To our beloved community,
WE NEED YOUR SIGNAL BOOST.
The Binding Health Project is currently seeking participants to take a survey on chest binding. It is intended for female-assigned-at-birth (FAAB) and intersex people who are 18 years and over who have bound or currently bind their chest.
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As of April 1, Nova Scotia will cover eight types of sex reassignment surgeries for residents.
"Transgender Nova Scotians face unique challenges in the health-care system, as they do in life," said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine in a news release. "I hope this move will help those for whom sex reassignment surgery is an important part of their transition."
The change was announced in May 2013.
"Gender confirming surgery is an important part of a successful transition for many transgender people. These are medically necessary procedures and have been proven to improve health, well-being and quality of life," said Kate Shewan, vice-chair of the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project.
"This government funding will make a challenging health and wellness situation a lot easier for Nova Scotians who require this surgery."
Nova Scotians who intend to access publicly funded sex reassignment surgery can start by talking to their family doctor. After that, they will work with their doctor and other health-care professionals to get any necessary counselling, and to develop a transition plan.
For more information on sex reassignment surgery in Nova Scotia, click here.
If you are interested in sex reassignment surgery but do not have a family physician, Capital District Health Authority’s prideHealth program maintains a list of physicians who provide respectful and welcoming care.
In the quest for trans rights, one of the alleged issues is the bathroom. Opponents claim that they don’t want transwomen in the women’s room because they say that transwomen are not really women. The opponents usually follow that thought with all kinds of imagined scenarios of ciswomen (women who are not transwomen) being in grave danger because there are transwomen in the bathroom.
This is all nonsense and unfounded. First of all, a transwoman is a woman, and second, to my knowledge, there has never been an incident where a transwoman endangered a ciswoman in the bathroom. The fact is that transwomen have been using the women’s room for years and there have been no incidents. Opponents then shift their reasoning to saying that if a law was passed, then any man could take advantage of the law and dress up as a woman and harass the women in the women’s room. Again, this is nonsense and unfounded. There are over a dozen states with laws that give transwomen the right to use the women’s room, and in these states, to my knowledge, there has not been one incident of a man taking advantage of the law by dressing up as a woman and harassing the women in the women’s room.
There are over a dozen states with laws that give transwomen the right to use the women’s room, and in these states, to my knowledge, there has not been one incident of a man taking advantage of the law by dressing up as a woman and harassing the women in the women’s room.
Nevertheless, there are still folks out there who are against transwomen using the women’s room. I cannot truly say why this is an issue for them because I am not one of them. Only they can speak for themselves. I can only listen to their reasoning on this issue, and frankly, I don’t see any valid reasoning at all.
Let’s just imagine for a minute or two that somehow there was a law that stated transwomen could not legally use the women’s room. Now where do the transwomen go? What is their option? Their only option is then to use the men’s room. Let’s keep on imagining this scenario. There’s this bathroom full of men and a transwoman comes in. How are these men going to feel about a transwoman sharing their bathroom? I don’t know for sure how they will feel, but I can imagine that they would probably feel a bit uncomfortable. Perhaps some of the men might take issue with the transwoman and maybe bully and/or pick a fight with the transwoman. This would endanger the transwoman. Another scenario to consider is the father who is in the men’s room with his young son. What will dad say when his son asks why there’s a woman in the men’s room? Yes, I am creating scenarios, but these would most likely be realistic situations.
If the law states that transwomen have to use the men’s room then, to be fair, the law would imply that transmen have to use the women’s room. Now picture what the ciswomen would think about that! Most, if not all, of the transmen that I know look totally male. Many have beards and low voices and you would never guess that they were trans at all. Still, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, so transmen would have to use the women’s room. Now the ciswomen would have to deal with transmen in the women’s room. A mom might take her young daughter into the women’s room and her daughter might ask why there are men in the women’s room. What will the mom say? You could imagine all kinds of possible scenarios. The scenario that I find the most disturbing is the one where any cisman could pretend that he is a transman and could proceed to use the women’s room. He wouldn’t even have to dress in women’s clothing to do this. Now ask yourself why a man would want to use the women’s room in the first place. You have to think that this man is up to no good.
