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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: Miss Gender

Ashley recommends…

A person in orange socks, white-red striped trousers, an orange shirt and brown hair holds a rainbow-colored umbrella and is swept by the wind.

Miss Gender

My friend Jay and I started a video podcast called Miss Gender about my transition (I’m MtF). I’ve been contemplating my gender identity since I was 13 or 14 and, now in my 30s, I’ve started to get my head around the idea that I’m trans.

On the show we talk about things like how I came to realize I’m trans, coming out to my parents and other family, and mulling over how to handle things at work.

Our show has both a video feed (iTunes or not) and an audio feed (iTunes or not).

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Posted by on May 14th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Queer of Gender

Lynx Sainte-Marie recommends…

A square, diagonally cut, with the top left in black with white letters "Queer" and the bottom right in white with black letters "of Gender"

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.

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Posted by on March 1st, 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: Gender Fancy

Essej recommends…

Portrait shot of a person with a short beard painted orange with a hot-pink strip down from the nose, wearing a carnivalesque mask with glitter, beads, and lots of feathers. The colours are mostly yellow and hot-pink with some cyan.

“swamp lovin couillon in color”
Gender Fancy
Photo tumblr

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!

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Posted by on December 9th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: TransPanTastic

Someone recommends…

The words 'Trans' 'Pan' 'Tastic!' on top of, respectively, the lightblue-pink-white-pink-whiteblue transgender pride flag, the magenta-yellow-blue pansexual pride flag and the purple-white-green genderqueer pride flag.

TransPanTastic is a podcast about gender, identity, orientation, and all the life that happens around them. George is a straight FtM transgender man, and Jess is his pansexual nonbinary wife. They have kids, and jobs, and a life together, and every other Saturday they release a short (10-20 mins) conversation about what’s happening in their world, with topics ranging from transition to kids to work to, well, everything else in their world. The first few episodes are up, and I have it on good authority that at least another months’ worth has been recorded and queued for release.

Check it out on PodBean, PodFeed or iTunes.

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Posted by on October 22nd, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: We Pray

Andy Coate recommends…

A person with very short brown hair and glasses next to a church's stained-glass window.

I run a blog where I talk about Unitarian Universalism and trans stuff… and the intersection of the two, of course. On my blog stats page I can see what search terms people have used to come across my blog, and over and over I was seeing a repeating theme that, essentially, boils down to “Can I be religious if I’m trans?” One person flat out searched “Are transgender people allowed to pray?”

So I started a blog project, asking the ministers and lay leaders I knew to submit prayers, meditations, affirmations, or just general kind thoughts for the transgender community.

The response has been beautiful and heartwarming. Check out the prayers and, if you like, post your own.

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Posted by on October 18th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: The Dream Between

Someone recommends…

Upper-body shot of a woman of color with very short, partly dyed hair, wearing a pink cami and a pink fishnet top, in front of a wall.

Robin Renée is a performing songwriter and kirtan chant artist. She is also a longtime bi activist, a polyamorous person, and an explorer of her gender-malleable identity. She often writes from the perspective of — how spirituality, music, and sexuality merge for her and what she learns and experiences through that lens.

Check out “The Fine Art of Being Unprepared” and “New Year/New Order” and you will get a feel for the interwoven journey.

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Posted by on October 2nd, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Turns Out He’s A Lady

Rickard recommends…

Person with short brown hair sitting on a rock in a semi-desert, in a checked shirt, white-framed sunglasses, a kerchief and shorts, playing ukulele.

A friend of mine started this fantastic blog to document the awkward and sometimes hilarious encounters that she’s had with people who think she’s a boy.

In her own words, “this is: a blog dedicated to all the times I’m mistaken for a 15 year-old boy, or a man, or a dude, or a boychildmandude. And this is blog material because I’m really a woman in my late twenties who happens to just look far better in clothing made for men. The confusion generated by my aesthetic choices creates really awkward situations that I’ve finally come to accept as part of my life and totally worth remembering. Forever. Or at least as long as the Internet survives.”

The blog is seeking guest posts! Anyone who has had an interesting / funny / poignant story about gender confusion, expression, identity, androgyny… all are welcome on “Turns Out He’s A Lady.”

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Posted by on July 30th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Gendermom

Jed recommends…

A child's drawing saying "i love" above a person holding two heart-shaped balloons; the person is standing between a couple of flowers.

A blog

Gendermom is a blog about what it’s like to be the mother of a 5-year-old “girl with a penis.” It brightened my day to read about the love and support this mother has for her young gender-nonconforming child!

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Posted by on July 22nd, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Somewhere Bent

Sadelle recommends…

Somewhere Bent
A poem on a blog.

“I have never been aware,
What on the outside seems,
But not growing there,
I played a role, not my dreams.

I begged my body to be less of
That to be or what not to be;
Just be something I can love,
Even if only by lovers seen.

So why then do I seem
With tiny little nipple knots, not
On fleshy female breasts and
That thing down there is what?

I am a natural born killer.
That instinct has never died
Time after time being teased
And other reasons cried.

When they think that I am a girly
Boy, and fag or pussy I am called,
I have to beat them all up,
And I beat them one and all.

I fight to end it at the beginning;
The judgment of my heart,
And stop what would surely bleed
My soul forever from the start.

I feel the thoughts of those
Who cannot get in my head.
In the cross-hairs of their sights
Set on seeing me quite dead.

Just because my hair and clothes
Are not in lemming conformation
To their walking talking paper
Cut-out normal expectation?

I have never been aware of,
What on the outside I must seem.
But growing up, I played the role,
By every, and all means.

