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saltmarshhag:

zincfingers:

practicalandrogyny:

The ‘Standards of Care for Gender Identity Disorders’, the document used to justify the gatekeeping of transsexual and transgender people’s treatment and historically used to bar nonbinary, genderqueer and gender nonconforming people from access to hormones and surgeries, is to become considerably more progressive. The new document will be called ‘Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People’ and features a number of revisions:

gqid:

Some key revisions:

• Psychotherapy is no longer a requirement to receive hormones and surgery, although it is suggested.

“It used to be a minimum amount of psychotherapy was needed. An assessment is still required but that can be done by the prescribing hormone provider,” Bockting explained.

• A number of community health centers in the U.S. have developed protocols for providing hormone therapy based an approach known as the Informed Consent Model. These protocols are consistent with version 7 revisions of WPATH’s standards of care. 

“The SOC are flexible clinical guidelines; they allow for tailoring of interventions to the needs of the individual receiving services and for tailoring of protocols to the approach and setting in which these services are provided,” Coleman explained.

“Access is more open and acknowledges transgender care is being provided in community health centers. This certainly makes it easier to access hormones,” Bockting added.

• There are now different standards for surgery, as well. For example, a transgender man who wants a hysterectomy no longer has to live one year as a male in order to receive the surgery. Likewise, a transgender woman who wants her testicles removed does not have to live one year as a female. 

For people who want genital reconstructive surgery, however, the standards of care recommend living a year in the role of the gender they are transitioning. 

• Another major change, Bockting explained, is that the standards “allow for a broader spectrum of identities – they are no longer so binary.”

“There is no one way of being transgender and it doesn’t have to mirror the idea of a change of their sex,” Bockting explained.

“These standards allow for a gender queer person to have breasts removed without ever taking hormones,” he said.

Read the full summary at GA Voice

The entire text of the new SOC is now available in PDF form

Won’t stop individual gatekeeping assholes entirely, but it will help. This is awesome.

this seems more like WPATH struggling to catch up and stay relevant when they know most non-surgeon trans health providers who really know and understand trans people (this does not necessarily include providers who are trans themselves because sometimes they are super invested in their own narrative blah blah) already stopped giving a shit about them. 

but idk, i’m not really thrilled about the reaction i’ve seen on tumblr. yes this is still a medicalizing discourse and it’s still gatekeeping, but i’ve worked with a friend on shopping new doctors for trans people who can’t afford/do not want therapy, and this will make a big difference for them. if it means fewer trans people on black market mones (not talkin about inhouse pharmacy) then great. if it means fewer people going without and having to deal with the consequences then great. if it means less of a sense of hopelessness which is a basic threat to a lot of trans people’s mental and physical health, then great. idk, a very tumblresque real world/ideal disconnect going on here. 

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palilicium:

Straight privilege is not about how much sex you have.

Straight privilege is not about the amount of sexual attraction you experience.

Straight privilege is not about how kinky you are.

Straight privilege is not about how you don’t identify with other hetero people.

Straight privilege is not about if you have more than one partner at once.

Straight privilege is not about the amount of romantic attraction you experience.

Straight privilege is not even about whether or not you identify as straight.

Straight privilege is not about how you, like, totally aren’t homophobic.

Straight privilege is not about that one time you stood up for your gay friend.

Straight privilege is not about you having that gay friend.

Straight privilege is about the privileges afforded to people who are not attracted to members of their own gender.

hth

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dykesanddykery:

vintagelesbian:

billyjane:

i12bent:Colette, French novelist who was as famous for her free (and therefore scandalous) life style as for her writing, died on Aug. 3, 1954…
Photo: Colette, 1925 - LIFE archives

dykesanddykery:

vintagelesbian:

billyjane:

i12bent:Colette, French novelist who was as famous for her free (and therefore scandalous) life style as for her writing, died on Aug. 3, 1954…

Photo: Colette, 1925 - LIFE archives

dykesanddykery:

A black and white photo of Frida Kahlo standing outside surrounded by small dogs.

