"Vancouver School Board Introduces Gender-Neutral Pronouns"
"Students and teachers in Vancouver can now use the gender-neutral pronouns "xe," "xem," and "xyr." The move is designed to accommodate students for whom "he" and "she" does not fit or is deemed inappropriate…
"The newly coined pronouns — xe, xem, and xyr — are pronounced to rhyme with the genderless plurals "they," "them," and "their," and all starting with the "z" sound. So phonetically speaking, they’re pronounced "zey, "zem", and "zare.""
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the article doesn’t do the issue justice.
the issue regarded policy change, where the vancouver school board’s (VSB) LGBTQ+ advisory committee re-wrote existing policy to protect staff and students falling on the queer and trans spectrums.
the policy revision includes
-they/them/their and non-traditional pronouns being recognized by the school system
-required used of preferred names and pronouns by all staff and students
-preferred names/pronouns on all school records
-gender-accesible washrooms and change rooms available to those who require them
-disciplinary action taken against those who act in a discriminatory or hateful manner towards students, staff, and families falling on the queer and trans spectrums
the consultation was the longest ever done by the VSB, with over 120 speakers spread across 3 meetings.
the process also resulting in two school board trustees being ejected form their party’s caucus, due their discriminatory actions and arguments.
these are links to stories by vancouver media about the issue
Hey, if you currently bind your chest OR EVER HAVE please respond to this survey. It’s primarily geared toward trans men / genderqueer and/or intersex people, but since it’s about medical issues relating to chest binding, all info is useful (they have text boxes to answer why you choose to bind).
Bonus: For every 50 responses, they’re donating $5 to a charity that gets chest binders to people who can’t afford them.
If you don’t bind, please consider passing the link onward so that they get a statistically significant sample.
(I’m not in any way involved with this survey, but we NEED more useful health info for trans* people. One of the biggest frustrations with trans healthcare is realizing that basically you know about as much as the professional you’re seeing about how the hormones/whatever will affect you…)
REFUGE restrooms is now live on the web at http://www.refugerestrooms.org. It is viewable on any browser.
REFUGE seeks to provide safe bathroom access for transgender, intersex, and other gender nonconformist individuals. A few months back the valuable safe2pee database stopped working. We present Refuge as a replacement. Starting with the existing database of listings from Safe2Pee, refuge makes the database easily searchable and mappable to allow folks to find the nearest safe restroom.This is very much in its alpha stage and had a lot of growing to do. I started learning how to code not that long ago so I’m still learning how I can make the app better and better. The app is open source so please contribute to the project on github @http://www.github.com/tkwidmer/refugerestroomsstay tuned both here and on twitter @refugerestrooms.
Please signal boost this, Android 4.4 ‘KitKat’ has accidentally outed many trans* people by using their legal name instead of their preferred name as a part of their google+ integration. Please be careful, I’m so sorry this is happening
Heads up to all my trans/gender non-conforming followers who use Android.
Okay can I talk about my binder for a sec?
I’m a 34D, so all binders are awkward for me. Small band, large cup. So I never get quite flat, but some lumpy monstrosity with underboob poking out. But this one gets me the closest to flat while being the most comfortable binder I own.
And it looks like a tanktop!! And it was $10!!
It’s got stretchy bits on one side, and a line of bra-like clasps on the other that you can adjust to three different sizes, again like a bra. I didn’t overheat or even really sweat even when wearing it under a shirt in early summer pre-storm humidity. And once you get yourself situated just right, you can’t tell the tank is actually a binder.
EDIT: Here’s the link!
Australia: The New South Wales Court of Appeal ruled that people do not have to be officially registered as male or female, after Sydney activist ‘Norrie’ (above) contested this law. The judges panel ruled “as a matter of construction … the word sex does not bear a binary meaning of ‘male’ or ‘female.’” This means that transgender, intersex and other queer-identified Australians are no longer forced to fit themselves into a narrow gender binary.
Photo & read more: The Age.
Hi everybody! When I’m not working on Racebending, I’m a grad student at UCLA where my colleagues/friends and I are currently researching the wellness outcomes of LGBTQ Asian Pacific Americans! (See above video for more details.)
We are in the process of conducting a survey of people who identify as LGBTQ and Asian Pacific American and would love your participation. Make sure our voice is heard! We were awarded a small grant so we will be raffling off a bunch of $50 Amazon gift cards, too. The link to the survey is www.uclaqapistudy.com!
Please consider taking the survey and reblogging!
Inspired by Pariah: My Personal Story about Coming Out as a Nigerian “Boi”
“My cargo shorts and graphic tees weren’t exactly what my mother had in mind when she envisioned showing off her daughter who’d “just returned from America with an MIT degree!” to her friends at church.”
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