Go to your nearest target. Buy a two pack of pushup bras (24$ for 2), and target’s bra inserts (12$). Then go to your nearest Walmart and buy the Vasserette Control Shapewear Panties (2.50 each), they do wonders for helping your tuck. There you go! You just saved yourself a lot of money, you can afford to buy enough to wear every day, and best of all you look fabulous.
This is so. fucking. cool. :)
Hey. So this is really, really fucking important.
I’m not sure how (if anything) we can help Ophelia De’lonta but she surely needs support. Especially now that she has earned the right to have her case heard.
But. She is a Black trans woman in prison. She deserves not only the support but to have the medical care that she needs.
1) Be willing to confront instances of transphobia, cissexism, cisnormativity, cis-centrism, cis privilege and other forms of destructive bias where you find them (especially when you find them within feminist, activist or queer spaces), not through “call outs” or other toxic, self-defeating or abusive strategies, but by taking the opportunity for genuine discourse.
2) Don’t take a purely passive, reactive approach. Rather than waiting for things like someone saying something overtly cissexist, or a trans person bringing up a particular concern, be willing to proactively introduce trans issues, or trans-relevant aspects of broader issues, to feminist discourse. Likewise, proactively treat possible consequences, perspectives and concerns relevant to trans people and trans experiences as being not only significant but essential to all feminist issues and conversations.
3) Don’t assume any given issue is strictly, or even primarily, relevant to cis women. All feminist concerns are also transgender concerns, and vice versa. There are no feminist dialogues in which trans voices “don’t belong”, or to which trans voices have “nothing to add”. There are nosocial issues related to gender that don’t have consequences for trans people.
4) Proactively seek out transgender voices, perspectives and input on all issues, not simply what you regard as “trans issues” or situations where the value of such perspectives is immediately obvious to you. Come to us, rather than waiting for us to come to you.
5) Don’t treat the larger social conflict of gender as being dialectic or binary in nature. Don’t assume a unidirectional model of gender-based oppression.
Alladat right there.
Starting in October 2014, the Oregon Health Plan, working under Medicaid, will cover transition-related care for transgender or non-binary youth. The first policy of its kind, it will help Oregon families cover the often exorbitant costs of transition-related health care.
According to PQ, services covered by the new health care plan will include not only mental health counseling and pediatric evaluation, but also medication, procedures, and follow-up care related to the suppression of puberty, which advocates say can often help trans youth avoid traumatic pubescent experiences that arise from a body that develops in conflict to the youth’s gender identity.
“Pubertal suppression provides transgender adolescents the option of avoiding unwanted, irreversible, and deeply distressing changes that come with birth-sex pubertal development,” said TransActive executive director Jenn Burleton in a statement. “Far too often trans adolescents experience increased suicidal ideation as a result of these changes and the indifference of others about the impact these changes have on trans youth.”
Zam, this is kind of a huge deal. Major props to Oregon for being the first to reach this milestone.
By Matt Wood
Transgender Law Center assisted two transgender women in Los Angeles who were wrongfully asked to leave a restaurant in Burbank in October. While eating dinner, the two women, Jennifer Reid and Victoria Rose were approached by the restaurant’s manager and asked to leave, allegedly because their clothing was not appropriate for a “family restaurant.” The women rightly believed that they were being targeted because of their gender identity and contacted TLC for information about the law and their rights.
Transgender Law Center explained to Jenny and Victoria that the Unruh Civil Rights Act, California’s public accommodations law, prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in business establishments – including transgender and gender nonconforming folks alike.
(Any place that provides goods and services to the general public is considered a public accommodation – this includes restaurants, grocery stores, health clinics, hospitals, health clubs, homeless shelters and most social services).
Armed with this information, Jenny called the restaurant’s Regional Manager and demanded a public apology from the restaurant manager, a refund for the meal she and Victoria were unable to finish, and a promise that the restaurant would do remedial training with all of their managers and staff so that no transgender person would face this kind of discrimination.
Less than 24 hours after that conversation, Jenny was contacted by the Regional Manager who made a personal apology and arranged for the Burbank manager to apologize to Jenny and Victoria in the restaurant in front of the Burbank restaurant staff. Jenny and Victoria were also given a refund and extra gift coupons. Even more impressively, Jenny was then contacted by the restaurant’s Regional Human Resources Manager who was impressed with how informed Jenny was, and had decided to use some of the information from Jenny’s conversation with the Regional Manager to institute sensitivity training for all management and staff at the restaurant chain, effective immediately. As a result of Jenny and Victoria’s courageous self-advocacy, this restaurant chain is now on notice that transgender customers must be treated with the same dignity and respect afforded to all other customers.