I wanted to hug and hold hands
And feel what girls and women do.
But I wanted to be a super hero,
And fit in as either too.

Now I know that I am neither,
I play the game no more.
Hormones and chromosomes
Failing at my gender core.

They let me down by the norm,
And denied full compliment
Of what is boy or girl, and left me
Somewhere in the middle bent.”

I just wanted to share this with my siblings. Being somewhere between the ‘normative’ gender binary options can be difficult. Especially when you are young. I wrote this when I was 18 (or thereabouts).

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

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Recommendation: Poly in Pictures

Aubri recommends…

Two stick figures with ginger beards. The one on the left says “Hi, I’m Dave. My beard is naturally red.” The one on the right says “Hi, I’m a different Dave. I was born with brown hair but it’s just not me.” and in a second speech bubble: “I’m transgingered.”

It’s a fantastic webcomic written/drawn by an aromantic, asexual, genderqueer/nonbinary relationship anarchist from the UK. They address many different issues in a comical and humorous way, such as use of singular pronouns and various challenges of being poly. Characters in the webcomic are all people in the Gender and Sexual Minorities (GSM), including polyamorous, transgender, genderqueer, pansexual, asexual, and demisexual individuals. It is a refreshing comic that makes me feel accepted and appreciated. I love reading the comic because it lets me know that there are other people like me out there that deal with similar issues to me and still have a fantastic sense of humor about the joys and challenges of living in a way that is true to yourself.

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Posted by on July 8th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Queer Noir

Topher recommends…

Queer Noir
A queer art blog

Queer Noir is an art blog that is produced by queer poet and performance artist Topher Cusumano. Queer Noir seeks to showcase the gritty, non-conformist, queer underworld through writing, visual art, and audio installation. With the help of his Trans-man best friend, Topher has created a safe haven for queer, feminist, gender-fucked, art.

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Posted by on November 29th, 2011 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Born This Way Blog

A reader recommends…

In their own words Born This Way Blog is, “A photo/essay project for gay viewers (male and female) to submit pictures from their childhood (roughly ages 2 to 12), with snapshots that capture them, innocently, showing the beginnings of their innate LGBT selves. It’s OUR nature, our TRUTH!”

Although the emphasis is placed on sexuality instead of gender, the pictures submitted are almost entirely of cute children breaking free of their assigned gender roles in small or big ways.

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Posted by on November 7th, 2011 at 04:00 pm

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Recommendation: A POC surgical Blog

Ant recommends…

POC surgical Blog
A blog detail a young transman of colors whole transition from start to end

This site is a good resource for younger men of color in transition. As well in general a learning tool for anyone seeking a better understanding of what happens during female to male transition. The information is very open and no holds are really there. You can tell as I speak with a lot of passion and thought. I’m very open to questions and would love to share my story with everyone :)

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

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Recommendation: Glitter Politic

Ashley Aron and Erin Majestic Legay recommend…

Glitter Politic is self-love blown open. Glitter is an external expression of a unique and multifaceted light that shines within each of us. Harnessing that light and directing it outwards is extremely challenging in a world that makes it so easy to hate ourselves and each other.

By embodying a politic of glitter, we accept and perpetuate the radical notion that there is enough room for all of us to shine. We believe that by nurturing an ethic of compassion, kindness, and bad-ass love for ourselves, we can create space in our communities where love is not a limited resource. With a glitter politic, we are banishing the normative, oppressive, patriarchal, capitalist, imperialist ideology that the world isn’t big enough for all of our beautiful bodies, ideas, and voices.

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Posted by on October 24th, 2011 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Not Your Mom’s Trans 101

The Quiet Jester recommends…

Not Your Mom’s Trans 101
Weblog post, I think?

Well. I’m not entirely sure that you’ll love it, per se. But I do guarantee that it’s interesting. This is a very powerful, very eye-opening post that I stumbled upon and linked to my other friends. It’s very blunt, and-I think-perfectly captures what it really means to be ‘genderqueer’.

Here’s a snippet from the post:
“In typical trans 101 discussions, right now I would probably be explaining to you that “gender is a spectrum” and drawing a cute little line graph labeled “m” at one end and “f” at the other. But this would be fallacious, as well as total bullshit. Gender is not a line, it is a huge three-dimensional space too big to be bounded by the concepts of “male” and “female.” Being trans is not always about falling “in between” binary genders, and as often as not, it’s about being something too expansive for those ideas to have meaning at all.”

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Posted by on June 3rd, 2011 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Queering SFF

M recommends…

An interesting look at the writing and reading of LGBTQ characters in popular fiction.

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Posted by on May 24th, 2011 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Gender Identity & Expression Reading Challenge

Sally Sapphire recommends…

This is actually my event, so I’m a bit biased, but I’m hosting what I think is a really interesting, positive even – a Gender Identity & Expression Reading Challenge. My goal is two-fold: to get those of us in the community talking about books that speak to us and which we identify with (which is the fun and fabulous part); and to encourage those outside the community to take a chance, read something new, and hopefully develop a little more awareness and some understanding of the community (which is the educational part).

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Posted by on February 23rd, 2011 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: My recent posting in “The New Male”


My blog promotes designers and creators of unconventional fashions for men. I also hope to encourage fellow-males (no matter what their sexual orientation may be) to wear skirts, high heels, jewelry, and other garments traditionally considered too “feminine” or “inappropriate” for men.

I think Genderfork readers would enjoy many of the images I’ve posted, so I’m inviting you all to pay me a visit.

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Posted by on January 23rd, 2011 at 04:00 pm

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