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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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Affordable Jeans

Affordable Jeans for Trans Men and Friends.

“Looking for Jeans to fit trans male bodies? Check this article on Qwear out!”

A reader wrote in asking about recommendations for affordable jeans for trans men. We surveyed our staff and the community about their favorite mens* jeans. It can take a lot of trial and error to find the perfect pair of jeans, but I promise they’re out there. Everybody is shaped differently, so these are just good starting places.

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Posted by on July 3rd, 2015 at 08:00 am

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See Me

Reposted from Buzzfeed.

So few people, once you put the homeless label on them, are able to see [the youth] in any other way. But there’s power that comes with being the survivor of abuse, the survivor of homelessness. Having to assert your sexual orientation and gender identity makes you a really powerful person.

Photo from See Me, a book/project by Alex Fradkin, an award winning photographer, and Taz Tagore, co-founder of the Reciprocity Foundation, a not for profit organization serving the needs of homeless youth in New York City.

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Posted by on May 16th, 2015 at 10:00 am

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Maternity Clothes for Genderqueer Parents

Reposted from The Cut.

From the article…

Once upon a time, maternity clothing was all bows, floral patterns, and muumuus. While it has evolved in the last few decades to include body-conscious styles that flaunt (rather than hide) “baby bumps,” it’s remained mostly conventionally feminine.

The founders of the new line Butchbaby & Co. want to change that. Vanessa Newman, a digital strategist, and Michelle Janayea, a design student at Columbia College in Chicago, are creating an alternative to hyperfeminine maternitywear aimed at LGBTQ folks who are starting their own families.

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Posted by on April 26th, 2015 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: PFLAG Call for your stories

XylophoneGender recommends…

Submit Your Transgender/Gender Nonconforming Journey Story

PFLAG National is looking for your journey with gender identity and/or gender expression. These stories are for possible use in PFLAG National’s most popular publication for the parents, family, and friends of people who are transgender and gender nonconforming, and will be re-released later this year in a brand-new, updated edition.

Quotes will be run anonymously!

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Posted by on March 11th, 2015 at 08:00 am

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Multilingual Gender Neutral Pronouns

scarlet recommends…


??? / ????? / ??/???/?????/?? / ? / ? / ??? / ??? / oni/je/jejich/se / hen/hun / per/pers / vij/zaar / they/them/theirs / ze/zem/zeirs / xe/xem/xeirs (xyr) / hir/hirs/hirself / e/em/eir / ri / ?li / tema/teda/tema / ta/teda/tema / ?? / se/sen / hän/hänen / ol/mo / ille / eux / iel / ?? / ???? / ???? / ???@/?????@/???@? / ?? / ???????? / ?/?k / hín/hín/híni/híns / hé/hé/hé/hés / hán/hán/háni/háns / isuna / na / kaniana/kenkuana / isuda / da / kaniada/kadakuwada / dia / mereka / tú/siad / j?s/j?s?/jums/jus/jumis/jumyse / dia / wiya / dem/dem/deres / hen/hen(henom)/hens(henoms) / hin/hin/hins / sir/sir/sirs / el@/del@ / elx/delx / elæ/delæ / ??/?? / ?? / ??/??/??/??/??/??x / oni/nich/im/ich/nimi / oni/z njimi/njim / Elle/le/-e / de/dem (dom)/deras / hen/hen/hens / siya/sila / niya/nila / (sa) kanya/(sa) kanila / o/onlar / nhw/nhw/eu

It’s just a really useful resource, and much needed.

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Posted by on December 16th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Sex Is All Fluxed Up

Asrik recommends…

It’s a great article on gender roles. (The blog is cool too but mostly less relevant to genderfork.) Here’s my favorite part of the post:

You are [sic] not a Woman, and I am [sic] not a Man. You may move through the world woman-ing, and I may do manly things, and we may enrich these roles and express them in a healthy way, but at core our bodies move in a dazzling, thundering, dynamic storm of circulating desire for the other-than-us, with potentials and predispositions, but nothing hammered down or definite.

I believe healthy, lightly-held roles make this whirling chaos of yearning more navigable, but they do not replace it. I feel fine to have chosen my version of the role of “man”, but it does not eclipse that one can pick from an infinite array of gender roles. Truly one must pity a culture reduced to the poverty of choosing from “he, she, and it”. He, she, and it? Really? Wow.

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Posted by on August 6th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: 10 Myths

Erica (photo curator emeritus) recommends…

Raising My Boychick - Parenting, privilege, and rethinking the norm

Stormy isn’t the only baby being raised gender neutral. Blogger Arwyn debunks ten common objections to gender neutral parenting, showing the reasoning behind many of the decisions she makes while raising her male-assigned at birth “boychick”.

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Posted by on July 15th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Is Anatomy Destiny?

Someone recommends…

Is Anatomy Destiny?
TEDxNorthwesternU: An Educational Video

Alice Dreger works with people at the edge of anatomy, such as conjoined twins and intersexed people. In her observation, it’s often a fuzzy line between male and female, among other anatomical distinctions. Which brings up a huge question: Why do we let our anatomy determine our fate?

