An estimated nearly 1 million trans people are eligible to vote in the 2020 general election. However, 42% of these voters do not have identification that matches their gender identity. Trans people have been turned away from the polls when their presentation didn’t match the name and gender marker on their ID (such as a Vermont trans woman who was assumed to be committing fraud for appearing as a woman but showing an ID with a traditionally male name and a male gender marker at the polls). In some cases, some trans people are given provisional ballots if their ID … Continue reading Transgress Voter Suppression
“Oh since you’re trans, you know what it’s like to be both a boy and a girl!” Incorrect. Sure, I have insight into the male world in that I know what locker room talk is, I know all their expectations and did in fact conform to a lot of them. I butched up hard in an attempt to blend in. But they always saw through it. If I got a cis guy experience, then it was as a “sissy faggot” who envied women but was so scared of men that I’d butch up if that’s what they expected of me. … Continue reading No, I Haven’t Seen Both Sides
Just a reminder for trans people who say they’re “fully transitioned” because they’ve had SRS, and for cis people who ask if we’re “fully transitioned” (translation: “have you had the surgery yet?”) – transition is not linear. Not every trans person wants surgery. Not every trans person even wants HRT, for that matter. Transitioning is a personal process that’s unique to every individual. Saying that someone’s not “fully transitioned” because they haven’t had SRS implies that they’re not a real woman or man yet until they have the genitals you think they should have. And that line of thinking ultimately … Continue reading What Exactly is “Fully Transitioned”?
One thing I get asked frequently by trans women early in transition is the question of whether their gender identity is just a fetish. And ya know I started out only crossdressing in the bedroom. So it made me wonder if that’s all it was too? But this really has more to do with the way society paints trans women, and there are a few reasons for that: Lack of Nonsexualized Representations in MediaWe could talk about the fact that trans women – especially trans women of color – were barred from employment for so long (and still are to … Continue reading Why Transitioning Can Often Feel Like a Fetish
The LGBT community has one of the largest homeless populations in the US. However, many of us aren’t allowed in established shelters, many of which are run by religious organizations and are therefore legally allowed to discriminate against us. Transgender women in particular have died on the streets and been sexually assaulted in men’s shelters due to shelters refusing them access to gender congruent shelters. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless , 19% of trans people experience homelessness. And of those, 29% reported being turned away from shelters, and of those who were permitted shelter access, 55% report experiencing harassment by shelter … Continue reading Why We Need LGBT Shelters