosexual and cisgender norms that often serve as the motivation of bullies in the first place. This is in direct contrast to making schools a safe place for queer and trans students by actively working to address the hostile cissexist and heterosexist learning environment.

(Source: indystar.com, via eschaton-disaster)

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Anti-gay church smashed in memory of Mark Aguhar and Paige Clay - Portland

notyrcisterpress:

This action was taken in memory of Mark Aguhar, a fierce queer/trans femme of color and artist from Chicago who killed herself a little over a month ago. We also hold in our hearts Paige Clay, a trans woman of color who was found murdered in Chicago on April 16th; Duanna Johnson, a black trans woman who was in all likelihood murdered by the police in 2008; Agnes Torres Sulca, Deoni Jones, and all other trans women who have been murdered by this cissexist, femmephobic, racist, and transmisogynistic society.

Churches are a major contributor to the culture that deems trans women of color to be disposable, as not worth keeping alive. Children who are forced to attend Mars Hill are indoctrinated in hateful dogma that teaches them their natural desires are an abomination that will damn them to hell. Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” campaign does nothing in the here and now for queer kids trapped in abusive home or religious settings. And it never got better for Mark, Duanna, Paige, Agnes, Deoni, or the countless other trans women (especially brown trans women) who are regularly murdered.

When Mars Hill moved to town, so-called “representatives” of the queer “community” from the Q Center met with officials from the church in order to have dialog. What we have to say to the Q Center is this: FUCK YOU, you don’t represent us. You are disgusting traitors who prioritize social peace and the bourgeois aspirations of rich white cis gay people over the more pressing survival needs of more marginalized queers. Fuck dialog with people who want us dead, the only dialog we need with scum like Mars Hill is hammers through their windows.

We smashed Mars Hill because they make our lives miserable. We hope this small act of vengeance will strike some fear into the hearts of all of Mars Hill’s pastors, and warm the hearts of our friends and comrades (known or unknown). It may not get better, but we can certainly get even.

-angry pdx queers

(via locomotives)

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