Frida Kahlo and Her Dogs by Gisèle Freund, 1948

Both subject and photographer are eligible to be featured here.

bananapeppers:

missvoltairine:

warning: aversion and conversion therapies

saltmarshhag:

I’m fucking tired of Internet ace objections to the fact that homophobic institutions would prefer all queer people to be asexual. No, they don’t just want us to not act on desires - when they have historically hooked queers up to machines that deliver electric shocks or force them to drink ipecac syrup to make queers precognitively associate their attractions with pain or puking their fucking guts out, no, they want the core attraction itself to be gone. They don’t just want us to be celibate - when the LDS church recently decided that being “homosexual” is okay if you remain celibate, it was considered progress by many people. Why do you think there are still scumbags practicing reparative therapy on children that tries to reshape BOTH their behavior and desires into “gender-appropriate” ones? Jesus fucking christ, talk about straightsplaining something you know nothing about.

as someone who does peer support for other queer folks, I can say from experience that this aversion therapy bullshit actually still happens to queer people. (hence the trigger warning added).

But, yeah. This is what I mean when I keep saying that it’s not as simple as “[non-asexual] = the majority = privileged” and “asexual = the minority = disprivileged”, and there needs to be room for [non-asexual] folks to express frustration, anger, and hurt in these discussions. Asexuality has a specific history in the oppression of queer people based on their (our) queer sexualities.

one of my classmates’s parents plucked him out of high school, where he was doing phenomenally—a gifted flautist and all-around dedicated student—and sent him to a-/conversion camp, and we’re from what is considered a gay-friendly city. my girlfriend, 22, packed her belongings in secret and ran away from home, crossed the state line, because her parents were ready to bring her to the same, and she hasn’t been back there since

a-/conversion therapy’s ultimate goal is Kinsey-0 straightness, but failing that, asexuality is a close, close second, and they’ll be more than happy to create that. they think it’s way better than being a fucking queer! and that is why LGB people are displeased with the way we are lumped in with straight people as “sexuals” and/or “The [Sexual] Ruling Majority.” do you even go here? libidinous straightness-queerness-asexuality is not a, pardon, straight-line, A to B to C scenario of increasingly oppressive combined individual-collective minority experiences, the issues LGB people face are distinct from issues faced by het and aromantic asexuals, you can continue to stay away from how we reclaim the slurs aimed at us

but lol what’s an LGB asexual imperative?

partysoft:

raumlet:

partysoft:

party soft: Asexuals are not oppressed. There is no such thing as sexual privilege. And they aren’t inherently queer. Get the fuck…

greenchestnuts:

TW rape, corrective rape

lillianjessica:

partysoft:

lillianjessica:

Are you asexual? No? Then you can’t talk.

you’re not an oppressed class, so this doesn’t really work!

furthermore, why exactly do people who aren’t queer get to weigh in on how they should be allowed to steal our identity?

First of…

When someone rapes or tries to rape a male asexual on the basis of his asexuality, to “cure” him or to show him that he’d like it with the “right” person, that’s certainly not misogyny. When someone coerces or makes a male asexual take hormones to “cure” him, that’s certainly not misogyny.

rape culture, hth

Wow, no, Party Soft.  Corrective rape of an asexual man is not just rape culture.  It’s fucking sexual privilege, where if you’re not having sex or don’t want sex, then you are fucking broke and obviously forcing you to have sex can fix it!  In the context of rape of asexuals in relationships, it’s also sexual privilege where the rapist, no matter their gender, feels entitled to sex from their partner.  Fuck you, what is wrong with you?  Seriously, what is your problem?  

two premises that are part of rape culture:

1. healthy men are always-already ready for sex. any man who is not, for any reason, is broken. or lying.

2. a fundamental disregard for consent that supports a person’s entitlement to another person’s body.

none of what you described is unique to asexuals. and I am disturbed that you lot are trying to use rape as a battering ram or a trump card.