Jenny and Victoria’s experience is an example of how transgender and gender nonconforming people often experience discrimination in their communities when accessing public accommodations, including being refused service, being treated differently than their non-transgender peers, or being victims to harmful verbal and physical violence when simply trying to carry out their daily activities.
If you need legal assistance, please call the TLC legal hotline at (415) 865-0176 x306, or via the online intake form at: http://transgenderlawcenter.org/help
Matt Wood is a staff attorney at Transgender Law Center
Hey, does anyone know any resources that’re actually good for really young trans kids, preferably trans kids of color? I’m trying to find stuff for anon but can only find stuff that ends up being for teachers or for parents, which is… not helpful. Boost?
The only resource I know for trans kids is Gender Spectrum. I volunteered at their Family Conference a couple summers ago and had a good experience with gender stuff there. They welcomed kids of all ages.
I don’t know of any others, and trans kids of color specific, I don’t know either. Signal boost!
supported strategic removal of trans protections from ENDA
mary gonzalez: open pansexual WOC who acknowledged the existence of non-binary identities when she came out
let me tell you whose victory i’m celebrating
edit: tammy baldwin did not actually support removal of trans protections from ENDA. After Barney Frank stripped trans protections, she tried to introduce an amendment adding them back in; Democratic party leadership strongarmed her out, threatening to block her from being able to introduce the amendment unless she agreed to withdraw it before voting; so, introducing it, she got to speak in favor of trans protections. She stuck her neck out a LOT to make a case for us, even while Frank and the party were firmly against her.
but super-psyched for Mary Gonzalez, yes :D
“If you, as a dyadic trans person, insist upon declaring that being forced to use “DMAB” is “inconsequential” no matter how many other trans people disagree with you… then I, as an intersex trans person, declare in turn that not having exclusive use of “CAMAB/CAFAB” is utterly trivial no matter how many other intersex people disagree with me.
Nifty how that works.
did you even look up the thread, goddamn
“I personally don’t have a problem with making the “insignificant and inconsequential shift” in language, except you know what? I’ve had intersex people say that “designated x at birth” is also appropriative or erasing for mimicking the structure of “assigned x at birth”.”
-from alexandraerin, clearly on your side there
there actually hasn’t been a single person in this debate making any reason we should KEEP using axab langauge other than “WE HAD IT FIRST YOURE TAKING IT FROM US!” which, as I just showed above, is blatantly false and backwards, talk of ‘birth assignment’ was used to describe medical abuse of intersex people far before its use caught on as a major piece of trans*-community jargon
also wow “FORCED”(!!!) to stop using axab language? you realize how fucking much you sound like ~anti-pc~ folks, right?
and then completely false equivalancies. No, because our feeling of fucking entitlement to a phrase based on nothing more than a demonstrably false belief that WE HAD IT FIRST!!!! is completely fucking different from people wanting not to hear a phrase due to its legacy of medical abuse.
me dismissing the complaints of people who’re clinging to a complete sense of entitlement and disregard for oppression they haven’t faced is completely different from you… dismissing and disregarding someone else’s pain from oppression that you’ve had a similar(?) experience with
~I’ll be sure to tell all my cis ‘friends’ that you completely approve their logic stating that they shouldn’t have to worry about calling me tr***y because their ‘other trans friend’ said it was okay and didn’t hurt them.~
EDIT: oh forgot to add, nice job of making a huge deal upthread pretending you cared about FACTS and BACKED-UP ARGUMENTS and then completely disregarding when incredibly basic proof you were dead wrong is thrown your way! AND actually cutting off the post where I’d provided said facts!
So, to reiterate:
Also, a cursory google seach later, medical use of ‘assignment’ language referring to medical abuse specifically towards intersex kids dates back to at least 1987, (probably much earlier; as I said, this was just a cursory search, spent about three minutes).
And wow, seeing someone tell someone else that they don’t believe they’re REALLY oppressed that way why don’t they bring out some STUDIES and FACTS is really similar to stuff I’ve gotten from radscum.