Poly-Gendered People's Journal
Friday, July 8, 2011
Are you a writer or an artist, or interested in planning for a community? Are you a feminist, gender variant person, a sexual person, gay/bisexua/pansexual, or an ally? Are you between the ages of thirteen and twenty one?
If you answered yes to those questions, you may be interested in a community I’m planning, called Teen Gender Activists. It will be entirely ran by teens, for teens, who are interested in gender and its role in society. I’m planning on having regular features; a few examples are ‘What It’s Like to Be Me,’ a feature on the role gender plays in your lives, and a weekly feature on comics that have to do with gender roles.
I’m currently looking for artists and writers interested in working on features, graphic artists willing to make banners and work on the community template, and people interested in moderating the community, as well as general planners. If you’re one of those people, contact me by PM, at rsvampiress[at]aim.com, or in a comment on this entry.
[cross-posted – my apologies if you see this several times.]
Monday, July 19, 2010
2:33PM - gender_fluid
This comm is here for everyone, from all labels, terms, and phrases to those that choose none at all. So if you'd find this interesting, please check us out!
gender_fluid — because labels are for soup cans.
Monday, March 22, 2010
A petition to remove cross-dressing as a mental disorder is being submitted to the Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Workgroup of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Currently the APA considers individuals who crossdress to be suffering from "transvestic disorder"
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The David Letterman show on the CBS network has insulted Amanda Simpson, a trans woman who was recently appointed to the U.S. Commerce Department by the Obama administration. In the clip below David Letterman announces the news, followed by a guest on his show who breaks out in shock that "Amanda used to be a dude" the man is disgusted and outraged and runs off stage, the segment insinuates the man had some sort of relationship with Simpson and reinforces the sentiment that being transgender is somehow disgusting, misleading, and abnormal.
The video clip, other remarks by Letterman on LGBT issues and ways to contact the show are available below:
Monday, June 16, 2008
The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition is pleased to announce the release of its 2008 GENIUS Survey in partnership with Ernst & Young. GenderPAC works to ensure that classrooms, communities and workplaces are safe for everyone to learn, grow and succeed.
The Gender Equality National Index for Universities & Schools (GENIUS), GenderPAC’s most recent effort to end discrimination and promote awareness, encourages colleges and universities to recognize the benefits of a GenderSAFE campus - supportive equitable and protective for all students. Choosing to participate in GENUIS sends a strong public statement that bullying or discriminating based on the race, sex or gender of a student, faculty, or staff member is not tolerated at your institution
Fill out the survey at: www.gpac.org/GENIUS2008survey, and make sure that we have data for as many schools as possible. Your voice will help us continue to work towards a safe and welcoming environment for every student
Monday, November 19, 2007
I apologize to those who have complained about my lack of lj-cut's. Occasionally, I feel the abuse to ya'll's friends pages warranted. This is one of those times. Other times, I'm just a rude idiot. This is not one of those times. Please forgive me.
Many or most of you probably already know this, but tomorrow, November
20, is the National (in the U.S.) Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day
chosen in remembrance of a transwoman who was killed (Rita Hester) in
order for us all to remember those throughout the year who have been
killed or died because of their gender identity or presentation.
Every year, I post the list of that year's dead, that their names might
be known, where possible, and they might be remembered, even if for
just one day. The Greco-Romans believed that immortality was to be found
in the memory of those still living and this was why they considered a
braggart nature a heroic virtue. Let us thus remember these victims,
who have historically suffered great mutilations in the course of their
murder, as if their killers were trying to erase them from the
photograph of existence.
All the victims from all years past may be found on
After the list of the dead follows the details of the San Jose Day of
Remembbrance which I will be attending. If you live in the area of
Silicon Valley, please come. If not, I beg of you to find out where and
when the nearest remembrance is. Many of the dead were alone when they
died, and many believed they would always be alone even while they
lived. Let not their loneliness continue into the chill after death. Let
them be warmed by the fire of our tears, our thoughts, and our prayers.
