The shooting of Trayvon Martin isn’t the only case raising serious questions about which Americans the justice system is designed to serve.

Later this month, a young African-American transgender woman named CeCe McDonald will face two counts of second-degree murder after a brutal transphobic assault left her bloody and an attacker dead. 

McDonald was walking in Minneapolis with her friends—also black, also gender/sexual minorities—last June when a group of older white adults began harassing them, calling them racial and transphobic slurs. McDonald replied by politely asking them to stop. According to police reports, one of the white adults then smashed a beer glass into McDonald’s face.

When police arrived at the location, McDonald was lying in a pool of blood, and Dean Schmitz, one of the white adults, was dead.

McDonald initially confessed to stabbing Schmitz in the melee; although she later withdrew her confession, she filed a self-defense claim in December. Minnesota law provides for enhanced penalties for assaults committed based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender presentation, but McDonald was the only person arrested in conjunction with the attack. 

To trans people and advocates, the ambiguities around the events of June 5, 2011 are interwoven with the reality that transgender women—and particularly transgender women of color—face high rates of discrimination, incredible poverty, and violent hate-based assault. The majority of murdered trans people commemorated on the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance are trans women of color.

In a journal entry McDonald wrote after her arrest, she describes growing up in a hostile world: An uncle choked her when he found a letter to a male friend in her backpack, and a group of high school boys beat her bloody when she was in seventh grade, yelling “kill that faggot” the whole time.

The same prejudice extends to organizations purported to protect citizens from this sort of violence. A Williams Institute report found that the vast majority of Latina trans women surveyed had faced harassment by police, and that even when they attempted to report crimes committed against them, 57 percent said they were treated “poorly” or “very poorly” by police officers.

Given the incredible danger trans women of color face from violent individuals, McDonald’s grassroots supporters—and some transgender celebrities like Laverne Cox—have been urging Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman to drop the charges based on self-defense. Freeman has done this before: In October, he dropped charges against a white man who shot and killed a black man who had just committed a robbery, saying that the evidence indicated the crime was committed in self-defense.

McDonald’s supporters have succeeded in reducing her bail from $150,000 to $75,000, and they’re using social media sites to coordinate support for McDonald and her family. An online petition has garnered nearly 14,000 signatures demanding that Freeman drop the charges against McDonald. If Freeman doesn’t, McDonald’s supporters intend to wear purple in the courtroom to show solidarity with their “Honee Bea.”

McDonald’s own words reflect this case’s haunting question: “Would they have taken the same lengths to prosecute [Schmitz] if he had killed me?

transawareness:

The above article is an update.  Her mother went to appeal to keep her out of the psychiatric ward and lost.  She will be institutionalized because of her expression of her gender.  She will be held until she conforms to male gender and then released to foster care, not her mother who was supporting her.

Please, if you haven’t signed the petition, sign it, reblog it, ask your friends to sign it. We’ve managed to get 40K signatures for a pageant model, we’ve only gotten 11K for a little girl about to have her life ruined.  Lets get on the ball and spread the word.

Sign It.

radicalqueery:

SAN FRANCISCO - Alexis Rivera, a beloved community leader and transgender advocate died on Wednesday, March 28th in Los Angeles. Memorials will be held this weekend in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Alexis began her activism in California’s transgender community almost fifteen ago as an outreach…


Ms. Talackova has been disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada contest solely for being transgender. This is discriminatory, unjust, and quite frankly disgusting. She is a woman and deserves to be treated as any other woman would be. What kind of genitals she was or was not born with (and even what kind of genitals she has today) is completely irrelevant. This petition is to get her reinstated as a contestant, since she was unfairly disqualified.
From the news story, cissexist corrections mine:
“She’s blond, 6-foot-1, and has the body of a goddess.
Vancouver’s Jenna Talackova was everything Miss Universe Canada was looking for when she was selected among 65 finalists for the 2012 competition, to be held in Toronto in May.
But the Donald Trump–owned beauty pageant confirmed Friday that the 23-year-old has been disqualified from the competition.
The reason, Talackova claims, is that she is trangender.
Read the rest of the story and sign the petition!

