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Other parts of ancient Eurasia had traditions of third-gender spirit-people. Herodotus and Hippocrates both discuss the “enarees”, or male-to-female transsexual shamans among the ancient Scythians, who “mutilated” their genitalia and took on female roles. They were said to be the most powerful shamans of their people. Ovid actually claimed that some Scythian priestesses knew how to extract “female poison” distilled from the urine of a mare in heat, with which to dose men in order to feminize them. The average person might throw this off as silliness, if they didn’t know that pregnant mare’s urine is the main source of Premarin, the most widely used estrogen drug today. They also ate a lot of licorice root - so popular among them that the Greeks to whom they exported it referred to it as “the Scythian root” - which is also an anti-androgen.

Ergi - The Way of the Third (via regionalholidaycaptain)

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I love trans history!

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I would FUCKING LOVE to see a comprehensive trans history book, that especially covered the history of HRT, I’ve always had questions but never really had answers!

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especially after YEARS of our HISTORY BEING ERASED and pushed under the rug to make cis people comfortable, and say that “trans people id a modern thing” to be able to show up and take out a history book and be like BOOM shut the hell up.

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Transgender Warriors, by Leslie Feinberg.

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tuckitaway:

I have quite a bit of makeup that I don’t wear because it’s too light for me. Some of it is technically used because I tried it out once and it didn’t work for me. I don’t want to throw it away and I don’t want to do a giveaway so if any of my followers who are trans and relatively light skinned are in need of makeup let me know and I can send it to you.

Like I said some, not all of it, is technically used so if you don’t mind that my fingers touched the pump… I could sanitize it for you if you want. I’ll even send photos of me sanitizing it?  

Some of it is powder, some not. I also have some eyeshadow that have never been used. I can upload photos if you want.

I just don’t have any need for it. My boyfriend has a personal shopper for work who also likes to buy me shit but apparently thinks I have no pigment in my skin. Soooo I guess just inbox me. I’ll see if I can take photos tomorrow night and upload them so you know what I have….

Reblog or send your friends my way. Its taking up valuable space in my makeup box. 

signal boost, makeup is cool

transphobitch:

qkazoo:

reminder: please do not refer to acts of transmisogyny as simply transphobic.

lol if you’re cafab don’t just “like” this post, friking reblog it like what do you have to lose

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bear-in-progress:

Long time no post, huh?

I’ve been mulling over something that’s really been bothering me, and I want to give vent to it.

I want to be able to question myself.  I want to be able to do so publicly and without people assuming that just because I question myself means I’m also questioning them.  Certainly I’m also looking at others and evaluating their actions and words based on my own life context, but it seems to be a common theme in trans spaces that if a transgender person questions themselves and their identity, that somehow that is wrong and terrible and they need to be either ejected or brought back into the fold of people who are rigidly sure about everything and can present a unified front.

I really feel that this is the wrong way to go about things.

The entire essence of human nature is to question.  We’re curious animals who constantly evaluate and reevaluate everything around us and make decisions based on our changing understanding of ourselves and the world around us.  It’s how we’ve survived, and how we continue to survive, and how we will keep on surviving in the future.

Why are we, as transgender people, categorically denied this, not just by cisgender people, but people in our own community?

I realize that cis society denies us this as a form of dehumanization, because we are not meant to question things as humans do, but there is this strange feeling in the overall trans ocean of thought that if one questions themselves beyond coming out, somehow they are sick and wrong and mocking everything that being trans stands for.

But we’re human.  We’re SUPPOSED to question things, even ourselves.

So why are we forcing ourselves into rigid categories of non-questioning that only serve to dehumanize us?

Not to mention coming down hard on people who admit they may not be 100% certain and want to explore their identity and sense of self more fully.

This movement, this embracing of transgender identity, is ostensibly meant to be about coming to terms with yourself and finding a way to be comfortable with who and what you are as a human being, and we’ve strayed very far from this goal.  It’s saddening and I think it will wind up in a dead end if we continue in this manner much longer.

There is so little space for fluidity and reevaluation.

We are ultimately an adaptable, changeable species.  We survive by changing our modes of thought in relation to the environment and our sense of self, as well as our perception of ourselves and our identity.  We change our behavior based on what we discover in our questioning, and those changes not only allow us to survive, but flourish.

Removing this removes our ability to function as humans.

So why do we do this?  Why are we so obsessed with “how to properly be trans” when every person has a different sense of self, a different sense of identity, and a different way of adapting to their physical, emotional, and (what some might call) spiritual environment?

Why are we encouraging our members to become antithesis to the essence of humanity?

Why are we actively destroying that part of us that makes us human?