Reblogging to add that rape of men is indeed quite strongly related to misogyny. Consider this; patriarchy could not persist without cooperation from the majority of society. A man who does not engage in violence against women or those groups perceived as dangerously feminized is a man who represents potential weakness in the system. This is why little boys are bullied for liking “girly things”, this is why straight men are constantly policing each other with words like “fag”, this is why the phrase “pussy-whipped” exists. Men must ensure that other men are cooperating, and in some cases this can result in sexual violence to make sure the victim understands what is expected of him. Prison rape is an excellent example; sexual violence is not only common but expected; men within the prisons use it to establish who is “weak” and who is “strong”, and society thinks this is perfectly okay, even humorous, because hey, they’re prisoners, they must’ve done something to deserve it. In a similar vein, a man who demonstrates no sexual desire is A) not doing his patriarchal duty in using sex as a weapon and method of control; B) possibly homosexual. Bear in mind that it is still extremely rare for an adult male to be sexually assaulted for simply not being “sexual”; the actual motivations often have a lot more to do with homophobic suspicions about men with low sex drives and no apparent interest in pursuing women.This system is not beneficial to “sexual” men who do not wish to exploit their partners, and is of absolutely no benefit to women whatsoever, since women are viewed as inherently rapeable, regardless of their interest in sex. And do we even need to go into how consensual sexual activity and ones’ participation in it has absolutely nothing to do with rape?

bananapeppers:

The Lesbian Poetry Archive is a project undertaken from both love and fear. The love is for poetry written by lesbians. Since I first encountered May Sarton’s Letters from Maine (a volume blessedly available from the B. Dalton Bookstore at the mall in Saginaw, MI) as a teenager, I have been searching for and gathering lesbian poetry around me as a way to both sustain and nourish myself. At every point in my life, I have turned to lesbian poetry as a way to understand my own experiences as a lesbian and to gather information and experiences of other lesbians living in the world at different locations and in various times. In my fantasy life as a reader, I was striving with these poets to create meaning through shared experiences.

The fear in this project is of losing the works of lesbian poets—and of forgetting what existed. The two decades between 1969 and 1989 represented a robust time for lesbian poetry and lesbian poets. During this time, activism flourished in the feminist movement, the gay liberation movement, the women’s health movement, and, in the later years, in collective responses to AIDS. From this consciousness-raising, political organizing, and general atmosphere of possibility, lesbian poets were writing and, just as important, printing and distributing their work. Publication of collections of poems, chapbooks, broadsides, and other small-print production through lesbian and feminist publishers thrived with dozens of small presses being founded and producing and distributing the cultural responses to the movements. Given the small print runs and the informal nature of some of the presses, there is no comprehensive bibliography of the cultural production of this time period. In scholarly work, very little has been written about the work that happened to document and interpret it for future generations. Moreover, in addition to many of the books falling out of print, only a small number of the poets writing during this time have found other publishers and remain in print. I am interested, through the Lesbian Poetry Archive, in addressing some of these conditions so that we do not lose—or forget—the work of lesbian poets, both during the decades that I have discussed and within a broader historical framework. These women’s words mattered then, and we must ensure that they matter now.

YES!

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pinkpenguin22:

saltmarshhag:

Hold the fuck up. What is this revisionist history crap?

It wasn’t that long ago that the word “queer” started being reclaimed in the first place. Trans people were just as likely, in many cases more likely, to get called homophobic slurs such as queer as anyone else. I’ve been called a queer more times in threatening/harassing situations than I’ve been called a “tranny.” And that’s what you obnoxious little shits are deliberately refusing to understand. Queer was imposed. It wasn’t a fun exciting umbrella we just all decided to get under spontaneously. It is a violent word that was taken back as an act of violence against our oppressors.

Stop using cis LG transphobia to justify het cis asexuals “reclaiming” a slur that they aren’t targeted with, for fuck’s sake. First of all, a lot of us are trans and queer. And even while marginalized under LGBT coalitions, trans people have always been a part of queer communities, going back over 100 years to the days when we were all “uranians” and “inverts,” before “homophile/homosexual” and “transvestite” were even differentiated by the sexology/medical establishment. Our cultures are inseparable, no matter how much transphobic cis LGBs and a handful of homophobic transsexual people try.

