Anonymous said: Vocab question. If Genderqueer (or Gender/Sex diverse) means the idea that gender and sex are on a continuum or spectrum and are diverse instead of being binary, is there a word for the idea that gender, sex AND sexuality are all non-binary? Or is it just Gender/Sex/Sexuality diverse?
[Disclaimer: I don’t identify as genderqueer, so please feel free to correct me and send me your own ideas about what genderqueer means to ya’ll.]
Usually, ‘genderqueer’ is used as a term that describes a person’s gender identity or something relating to a person’s identity. A person who identifies as genderqueer would most likely describe their gender identity as being non-binary, non-heteronormative or gender-variant. A genderqueer person may feel neither (or both) ‘female’ (n)or ‘male’, and may also identify as trans*, two-spirit, gender-fluid, pan-gender, agender (or other). A genderqueer person may present as androgynous, masculine/butch, feminine/femme, both, all, other, or a combination of these.
Since gender identity is more fluidly defined by a genderqueer person, they might use gender neutral pronouns (e.g. ze, they, hir) and/or gendered (e.g. he, she) pronouns when referring to themselves.
I think that the word that you’re looking for (to describe the fluidity of gender/sex/sexuality, right?) is probably ‘non-binary’.
Followers, I’ll leave this up to you. What do you think?
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Anonymous said: i'm sorry this is just me but for someone who doesn't follow all of the non-gender terms this blog is super confusing. i think there is a point to where you/your followers are getting too nit-picky. like the boobs ask you just got. and i've seen others also. people are wayyyyy too sensitive.
Okay, maybe I’ll just type one-handed…ouchie…
Yes, being nit-picky about language can be confusing and annoying, especially for someone who’s unfamiliar with such terms.
However, we’ve made it clear that this blog is meant to be a safe space for everyone of all genders, orientations, gender expressions and gender identities. In order to do that, we have to use language that acknowledges and respects and validates people of non-heteronormative genders/gender expressions. (We’re trying to be more like Sweden, maybe.)
You see, it’s more than playing nice or trying not to offend people or covering our asses or (groan) being PC.
It’s a chance for us, in our own small way, to dismantle a system of oppression that hurts people for being true to themselves and for refusing to stuff themselves into someone else’s narrow heteronormative/cissexist/anti-queer definition of what is ‘acceptable’ when it comes to figuring out gender and sexuality.
Please excuse our mess as we blunder through gender-neutral pronoun usage and the like. (…and grammar. I should sleep, maybe.) This is something that we’re constantly working on, and we won’t be compromising about this as long we’re running IJP.
If we’re wrong, keep correcting us and pointing us in the right direction if you want—or don’t if you don’t want to. You’re certainly not obligated to educate us admins if we’re not doing our jobs correctly.
(Please don’t yell at us, though…we have feelings?)
Here’s a super-short guide to some of the gender-neutral pronouns that you might see on this site [links to PDF]. (I’m considering adding this to the Resources page…what do you think?)
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(ya, I’ve always wanted to post that.)
I’m about to start working on a queer health article for a super-duper awesome lovely queer website called Autostraddle. If you have any tips, tricks or resources that might help me out while writing my article, please send them my way!
In the meantime, stay tuned for my friend’s interview in Autostraddle. They created and currently co-moderate the Transgender Housing Network, a temporary housing resource for trans*, queer and gender non-conforming folks in need of safe places to stay. It’s a cool resource that’s worth a look and a follow—so check it out and spread the word!
In the meantime, keep those questions and submissions coming! Wheeeee!
We’re guilty of constantly telling our American followers to hit up Planned Parenthood to help them locate a low-cost clinic near them, but that’s gotta be a little bit inconvenient for, like, everyone who isn’t American, right?
K is from California and M is from Virginia, but we’d really appreciate submissions of locations from around the world so we can make a more comprehensive list for you all! Help us out by sending us your submissions. We’ll keep a running tab of things on our 'Sites We Like' page.
Please be as detailed as possible in your submissions. We’d really appreciate details about how the facility is run, how patients can pay for services (sliding-scale? completely free?), whether or not you need insurance, the locations of facilities, any websites, if it’s a mobile clinic or a permanent facility, outstanding healthcare workers you’ve seen, etc.
Thank you all for your help. We’re really excited about this!
P.S. We’re also interested in finding people who are willing to translate/proofread articles and posts into other languages. Contact us if you’re interested!
Women are Women
Regardless of Sex
and Men are Men
in the Same Respects
You can be Both
or a Mix of the Two
or you can be Neither
if that’s what Suits You
but People are People
Whatever Their Parts
because what Really Matters
is Inside of our Hearts
APIQWTC 2012 Scholarship - Feb 12, 2012
APIQWTC (Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community) is a non-profit consortium of more than fifteen organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area providing support and community for nearly 500 queer Asian and Pacific Islander individuals. The APIQWTC scholarship supports queer API women and transgender people in their pursuit of technical/professional training or higher education. The scholarship hopes to recognize those who are active in the community and encourage future leaders. APIQWTC will be awarding scholarships of $500 to two Asian/Pacific Islander lesbian, bisexual, or queer women or transgender individuals pursuing technical/professional training or an undergraduate/graduate degree.
High school seniors pursuing further education or training in summer 2011 or fall 2011 are also eligible to apply. Applicants should demonstrate academic commitment as well as community involvement.
- A cover letter
- A resume or c.v.
- A two-page double-spaced personal statement.
The personal statement should address community involvement and future goals. How has your cultural heritage, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity influenced your life and any activities in which you have been involved? Discuss any relevant experiences up to the present and how you see yourself involved in the community in the future, either through your career or otherwise.
- An official transcript
- At least one but no more than two letters of recommendation.
Letter(s) of reference should come from an instructor, employer, academic counselor, coach, community leader, or any other individual not related to you who is familiar with your personal, academic, or leadership qualities.
Please submit statements and resumes/c.v.’s electronically no later than 7pm February 12, 2011. Letters and transcripts must be postmarked by February 12, 2011.
Send statement and resume/CV as electronic attachments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send letter(s) and transcripts to:
Amy Sueyoshi, Associate Professor
College of Ethnic Studies/San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
Feel free to direct any questions to Amy Sueyoshi at email@example.com
The selection committee reserves the right to not award the scholarships if an appropriate applicant can not be identified.