Whichever of the alphabet soup you are (LGBTQQIA -- Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Intersex, or Ally -- the last
meaning "we invite straight, cisgendered (non-trans) folk too"), please do
this for them.
Lacking a specific formula as yet, I merely call upon the mup gods to
look, read, and remember:
Hermaphroditus, look at the names of the dead.
Ardhanarisvara, read the names of the dead.
Melek Ta'us, remember the names of the dead.
Eris, look at the names of the dead.
Antinous, read the names of the dead.
Hoor-paar-kraat, remember the names of the dead.
Tlazolteotl, look at the names of the dead.
Azathoth, look at the names of the dead.
Pomba-Gira, read the names of the dead.
Inanna, remember the names of the dead.
List of murdered trans people from Nov. 2006 to Nov. 2007.
For more info see:
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Nakia Ladelle Baker
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Age: 31 yrs. old
Cause of Death: trauma to the head
Date of Death: January 7, 2007
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Age: 34 yrs. old
Cause of death: Stripped and shot dead by an Islamist death squad
Date of death: January 11, 2007
Location: Rassada, Thailand
Cause of Death: Beaten by 9 Youths and then they slit her throat
Date of Death: January 31, 2007
Tatiana (Aldomiro Gomes)
Location: Trani, Italy
Cause of Death: Her skull was bashed in, in the middle of the street
Her head was slammed in a car door.
Date of Death: February 18, 2007
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
Age: 30 yrs. Old
Cause of Death: Stabbed 5 times by a street vendor
Date of Death: March 5, 2007
Michelle Carrasco "Chela"
Location: Santiago, Chile
Age: 54 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: She was found in a pit with her face completely
Date of Death: March 16, 2007
Location: San Francisco, California
Age: 27 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: She had been strangled and was found naked in the
Date of Death: March 16, 2007
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age: 21 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: A car repeatedly struck her
Date of Death: March 23, 2007
Bret T. Turner
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Age: 48 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: Multiple stab wounds
Date of Death: April 2, 2007
Manuela Di Cesare
Location: Pescara, Italy
Cause of Death: Head smashed by unknown object.
Date of Death: April 21, 2007
Unidentified Male Clad in Female Attire
Location: Kingston, Jamaica
Cause of Death: Gunshot wounds to the chest and lower back
Date of Death: July 7, 2007
Location: San Pedro, California
Cause of Death: She was denied necessary medications to treat
HIV-related side effects.
Date of Death: July 20, 2007
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Cause of Death: Shot to death
Date of Death: July 29, 2007
Stefania (no found second name)
Location: Roma, Italy
Cause of Death: Violently beaten with skull bashed in.
Date of Death: August 1, 2007
Location: Houston, Texas
Cause of Death: AIDS; Reyes was turned away from several treatment
centers due to her transgender status.
Date of Death: August 30, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The DeFrank Center Ballroom
938 The Alameda San Jose CA
The evening will focus on highlighting the substantial progress made in
understanding and protecting transgender people.
Speaking at the event will be Aejaie Sellers, Executive Director of the
Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center, Danielle Castro of
TransPowerment, Shelly Prevost, Director of the powerful film "Trained in the way of
men", Reverend Sky Anderson of the San Jose Metropolitan Community
Church and Sylvia Guerrero, The mother of Gwen Araujo.
The evening will conclude with a reading of names for those who lost
their lives due to hate crimes this past year.
For more details please go to: www.reelfreedom.com/DOR_info_2007.htm
Saturday, July 14, 2007
2:36PM - name imput?
I have been thinking on this issue before about finding a male name for myself, and really, I have, however it is is simply the male variant of my given name, not bad in and of itself, but even more unusual.
the name in question is
any thought on choosing "odd" or unusual names for yourselves?
Sunday, November 19, 2006
3:25PM - student in need of help!
Hi all! I'm new to this online community though not all that new to the New York City trans community. I'm a student at The New School and am writing my thesis on transgender safe space in Greenwich Village, particularly looking at hate crimes and police abuse. I'm doing my fieldwork interviews with advocacy groups, police, and individuals and would like to have more individual input. I have a short survey that I would love to have anyone fill out that identifies as trans and either lives or frequents NYC's The Village. If shouldn’t take more than about ten minutes to fill out the survey. If you’re willing to help, please comment or email me at email@example.com. THANKS!