There is also a transcript of the talk.

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Posted by on July 9th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Sweden to abolish gender?

Two older but still fascinating articles:

Someone recommends…

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.

Ricky recommends…

I read this and thought of everyone here. The Swedes have introduced a gender-neutral pronoun to their language so people no longer have to use ‘han’ (he) and ‘hon’ (she).

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Posted by on March 5th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Guys with Fancy Lady Hair

Someone recommends…

"Guys with Fancy Lady Hair"

Guys with Fancy Lady Hair
Before and After Photos

I had to share this. I love long hair. There is something magical about all kinds of men who are not afraid to express themselves in gender non-conforming ways — and they have long hair! Enjoy.

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Posted by on February 5th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Gender Bill of Rights

Cuna recommends…


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?

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Posted by on December 23rd, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Portraits of Men Wearing Their Girlfriends’ Clothes

Someone recommends…


As the title says, this is a photo shoot of men wearing an outfit from their girlfriends. From the photographer’s description: “He wanted to make images that showed not only the equality of balance in heterosexual relationships, but also the feeling of confusion the male may be experiencing with this change.”

I think Genderfork readers will appreciate this because of the portrayal of cis-gendered men in a feminine aspect and the reactions that may evoke. For example, one of the commentators on the original website said that the portraits made him feel uncomfortable yet curious how his girlfriend may have influenced his own gender expression over time.

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Posted by on November 25th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: A Call for Cisgender Action

lorainekv recommends…

A Call for Cisgender Action

How Cisgender People Can Help

Change in everyday institutions, such as your school, office, home, church, and non-profit organizations won’t happen overnight. However, you can speed up that process by showing peers, colleagues, and bosses that gender inclusive environments are important to everyone.

Hi Genderfork friends, this is lorainekv checking in. This article is my own piece – I wrote it to get some queer visibility going on Please feel free to leave me your feedback and ideas, either in the comments below or within Medium. Thank you!

Posted by on November 13th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: ‘I Am a Brown Boi’

XylophoneGender recommends…

Profile shot of two people of color looking at each other and smiling, in front of a leafy green background. The left one has short black hair and is wearing a golden dangling hoop earring and a pale blue top with a lacey collar; the right one has a shaved head, a small ring in the ear, and is wearing a collared white shirt with a dark vest.

I Am a Brown Boi
An article

Activist B. Cole (who launched the Brown Boi Project) wrote an article for Ebony Magazine about challenging gender norms and identifying as Black and masculine of center.

Posted by on October 10th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Beyond the Binary

quarridors recommends…

WAM! It Yourself

This radio-style program discussed how the media covers nonbinary and nonconforming gender and what we can do to make that coverage better.

Hosted by Avory Faucette of and Radically Queer, it featured guests with expertise in gender-neutral parenting, nonbinary identities, and media coverage of transgender issues, including Arwyn Daemyir, creator of Raising My Boychick; Gunner Scott, Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition; Nat Titman, creator of Practical Androgyny and the wiki; and Marilyn Roxie, creator of Genderqueer Identities and intern at the Center for Sex & Culture.

A recording of the entire show is available online (MP3).

The guests looked closely at some misunderstandings the media makes and how we can take action to educate and improve coverage. They considered topics including major media coverage of gender-neutral parenting and education in 2011, the media’s refusal to take supermodel Andrej Pejic’s stated identity seriously, and what articles on genderqueer and other identities get right and wrong. They also discussed the best way to cover less familiar gender identities, how journalists can describe gender in a way that is less harmful to nonbinary or questioning individuals, and how blogs and social media are changing the conversation.

Although the majority of guests were from the USA, Nat added a United Kingdom perspective.

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Posted by on September 10th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Androgynous modeling

Van Burnham recommends…

A person with sleeked-back dark hair, pale/white face makeup, and wearing long gloves up to the elbow - one in white, one in black.

An Article on Androgyny
An interview from Model Mayhem

This is an interview from Model Mayhem on androgyny. The interview focuses on gender roles, the future of gender roles and how gender plays into photography and modeling.

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Posted by on August 24th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: a mom becomes a man, and a family sticks together

Eli recommends…

A couple with their arms around each other, smiling openly into the camera. Both wear glasses and have grey beards. The shirt of the shorter one says "I'm very bitter... and I like it!".

I stumbled upon this article and found it really inspiring in that it features a couple already established as heterosexual who end up working through transitioning. I think it’s really sweet that they all stuck together, and I really admire their determination as a family.

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Posted by on July 24th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Fighting Stereotypes One Day At A Time

Shaun recommends…

Sophia Chung shares her experience being a woman in the largely male-dominated engineering world. She says she’s proud to be breaking gender stereotypes, and I think that’s awesome. :)

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Posted by on June 26th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Blog Post on Virtual Gender

A reader recommends…

Well done article on gender ID, especially in virtual world places like Second Life, from the point of view of the dreaded stereyotype- “fat guy dressed like hawt chick.”

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Posted by on September 28th, 2011 at 08:00 am

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