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6 Signs That You Might Not Really Respect Your Transgender Loved One – Let's Queer Things Up! Dear straight allies, please don't come to pride until you've understood these 6 things - Matador Network. Sportscaster Dale Hansen defends trans student wrestler Mack Beggs in amazing takedown. Dailyxtra. What would you do?

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Imagine for a moment that you were a gay teenager living under a regime that executes people like you. That when your family found out, they subjected you to electroshock therapy. And when you fell in love with an older man, who took advantage of you, the people in your town heard about it, beat you and ostracized you. Would you run away? CNE Installs The Best All-Gender Bathroom Signs: 'We Don't Care' While ducking into the Canadian National Exhibition's Northern Comfort Saloon on Sunday to use the facilities, I came across their new bathrooms.

CNE Installs The Best All-Gender Bathroom Signs: 'We Don't Care'

It's always nice to use new bathrooms at public places like The Ex, but the doors of these portable toilets also offered a perfect response to the washroom wars that have erupted since the trans rights movement took off a few years ago. U.S. states have been passing "bathroom bills," making it illegal for trans men and women to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. An Edmonton Catholic school also prompted a trans rights policy after a seven-year-old trans girl was not allowed to use the girls' bathroom. "[It's] a cheeky way to say to our guests that we strive to be inclusive. " But the CNE wants you to know that they "don't care" where you go, and their simple solution was to take gender out of the equation altogether. Reduces women's bathroom lines.

Sex isn’t chromosomes: the story of a century of misconceptions about X & Y. When the International Astronomical Union (IAU) reclassified Pluto from planet to dwarf planet in 2006, it did nothing to change the fact of the existence of Pluto.

Sex isn’t chromosomes: the story of a century of misconceptions about X & Y

Its status, however, is an innocuous example of how science is not always an objective descriptor of reality, but an interpreter, loaded with the context of previous generations – how the Greek “planetai” and the post-Copernican “planets” were both labels to describe things that moved in the heavens, even if we realised those things weren’t actually that similar to each other on closer inspection over time. The scientific process often involves tweaking taxonomies. Humanity saw distant objects above, and the taxonomy we built was simple: two entries, one labelled “planets”, the other “stars”.

Gender reveal celebrations for babies help explain transphobia. Beautyinoddplaces/Thinkstock Like a lot of 18-month-olds, my daughter is epicene; even if she’s out on the town in, say, pink leggings and a floral raincoat, sometimes I’ll still get a “He’s so cute—how old is he?”

Gender reveal celebrations for babies help explain transphobia.

From a friendly stranger. (I just did, in fact, on Mother’s Day. In the stranger’s defense, we were exploring cannons at a military park. Masculine!) 'Pro Family' Conservative States Aren't Doing Squat to Make Life Easier for Families. Ok- something's been bugging me for awhile, and this is probably as close to the topic as I'm likely to find, so I'm bringing it up, shit storm be damned!

'Pro Family' Conservative States Aren't Doing Squat to Make Life Easier for Families

Michelle Bachmann raised a ton of foster kids- and should be commended for that. The crazy person has done some nice things in her life. I Am A Transwoman. I Am In The Closet. I Am Not Coming Out. I Am A Transwoman.

I Am A Transwoman. I Am In The Closet. I Am Not Coming Out.

I Am In The Closet. I Am Not Coming Out. NOTE: Wow, I wrote this piece anonymously and privately and did not intend for anyone else to actually read it. Why Did Toronto's Pride Parade Shut Out the Trans March? Photos by Michael Toledano.

Why Did Toronto's Pride Parade Shut Out the Trans March?

Nick Ward is an organizer of Toronto's Trans March. So, she's quite partisan. This weekend, after years of fighting for the right to be seen and heard, thousands of people took to Yonge St. in the largest Trans March Canada has ever seen. In every meaningful sense, June 28th, 2013 was a watershed moment in Trans history. So, why has almost no one heard anything about it? The answer is Pride. It should astonish everyone (except trans people, who are used to this kind of thing) that the Trans March receives zero financial support from Pride Toronto Inc. The fact that one of the wealthiest members of InterPride / WorldPride contributes absolutely nothing to this community event is disgraceful. Community members had been asking for support for years, but had been dismissed with bureaucratic excuses from Pride Festival officials who claimed that "The city won't give a permit", "the timing isn't right", or that "the police won't allow it.