Saturday, October 7, 2006
I am a student who is doing a project about Transgender issues for one of my social work classes. The subject is in relation to bodies and space. I am going to take a social constructionist approch to looking at the assumptions that are taken for granted about bodies and space, and by doing so, I hope to use the analogy of transgender or intersexed ideas in this project. I am seeking people who would be willing to particiapte in answering a few questions that I can then use in my presentation. I am not sure how people would like to do this, but I will leave the questions here and if you wish to answer them, then that would be great. If you would rather keep it more private and email them to me that is fine as well. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you wish to be identified with an alias name, then make sure you make that clear, otherwise I will use your livejournal name. I REALLY apprecaite you helping me with this as I think there is no better way to go about it then to take the words right from those who are transgender or intersexed to use in my project. If you are aware of another community I should cross post this to, then please let me know. Thanks for taking the time to read and respond to this post. I take this issue very seriously and I am glad I have found this comunity to share my thoughts with.
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Monday, September 11, 2006
Have any of you come out to your families? What were the results?
Reason I ask is that I'm thinking of coming out to my mother, and I'm wondering if it's worth it. I mean, it would be easy if I could say, "hey mum, I'm a man trapped in a woman's body!" but instead I'm stuck saying, "Hey mum, I'm a hermaphrodite/boy and girl/etc/thing! stuck in a woman's body!" and I'm really not sure if it's worth trying. I'm not sure if she'll understand it very well, and...bah.
I'm not planning surgery at this point and am still debating the possibility of hormones, so it's likely that at least in her ears (she's blind ;)) I won't change much. But I still feel stifled and closeted and that's why I'd like to come out - just not sure if it's worth it.
So, yes, I'd like to hear others' experiences if you feel inclined to share them.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
7:37PM - questions
My name's Mike and I'm pre-everything. I'm 18 and out to 98% of my friends who are pretty cool about me being transgendered although they still call me by my birth name for the most part. I used to rarely bind, but am begining to do it more often, hopefully daily althought its with ACE bandages. I do not pack, use a STP device, or go into the male restrooms. My father knows, but completly ignores the fact and the rest of my family has no idea.
Here's my questions:
I'm a senior in high school, and in JROTC (I love the program and Idk if me being out would create an issue). Would it be a good move to come out to the highschool so I could graduate under my prefered name? I'm worried about the Staff and Administration reaction, not as much the students.
Also, what can I start under the radar living in my house without my parents knowing this year to get a jump on transistioning??
Does anyone know of some good colleges in TX that are friendly with Transistioning??
Anything else that you all know that could help me out???
Saturday, June 3, 2006
10:44PM - WA LGBT Equal Rights feed
There is an LJ feed for the WA LGBT Equality News Headlines which I don't think has been mentioned here.
"Articles about LGBT equality issues in Washington State and of importance to Washington State residents."
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
4:47PM - This is Not fair
My name is Jordan Wasatch. I'm a genderqueer female...
I'm here to rant about my high school's unfair policy concerning graduation gowns.
OK, here's the deal. I'm a senior in high school, and I'm about to graduate. (YAAAAY!) But our gowns are segregated by sex. Males wear red, females wear white.
Is it just me, or is that a very backwards policy? I personally am a female, but I'd much, much, much rather wear red than white.
For me, the worst thing is that red and white are colors associated with certain moods. Red tends to be more active and energetic, while white tends to be more passive. Now, I don't know about y'all, but in a place as conservative as Utah, males are supposed to be more active than females.
Seems like a small thing, but it's the straw that breaks my back.
Anything I could do?
(Cross-posted to a lot of trans and genderqueer communities)
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
9:49PM - Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting on the Constitutional Ban on Civil Unions and Gay Marriage
Today was a very long day. We left from the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center at 7am and drove to the Capitol in Madison. It was a pretty good turn out. There were over 300 people who wanted to speak. I was on that list. It was split about 50/50 for/against.
