After Orlando

I remember the first time I went to an LGBTQ+ space. I was with my girlfriend and we went to Climax, the once-a-month night at our university Student Union. It was no different than any other night I had spent at the Union: same venue, same drink offers, same awful sound system. But I was brimming with happiness and freedom and … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

A Body Image, Body Politics, and Body Justice News Roundup   Orlando As we grieve after another horrific act of mass murder and gun violence in the U.S., we come face to face with the reality that transgender and non-binary POC face violence daily. The massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on its Latinx night is a … [Read more...]

The Power of Hair Can Be Deeply Rooted

By "OJ" Jamie for thirdwheelED, cross-posted with permission Caveat: Long post. Short hair. Yesterday, I cut my hair. Short. The shortest it’s ever been. I hadn’t necessarily been planning to do this. In fact, when I left to get my hair cut, I told CJ I was just getting a trim. But when I got to the salon, the hairdresser … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Be an Ally to Transgender Folx After You’ve Messed Up

I hurt someone recently. A stranger, yes, and unintentionally, definitely. But I cannot stop thinking about it. I was in a coffee shop, working, and trying not to be distracted by the wildly irate person sitting a couple of tables away. It was impossible not to hear him hiss into the phone he had goaded the cashier into … [Read more...]

The FEMISPHERE: A Link Roundup

Broadly features the unique struggle of Transgender youth for treatment for eating disorders, despite being more likely to suffer from one.  "There's a lot of reasons why eating disorders are prevalent in the transgender community, but it doesn't necessarily have to do with the fact that we are trans and we have bodily issues that … [Read more...]

7 Ways Body Positivity Can Be More Inclusive of Non-binary and Queer Individuals

By Meg Zulch for Bustle, cross-posted with permission In recent years, the body positivity movement has been inarguably important in helping people grow to accept their bodies (especially those whose bodies have been marginalized for not fitting into conventional beauty standards), whilst calling for representation in the … [Read more...]

Navigating Gender Norms With My Transgender Daughter

By Tasha Sanders For the first time in her life, my eight-year-old daughter is finally able to be her true self. She loves dresses, the color pink, and rocking purses with pizzazz. These may seem like normal things, but for my daughter, being able to showcase her identity publicly this way is brand-new. My daughter is … [Read more...]

Why We Should Think Twice Before Idealizing Ruby Rose

By Sam Dylan Finch for Let's Queer Things Up!, cross-posted with permission The Internet is abuzz about Ruby Rose, a genderfluid actor, DJ, and model who appeared in Season 3 of Netflix Original Series Orange Is the New Black. While Rose is undoubtedly stunning and a perfectly lovely person, our idealization of Ruby Rose … [Read more...]

The Glorification of Masculinity in the Queer Dating Scene Is Totally a Thing — But No One Seems to Want to Talk About It

By Erin Tatum for Everyday Feminism, cross-posted with permission My foray into queerness started, quite stereotypically, in my freshman year of college when I was 19. I tried to convince myself that I was taken aback by my sudden attraction to my cute, androgynous friend in the Queer Straight Alliance club, but in reality, … [Read more...]

As a Black Lesbian, Queerness Is Not Made in My Image

By Kesiena Boom for BuzzFeed, cross-posted with permission I am unable to marry my Blackness and my queerness in my mind. I will pull myself apart. It starts superficially. I clutch at my hair and despair at the frizz and kink and curl. I go to a white salon for only the third time in my life and ask the gay hairdresser to … [Read more...]