" Previously: How to Be a Better Ally to Trans Folks in Four Steps « In Our Words. By: Rebecca Kling When I first came out to my parents as transgender, at around fourteen, I had a lot of unspoken questions: What did wanting to be a girl mean, when the whole world thought I was a boy?

How to Be a Better Ally to Trans Folks in Four Steps « In Our Words

Could I ever be happy? Kathleen Massara: It's Still Not Easy Being a Tomboy. I read Ruth Padawer's article about gender fluidity in children in the New York Times Magazine this past weekend, and I was struck by her lack of understanding of GLBT lives.

Kathleen Massara: It's Still Not Easy Being a Tomboy

She writes about "pink boys" (her label for boys who wear feminine dress) and attempts to understand how a group of supportive parents deal with the "middle space" their sons occupy. Leland Bobbé's Half-Drag Photos Show New York's Drag Queens In And Out Of Makeup. In his Half-Drag series, New York photographer Leland Bobbé captures the two sides of the city's drag queens -- the extravagantly made-up drag divas and the organic men that lie beneath.

Leland Bobbé's Half-Drag Photos Show New York's Drag Queens In And Out Of Makeup

Bobbé tells Huffington Post Gay Voices, "Through the power of hair and makeup these men are able to completely transform themselves and find their female side while simultaneously showing their male side. " Shockingly, the identities are composed in camera and are not separate images joined during editing. Bobbé posted the first portrait of the Half-Drag series on his blog last March, writing, "I got great feedback on the image so I decided to reach out to other drag queens using Facebook as my main means of communication...

Being a White Ally During Baltimore's Uprising  You can't escape coverage of the escalating protests in Baltimore this week. Headlines declare it, radios buzz about it, people tweet nonstop on it. The spectrum of opinions on this movement varies greatly, perhaps depending on a number of factors such as age, gender, race, geographical location and job. I live in North Carolina, a few hours south of Baltimore, in a state no stranger to race discussions and historical oppression. I have watched these events with great interest, but one of the most disheartening effects for me is the responses I see from friends and strangers on social media. Undeniably, I live with white privilege. However, because my husband is black and my daughter is half-black, I watch these protests with concern for my family.

I saw many white friends post links on Facebook to GoFundMe pages to help Baltimore police. One Million Moms Condemns JCPenney Again For Same-Sex Mother's Day Catalog Photo. Does the notorious anti-gay group One Million Moms have a personal vendetta against JCPenney? Child Celebrities Opposing Kirk Cameron (CCOKC) Posted by Tom Megginson | 16-04-2012 15:53 | Category: Human rights. Don’t say “gay” - say “Takei”! Posted by Tom Megginson | 19-05-2011 20:47 | Category: Human rights. How to talk about Caitlyn Jenner: a guide to speaking and writing about transgender people. Caitlyn Jenner, the woman formerly known as Bruce Jenner, just revealed herself on the cover of Vanity Fair. This transgender woman's coming-out is a major moment in pop culture history. This Is Why Everyone Cheering Gay Marriage Should Stand With the White House "Heckler" Now - By Bea Esperanza Fonseca In 1990, a group of gay activists crashed a church service at a Cathedral, while Roman Catholic Bishop John O’Connor was presiding over mass.

They disrupted the service because the Bishop made off-hand comments about condom use and AIDS, and they staged the largest Church protest in history with 43 people getting arrested. A1990 New York Times article, recalled “one member crumbled a communion wafer, desecrating what Roman Catholics believe to be the body of Christ.” 17 Photos Reveal Why LGBTQ People of Color of Are #NotTooProudToFight During Pride Month. On June 28, 1969, a series of skirmishes began at the Stonewall Inn — a popular gay bar in Manhattan's Greenwich Village — when patrons were confronted and harassed by police officers during a bar raid.

After officers arrested and "manhandled" some patrons for disorderly conduct, onlookers decided to fight back. Thirteen people were arrested that morning, but the uprising continued for several days, during which people "smashed windows," "uprooted parking meters" and "frightened policemen. " The LGBTQ liberation movement in the United States was birthed out of struggle, not merriment. First Female U.S. Astronaut, Sally Ride, Comes Out In Obituary. This Selfie Campaign Shows the Sheer Absurdity of Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills. With pending bills in Florida, Texas and Canada targeting how trans people are allowed to use restrooms, one Canadian woman just took matters into her own hands — literally. After Canada passed a bill in February making gender identity a protected class under human rights law, Sen.