If you really think about it, it makes sense for transwomen to use the women’s room and transmen to use the men’s room as we have been doing for years. Any other way could be trouble for all.
*Deja Nicole Greenlaw is a local transwoman who has three grown children and works at 3M. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Playing it straight is taking a toll on a gay contestant on Big Brother Canada.
I’m so happy for author Ruth Myles exposing Kenny as the backwards thinking asshole he is. I don’t support Kenny on Big Brother Canada and I’m happy someone from my city wrote this article.
The best paragraph:
“And that highlights what’s at stake here. Kenny might be doing it for the game, but he’s also sending a message to viewers of the show, which skew young, that being gay would hold him back. For decades, the LGTBQ community has fought for basic human rights, for recognition that one’s sexuality shouldn’t be grounds for discrimination. Kenny is taking those hard-won rights and shoving them back in the closet. And that’s not right.”
In Phoenix, Arizona, you can be arrested for repeatedly stopping and engaging a passerby in conversation. This may, under Phoenix law, be evidence that you are “manifesting” an intent to engage in prostitution. Of course, this could also be evidence that you are lost or canvassing for a political group or simply talking about the weather. The difference between “innocent” and “criminal” behavior often comes down to how a person looks. Transgender women of color are often profiled by police as engaging in sex work for simply being outside and going about their daily routines. Amnesty International documented this disproportionate targeting by police of transgender women as sex workers in a 2005 report. “[S]ubjective and prejudiced perceptions of transgender women as sex workers often play a signiﬁcant role in ofﬁcers’ decisions to stop and arrest transgender women,” the report concluded. One woman told Amnesty, “‘No tenemos el derecho a vivir.’ (We don’t have the right to live.).”
Black transgender activist Monica Jones knows this all too well.
Last May, Monica was arrested under the disturbingly vague and overbroad manifestation ordinance. “I believe I was profiled as a sex worker because I am a transgender woman of color, and an activist.” Monica explained.
when someone says something homophobic in front of you and you’re not out yet
"When I originally wrote the blog, I wrote, ‘I am gay,’” Djuan Trent, Miss Kentucky 2010, explained about her public coming out last month, in which she stated on her blog, “I am queer,” stunning the pageant world a…
if u ever get dysphoria from having to use gendered bathrooms just pretend ur a spy like “hehehe they all think I’m one of them”
First off: thank you to everyone who has pledged a shirt already! I honestly, truly do appreciate it enormously. ♥
There’s a few hours over four days left to try and sell enough shirts to get them printed and shipped out. If I sell at least ten I can potentially request that they drop the number needed, but I figure we might as well shoot for the moon, right?
If people could please continue passing this post or the original one around, I’d very much appreciate it. I desperately don’t want to seem like I’m begging, but I’m entirely up to my overdraft now and my loan isn’t gonna be a thing for a while yet. Just, if you know of any NB-oriented blogs or sites willing to promote it, or anyone who might like the shirt, consider sending it their way?
this is the happiest picture I’ve ever seen
Grace Brown has photographed hundreds of survivors and received submissions from thousands more since starting Project Unbreakable in October 2011. Her images document the threatening, demeaning and downright misguided comments that sexual abusers use to torment and subdue their victims.
Some pictures capture a particularly haunting aspect of sexual victimization: so-called “corrective rape,” a hate crime used against LGBT people as punishment or in the belief that forcing them to have heterosexual sex will “cure” them of their homosexuality.
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Corrective rape happens in every country we need to stop acting as if it’s restricted to countries that fit into the narrative of ‘backwards’ countries.
This is horrific - Suzanna
A federal judge announced today that he plans to issue a ruling striking down Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriages.
Honorary Timothy S. Black says he’ll declare the ban unconstitutional by April 14.
“I intend to issue a written decision and order by April 14 striking down as unconstitutional under all circumstances Ohio’s ban on recognizing legal same-sex marriages from other states,” says Honorary Timothy S. Black, according to a spokesperson. The announcement comes after civil rights attorneys delivered closing arguments in the matter Friday.
Get it, Ohio!!