“There are a lot of butches out there still. More than ever. And in a larger variety than ever. And that is what my project depicts, in style, body, race and gender non-conformity.”
I did my own research, aka I texted a bunch of my queer and trans friends to ask them about their body hair. What do you do with your pit hair? How does that choice connect with your gender, your other identities, cultural or family expectations?
As my gender expression changes, so does who I’m attracted to.
“As a poet, I normally have time to carefully construct my sentences, my metaphors, etc., but here I didn’t have any preparation, and honestly, I don’t think I needed any.”
If they are feeling hurt by people who don’t want to use their pronouns or just by a long day of having to gender in the world, listen to them and ask how you can help ease the stress.
We’ve got looks that speak to Bratty Femmes, Gender Non-conforming Haus Bois, Fat Femmes, Androgynous Babes and beyond.
“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.“
“I’m not stuck somewhere in the middle of being a boy and a girl. I’m not two people. I’m not some binary. I am an experience.”
Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted for the death of transgender woman Jennifer Laude, the New York Times uses the gender-neutral honorific Mx., Canada welcomes LGBT Syrian refugees and more news!
“My heart did a flip because I remember the sudden shift where my body went from stranger to home, and now I was watching this shift happen to someone else. And maybe this is why these shows exist: because someone else is going to want that feeling, they’re going to recognize themselves.”
I had heard about Reina Gossett and Grace Dunham’s close relationship, and how it was informing some incredible work together, so I sought them out to find out more — over the course of our afternoon together in NYC, our conversation covered everything from the damages of biological essentialism to the radical power of empathy to how important it is to feel sexy sometimes.
Where “Transparent” succeeds in telling a trans story that’s largely focused on how cis people relate to and see trans people, “This is Me” goes one step further and shows trans people talking to other trans people about their lives and experiences.
If you’re trans and would like to help inform the next decade of trans advocacy, sign up and pledge to fill out this survey!
This campaign, at least in its first hours, seems seriously groundbreaking in scope and wonderfully positive in its approach.
PizzaCupcake and FXBoi just wanna “make queer dance music that’s made for queers by queers.” We review their new album and give you a little teaser about their upcoming music video for “Femme on Femme”!
Sometimes, it can be hard to parse out exactly why queer and trans people have such a hard time getting by while the headlines would suggest we are advancing by leaps and bounds. On January 23rd and 24th, queer and trans people converged in New York City for the Invisible Lives, Targeted Bodies Conference to explore how the struggle for queer and trans justice and liberation is inextricably linked to struggles for economic, racial, immigrant, disability and reproductive justice.
For 24 hours, watch Maki’s video only here on Autostraddle dot com as part of Patchwork, a series exploring trans lives in Britain.
“…We were publicly excluding trans* people who needed to get an abortion but were not women. We refuse to deny the existence and humanity of trans* people any longer.”
Quotes from a new Rolling Stone cover story just make explicit the themes she’s been shredding about for years.
This will be familiar territory for many of you (and that’s great!), but for anyone who isn’t as well-versed, let the learning begin!