Gender is Not Sex

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voidofsense:

cishits:

cisfist:

You are aware the S in GSA stands for “straight” , right? 

You are aware that the GSA is supposed to be a club that benefits & spreads awareness for members of the LGBTQIAP & our issues, right? & having a cishet in a position of power just mimics already-established power dynamics in society? The ones that hurt people of the LGBTQIAP? & cishets in positions of power tend to speak over us? & tend to get upset when we talk about how they oppress us? & someone in a position of power who gets upset when non-cis/non-het people speak up might maybe possibly make said non-cis/non-het people feel unsafe & uncomfortable in their own space?
You know that, right? No? Oh, right right. It’s prob cos you’re…a…cis…het. Hm.

You guys are so full of it.
I wasn’t out last year. Hell, I’m not out to a lot of people. As far as the GSA was concerned I was cishet all the way. However, I was president. It was for a complicated reason but it wound up that I was the most qualified to run it. And you know what?
I didn’t feel safe there.
There was one person in particular that I absolutely did not trust to know I was neither cis nor heterosexual. So just because you think someone in the GSA is “straight” doesn’t actually make it so, especially since GSAs can often not always be the safe spaces we think they are. Well, not for everyone anyway.
And on that note, as a non cis or heterosexual person, I didn’t give two shits who the president was. The president doesn’t have any real power when you get down to it. They’re just a paper pusher basically. I didn’t run most of the meetings and I wasn’t the face of the organization.
My problem with that person in our GSA had nothing to do with gender or sexuality, and had everything to do with her character. It was the fact that she constantly went out of her way to demean me and villify me for absolutely no reason (and no, it didn’t have anything to do with the fact that she thought I was cis and heterosexual), and I had less than no reason to believe she’d shut her mouth about my gender and sexuality situation.
So yeah, if members of the LGBTQIA want their own club without straight and cis people, I’m okay with that. But its unreasonable to declair that cishet people aren’t fit for a position of (not even real) power in an organization that willingly accepts them. Get the fuck over yourselves.

voidofsense:

cishits:

cisfist:

You are aware the S in GSA stands for “straight” , right? 

You are aware that the GSA is supposed to be a club that benefits & spreads awareness for members of the LGBTQIAP & our issues, right? & having a cishet in a position of power just mimics already-established power dynamics in society? The ones that hurt people of the LGBTQIAP? & cishets in positions of power tend to speak over us? & tend to get upset when we talk about how they oppress us? & someone in a position of power who gets upset when non-cis/non-het people speak up might maybe possibly make said non-cis/non-het people feel unsafe & uncomfortable in their own space?

You know that, right? No? Oh, right right. It’s prob cos you’re…a…cis…het. Hm.

You guys are so full of it.

I wasn’t out last year. Hell, I’m not out to a lot of people. As far as the GSA was concerned I was cishet all the way. However, I was president. It was for a complicated reason but it wound up that I was the most qualified to run it. And you know what?

I didn’t feel safe there.

There was one person in particular that I absolutely did not trust to know I was neither cis nor heterosexual. So just because you think someone in the GSA is “straight” doesn’t actually make it so, especially since GSAs can often not always be the safe spaces we think they are. Well, not for everyone anyway.

And on that note, as a non cis or heterosexual person, I didn’t give two shits who the president was. The president doesn’t have any real power when you get down to it. They’re just a paper pusher basically. I didn’t run most of the meetings and I wasn’t the face of the organization.

My problem with that person in our GSA had nothing to do with gender or sexuality, and had everything to do with her character. It was the fact that she constantly went out of her way to demean me and villify me for absolutely no reason (and no, it didn’t have anything to do with the fact that she thought I was cis and heterosexual), and I had less than no reason to believe she’d shut her mouth about my gender and sexuality situation.

So yeah, if members of the LGBTQIA want their own club without straight and cis people, I’m okay with that. But its unreasonable to declair that cishet people aren’t fit for a position of (not even real) power in an organization that willingly accepts them. Get the fuck over yourselves.