Ms. Talackova has been disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada contest solely for being transgender. This is discriminatory, unjust, and quite frankly disgusting. She is a woman and deserves to be treated as any other woman would be. What kind of genitals she was or was not born with (and even what kind of genitals she has today) is completely irrelevant. This petition is to get her reinstated as a contestant, since she was unfairly disqualified.

From the news story, cissexist corrections mine:

“She’s blond, 6-foot-1, and has the body of a goddess.

Vancouver’s Jenna Talackova was everything Miss Universe Canada was looking for when she was selected among 65 finalists for the 2012 competition, to be held in Toronto in May.

But the Donald Trump–owned beauty pageant confirmed Friday that the 23-year-old has been disqualified from the competition.

The reason, Talackova claims, is that she is trangender.

Read the rest of the story and sign the petition!

polerin:

If you love your kids, let them know that being trans is ok and that they can talk to you about it. They won’t know unless you tell them. Don’t assume that kids know your love extends to this, they are absorbing message after message from our culture that trans people of all…

senselessviolinist:

Okay so there’s this French movie called Tomboy that’s about this trans kid. Now I’m sure most trans folks are already gonna be pretty wary of movies about trans kids but this one take the fucking cake. Tomboy is ridiculously cissexist! Like, fuck. I’m so angry I can…

Proud Lives (by Mladylada)

In 2001, transsexual activist, sex worker, and performance artist Mirha-Soleil Ross was elected Grand Marshal for Toronto’s annual LGBT Pride Parade. This was done in recognition of her hard work on behalf of the transsexual, transgender, and sex worker communities.

Dressed as the Lady of the Beasts, she emerged from the deep urban woods with her pack of coyotes to lead a performance celebrating the actions and victories of the underground Animal Liberation Front and to show support for all the courageous activists who every year risk their freedom to liberate animals from places of exploitation and abuse.

Listen to an engaging interview with Mirha-Soleil talking about the event on Animal Voices at: http://www.animalvoices.ca/node/138

Mirha-Soleil Ross online at:
http://lagalipote.wordpress.com/

Visit Mirha-Soleil’s online animal rescue journal at:

http://lebestiaire.wordpress.com/

Also see following interview from SATYA Magazine:
http://www.satyamag.com/oct03/ross.html

For more information about imprisoned Animal Liberation Front activists and ways to support them: http://www.directaction.info/prisoners.htm & http://www.spiritoffreedom.org.uk/

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Let us not forget our trans friends who have been lost to violence, and who continue to fight for who they are. Keep the T visible in LGBT. We are all family. ♥

hoaxzine:

TRIGGER WARNING TRIGGER WARNING TRIGGER WARNING

Justin Adkins, a transgender activist and Assistant Director of the Multicultural Center at Williams College, was arrested as part of the “Occupy Wall Street” protest on October 1 at the Brooklyn Bridge.

In a statement released to the public (read it below), Adkins details his mistreatment by the NYPD because of the fact that he is a transgender man. Adkins said he identified himself as transgender from the moment he was arrested. That, however, did not prevent a humiliating sequence of events from occurring which included a disrespectful genital pat down, being segregated from others arrested at the protest and being placed in a cell with violent criminals, being chained to the wall of the only working restroom in the jail for 8 hours. Being denied three requests for food while others at the protest were fed a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and water.

Writes Adkins:

At one point the woman (another protester) I had spoken with earlier was brought into use the toilet. When she entered the room she looked shocked and asked why I was attached to the railing. I told her again that it was the “transgender special”. She clearly understood that I was being discriminated against because of my transgender status. She asked the female officer in the room why I couldn’t be given my own cell and the officer said “you don’t know why he is locked up here” the woman said that she did know and that I should at least be given my own cell if they were not going to house me with the male protestors I was originally arrested with.

