This is the first time I’ve ever heard of such a public, nation-wide discussion of gender. I don’t think I agree with everything they’re trying to do, but -damn- it’s inspiring that they’re taking gender equality so seriously.
Queer of Gender is a tumblr site for marginalized & multi-issue folks with nontraditional gender identities & expressions.
There is a lack of gender diversity in the mainstream that looks to only show certain points of view when it comes to gender diversity. Moreover, when gender outside of the norm is affirmed, it is white-washed, able-bodied, colonized, documented — seemingly “acceptable” representations of what we should be & not what we see ourselves as.
So QofG showcases profiles and selfies from those who are queer/trans*-identified, intersex, genderbenders, genderfucks, crossdressers & all those in between who are people of colour, disabled, Aboriginal/Native, undocumented, immigrants, who have mental health concerns/illness and all other communities living with oppression.
I think this advice might be able to help people. It’s about being in-between two worlds, and maybe what you can do to be happy there, rather than always trying to be one thing or the other because other people wish you’d just “pick a side.”
It’s helped me immensely, so I thought I’d Pay It Forward.
As far as we know, this is the first-ever anthology of poetry by trans and genderqueer writers! “Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics”, edited by TC Tolbert and me (Nightboat Books, 2013) gathers together a diverse range of 55 poets with varying aesthetics and backgrounds. In addition to generous samples of poetry by each trans writer, the book also includes “poetics statements”—reflections by each poet that provide context for their work covering a range of issues from identification and embodiment to language and activism.
The story begins as a simple one, a plane full of contestants in the Miss Teen Dream beauty pageant crashlands on a seemingly deserted island. The girls must now learn to survive with each other while either holding on to the competition or building a community. Things get more complicated as the girls explore themselves (and each other) in the context of their new found freedom.
The enchanting story is set to a background of satirical footnotes, “commercial breaks,” and sponsor’s notes. The book, like everything else in the dystopic society the girls left, is sponsored by The Corporation.
An overall great read from an overall great author.
Have you ever felt alone? Like you are the only one who will ever understand how you’re feeling? Well, you aren’t. And True Colors can show you that. The annual True Colors conference takes place in the University of Connecticut, Storrs, this year March 21 & 22. It is a truly amazing experience for anyone of any age, and any gender (or lack thereof). Four years ago, it helped me realize I was queer, and find a label for what I was feeling. Now it is helping me realize my feelings on gender. It is a wonderful educational resource, not only for young people, but for families. There are workshops on everything from safe sex and gender neutral sex education, to understanding LGBTQQIAA terminology, to salsa dancing. The conference experience can be whatever you want it to be, but one thing I promise you is that it will be fun, life-changing, and liberating.
Several binder exchange programs limit recipients to binary-identified guys only. In a Bind doesn’t. On their eligibility page, they state that their program is “for trans-masculine and genderqueer youth suffering from gender dysphoria resulting in discomfort about their chest.”
The program is focused on the USA, but they encourage youth from elsewhere to contact them for recommendations in other countries.
Though primarily a fantasy story based in ancient China, the main character is a boy called Eon — who is actually a biological female. While at first sie is “pretending” so that sie can train with the other boys, the book has some very thoughtful moments where Eon starts to wonder whether it really is acting, or whether sie actually feels male at heart. Even the synopsis of the book online calls hir “he”, even though it is never actually clarified in the first book whether sie feels male or female or other.
There are other characters that tackle gender issues such a trans woman, who is treated respectfully as truly female. The book, overall, handles gender issues very well even though they aren’t the focal point of the novel and I’d really recommend reading it for any genderqueer lover of fantasy novels.
I dream of a world where every single one of these listed items is respected.
Some of my favourites are:
“6. No one’s gender should ever be assumed. No one should ever be assumed to have a gender.
7. You have a right to full control over your gender beginning at birth. No surgical alterations should be made on unconsenting infants in order to fit them into a certain paradigm of gender. Gendered names, pronouns, and descriptors should never be used until children can decide for themselves how they wish to be known to the world.
16. You have a right to total control over your own body and sole authority in making decisions about it.”
Imagine that. Which one(s) are your favourites? What would you add?
A great book with a unique twist on the Werewolf genre! This book is full of LGBT*Q characters, focusing on Devon Andrews, and her death and re-birth into this underworld which she never expected (or even knew existed). There’s some great gender play in here, and I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but if you’re a fan of horror or werewolves, this has a great cast of characters for readers to identify with.
“In which Hank takes on a topic he’s been afraid to cover for a while now. How should we talk about sexuality, what is the difference between sex and gender…and between sexual orientation and sexual behavior.”
He uses a great line in there–
“Because as much as we love to label things, it’s impossible to label every point on an infinite continuum” in regards to gender identity.
Submit your gender identity & a photo of you embodying that identity in 5 words or less! Gender Fancy (like Cat Fancy) is a fun & creative way to challenge the heteronormative assumption that there are only 2 genders in the world. Contribute!
Indochine have quite a few songs about being gender-variant, including Playboy, 3ème sexe (literally translates to “third sex”), and Ladyboy. Revolution is kind of about gender. Juliette’s Silences and Unisexe are somewhat about gender, but focus more on relationships.
Indochine is an incredibly gender progressive band. Unfortunately, they do only sing in French. Still, their songs have a pretty clear meaning!
I think the author described it much better than I could have: “Gladys Bentley was a blues singer, piano player, and drag king who performed bawdy tunes in Harlem nightclubs throughout the 1920s and ’30s. Despite the social obstacles she faced as a black, openly queer woman, her outrageous and energetic act became a mainstay of the Harlem cabaret. In 1952, under the oppressive social conditions of the McCarthy era, Bentley publicly renounced her previous identity and claimed to have found happiness as a feminine housewife.”