The Problem with Being Trans and Mentally Ill

The Problem with Being Trans and Mentally Ill

When I was nineteen, I was referred to a psychiatrist to be assessed for bipolar disorder. The assessment lasted an hour, and at first, I thought it was going pretty well. Like many other people who have dealt with mental illness from childhood, I am very, very used to not being taken seriously, so it was refreshing to be treated like someone with actual medical issues rather than an attention-see... »

Queering Ecology and Greening the Rainbow

Queering Ecology and Greening the Rainbow

I recently attended a panel discussion on why inclusive workplaces are an essential part of environmental sustainability and how to make workplaces inclusive. The material presented was interesting in its own right, but what it really got me thinking about was how infrequently these two movements (queer rights and environmentalism) that I care deeply about exist in the same mind space. This is not... »

Quickies: Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith, NYPD Editing Wikipedia, Jazz Jennings Fronts Clean&Clear Ad Campaign

Quickies: Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith, NYPD Editing Wikipedia, Jazz Jennings Fronts Clean&Clear Ad Campaign

“Boston St. Patrick’s Parade To Include Gay Groups For First Time” – Boston Pride and OutVets will march in this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade. Study Documents Challenges of LGBT Women – Among those, “trans women are 3.8 times more likely to live in poverty than cisgender women.” Queen Latifah to Play Bessie Smith in HBO Special – “... »

Is It My Job To Educate Cis Straight People?

Is It My Job To Educate Cis Straight People?

(The following post is an updated version of one of my old blog posts.) A few months ago, Miri Mogilevsky wrote a common occurrence that happens in the Social Justice Blogsophere: Person A is writing about or discussing Social Justice Things online. Person B comes across Person A’s writing or discussions, perhaps on Twitter or Tumblr, and has a basic-level question about Social Justice Things–some... »

7 Trans and Genderqueer Musicians to Check Out

7 Trans and Genderqueer Musicians to Check Out

Trans and genderqueer musicians almost never get the recognition they deserve, and as a result, they can sometimes be seriously hard to find. So, after a bit of a trawl through the internet, I’ve put together a list of some super cool trans and/or genderqueer musicians that I really like – hopefully you’ll like them too. 1. Anjimile are an indie rock band from Boston named after their lead s... »

Quickies: Experimental HIV Cure, Lavern Cox as Beyonce, Transphobic Bathroom Laws

Quickies: Experimental HIV Cure, Lavern Cox as Beyonce, Transphobic Bathroom Laws

“New Poll Shows More Young, Poor People of Color Identify as LGBT” – “The largest population-based survey of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual and Transgender people ever conducted in the U.S. found LGBT identity is highest among those who are younger, non-white and low income. The Gallup survey released Thursday found 4.6% of blacks, 4.3% of Asians, 4% of Latinos and 3.2% of whites... »

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