Here's the wording of the amendment:
Wisconsin's Constitual Amendment is also known as AJR 66 SJR 63.
Here's the ban's full wording:
SECTION 1. Section 13 of article XIII of the constitution is created to read: [Article XIII] Section 13. Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state.
There were many things said for either side, including many things which are just nonsense, such as the slippery slope theory that if we legalize gay marriage, people are going to want to marry their dogs, siblings etc...
The two best quotes of the day:
"Homosexuals in power positions are sexual terrorists."
and the kicker
(someone had been talking about some gay rights groups' agenda)
"I don't have a copy of the homosexual agenda but I've been looking for it. If you do have a copy of it could you please forward it to my office." Tim Carpenter (I love that man!)
So time ran on and on and they were still taking Testimony as of 4:15. Talia told us we had to leave at about 20 to. I still really wanted to speak so I approached a page and she said she'd see what she could do. So I did get to speak at around 4:30.
Here is what I said (and what they received copies of.):
"To the Senate Judiciary Committee:
My name is Z Kowal. I am a transgender identified lesbian. I am here today to speak against this constitutional ban on civil unions and gay marriage.
This amendment has nothing to do with protecting the sanctity of marriage. It has everything to do with discrimination.
Do we really want to have our founding fathers turn over in their graves? This country was founded on the idea of freedom from persecution. In the Declaration of Independence it states that we are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Who has the right to judge that my pursuit of happiness is not valid? I want the same thing as everyone else. I want to have the same protection of the law. I want the same rights as everyone else. I want the person I love to have the right to make decisions regarding my well-being. I want that person to have rights to our children if something were to happen to me. A power of attorney will not cover these things. My wishes will be denied because legally my partner has no rights.
My sexuality has nothing to do with my ability to raise children. I will raise my children in a household where love will be abundant and gender stereotypes will not be present. Just because my partner does not have sperm and we cannot conceive naturally it does not make having children any less sacred. My children are entitled to the same rights as all children.
I have already experienced discrimination for not being a "married couple" even though it was a committed monagmous relationship. I was in the hospital overnight for back surgery and one nurse came in and because my partner and I weren't married, my partner could not spend the night, although he already had been there all day and through half the night.
In response to the subject of domestic violence. I have been in an abusive relationship. I have been demeaned emotionally, beaten time and time again. I have been threatened. She stated "You don't know me well enough to trust me not to kill you in your sleep," while she held a butcher knife to my throat. I could not call anyone for help. My parents disapproved of the relationship and if I had called the police they would not have helped me. They would have seen my complaints as invalid becasue we were not married. I deserve to not have to worry that the police will let me be brutalized and beaten to death by the woman I am dating. I we use this amendment to condone discrimination, no one will be safe.
The constitution is not meant to be a tool for discrimination. Wisconsin was the first state to have sexual orientation as a protected class. Why should we go back on our progressive roots? Why should we openly and adamantly discriminate against a group of people?
I have the same blood, organs, bones, cells, genes as each and every person in this room. I am not a second class citizen. I deserve the same rights as each and every person in this room and just because I am not heterosexual this should not change. I am against this amendment because this country was founded based on equality and we need to preserve that."
Thursday, November 3, 2005
I went to a few Halloween parties last weekend dressed as a Maid and Rocky-Horroresque next. That was a good time, and it's getting better dressing as a girl. A lot more improvement can be done but it was better than last Halloween I think maybe.
I've also been wearing skirts more often lately. My roommate has finally seen me in one a few times and I've worn some to two different classes a few times each. In fact I gave a speech about transgenders for public speaking today.
It's not as bad as high school. I haven't really gotten any shit. Stares of course, but I try not to pay attention.
I'm struggling with where I want to take this though. I've come to the clear conclusion that I am transgender, which is basically an umbrella term for anyone who identifies and/or expresses themselves in a way that goes against the conventions of their physical gender. This includes transvestites, androgynous and gender-queer people and transexuals among others. I don't quite consider myself transvestite, androgynous or transsexual(at least presently) so I'm having a hard time trying to make more sense of it.
