Archive for March 2010


Profile: A.J.


You can call me… A.J.

I identify as… genderqueer but I will always have a strong affiliation with womyn because I have and will always be seen as one. A hopeless romantic, a smart ass and an adventurer.

As far as third-person pronouns go, … I find myself avoiding them when I have to refer to myself. Others usually use female ones and I don’t mind, I am a bit honored to be seen as a womyn. If I do get a male pronoun I don’t mind unless they decide they made a mistake and become clearly uncomfortable. I feel as though if I used ‘ze’ and ‘hir’ it would be too difficult for others and even myself.

I’m attracted to… The softness and strength of womyn’s bodies. Intelligence and biting humor. Someone who understands that sometimes I am weak but that I like to be seen a strong.

When people talk about me, I want them to… Love me, hate me, do whatever just do it because of what I have done or said not because they don’t understand me. Know that ignorance and fear is no excuse.

I want people to understand… That it is okay to be confused, even I get confused.

About A.J.
A 20-year-old student, a psychology major, a leader for my campus LGBT group who loves to be the one with the megaphone and leading the chants while marching through the street.

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Posted by on March 25th, 2010 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: glamour + variance


Mish recommends…

glamour + variance
a short film about gender variance, by a trans college student

This is a short film done for a school project by a close friend of mine, set to “For Today I am a Boy” by Antony and the Johnsons.

In the artist’s own words, it’s a “transgender glamour gender variance genderfuck queer bromancecore portrait.” And I think that sums it up.

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Posted by on March 24th, 2010 at 04:00 pm

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dress up



SAVANNAH KNOOP – The face behind JT LeRoy, originally uploaded by Mark Berry – Photographer & Graphic Designer.


Posted by on March 24th, 2010 at 10:00 am

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Mr and Miss Potato-Head.


Someone wrote…

I wish my body was like my gender most days. You know, wake up and go, “Well I’d like to have a penis today. Or I’d like to shed this masculine frame for some rough femininity. Or fed up with the concept of choice, opt for neither, and walk proudly through the streets.”

Mister and Miss Potato-Head have the good life. They change as much as they’d like while keeping their basic form, that potato-like lump. So yeah, I wish I was a sex-shifter. But when you tell people that, they kind of gasp awkwardly and reply, “Why?”

And I usually reply, “Well don’t you ever get bored being just a girl (or a guy)?”

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


Posted by on March 24th, 2010 at 08:00 am

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Charlie


Charlie

Submitted by Charlie Choke, the model.

Photo by Nate Vandeweerd


Posted by on March 23rd, 2010 at 04:00 pm

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Braces



, originally uploaded by lauren poor.


Posted by on March 23rd, 2010 at 10:00 am

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Question: Queering Menstruation


CInnaZimtAnie asks…

I’m a genderforker working on a paper involving queer genders & menstruation. It is so difficult to find resources! Has anyone seen anything? A study? A little bit from a book (nonfiction or fiction)? Or maybe you’d be willing to share your story with me? I know that menstruating is a big deal for me because of how it conflicts with and sometimes confirms my gender ID. Does everyone else just deal with it and not give it much thought? What’s up?

You can feel free to email me at genderclear at gmail dot com if you have any comments you don’t want to share publicly.

Please post your response in the comments below.

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Posted by on March 23rd, 2010 at 08:00 am

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Profile: Glo Ria


Glo Ria

You can call me… glo ria

I identify as… biologically female genderqueer. i love being physically female; i think my body is beautiful. it’s the gender categories that i dismiss.

As far as third-person pronouns go, … i will answer to anything. i’ve gotten “sir’d” pretty regularly since i was 10. i also got “male” written on a speeding ticket once. the unisex pronouns (ze, hir, …) are interesting, but i like reading them more than saying them.

I’m attracted to… anyone with whom i can have a conversation of worth. i love intelligent people, accepting people. i think the human body is a remarkable work of art. i respect bodies, i find the aesthetic of a person extremely appealing. sexually, i’m open to anyone i find attractive. i don’t really agree with having an exclusive relationship at this point, though.

When people talk about me, I want them to… not talk about me, preferably. but if they must, then it’d be great if they discussed my sense of humor, talents as an artist and drummer, and my intelligence.

