Born This Way? How Sexual Orientation Does (And Doesn’t) Affect Body Image

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By Allison Epstein “Obama Admin Funding $1.5 Million Study To Find Out Why Lesbians Are Fat” “Yes, Seinfeld, Gays Really Are Thinner, Study Says” “Lesbian Women Feel Less Pressure To Have A ‘Perfect’ Body” “Manorexia Is Taking Over The Gay Community!” The media has attempted to explain the link between sexual … [Read more...]

Fat, Trans, and (Working on) Being Fine With It

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By Mey DJneres One of the scariest things about the early steps of my transition was shopping for clothes. I wasn't ready to go out in "girl mode," and even if I was, I didn't have the clothes to do so. Every time I went into a store I was deathly afraid that the cashier would ask who I was buying the dresses for, that … [Read more...]

Trans Dance: A Complicated Love

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By Beck Heiberg Dancing is athletic art, demanding your full attention as an artist and athlete. Your body and mind have to be in sync. It can be hard navigating that while dealing with trans dysphoria and distorted bodily norms. But when gender and art play together, there are no boundaries. I am currently choreographing a … [Read more...]

New Transgender Comic Character Does Not Erase Gay Censorship

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon It’s a banner year for women in comics. Just three months after comic powerhouse Marvel announced their intention to reboot the classic X-Men series with an all-female line-up starring quintessential 90’s teen Jubilee, DC Comics has upped the ante with the revamped Batgirl series. Already featuring … [Read more...]

Fantasy vs. Reality: Lesbian Sex in Pornography

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By Melissa A. Fabello I’m not here to talk about fingernails. At least, I’m not here just to talk about fingernails. Because when it comes to mainstream pornography’s depiction of lesbian sex, the least of our gripes should be about how long the actresses’ nails are. The entire performance is inaccurate at best, offensive … [Read more...]

Top Ten Myths about Transgender People

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By Katy Kreitler at Everyday Feminism Millions of people in the US identify as transgender. And yet, most people know almost nothing about them. Even many feminists have trouble distinguishing identity from identity, term from term, myth from reality. How many of your friends and family can properly define the term … [Read more...]

Changing the Narrative: LGBT Young Adult Novels

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By Sayantani DasGupta It’s banned books week again, which is a time of year that always makes me appreciate the power of stories. Stories have such power, words such potential, that people actually fear them. Usually, this fear stems from a desire to limit the narratives that young people can access, and in so doing, attempt to … [Read more...]

Femme Invisibility: On Passing Right by Your People and Not Being Recognized

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By Melissa A. Fabello “So? How do you attract women, then?” I let out one of those awkward laughs that sound more like blurting out Surprise! “I’m serious,” my friend wailed, seeming embarrassed for having asked.  She broke off a piece of the brownie that we were sharing and stuffed it into her mouth, a look of defeat on … [Read more...]

Eating Disorders and LGBT: What’s the Connection?

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By Valerie Martin October is LGBT history month, and as the resident eating disorders geek here at Adios Barbie (perhaps I’ll upgrade myself to “specialist” after I finish my MSW), it got me thinking about how little I know about the connection between eating disorders and LGBT population. The default assumptions I’ve heard are … [Read more...]

Transgender History Makers

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor For transgender individuals, not disclosing their transgender status, also known as “living stealth,” has been the norm. Too many transgender folks have lived in fear of ridicule, discrimination, and rejection leading many to live a lie. But today, change is upon us; history is being made. October is … [Read more...]