“I decide I’ll test the durability of a BB cream by Tarte at thousands of feet in the air, then feel ashamed at worrying so much about how I look, then feel the dread again, that all this might go completely wrong, not because I’ll fall to my death, but because I’ll be reduced to my past.”
“I feel like every single trans woman of color I know is gorgeous and beautiful and so knowing that I’m one of them, that I’m a part of that community makes me feel infinitely more beautiful than I’ve ever felt in my life.”
“There’s an annoying song that’s only playing all the way through all day long on some days. Others, I can barely hear the chorus, and others I can’t hear it all. But every day, I know that that song will be there again one day, maybe even tomorrow, maybe even later that same day. And I hate this song.”
“My self love is my favorite thing about myself right now. Seeing my sometimes dry, sometimes crusty-eyed face first thing in the morning and automatically thinking, “Damn, you’re beautiful” is a joy I never thought I would experience.”
“I’ve been waking up just as the sun rises lately, and it allows me to feel like I have a life outside of my daily commitments. This is when I can check in with myself.”
Opening the floor for this kind of transphobic debate only preys on people’s ignorant fears and perpetuates the kind of untrue stereotypes that have led to a pandemic of violence against trans people, particularly black trans women.
Seven trans people have been killed this year, six trans people of color. That’s two every month, and we’re not even done with March yet.
“I talked about how so much of my work with FFAF or here at Autostraddle is really just a sort of queer femme lighthouse keeping. I’m here, you’re not alone, this is a perfectly alright way to be, let me help you.“
No more subtext in Xena, and that’s a promise. Plus: Person of Interest finally gets a season five premiere date, queer fans of The 100 have raised so much money charity, a new Orphan Black trailer exists in the world, and even more news.
“So yeah, I’m transgender. And yeah, I’ve transitioned:” Lilly Wachowski joins her sister Lana in coming out publicly as trans.
I’m tired of being told, over and over, that I will never be what I am.
“As I write about my name now, I feel strength, and contentment and comfort and home. I feel more like myself than I ever have before.”
Puerto Rico did in fact get that lesbian Supreme Court Chief Justice after all, Italy’s same-sex civil unions bill is gaining steam, Taylor Victor is gonna get to wear her badass lesbian tee shirt to school whenever the f*ck she wants, some Peeps re-enacted Hamilton for you, and the Independent Spirit Awards made trans history!
According to the TransHealth Information Project, Maya Young was described by friends as “truly a funny girl who was mad REAL and LOYAL.”
“These lawmakers don’t say that they’re trying to address a problem that actually exists, but instead are supporting the bill in order to fight off transgender boogeymen that live only in their heads.”
“My brain is lit like the map of a major metropolis at night. My body is, too. ‘I am at one with a sea of sensations, glitter, silk, skin, eyes, mouths, desire,’ Anaïs Nin wrote, and that’s pretty much it. Or, put another way: I have found an affirmation of selfhood, and I haven’t thought to immediately annul it.”
“I’m going to carry on doing what I love and I’m going to enjoy every minute of it… being trans does not mean that you need to give up on your life, or your friends, or your family, or your career or your achievements.”
LGBT rights stamps from the UN, gay marriage in Mexico, the beginning of the end of ex-gay therapy in New York, a badass trans Girl Scout who sold a fuckton of cookies, and a baby goat. A BABY GOAT!
At least 48 trans women have been reported killed in Brazil just in 2016 so far, India’s Supreme Court will reconsider the criminalization of homosexuality, DeRay is running for mayor of Baltimore, and more!
To add to the tragedy, when Loera was murdered, she was misgendered by the Austin Police and local media, something that happens far too often.