I want people to understand… themselves and their relationship to everyone and everything else.

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Posted by on March 22nd, 2010 at 04:00 pm

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Chanel



Boots (not) made for walking, originally uploaded by Fluffy Rubber.


Posted by on March 22nd, 2010 at 10:00 am

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Sorry, Mummy.


Someone wrote…

I have a random childhood memory of my mum taking me to the hairdressers’. I remember the hairdresser saying to mum: “What I can’t stand more than anything is when girls go ’round looking like boys!”

“Oh, I agree!” replied Mum.

…Sorry, Mummy.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


Posted by on March 22nd, 2010 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Aiesu (IS)


A reader recommends…

Aiesu is a manga collection of short stories about intersexed individuals and their lives. All the stories have the characters making a safely ambiguous place for themselves in a highly gender binary world and it filled me with such warm, fuzzy feelings! Especially the story beginning at chapter 13 which is why I posted a link to that one. They’re all self-contained so it makes no difference where you start.

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Posted by on March 21st, 2010 at 04:00 pm

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Tilt


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“Black & White Self Portrait #3” submitted by Ly, the model and photographer


Posted by on March 21st, 2010 at 10:00 am

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Disgusted.


Someone wrote…

Every time someone calls me “Mister,” I feel disgusted.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


Posted by on March 21st, 2010 at 08:00 am

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Profile: Añgel


Angel

You can call me… Añgel, or if ya can’t say it, Angel

I identify as… a biofem-queer-dyke-genderqueer-andro-switch, anti-racist, pro-sex feminist, geek, lover, friend

As far as third-person pronouns go, … I prefer ze & hir but I usually get she…

I’m attracted to… cis-women, transmen, genderqueers, transwomen, dykes, bois, people, humans, and pretty much anyone who isn’t cis-male-identified with all that nasty male privilege

When people talk about me, I want them to… stop and really think.

I want people to understand… that gender is a many-flavored dish.

About Añgel
Añgel is 19 years old and a freshman in community college and looking for a job and to get the hell out of hir small town. Ze enjoys meeting new people and giving hugs. Ze loves good books, good friends, and adventure. Ze’d love to meet you.

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Posted by on March 20th, 2010 at 04:00 pm

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White Space



post hair cut ii, originally uploaded by ashley:elliot.


Posted by on March 20th, 2010 at 10:00 am

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Minnie Tittell Brune



Minnie Tittell Brune [as the Duke of Reichstadt in Edmond Rostand’s play "L’Aiglon"] / The Talma Studios, 374 George Street, Sydney [1904-1908], originally uploaded by State Library of New South Wales collection.


Posted by on March 20th, 2010 at 10:00 am

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Question: Top Surgery Expectations


Beck asks…

I am a female genderqueer of sorts with small breasts. I have no plan to go on T, and I seem to bounce back and forth between wanting big boobs and wanting a male chest. This changes day to day, even hour to hour.

I thought a good solution would be to get top surgery and get some breastforms for when I want them. But now that I’m looking more seriously into it (next year maybe) I’m getting a little freaked out… It’s only been in the past several years I’ve felt this way- I was totally fine with puberty, no problem.

I’m worried that maybe I’m idealizing the male and female forms- that I have unrealistic expectations of how I’ll look. How do I figure out my true feelings?

Please post your response in the comments below.

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Posted by on March 20th, 2010 at 08:00 am

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Lion


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“Lion” submitted by Sarge, the model and photographer


Posted by on March 19th, 2010 at 04:00 pm

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Lady Hawk



CHUCHI MENKES by CARLOS ESPINOSA, originally uploaded by YOGURINHA BOROVA.


Posted by on March 19th, 2010 at 10:00 am

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Appreciate it anyway.


Ebenezer wrote…

Interestingly, I find that I get more positive reactions from others when I’m cross-dressing than I do otherwise. People are politer and friendlier and tell me they like what I wear. Perhaps they just see me as a novelty — I wear old-fashioned clothes (and am not very androgynous) — but I appreciate it anyway.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


Posted by on March 19th, 2010 at 08:00 am

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