A great many people familiar with the trans* community may have heard of hijras, a concept of gender that exists within South Asia. A great many usually white trans* people have called hijra’s “trans*” or put them under the trans* label. Regardless of their intention, to take the epistemology of “trans*” and apply it to something like the hijra can be seen as an oppressive or colonising act. The hijra are hijra. That is their name. Unless a hijra specifically identifies as transgender or trans*, applying our own concepts of gender and sexuality constructed within white supremacist cultures to people outside of our epistemological framework is redefining them on our own terms for our own benefit. Another instance of where this occurs is within the American/Canadian indigenous or native concept of two spirit, which is in and of itself an umbrella term for multiple tribal concepts of third or mixed gender roles. The definition not only differs from tribe to tribe, but in many cases applying the white concept of gender toward two spirit people, again, becomes an act of oppression and colonisation. Especially when, without any indigenous or native background, white people adopt the identification mantle of “two spirit”.
Boldlygo, Gender Abolition as Colonisation: Defining “Gender” (via angrywomenofcolorunited)

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fauxmosexualtranstrender:

transphobic people will say “just because you fit the stereotypes of that gender doesn’t make you that gender” in one breath and “you don’t fit the stereotypes of that gender well enough to identify as that gender” in the next i give up i fucking give up

trans people are never “good enough” at being ourselves to be considered worthy of basic human respect, pretty much

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itgetsbetterproject:

We’re very proud to present our first collaboration with the amazing people at the TSER (transstudent.tumblr.com). 
A BIG thank you to Eli, Landyn, Alex and Ethan for this awesome work.
Knowledge is power. Learn more about your rights as a student - visit transstudent.org. You can also get more information from the ACLU’s “Know Your Rights: A Guide for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Students” (http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/transstudent_kyr_20120508.pdf)
Check out the TSER on Facebook (facebook.com/transstudent) and Twitter (twitter.com/transstudent)

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ariasshadow:

itgetsbetterproject:

We’re very proud to present our first collaboration with the amazing people at the TSER (transstudent.tumblr.com). 

A BIG thank you to Eli, Landyn, Alex and Ethan for this awesome work.

Knowledge is power. Learn more about your rights as a student - visit transstudent.org. You can also get more information from the ACLU’s “Know Your Rights: A Guide for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Students” (http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/transstudent_kyr_20120508.pdf)

Check out the TSER on Facebook (facebook.com/transstudent) and Twitter (twitter.com/transstudent)

Signal boost, my friends.

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touchdownsandtiaras:

I saw a picture on Instagram today of a girl wearing a girl’s shirt but with a somewhat boyish hair style and her description was “my friend made me look like a boy haha!” and she hashtagged it as #tomboy #trans

Does anyone else find that really offensive..? Looking boyish doesn’t mean the same thing as trans. I hate it went people undermine this identity like that.

hey, did you ever consider that possibly that person could have been a young trans man just coming out and not used to the nomenclature we usually use?  that maybe that girly shirt was all he had in his wardrobe at least for the time being before he can afford to go out and buy new stuff?

i mean

you know

its a possibility

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doctorawkward:

what are some major LGBT-friendly (emphasis on T) medical centers on the East Coast of the US? Like that would do a pap smear for a FtM guy without double-taking? I want to know my options if I ever want to move cities…

i go to the mazzoni center in philadelphia, if that helps

theyre a low cost clinic that works on informed consent and also takes care of other necessary medical shit besides just transition care

ourlifeastrans:

I know some people think big steps in their transition is starting T or getting surgery. But here’s to the guys who bought their first pair of boxers, to the guys who bought their first lot of mens deodorant, to the guys who held their head high in public. I’m proud of you all - Ashton

WHY DID TORONTO’S PRIDE PARADE SHUT OUT THE WORLD’S LARGEST TRANS MARCH?

chaseross:

By Nicki Ward

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Photos by Michael Toledano

This weekend, after years of fighting for the right to be seen and heard, thousands of people took to Yonge St. in the largest Trans March of all time. This wasn’t the largest Trans March in Canada—this was the largest Trans March in the world. Ever.

In every meaningful sense, June 28th, 2013 was a watershed moment in Trans history. So, why has almost no one heard anything about it?

The answer is Pride. Not the biblical kind of pride, but rather the corporatized, heavily branded “McPride” that is the reality of modern, gay-for-pay, event planners.

It should astonish everyone (except trans people, who are used to this kind of thing) that the Trans March receives zero financial support from Pride Toronto Inc. No money, no media support, no logistical support, no water for marchers. Nothing.

The fact that one of the wealthiest members of InterPride / WorldPride contributes absolutely nothing to this community is disgraceful. However, not only have they failed to contribute, they have actively set up barriers (literal and figurative) to prevent marches from happening.

