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Recommendation: Brody Polinsky

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Brody Polinsky
Tattoo artist who created a safe harbor studio for LGBTQI clients

Brody is a queer tattooer who created UNIV ERSE Studio in Berlin to be a safe harbor in an historically homophobic and transphobic industry. People travel from all over the world for one of his custom-made designs.

Tattooing is really vulnerable and permanent, it can be healing or traumatic depending on the artist’s bedside manner. Brody designed a gentle environment with tea and easy music and proper pronouns. :)

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Posted by on March 26th, 2017 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: “Not Trans Enough” Excerpt

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this will not define me
An excerpt from the zine “Not Trans Enough”

The entire zine is available here on Etsy. The excerpt is posted on the blog janitorqueer.

genderqueerness appealed to me because it meant that i no longer had to live like a man. it meant that i no longer had to fall short of the ideal of being a man. it meant that i could start to reject the masculinity that is toxic and violent. it meant that i could be this tiny five foot one and a half tall person trying to live a just life in an unjust world. one thing it didn’t mean was that my male privilege just disappeared once i started to identify as genderqueer.

yes, i still benefit from male privilege even though i identify as genderqueer. this male privilege is complicated and contextual. it’s something i never really thought about or ever needed to consider. i feel genderqueer on the inside but i know that most people read me as a dude. being a genderqueer tomboy femme feels right. although my gender identity challenges gender expectations, i still live in this world that genders people as men or women. as de from my interactions with people that are close to me, i get gendered as a man. even though i identify as femme, i do not experience constnt sexual harassment, gendered or sexual violence.

in my early 20s and before i ever identified as queer in any way, i used to wear women’s pants by goth brands like lip service and tripp. the pants were skinny enough to fit my slim petite figure but were really tight around the crotch area. i also used to wear cyber goth platform sneakers. i had a pair of “swear alternative” shoes that had a 4 inch platform. i only wore them out once. i stopped it all. i couldn’t deal with the looks and i didn’t feel comfortable or confident in what i was wearing so i stopped. i was scared. i stopped expressing this femme aspect of myself to feel safe. i traded aesthetics for security.

Posted by on January 1st, 2017 at 08:00 am

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Reposted from glitter.queers, on Instagram.


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Posted by on March 30th, 2016 at 08:00 am

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Wheat Paste Art

Reposted from The Identity Project.

“Wheat Paste Art Project by Nathan (a sophomore in Gender and Women’s Studies and minoring in Social Justice) at The University of Minnesota that was done to fulfill a requirement in a class that would bring focus to queer identities that are marginalized by the mainstream gay movement. These posters were put up around campus for his final project. ”

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Posted by on March 27th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Break the Binary

Reposted from ca_queer on Instagram.

“I can’t wait for this shirt! @selfmadecollective has these and many more! ”

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Posted by on March 24th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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You Know

Reposted from lgbtgivesmehope.

“[Image shows various LGBTQ* flags with a hand pointing forward and the text, ‘YOU know who you are, not society.’]

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Posted by on March 23rd, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Reposted from notsobadboi_official, on Instagram.

“Keep walking!!
#andro #androgynous #androgyne”

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Posted by on March 20th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Queer Life in the USA

Reposted from Molly Landreth’s Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America.


CRUZ 2007: First of all, not sure if I would call myself queer, but definitely trans. Trans, to me means being different. And that is something I am trying to understand. What I see when I look at this picture is a girl—maybe even a woman that needs to be set free. I keep seeing this familiar face, staring back at me and not knowing what it means. It is like a dream that you can’t wake up from and I am not sure I want to.”

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Posted by on March 18th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Trans Hack

Reposted from SF Cronicle.

“Kenya Boudreaux met a guy on a dating site. She liked his photo, his personality. She agreed to meet him in person. That’s when things got weird.

He wanted to wander down alleys. He pressured Boudreaux, 19, to drink.

“It made me feel very unsafe,” said Boudreaux, a black transgender woman and student at San Francisco State University.

Last year, 23 trans women and gender nonconforming people were murdered. Most of them were black or Latino.

“There’s already this life expectancy of we probably won’t make it past 35 years old,” she said recently. “That’s very harrowing for me, so I feel like if I do end up murdered, I want that person found and charged.”

So Boudreaux, a mechanical engineering and computer science student, got to work making an app to help with just that.