Throughout the night it became clear that they wanted my fellow protestors to think that I did something criminally wrong. That I had done something different from them. That I was not just a peaceful protestor exercising my rights on that bridge. That I deserved to be handcuffed to a railing in the side of the precinct with violent criminals. Everyone seemed to wonder why I had been separated. When other officers chatted amongst themselves about why I was separated, one officer suspected aloud that I was a “ringleader”. The woman officer stood a few times outside the glass wall with the door open as male officers asked about me. It appeared that she told them that I was transgender as they gawked, giggled and stared at me.

Adkins says he hopes that his story will shine some light on the lack of protocol regarding transgender people by the NYPD: “No one should experience the blatant discrimination and embarrassment that I did.”

Adkin’s official statement can be found by clicking on the link above.



dressupbox:

projectqueer:

Genderqueer Links and Books

subtlecluster:

Genderqueer Links and Books

The following are link and book recommendations, all evaluated by myself as helpful resources for learning and/or places of connection that relate to genderqueer concepts and identities. If there is a resource you would like to suggest, please use the GQID ask box or submit form (select Submit a Link from the drop-down). If you are instead looking for the bibliography for the Genderqueer History and Identities project, click here.

Genderqueer-friendly Tumblrs: Ask a Non-Binary, Break the Binary, LGBTQ Advice, Fuck Yeah Androgyny!, Fuck Yeah Gender Studies!, Fuck Yeah Non-Binaries, Genderforkr, Gender Queeries, Genderqueer, Neutrois, Nonbinary Autistics!, Queer Watch, STFU Binarists, TRANSPRIDE 

GQ-friendly Livejournal Communities: Androgynes, Bigender, Birls, Gender Blur, gender_fluid, Genderqueer, Girlfags and Guydykes, I Am the Confuser, Transgender, Queer by Choice 

GQ Sites: Genderfork, The GenderQueer Coalition/Trans & Queer Wellness Initiative, GenderQueer Revolution, Gender Sphere

GQ-related Identity Sites: Androgyne Online, The Androgyny Rarely Asked Questions (RAQ) [Archived], Bi-Gender the Bisexual Partner, GirlFagsNeutrois.com/Neutrois Outpost, Neutrois Nonsense, Practical Androgyny, Queer By Choice

Prounouns: Gender Neutral Pronoun Blog

Fun: Kreative Korporation -Yay genderform! (an intensely comprehensive - and fun to play with! - list of gender, sex, orientation, and more identities)

CCSF: Gender Diversity Project (resources about gender for schools and educators)

Gender Spectrum: Resources

TRANScending Identities: A Bibliography of Resources on Transgender and Intersex Topics

Books: 

 Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us - Kate Bornstein

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation - Kate Bornstein

GenderQueer: Voices From Beyond the Sexual Binary - Joan Nestle, Riki Wilchins, Clare Howell

My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely - Kate Bornstein

Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity - Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality - Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel

Queer Theory, Gender Theory - Riki Anne Wilchins

Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender - Riki Anne Wilchins

That’s Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation - Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Transgender Voices: Beyond Women and Men - Lori B. Girshick and Jamison Green

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General LGBTQ and Queer-Interest Sites: [under construction!]

QueerTheory.com

YEEEE!!!!

andythenerd:

You do not have to “prove” your gender by forcing yourself into societal roles that may not fit. You are not “failing” anyone by fitting into societal roles that are comfortable. It is not your job to break down the binary/patriarchy/or anything else. If you want to, go for it, but you have no obligation to do anything for cis people just because you are trans.

People don’t realize that’s what I was doing for two decades: trying to prove that I belonged as a woman, and that I was even a good one at that.  But I was really trying to prove that to myself, and you know what?  Can’t prove something is when it isn’t.  Now I still have the urge to prove myself as genderqueer, but I’m really past that.  Either who I am exists in the minds of those around me, or it doesn’t.  I’m here, I’m open, but I’m not responsible for their lack of education.

stefi-leekx:

veganmudblood:

veganmudblood:

Damask and Plaid: veganmudblood: Damask and Plaid: A thought about gender-binary…

veganmudblood:

Damask and Plaid: A thought about gender-binary words

damaskandplaid:

bidyke:

lemuffinmistress:

damaskandplaid:

bidyke:


“using…

But it’s okay to erase me, or my own opinions on the matter, even when it concerns my own identity?