Community members had been asking for support for years, but had been dismissed with bureaucratic excuses from Pride Festival officials who claimed that “The city won’t give a permit”, “the timing isn’t right”, or that “the police won’t allow it.”

In 2009, local activists who were tired of this figurative blockade decided to assemble at the top of Church St. and walk a few hundred yards South towards Wellesley St—the heart of Toronto’s “Gay Village.” As we assembled, several “safety officers” representing the Pride Festival attempted to panic the Trans marchers by claiming the demonstration was “illegal.” After further discussion, they claimed that they had “brokered a compromise” and that we were allowed to march… down the sidewalk.

However, we were also told that we would have to stop the march at Wellesley St. because Pride Festival officials had placed a 50-foot wide metal barricade blocking the entrance to the Gay Village.



Understandably, marchers felt outraged. To have the entrance to our “heartland” blocked by a Pride Festival, which claimed to support us, was beyond betrayal. We took to the streets, we marched, we blocked traffic, and we pushed through those barriers.

Every year since then, the march has struggled on. And every year since, Pride Festival officials have failed to provide financial support and have engaged in obstructive practices. In 2010, they used “cattle gates” to attempt to funnel marchers into a beer-garden. In 2011, they used cisgendered volunteers to misdirect marchers. In 2012, they pushed marchers through market stalls that were still under construction. This is just a short list of the kind of tactics used.

In 2013, Pride Festival officials, yet again, claimed that the City of Toronto had objected to the March. When community organizers disproved this and obtained a “Notice to Demonstrate,” Pride Festival officials claimed that the march wasn’t “legal” or “safe.” They sent out misinformation as to the route, the start time, and even went so far as to print thousands of copies of a route map that showed the march (incorrectly) ending up in one of their beer gardens.

And despite all of this, on June 28th 2013, the trans community self-organized the largest march of its kind in the world. 

This puts Pride Toronto Inc. in a very difficult position. Their fund-raising activities rely heavily on the claim that they support things like the Trans March. A claim that is demonstrably not true.

Perhaps this explains why Pride Festival Organizers are tongue-tied when it comes to gushing about this moment in Trans history. But ultimately the accomplishments of this past weekend have superseded Pride’s constant aversion to the Trans March, even if it’s a temporary win.

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Cathy Brennan, radical “feminist” terrorist, has set her sights on a young black activist in Baltimore County, MD. Phylicia Sampson is being taken to court by Brennan, a notorious harasser of trans women and their supporters. Sampson is a recent college grad with few resources, no car and no way to fight back without your help.
As a community, we’ve suffered Brennan’s assaults for a long time—her blog is the best known for outing trans women’s personal information. She believes trans women are men who are infiltrating the feminist community and expends her resources fighting them. The idea that she is now taking her harassment to a legal venue is horrifying. That she has selected a young black woman with few resources to fight back is repugnant.
We can’t let Cathy Brennan get away with this! Share Phylicia’s campaign on Facebook, twitter, tumblr and instagram.  Here are some things you can do TODAY to help:
Tell your friends why it is important that they donate to this campaign. 
Donate what you can.
Write to your favorite feminist blog and ask them to cover this campaign
DONATE HERE

This is downright appalling.

FUCK BRENNAN.
She is not a feminist. This is not a “no true scotsman” argument. She is simply not a feminist. She is a terrible person.

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zenjamaican:

topsidepress:

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Cathy Brennan, radical “feminist” terrorist, has set her sights on a young black activist in Baltimore County, MD. Phylicia Sampson is being taken to court by Brennan, a notorious harasser of trans women and their supporters. Sampson is a recent college grad with few resources, no car and no way to fight back without your help.

As a community, we’ve suffered Brennan’s assaults for a long time—her blog is the best known for outing trans women’s personal information. She believes trans women are men who are infiltrating the feminist community and expends her resources fighting them. The idea that she is now taking her harassment to a legal venue is horrifying. That she has selected a young black woman with few resources to fight back is repugnant.

We can’t let Cathy Brennan get away with this! Share Phylicia’s campaign on Facebook, twitter, tumblr and instagram.  Here are some things you can do TODAY to help:

  • Tell your friends why it is important that they donate to this campaign. 
  • Donate what you can.
  • Write to your favorite feminist blog and ask them to cover this campaign

DONATE HERE

This is downright appalling.

FUCK BRENNAN.

She is not a feminist. This is not a “no true scotsman” argument. She is simply not a feminist. She is a terrible person.

sup, just gonna state for the record that at the bottom of my page is a paypal donate button and any spare shit tossed my way is appreciated and generally goes towards keeping food in my mouth, clothes on my back, a roof over my head, and the shit in my ass

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