Young adults these days are expected to start off falling behind in entering the world. Employment is limited, education is more expensive than ever before, and the struggle is much worse when opportunities are more limited due to discrimination.
(Disclaimer: these links are almost exclusively for the United States. Feel free to add any additional information that you’ve found helpful. This is by no means a complete list, but it is what I have used and what I have access to. If it can help at least one person, I’ll be happy.)
Colleges and universities with gender neutral housing (and here’s some more school related links)
HRC’s (yeah, I know they have problems with the trans* community, but bear with me) listing of businesses with the most trans* friendly policies
These will be the ones that ask for a preferred name on applications, have gender neutral employee bathrooms available, up to bigger picture trans* friendly healthcare and benefit plans
Most job applications are online and can be completed at a local public library if your internet access is lost or limited
Point Foundation (opens for applications in November, rewards up to $100,000 and gives the student guidance and resources to succeed)
Markowski-Leach Scholarship ($1,500, only applies to San Francisco State University, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley or University of California, San Francisco)
There always seems to be an abundance of people in need of links as to why the asterisk after trans is transmisogynistic or just flat out unnecessary so I browsed Google for a while and found some good explanations about why we should stop using the asterisk.
- probably the most comprehensive post with a large amount of reasons as to why the asterisk is transmisogynistic and how many people abuse its usage
- the post above but with some insightful commentary and more info
- shorter explanation about the transmisogyny behind the asterisk from a trans woman
- the asterisk was used originally by truscum to ‘tolerate’ non-binary identities
- conversation between trans women and other dmab trans people about the asterisk (not to be added on to if you aren’t a dmab trans person)
If you have other links, add them! If you think there’s something wrong with one of the links I provided, let me know! Save this list and use it to explain to people why we should ditch the asterisk.
You know, I’m sure there are people reading this and saying to themselves, “What do you mean, ban on funding trans healthcare? There was a ban?”
Yes, there was a ban. In 1980, based upon the information presented by one woman, Janice Raymond, author of the recently published at that time anti-trans screed, “The Transsexual Empire”, the National Center for Healthcare Technology blocked all funding for transition-related surgeries, which caused a cascading effect throughout the healthcare and health insurance industries, until no transition-related care whatsoever would be covered.
Think about that. Based on the known-biased opinion of one person, the federal government changed course, cutting off millions of trans people for accessing life-saving healthcare for the next 34 years. And you probably didn’t even know about it.
Where would the acceptance of trans women be today in 2014, if for the past 34 years, we had been able to access the the care we needed? Where would medical technology have progressed? How many trans people would not have committed suicide? We know that trans people attempt suicide at a rate over 25 times that of the general population. And those are only the ones we can count because they didn’t succeed. How many trans women would not have been murdered?
Today, we finally saw that ban rescinded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the descendent of the NCHCT, at least in part, but it is the removal of that blanket ban which is the crack which will ultimately cause the dykes to burst under the pressure of the tide of conscience.
Today, the arc of history at long last bent toward justice for all women, not just some. Beginning today, we will speak not of justice delayed, not of justice denied, but of justice fulfilled, of justice upheld.
I can not even begin to express my thanks that Janice Raymond lived to see this day, so that one day, she will go to her grave knowing that despite her best efforts to destroy us, in the end she lost. Upon her soul lie the countless numbers of women whose lives she could have saved, but instead extinguished, in the name of feminism.
A new day has dawned in America. We have moved that much closer to the promise of freedom for all that was made to us 238 years ago, and again 149 years ago, and again 50 years ago. The tide has turned, and now we can truly say that the day will soon come when all trans women, all trans people, will receive the care they need in the moment when the need is discovered, to the best of our abilities."
Gemma Seymour, 31 May 2014 (via gcvsa)
Well, Janice Raymond insists she was only one of the people consulted.
She was only one of the people consulted.
However, the blanket ban didn’t quote them verbatim. They weren’t the ones whose arguments were the center of the discussion thanks to a top ten best selling book that was popularizing a whole new way of looking at trans people.
She also now claims that her moral mandate was against the medical treatment, despite such being synonymous at the time.
Like the rest, she knows she lost. She knew she lost when the underlying basis of her arguments crumbled.
THERE’S THIS NEW COMPANY STARTING UP THAT SELLS CHEAP CUTE LITTLE ‘STARTER KITS’ TO TRANS PEOPLE WHO NEED ALL THE ESSENTIALS!
IN THESE KITS THERE’S STUFF LIKE BINDERS AND PACKERS AND BREAST FORMS AND CLOTHES!
IT MEANS COMING OUT AS TRANS AND GETTING ALL THE ESSENTIALS TOGETHER WILL BE LESS CONFUSING AND TAKE LESS TIME AS ITS ALL IN ONE PLACE!
THIS COMPANY HAVE EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO START UP 100% BUT THEY ARE JUST ASKING FOR PEOPLE TO FILL IN THIS SURVEY TO HELP THEM GAGE WHAT PEOPLE WANT FROM A SERVICE LIKE THIS!
PLEASE JUST TAKE 2 MINS OUT OF YOUR DAY TO FILL IN THIS SURVEY EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT TRANS!
Something that might be good to add under their “MTF Package” section might be a basic waist cincher/body shaping clothes. If anyone has any suggestions to write into the “other” box, and wants us to publish them so other people can get ideas too, shoot us an ask to publish!