It's getting to be something that bothers me constantly, but I don't talk about it too much. I feel bad burdening people with my complicated, strange issues because it's not something that a lot of people can understand. And I wouldn't expect for anyone to understand. I should probably get involved in more transgender groups online as most of my real life friends wouldn't understand. but I never have a lot of time for it. I also need to make an appointment with a therapist, but I'm relunctant because not all would be able to help me, and what I really need is someone who understands. I'm also reluctant because I am considering female hormones, and they grill the shit out of you for months before they will even consider you for them. So I'm not prepared to deal with that sort of disconfirmation right now.
Aside from that I am trying to stabilize my life. I'm trying to limit the times I go out or screw around, and get more work and sleep done instead.
I'd really wish I'd stay in better contact with people, but like I said, I am dealing with a lot. It's not a judgment on anyone in particular.
In 2002 Mathy study, 50% of transgenders have attempted suicide.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Hi folks! I posted a couple weeks ago about a project I am doing for a course called Sexual Violence in Societal Context on violence against transgender people. The project is going really well...we are presenting it on Thursday, and we're feeling very positive about the impact it will have at Earlham College, which is where I'm taking the course.
We've got most of the fact-based stuff down pretty solidly, and what we're looking for now is representations of the impact that violence has on transgender people and those who love transgender people. It would be really valuable to our project to be able to present poems, song lyrics, or other means of artistic expression that show how people feel about transphobic violence. We will NOT be publishing the submissions or making them available for use by anyone other than ourselves; in other words, we're just going to show/read them to people, but we won't be making copies of them and distributing them in any way without the express permission of their authors. I'm putting this call out in this way because I know there's a lot of great poetry/art out there, and I want to make sure that I'm only using material if the author knows about it and is okay with that.
So, if you have written poetry/lyrics or have photos of artwork that you would be okay with my sharing with the Earlham community, for the purpose of connecting the reality of human experience to the facts of transgender violence in a way that folks who see our project will be able to relate to, that would be really awesome and valuable. I'll be using some of my own poetry for this, too, and I'll definitely share my work with you all, too. Thank you SO much.
If you could email me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, that would be great. Please send stuff to me by Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, as we're presenting the project on the 4th. Feel free to cross-post this anywhere that it hasn't already been posted, on Livejournal or elsewhere.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
I'm doing a research project for a course I'm taking called Sexual Violence in Societal Context. I'm focusing on issues of violence against transgender/genderqueer/gender-variant people, and the difficulties that trans people find in getting access to services (counseling, shelter from domestic violence, education about sexuality and sexual violence) as well as transphobia within systems set up to protect women from sexual violence (domestic violence shelters, police/government services, rape crisis centers). I need to find at least 4 academic sources for this project, so if anyone can provide me with information about research that has been done about violence against trans people and/or issues trans people face getting community help/support/protection from violence, that would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much!
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Join us in Hartford, CT this November for the Transcending Boundaries
Conference and 3rd America’s Conference on Bisexuality! On November 4-6, 2005,
Transcending Boundaries will hold its fourth conference for bisexual/pansexual,
trans/genderqueer, and intersex people and our allies. We are pleased to
announce that this year’s conference will be held in conjunction with America’s
Conference on Bisexuality, a biennial conference for bisexuals and those
interested in bisexuality from all over North, South, and Central America.
The conference begins with a reception Friday evening and includes workshops all
day Saturday and Sunday, entertainment, and a keynote luncheon with nationally
The conference is designed to increase understanding, build solidarity, and
encourage activism among our communities. Both Transcending Boundaries and
America’s Conference on Bisexuality have a history of creating welcoming,
stimulating environments. This is a great place to feel at home being yourself,
even if you don’t fit into a nice, neat box of gay vs. straight or male vs.
female. It’s also an opportunity to meet interesting, friendly people and learn
from each other!
So be there! Registration materials are available on-line at
For more information, contact us at:
Phone: Call Sharon at (860) 559-6150
Spread the word!
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