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American Bar Association Publishes Legal Guide for Trans People :: EDGE New York City. American Bar Association Publishes Legal Guide for Trans People by David Perry Contributor Tuesday Sep 10, 2013 The American Bar Association released a groundbreaking legal primer for transgender adults before, during, and after their transitions with regards to numerous legal spheres that in many states remains murky. The 313-page "Transgender Persons and the Law," written by lawyer and transwoman Ally Windsor Howell, is a comprehensive guide for both cisgender legal practitioners and transgender individuals to better serve a population Howell describes as "immigrants into the world of men and women.

" "’Transgender Persons and the Law’ is likely to become the definitive treatise for legal issues that have specific application to transgender persons throughout the United States," says Robert J. O’Toole, Esq., co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Transgender Subcommittee. The book is an effective snapshot of American transgender rights up to 2013. "There’s no way to do a test. Pronouns / Minus18. Here Are 20 Examples of Cissexism That We've Probably All Committed at Some Point. “Dafuq is cissexism?” That question’s a good place to start for an article such as this. Can’t follow the examples of something if you don’t know what the something is itself, right?

Logic. Cissexism is pretty much unchecked cis privilege or an otherwise shoddy awareness of the social monopoly on binary gender. “A shoddy who on the what-now?” Basically, if you think—just a shot in the dark here—that there are only “boys” and “girls” in the world, or that—if I may be so bold—“boys” are defined by a “penis” and “girls” are defined by a “vagina,” you may be part of the cissexism problem. The same goes for if you can’t figure out why I just put certain words in quotation marks. Now, to clarify: Cissexism isn’t necessarily a mindset that a person holds with either maliciousness or awareness. Hence the issue. Are you part of the problem? 1. Boom. In short, XY does not indicate a biological man and XX does not indicate a biological woman.

Why not? 2. Oh, honey. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Done. 10 Trans Women Pioneers They Definitely Didn't Tell You About In History Class. It seems like when people talk about early trans pioneers from history we only ever hear two names — Lili Elbe and Christine Jorgensen. Things are getting better and now we also talk about TWOC leaders like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson. While it’s true that Elbe and Jorgensen are important historical figures, and while it’s true that Rivera and Johnson are legends who we owe worlds to, it’s also important to talk about other trans women who might be less well-known, but have had their own big impact on trans history.

It’s usually pretty suspect to prescribe modern identities to people from the past, but no matter which way the deceased people on this list would identify if they were alive today, they remain important figures in the history of American (and some international) trans and gender non-conforming people and the way people challenge society’s rules for gender. As a general warning, some of the pages I’m going to link to contain misgendering and/or outdated terminology. My Family is Being Vile About My Cousin Being Trans. What Can I Do? Dear Autostraddle: “So, a lot of members of my family are being serious assholes about my cousin being trans.

It just sucks to feel like I can’t really articulate to them why their attitudes are so shitty. Is there anything that I could do/say? They’re all just so stubborn.” Answer: I think a lot of “shitty” attitudes about trans people come from a SERIOUS misunderstanding of trans identities, gender dysphoria, and our transition needs. I don’t think we even need analogies. That’s what it is to be trans. Then I’d ask the man to imagine how he would feel if he was stuck living as a woman, being constantly seen as a woman. That is the source of gender dysphoria, though I have yet to be able to fully communicate just how awful it feels and how crippling it truly is. That’s the best I can do in explaining it to non-trans people who need to “get it” in order to accept someone’s gender identity and their steps in transition. Best of luck with your family and thank you for caring! The Top 10 Trans-Friendly Colleges and Universities. By Dr. Genny Beemyn and Shane Windmeyer, reprinted with permission from The Advocate (2012) Transgender people within higher education continue to be an invisible, often forgotten community.

Only about 10% of colleges and universities have trans-inclusive nondiscrimination statements. Research suggests that trans people face higher rates of harassment when compared to cisgender lesbian, gay, and bisexual people and are three times more likely to fear for their physical safety on campus. In the last decade, however, a number of campuses have become stalwart leaders in creating trans-friendly policies, programs, and practices. Campus Pride is proud to release this first-ever list of the “Top 10 Trans-Friendly Colleges & Universities” for students, faculty and staff.

Not surprisingly, the top 10 list favors large, public four-year colleges and universities in the Northeast and West Coast where there are more politically progressive and trans-visible areas. About The Authors SHANE L. Idol Worship: Julia Serano Talks To Autostraddle About Fixing Feminism. A lot of my favorite feminists are the feminists who stand up to the movement. Julia Serano is definitely one of them. Julia describes herself as “a true Renaissance woman,” which is actually just code for there really is nothing she can’t do.

Serano is, at most recent count, author of the Earth-shattering books Whipping Girl and Excluded, a biologist, a musician, a performer, and an activist. What brought me to Serano’s work, however, were the things she created last: her two books that completely challenged, confronted, and defeated notions of sexism and femininity that remained strongholds even within the mainstream feminist movement. I came of age as a feminist in college, having been pretty sheltered and innocent until I first looked around at a dorm room and realized nobody was watching me anymore. In order to love a movement, you have to push it. I had the privilege of chatting with Julia for this week’s column about her moving, her shaking, and her band. Hi, Julia! The Truth About Transgender Suicide | Brynn Tannehill. For this year's transgender awareness week I wanted to write about something that the transgender community and its allies are often afraid to discuss.

Those who want to drive transgender people into the closet, legislate against us, and stigmatize us, talk about all the time in order further marginalize us. It is literally a matter of life and death. It is suicide. People know that transgender people are at a higher risk of suicide, but why this risk is higher is often not understood by the public, or misused by people who wish us further harm. Why transgender people are at risk is something that has actually been studied in great detail by psychologists and sociologists. Rejection by friends and family increases suicide risk Transgender people who are rejected by their families or lack social support are much more likely to both consider suicide, and to attempt it.

Discrimination increases suicide risk Physical abuse increases suicide risk Internalized transphobia increases suicide risk.