(Seriously, though. Dental dams are important. Use ‘em!)
Terrence Higgins Trust have produced free booklets addressing the sexual health and wellbeing needs of trans men and women.
Direct links to PDF copies of the booklets can be found online here:
Or you can order up to 3 hard copies for free from Terrence Higgins Trust here.
Q: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?)
stay fresh, peeps.
(ya, I’ve always wanted to post that.)
This List will be updated as we find, receive or create new resources. If for any reason you would like to voice a complaint, or a concern over the behaviour displayed by these blogs, I direct you to our ask box:
(Now in Alphabetical Order)
Check out all of these great resources—they’re all supposed to be Tumblrs that are safe spaces and/or promote safe online spaces.
Disclaimer: I haven’t gone through and checked all of these sites, but I recognize a great deal of them and can honestly say that a lot of them are actually safe online spaces.
YO YO YO, dear followers:
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 would really appreciate it…
If our trans* followers could submit us good, non-gendering words for genitalia (along the lines of differentiating between the “innies” and the “outies”).
We would like to compile a list to put into our resources/FAQ, and have some better words on hand to use ourselves. Please send to our ask box, or submit box, and let us know if you would like credit. :)
Trigger Warnings: talk about menstruation, female body issues, and gender dysphoria
Ugh. Okay, so in addition to my still-healing cysts and Bartholin abscess, my body decided that it’s that time of the month.
The thing is, I’m having a total guy day. And it’s weird,…
Last week, Beth Scott won her battle to get her insurance carrier to cover her mammogram, after they refused to because she’s transgender. Scott’s doctor had recommended the…
LGBTQ* Links, Guides, Manuals, Outreach and Supportive Literature
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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.
Libra just recently pulled its transphobic tampon ad off the air in NZ. (Yay!)
I found this on an old trans blog I used to contribute to. These are all really awesome little pamphlet-type packets (PDF versions of), with the least amount of problematic language I’ve ever seen.
ACLU: Know Your Rights - Transgender People and the Law
HRC: Finding Insurance for Transgender Related Healthcare
(note: read this carefully and you’ll notice the requirements are extremely restrictive and most insurance has a specific exclusion for it)
HRC: Transgender People and Marriage
California Transgender Law 101
Some additional resources from the National Center for Transgender Equality:
Participating in Direct Actions: http://transequality.org/Resources/DirectAction_Nov2011_FINAL.pdf
Transgender Federal Employees Know Your Rights: http://transequality.org/Resources/FederalEmployees_Dec2011.pdf
Medicare Benefits and Transgender People: http://transequality.org/Resources/MedicareBenefitsAndTransPeople_Aug2011_FINAL.pdf
Transgender People and Passports: http://transequality.org/Resources/passports_2011.pdf
State Driver’s License Policies: http://transequality.org/Resources/DL/DL_policies.html
Federal Taxes and Transgender People: http://transequality.org/PDFs/IRS_Factsheet_2010.pdf
Do you agree?
(Medical and nursing students and healthcare professionals, I’m particularly curious about your opinions on this!)