I’m starting to think that this (like many discussions surrounding bisexuality), is a misunderstanding. Because here, you said this:

“I do not believe bisexuality is inherently oppressive. Just that some ways of describing it make me feel erased.”

Which is also what I have said. I know that there are certain definitions and perceptions of bisexuality that can erase non-binary people. My problem is when people suggest that bisexuals are contributing to non-binary erasure by choosing the bisexual label over the pansexual label, when we could accurately use pansexual to describe us (in other words, we are attracted to all genders, so pansexuality isn’t different to our own incarnation of bisexuality). 

Basically:

  • some do that, not all
  • it’s not just bisexuals that can be binarist
  • saying that we as a collective do that when only a certain amount do, and not even counting the G, L, and/or any other sexual identity descriptors that may also do the same exact thing, is very scapegoaty and finger pointing.

(Bolded for emphasis) AGREED.

veganmudblood:

Damask and Plaid: veganmudblood: Damask and Plaid: A thought about gender-binary…

veganmudblood:

Damask and Plaid: A thought about gender-binary words

damaskandplaid:

bidyke:

lemuffinmistress:

damaskandplaid:

bidyke:


“using…

But it’s okay to erase me, or my own opinions on the matter, even when it concerns my own identity?

I’m starting to think that this (like many discussions surrounding bisexuality), is a misunderstanding. Because here, you said this:

"I do not believe bisexuality is inherently oppressive. Just that some ways of describing it make me feel erased.”

Which is also what I have said. I know that there are certain definitions and perceptions of bisexuality that can erase non-binary people. My problem is when people suggest that bisexuals are contributing to non-binary erasure by choosing the bisexual label over the pansexual label, when we could accurately use pansexual to describe us (in other words, we are attracted to all genders, so pansexuality isn’t different to our own incarnation of bisexuality). 

veganmudblood:

Damask and Plaid: A thought about gender-binary words

damaskandplaid:

bidyke:

lemuffinmistress:

damaskandplaid:

bidyke:


“using bisexual as a synonym of pansexual is erasing to non-binary identified folks”


No, actually. It’s not. At…

LOL, no. You don’t get to define bisexuality for me, thanks. Bisexuality is NOT inherently binarist, and neither is considering bisexuality and pansexuality to be the same in certain cases. Now, when people say, “Bisexuality and pansexuality are the same thing because there are only two genders!” THAT is non-binary erasure, and is fucking ignorant. And I’ll admit that there are bisexuals who do not acknowledge the existence of non-binary genders, just as with gay people and straight people. And that is not good, and needs to change. But making a negative blanket statement about people whose sexuality fits the description of pansexuality, but claim a bisexuality identity instead, or view the two to be synonymous at least in their case isn’t OK, either. No apologies. I put my foot down when it comes to people fucking with my identity. (Also note that by saying bisexuality oppresses non-binary people, you are erasing non-binary people who are bisexual, or suggesting that they are somehow oppressing themselves.) 

Identities can get tricky when it comes to the various shades of grey within them, and these lines can be hard to make. For example, not all bisexual people are a 3 on the Kinsey scale. Some are 2s or 5s. Or 4s. Likewise, there are lesbians who are attracted to guys on occasion, gay guys who have experienced sexual attraction to women, and straight people who have been sexually attracted to people of the same gender. This is why labels, while not entirely unimportant, are just a basic, introductory descriptor. People are so much more complex. And unfortunately, people have a habit of trying to fit people into small boxes. We categorize. We’re humans, it’s what we do. But when it comes to people’s identities, they are VERY PERSONAL things, and people need to learn to tread carefully when discussing them. No one likes to have their identity invalidated. It sucks FOR EVERYONE. 

So, to recap: In my case, I could very well identify as bisexual or pansexual, as I am attracted to people of all genders. Think of that what you will, but don’t expect me to stay silent when the shit-slinging starts.