I don’t think you couldn’t come up with a more inappropriate comparison, to be honest. But hey, who gives a fuck about actual queer history?

It’s not like I actually study queer history or anything *rolls eyes*

In other news…

I’m thinking of all the ways one could revise this statement so that it actually makes sense

I actually study queer history so that I am better able to maliciously ignore facts that make me look like an ignorant bigot

I actually study queer history so that I can act as if I know more about trans history and trans life than actual trans people

I actually study queer history so I can continue to mine it for neato keen things to appropriate, discarding anything that would challenge me in any substantial way

I actually study queer history so that I can imply my fancy book learnings mean more than other people’s lived experiences

I actually don’t study queer history, I read a few facts that have been revised by straight people to benefit them and use these as a weapon against actual queers in my neverending quest to further marginalize them by invading their spaces and stealing their culture and portraying them as the bullies, the monsters, the bigots, the historical revisionists, because I’m just another homophobic tool who thinks I have a right to anything neat and shiny, even if it’s shiny with other people’s blood


Also my presumably ~snarky~ asexual pic isn’t loading, but it was probably too busy watching Dr. Who and crying about its best friend’s new boyfriend privilege


lindentea:

saltmarshhag:

pinkpenguin22:

strudelcuddy:

pinkpenguin22:

So let me get this straight.  A person who doesn’t struggle cannot identify as queer?

If your struggle is unrelated to being attracted to the same sex or being trans, then no, you can’t identify as queer.

If your struggle revolves around being cis and only having/desiring opposite sex partners, you are straight

I was going to stop talking to stupid people but I want to point something out.

It wasn’t very long ago when trans people weren’t considered queer either.  So if you still want to go on the whole definitions thing, labels are flexible with time.  And…I’m out, enjoy your drama

Hold the fuck up. What is this revisionist history crap?

It wasn’t that long ago that the word “queer” started being reclaimed in the first place. Trans people were just as likely, in many cases more likely, to get called homophobic slurs such as queer as anyone else. I’ve been called a queer more times in threatening/harassing situations than I’ve been called a “tranny.” And that’s what you obnoxious little shits are deliberately refusing to understand. Queer was imposed. It wasn’t a fun exciting umbrella we just all decided to get under spontaneously. It is a violent word that was taken back as an act of violence against our oppressors.

Stop using cis LG transphobia to justify het cis asexuals “reclaiming” a slur that they aren’t targeted with, for fuck’s sake. First of all, a lot of us are trans and queer. And even while marginalized under LGBT coalitions, trans people have always been a part of queer communities, going back over 100 years to the days when we were all “uranians” and “inverts,” before “homophile/homosexual” and “transvestite” were even differentiated by the sexology/medical establishment. Our cultures are inseparable, no matter how much transphobic cis LGBs and a handful of homophobic transsexual people try.

I don’t think you couldn’t come up with a more inappropriate comparison, to be honest. But hey, who gives a fuck about actual queer history?

Wait, seriously?

“It wasn’t very long ago when trans people weren’t considered queer either.”


Oh. Oh hell no.

Do yourself a favor and go read about the Stonewall and Compton’s Cafeteria riots. You’ll notice that the earlier you get into LGBTQ history, the more inextricable trans people are from cis LGB people. Actually, I think trans people (except for the privileged HBS crowd) being able to assert that they are straight is a more recent development than vice versa.

I mean, did you believe the revisionist tripe and think Stonewall was a friendly protest instigated by a bunch of white cis gay men or have you just never read much (non-revisionist) queer history?

Also, like saltmarshhag, I can say that I’m far more likely to be on the receiving end of homophobic slurs than transphobic slurs.

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bananapeppers:

Tracy Chapman | For My Lover

Every day I’m psychoanalyzed
For my lover, for my lover