Last week, Boudreaux and more than a dozen others participated in a hackathon to build “solutions to social problems unique to transgender people of color.” It was organized by TransH4ck, an Oakland organization that acts as a hub and a home for transgender and gender nonconforming folks and allies in the tech industry. The organization encourages the creation of open-source technology for this population.”

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Posted by on March 18th, 2016 at 08:00 am

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Queer the Streets

Reposted from Queer the Streets.

Half of all transgender people have been assaulted by a romantic partner. (translation of the text).

Violence against transgender people is a serious issue, and needs to be dealt with. Statistics like this speak to the normalization of fear that is a large part of too many trans people’s lives.

This paste is in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Its another paste as part of the ArtFabric project, which connects street artists with under privileged communities. The model is Chelsea Poe. Who was recently honored by the Trans100 for her work in transgender activism and improving the conditions for trans sex workers. ”

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Posted by on March 16th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Reposted from HuffPost.

“Love Is Lifting These Queer Couples Higher In Incredible Trick Photo Series! (More photos in the link above)”

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Posted by on February 29th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Vintage Pride

Reposted from Brain Pickings.

“Some remarkable photos of the first ever Pride marches in the US, found in the New York Public Library Archives.

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Posted by on February 28th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Rebel Dykes

Reposted from Femmevoid.

“From film Rebel Dykes, documenting the forgotten herstory of lesbian London in the 1980s. Showing at the London LGBT Film Festival this March!”

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Posted by on February 26th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Pronouns! Talk about ‘em!

Reposted from Sen Holiday.

“So this is pretty cool :)”

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Posted by on February 25th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Photographing the Genderqueer Community

Reposted from PBS News Hour.

“A project by photographer Chloe Aftel aims to give greater visibility to the diversity of gender beyond “male” and “female.” For her series “Genderqueer,” Aftel photographed self-identified genderqueer individuals in their homes in an effort to explore a community that she says is too-often misunderstood.”

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Posted by on February 19th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Snacks and Make-up Combos are go!

Reposted from Skelotim on Instagram.

“Tim O takes his inspiration from snacks. Specifically, the colour combinations on chip bags and soon, even beer cans! Tim has been posting these pictures and tutorials to Instagram and YouTube for 11 months, and was surprised to see them become popular.
“I just love by accepting yourself flaws and all,” Tim O told Bored Panda. “We’re all going to be judged by someone, might as well embrace the flaw we have and get comfortable with them so that when people judge we’re confident within ourselves to know words can’t hurt you. And that’s all live by embracing my fatness, baldness, all that!”
From an article on Bored Panda.

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Posted by on February 17th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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100 Most Stylish DapperQs 2015

Reposted from DapperQ.

” In July 2013, dapperQ published their first ever list of 100 Most Stylish dapperQs. This was by far one of their most popular posts, but was by no means exhaustive. Since the original post was not comprehensive enough to capture all of the amazing dapper that exists in our community, their team decided to compile an annual list of 100 most stylish dapperQs.”

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Posted by on January 25th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Every Breath We Drew

Reposted from The HuffPost (via Jess T Dugan).

“A new photo book has just been released and it examines the power of identity, desire, and connection through the art of portraiture in 2015.

Every Breath We Drew is a striking collection of images from photographer Jess Dugan, who sought out subjects that exhibit, in her words, a form of “gentle masculinity.” Through this work, Dugan complicates traditional notions of masculinity by photographing individuals in intimate spaces as meaningful exchanges took place.”

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Posted by on January 23rd, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Trans Microaggressions

Reposted from Bisexual Women of Color (via GLAAD).

“Every day, trans and gender non-conforming people face overt and subtle discrimination as they try to go about their lives. As part of Transgender Awareness Week, GLAAD created a photo essay to highlight the more subtle forms of oppression trans people experience – often called microaggressions. Microaggressions are subtle verbal or behavioural slights that invalidate a person’s identity or experience.”

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Posted by on January 21st, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Portraits of Jacob

Reposted from Charisma Moran Photography.

“I sat patiently waiting in Bryant Park, camera in hand, and perfect weather outside.

Jacob walked up from the Subway in their tall black heels and the perfect LBD, looking effortlessly chic. Sure, Jacob is an accomplished writer, public speaker, and advocate but before that, they are the type of person that you immediately want to be best friends with.

Stylish, funny, and charming; Jacob made me feel as if I had known them my whole life when I had only spent five minutes with them.”

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Posted by on January 19th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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