Filed under could we stop with the cishet thing? GSA straight allies reblog for commentary

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genderpunk-dragon:

bandersnatchery:

"Vancouver School Board Introduces Gender-Neutral Pronouns"

"Students and teachers in Vancouver can now use the gender-neutral pronouns "xe," "xem," and "xyr." The move is designed to accommodate students for whom "he" and "she" does not fit or is deemed inappropriate…
"The newly coined pronouns — xe, xem, and xyr — are pronounced to rhyme with the genderless plurals "they," "them," and "their," and all starting with the "z" sound. So phonetically speaking, they’re pronounced "zey, "zem", and "zare.""

(Source: io9)
Click here to read the full article.

the article doesn’t do the issue justice.
the issue regarded policy change, where the vancouver school board’s (VSB) LGBTQ+ advisory committee re-wrote existing policy to protect staff and students falling on the queer and trans spectrums. 
the policy revision includes
-they/them/their and non-traditional pronouns being recognized by the school system
-required used of preferred names and pronouns by all staff and students
-preferred names/pronouns on all school records
-gender-accesible washrooms and change rooms available to those who require them
-disciplinary action taken against those who act in a discriminatory or hateful manner towards students, staff, and families falling on the queer and trans spectrums
—————-
the consultation was the longest ever done by the VSB, with over 120 speakers spread across 3 meetings. 
the process also resulting in two school board trustees being ejected form their party’s caucus, due their discriminatory actions and arguments. 
these are links to stories by vancouver media about the issue
CBC
metro news
global BC
huffington post

genderpunk-dragon:

bandersnatchery:

"Vancouver School Board Introduces Gender-Neutral Pronouns"

"Students and teachers in Vancouver can now use the gender-neutral pronouns "xe," "xem," and "xyr." The move is designed to accommodate students for whom "he" and "she" does not fit or is deemed inappropriate…

"The newly coined pronouns — xe, xem, and xyr — are pronounced to rhyme with the genderless plurals "they," "them," and "their," and all starting with the "z" sound. So phonetically speaking, they’re pronounced "zey, "zem", and "zare.""

(Source: io9)

Click here to read the full article.

the article doesn’t do the issue justice.

the issue regarded policy change, where the vancouver school board’s (VSB) LGBTQ+ advisory committee re-wrote existing policy to protect staff and students falling on the queer and trans spectrums. 

the policy revision includes

-they/them/their and non-traditional pronouns being recognized by the school system

-required used of preferred names and pronouns by all staff and students

-preferred names/pronouns on all school records

-gender-accesible washrooms and change rooms available to those who require them

-disciplinary action taken against those who act in a discriminatory or hateful manner towards students, staff, and families falling on the queer and trans spectrums

—————-

the consultation was the longest ever done by the VSB, with over 120 speakers spread across 3 meetings. 

the process also resulting in two school board trustees being ejected form their party’s caucus, due their discriminatory actions and arguments. 

these are links to stories by vancouver media about the issue

CBC

metro news

global BC

huffington post

(via raethequeenofchaos)

Filed under pronouns gender neutral non-binary

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Puberty blockers help make trans teens into happier young adults, study finds

girlmech:

fierceawakening:

gaywrites:

Transgender youth who take puberty-delaying hormone treatments are more likely to be happier when they fully transition, according to a new study.

The study found that starting on hormone replacements around age 14 resulted in better mental health for trans youth, and that they had an easier time transitioning into their lived and true gender identity later on.

“The first thing this study shows is that transgender young people, with appropriate treatment, can function at the same psychological level as the rest of the population,” Jenifer McGuire, co-author of the study, told BuzzFeed News. “They have the same distribution as everyone else when they’re treated properly.”

The Dutch study, which involved 22 transgender men and 33 transgender women, found that because of the early hormone treatment, the participants ultimately had no more emotional distress, anxiety, or issues with body image than their peers in the general population after they had transitioned. They also required less gender reassignment surgery, as physical characteristics that develop during puberty were suppressed.

Studies like this are so, so important because they add another layer of credibility to the work we already know is important. We know one of the ways to help trans youth become their true selves as happily and healthily as possible, and the research clearly shows that we should keep doing it. 

I know at least one of my followers was asking about this sort of thing and I had no data. Here is a thing.

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