OKAY NO EVERYONE HOLD YOUR HORSES HAVE I GOT SOME GREAT SHIT FOR YOU!!
you see these binders? They may not look much, but these fucking things bind like the CHAINS OF HELL THEMSELVES. I’ve got HUGE tits, up in the DD range, but this simple little binder works some goddamn MAGIC on them. It’s comfortable, it binds, it provides perfect support and whatever the hell else.
These are perfect for both trans* and crossplay-related purposes! What’s the catch though, right? They’re probably super expensive?
i use this binder and as a trans boy i can say first hand that they work really well and i would highly recommend them if you are short on cash and need a good binder. i’m about a D cup and these make me look virtually flat.
It’s a little more expensive—$10.86 with $1.99 shipping, so $12.85 total—but I bought the exact same brand of binder RIGHT HERE and I’m just waiting for it to arrive! This link has three sizes the first link doesn’t, XS, S, and XXL, and the store has several more binders that seem to be from the same company if you’re looking for variation:
- $10.73 + $1.99 SHIPPING & HANDLING - This seems to be the exact same style as those above, only in some different colors! Same sizes and everything, though, XS - XXL!
- $12.65 + $1.99 SHIPPING & HANDLING - More of the undershirt make of binder, again in different colors and these seem to be a slightly different style! Only in sizes S - XXL this time, though!
- $17.64 + $1.99 SHIPPING & HANDLING - These ones are, obviously, more expensive than the others, but still a lot cheaper than most binders out there, so I thought I’d include them! They’re in a “long vest top” style instead of an undershirt, and they come in sizes M - XXL!
- $12.55 + $1.99 SHIPPING & HANDLING - Back to being cheaper again! These binders are in a short vest top style, which some of you might find more convenient! Again, these ones come in sizes M - XXL!
- $6.66 + $1.99 SHIPPING & HANDLING - WHOA WHAT A STEAL. These are only slightly more expensive than the binders OP featured in this post; even with shipping and handling, the total comes to only $8.65, less than fifty cents more! These are also STRAPLESS CHEST BINDERS, which, again, may be more convenient for some of you out there! And they’re back to coming in sizes S - XXL!
Signal boosting for all my trans* followers.
If you are buying a holiday present for a cis friend, you should know cis people LOVE birth certificates and chromosomes
…I almost spit water on my monitor, LMAO
The Equality House, the rainbow-colored, LGBT-friendly space located across from the Westboro Baptist Church, is temporarily painted with the colors of the trans pride flag today for the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Awesome awesome. (via BuzzFeed)
"temporarily" yeah ok who cares
I was way more excited about this until I saw the word “temporary”.
Does anyone have any advice on how to make this go smoother? The first month of weekly injections went smoothly enough, but now that they’re every other week, I’ve started to panic and mt needle phobia has really started to shine through.
[Image description: Background is 8 piece pie style color split with black and blue alternating. Foreground is a photo of a parrotfish. Top text reads “Voice cracks”. Bottom text reads “Squeal with Joy”. End description.]
and you’re 20 years old
25, but yeah.
THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN DOING ALL DAY.
There are a 8 different patches available right now:
- transmit equality
- trans* ally
- my preferred pronouns are: ___________________
- a trans* symbol
View photos of them HERE.
Please purchase or share!
comissioned by ~chuuko,
victorian era ftm sherlock
“Transgender WTF” by Van B.
My final project for a feminist performances class. I chose to do a web comic of myself and how I feel about being trans/what trans means to me.
It’s part of a more extensive project/paper, creating a new trans narrative not based on self/societal hatred or violence, the denial of the former self, etc. Just because I’m a transman doesn’t mean I follow traditional masculinity. (This also extends to transwomen.)
Yes, I paint my nails. I love things that have glitter. I am fabulous.
I am and always will be trans, and I’m proud of that.
We hope you’re enjoying the comics! Van has been invited to create a storyboard with a fellow illustrator/animator, so we’ll see more shortly.
Feel free to reblog/repost, just give Van B. credit! :)
That’s it. I’m doing my nails. Fuck the haters.
Part of what we do at Trans* Success is give you the opportunity to do something good and give back to the community. This one is crucial and has a limited time frame of only 2 days remaining before the vote gets cast against the LGBT. The following is a petition. Help out our trans brothers and sisters in Russia who are about to lose their freedom to speak about trans issues. Their rights are being violated and you can give back to our trans* world community by clicking the link above and signing the petition.
The party led by Russian President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin is pushing discriminatory legislation against lesbian, bi, gay and trans people that could eliminate their freedom to speak publicly and assemble.
Russia is a signatory to numerous international human rights treaties - including the European Convention on Human Rights. We call on you to urgently speak out and hold Russia accountable to its treaty obligations - and stand with LGBT Russians whose ability to speak for themselves is under attack.
Please sign and reblog. The more people who speak out, the louder our voice to the world. Take 1 minute of your time and help make the outcome of this vote another Trans* Success.
Credit for bringing this to our attention goes to Trans* Awareness.
So I attended a workshop today entitled “But Don’t I Need A Letter to Start Hormones?” (The answer is a resounding no, at least here) hosted by the fantastic Alexander Yoo. More details from that tomorrow, but…
I do not need a letter to start hormones. The image above is a flier for a clinic in Los Angeles that can and will take care of the entire process of hormone therapy, including bloodwork. Their last clinic day was on the 15th, which means their next one will be on the 29th. My nebulous “financial screening in 3 weeks, maybe get to see a doctor 4 months after that” has turned into TWO. WEEKS. TWO. Worst case, four.
I’m giving therm a call on Monday.