the picture says: “gender/s and pronoun/s are nothing you can see. stop assuming, start asking!”
(via girlshapedboy)Source: mis-gender
In class this morning my professor spent a lot of time talking about a woman named Frances Thompson, who was (as she told it) one of six women raped during the Memphis race riots in 1866. What was distinctive about this that the women testified against their rapists in court, which was kind of a turning point for Black women and their ability to seek legal protection/repercussions for sexual violence by white men, a rarity if not impossibility in the U.S. up until this point. But, when it was discovered that Thompson had been assigned male at birth, and had a previous arrest record for “cross dressing”, she was used to delegitimize hers and everyone else’s testimony, placed in a male prison and put on a chain gang, where she also became a sort of tourist attraction/laughing stock for local townspeople. She served 10 months in jail and died shortly after being released from prison, having suffered trauma that caused her to seclude herself and not seek treatments for her ailments.
I tried Googling her and couldn’t find much about her and especially not outside of academic articles and that kind of infuriates me. This feels like a really important part of queer history in the U.S. and it seems to have been largely erased. I feel like her story, particularly for its time period, and the fact that she had been enslaved and lived a woman in slavery, says a lot about gender identities and the ways people will resist and survive in their own ways in even dire circumstances.
I had a research paper proposal due in another class today and I brought this up and it was approved, so I’m really, really excited to read more about her and relate it back to the the histories that get told, which ones get erased and how that shows whose stories and bodies are valued, even in a modern context. One of the few non-academic sources (tw: misgendering) I was able to find had this really great analysis of her: “[S]he thinks the white persons who brought [her] to this country should be punished, if anyone is to suffer for [her] wearing woman’s attire.” And even though Frances’ story predates these constructions (or, at least, their wide acceptance), it’s difficult to not want to place in her a longer history, right there with We’wha, of how gender variant people of color have been resisting for so fucking long.
Added a missed pronoun correction.
(via longdivisionnnn)Source: queerandpresentdanger
Cis people are acting like us trans people are not curious about other trans peoples’ birth/legal names. You know how we deal with it? Keeping it to ourselves.
Curiosity isn’t a problem until you start acting like things are your business and your inward thoughts come outward. We get it, curiosity is a part of the human condition. You know what else is? Respecting peoples’ boundaries.
+MOAR THANKSource: transdrescher
Halloween party results: The guys thought my costume was spot-on and awesome (especially the beard) and (many of) the gals thought I was hot.
Successful gender presentation in the guise of a costume + connecting with my inner Stark = successful party.
10 YA-friendly books by and about transgender people
For this month’s YA Pride, I set out to find books written by transgender writers about transgender characters. I knew that it would be difficult to find trans books by trans writers published specifically for the YA market, so I broadened my search to include books published for the general adult market. I found a number that were about young trans people and which might be of interest to young trans readers. Some are from small presses; some are anthologies; some are nonfiction. Many are probably difficult to find in bookstores, so I recommend checking your library system.
To find out more about these books, go to YA-friendly books by and about transgender people (source: malindalo.com).
I’ve actually ordered one of those for my thesis, and am eagerly awaiting its arrival.
just because coming out is brave, doesn’t mean being in the closet is cowardly.
queer existence, queer survival is brave.
Lets all remember this tomorrow
Important information today. In fact, I talk about this in one of…
I am still trans* closeted outside tumblr. And there is nothing wrong with the cost benefit analysis that led me to that decision.Source: friendlyangryfeminist