A recent feature in J. Crew’s online catalogue portrays designer Jenna Lyons painting her son Beckett’s toe nails hot pink. The quote accompanying the image reads, “Lucky for me, I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.” Yeah, well, it may be fun and games now, Jenna, but at least put some money aside for psychotherapy for the kid—and maybe a little for others who’ll be affected by your “innocent” pleasure.
This is a dramatic example of the way that our culture is being encouraged to abandon all trappings of gender identity—homogenizing males and females when the outcome of such “psychological sterilization” [my word choice] is not known.”
Dr. Keith Albow for Fox News, simultaneously embracing the heteronormative binary, hating on J Crew, discriminating against non-cisgendered people, and addressing non-heteronormative gender identities as “non-fiction.” Enjoy!
So uh, this guy’s a douchebag. Also, I put a trigger on it because the things this dude says are seriously hating on trans and non-binary folks. I figure better safe than sorry.
The average life span of a transgendered person is twenty-three years. The statistic is shocking, until it begins to make sense. Gender non-conformists face routine exclusion and violence. Transgendered people are disproportionately poor, homeless, and incarcerated. Many of the systems and facilities intended to help low-income people are sex-segregated and thereby alienate those who don’t comply with state-imposed categories. A trans woman may not be able to secure a bed in a homeless shelter, for example. Spade writes that just as the feminist movement tended to “focus on gender-universalized white women’s experience as ‘women’s experience,’” the lesbian- and gay-rights movement has focused primarily on a white, middle-class politic, centered on marriage and mainstream social mores.
Dean Spade is the first openly trans law professor. Meaghan Winter interviews him for Granta.
23 years? wow
In the January 29 episode of Saturday Night Live, NBC broadcast a dangerous and blatantly anti-transgender segment which they called ‘Estro-Maxxx’ - the punch line of which was the lives of countless transgender people across the country.
The piece was a mock commercial for estrogen replacement therapy and featured men with facial hair wearing dresses, meant to represent transgender women. This segment cannot be defended as “just a joke” because there was no “joke” to speak of. The attempted comedy of the skit hinges solely on degrading the lives and experiences of transgender women. Holding people up for ridicule simply on the basis of their identity fuels a hurtful climate and puts people in danger, especially given how infrequently the media shines a fair and accurate light on the lives of transgender people. “The violence, discrimination and harassment that transgender Americans experience each and every day is no laughing matter,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “Saturday Night Live is a touchstone of American comedy, but Saturday’s unfunny skit sends a destructive and dehumanizing message.”
We have already been joined in speaking out by the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and the Human Rights Campaign as well as many other advocates and groups; now it’s your turn. Take action and tell NBC it is unacceptable to dehumanize transgender people by turning their lives into a punch line.
Sign the petition at the link!
Transgender individuals are prohibited from entering military service by medical regulations. To join the military, potential service members are required to undergo a physical examination as part of the entry process. During this examination, the military may reject the potential service member if he or she has had any type of genital surgery. Furthermore, even if the potential service member has not had surgery but identifies as transgender, the military considers this to be a mental health condition which disqualifies them from entering military service.
“Transgendered people and the military” (via autumn-motionless)
that’s for the US though. in Canada they’re all ‘yo we’ll help you’
In the UK too, being transgender is not a disqualification factor.
This is a something everyone should keep in mind. We call ourselves an LGBT community, but so many of us aren’t concerned with the rights and freedoms of trans people. There is so much more work to be done, both within the gay community and outside.
One month before his scheduled retrial, a former Memphis police officer pleaded guilty to beating the late Duanna Johnson, positioning himself to receive a two-year sentence rather than the 10 years he would have faced if convicted by a jury.
According to ABC24 in Memphis, Bridges McRae admitted to using excessive force against Johnson while booking her into the Shelby County Jail in June 2008 on a prostitution charge. The brutal beating was caught on surveillance tape.
“After watching video of the beating, all but one member of the jury wanted to convict Bridges McRae,” reports ABC24. “His April 2010 trial ended with a hung jury. A month before McRae was set to be retried his attorney’s reached a plea deal. Will Batts, Executive Director of The Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center is happy McRae will serve time behind bars, but feels two years is a light sentence. “It’s incredibly senseless. It’s hard to imagine somebody watching that and not feeling horror.”
Months after the beating, Johnson was shot and killed outside her home. The murder remains unsolved.
The attorney for Johnson plans to file a civil suit on behalf of her family seeking money and policy changes.
Click the link above to watch the report.
If somebody identifies as a woman, then they are a real woman.
End of story.
I would like to add “…and it’s fucking rude to ask the status of what’s going on in her underpants.” No one but your physician has the right to ask exactly which organs are in your body - not your spleen, not your appendix, not your uterus, not your scrotum. Butt out, it’s RUDE.