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Recommendation: You


CN recommends…

CN Lester — You
Anti-queerphobia music video from a genderqueer artist

I’m a UK trans/queer activist and artist, and my latest music video is a collaboration between friends and fellow activists to challenge the slurs we’ve been saddled with throughout our lives.

I wrote the song ‘You’ for my audiences as a thank you — so it made sense to make a video that would try to do the same thing. I was bullied badly all the way through school – biphobia, transphobia, and just in general – and I wanted to make something that addressed that head on. It’s a very simple concept — everyone in the video shows the viewer a word they’ve been called and hurt by, and then shows the camera a word that ACTUALLY describes them — but I think there’s something powerful in having to hold someone’s gaze as they tell you how others have tried — and failed — to dehumanise them.

More information on CN Lester’s work and background on Wikipedia.

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Posted by on September 21st, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Gender 101


Someone recommends…

Gender 101
Video Interview

This is a series of interviews with a gender fluid activist. It explains general genderqueer issues and is a good resource to show to people who aren’t familiar with all this yet.

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Posted by on August 10th, 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: DebaserZ


Allison’s Revenge recommends…

DebaserZ
YouTube channel

DebaserZ takes on heteronormativity and the gender binary with an arsenal of hilarious, queered-up pop song covers. Check out “Fuck Heteronormativity,” an awesome deconstruction of “You Belong With Me.”

“And you’ve got a smile that could light up this whole town, but it doesn’t come out much when you’re getting mispronouned…”

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Posted by on July 3rd, 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
podcast

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 Young Thing


Anonymous recommends…

Queer Young Thing: Genderqueer episode
A show’s episode on genderqueer people

I found this great episode of an Australian show about queer youth on the topic of being genderqueer. I especially liked that it talked about finding connection, resources, and acceptance.

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Posted by on February 13th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Aussie genderqueer vlog


Alistor recommends…

Aussie genderqueer vlog!
Vlog on youtube

I found this person’s vlog and it was really helpful. They are Australian, like me! And a non-binary/genderqueer trans* person who also identifies (I’m pretty sure) as a butch lesbian.

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

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Recommendation: Just Another Beautiful Boy


Alison recommends…

Just another beautiful submission.

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Posted by on January 17th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Human Sexuality is Complicated…


Tree recommends…

The description for the video reads:

“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.

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Posted by on December 11th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Andrew in Drag


Someone recommends…

Andrew in Drag
A music video

Just a few days ago I’d discovered a band from the 90’s called Magnetic Fields and have been listening to them a bunch.

I was surprised to see a song of theirs posted on my youtube feed from Domino records. The whole song can be summed up by a single line: “The only girl I’ll ever love is Andrew in drag.”

NB: The video features brief nudity. There is also a music-only version.

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Posted by on December 3rd, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Indochine — Playboy


Howard recommends…

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!

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Posted by on December 1st, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Anders als die Andern


Tree recommends…

This 1919 German film was made by Richard Oswald and German sexologist Dr Magnus Hirschfeld.

It is known as the first feature film to sympathetically depict homosexuality and queer culture: For example, it contains a scene at a gay-bar, with men and women freely cross-dressing and dancing with whomever they pleased. In another scene, Körner, a violinist, feels plagued by his “illness” and Dr Hirschfeld reassures him that his nature is just fine, and it is society that causes his strife.

It was far ahead of its time— but in a way, it wasn’t, because if it weren’t for Nazi Germany, and the Hays Code (a censorship code that spanned four decades of Western cinema) we might have made leaps and bounds in the social acceptance of queer people back in the 20s, instead of in the 60s and 70s.

Beautiful stuff.

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Posted by on November 5th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Goldfrapp — Annabel


Keir recommends…

Beautiful short film about gender non-conformity set to the wonderful music of Goldfrapp.

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

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Recommendation: Franswa Sharl


Gina recommends…

Franswa Sharl
short film

“Franswa Sharl” is a short film about a boy who is successfully playing with his dad’s expectations and not shy about performing as a girl. Based on a true story.

There is also a version with German subtitles.

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

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Recommendation: Infamous Sphere


Infamous Sphere recommends…

Aquarel portrait of a person with short dark hair, slightly warily looking at the viewer. They are wearing a collared shirt which has thin stripes of white alternating with green, yellow, orange, blue, magenta. The background is mostly yellow with some orange and a bit of magenta. Text in "Wild West" font says "Infamous Sphere Reviews".

A drawing of head and torso of a person lying on the ground, eyes blankly staring up. They have short dark hair with some red in it, and they wear a white, long-sleeved collared shirt with stripes in blue, pink, green, yellow, orange. There are brightly-coloured (mostly yellow, some orange, a bit purple) dots around the face - maybe sweets, or stones, or marbles?
Infamous Sphere Reviews
An internet review show

I’m Infamous Sphere and I’m a movie and television reviewer, who mainly focusses on LGBT movies (and period dramas). I like to look at all kinds of queer cinema, from the oldest, the worst, and the most ignored. I’m not always nice to the movies, but I do review them from a queer, humourous perspective and I try to be fair.

I do a separate series of reviews called “Gender Hipster reviews”. Gender Hipster is an androgynous, genderless person, and xie reviews movies that have anything to do with cross dressing, gender bending and all-round gender f**kery.

I started the reviewing because I love queer cinema (and period drama) and I thought that this was a niche which I felt I knew a bit about. I love the idea that there are always more queer films coming just around the corner, and I love it when I realise I’ve dug up something that not many people know about. I like to tell people about queer history, social history and art history in my reviews, while remaining entertaining.

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

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Recommendation: I Hate My Job


Someone recommends…

I Hate My Job
Music Video

Wonderfully whimsical men dancing in heels is always good. And those legs!

Editor’s note: While this video was recommended by a reader mainly for the visuals, one of the lines in the lyrics seems to be anti-trans*.

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Posted by on August 31st, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Rihanna à la Paola


Quickley recommends…

Because of 0:29.

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Posted by on August 21st, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Fifty Shades of Gay


Someone recommends…

iO Tillett Wright: Fifty shades of gay
video/photography project

I have often struggled with this concept of “defining myself”, putting myself into a box or giving myself a label. None of the words really seemed right. And I have found myself, more often than not, frustrated beyond words that I needed to at all. Why can’t I just be me? And from many of the posts I see on here, you all have those same problems.

This video and this project were like a breath of fresh air. Finally someone showing that people are not boxable. People are not label-able. People are just people, and they fill only their own personal box.

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Posted by on August 19th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Masculine Women! Feminine Men!


essejz and Ihm recommend…

Masculine Women! Feminine Men!
a song & music video from 1926

A video from the first gender revolution of the 20th century…

I think it’s heartening to see that gender non-conformity is nothing new and will never get old.

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

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Recommendation: Why I changed my name


Emmett recommends…

This is a video that I made about my experience with my recent name change, and my own personal feelings on being non-binary. Posting it was kind of terrifying, but I’m so glad I did!

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

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