17 10 / 2013

aljazeeraamerica:

Transgender Americans are more vulnerable to assault and even homicide. America Tonight's Christof Putzel reports on how transgender individuals are more likely to be mistreated and beaten by police when they seek help in this cliphttp://alj.am/17vREBo 

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30 9 / 2013

thetrevorproject:

With 3 simple words – Talk To Me – you can let someone know that you care. Telling a friend that you’re there to listen isn’t just an act of support – it can help save a life.
Reblog this photo to show your friends that YOU are here to listen!

thetrevorproject:

With 3 simple words – Talk To Me – you can let someone know that you care. Telling a friend that you’re there to listen isn’t just an act of support – it can help save a life.

Reblog this photo to show your friends that YOU are here to listen!

18 9 / 2013

qbits:

Few bright spots in Canada when it comes to adequate services

A doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto is pushing for the creation of shelters specifically tailored to the needs of queer and trans homeless youth, who are estimated to represent nearly half of Ottawa’s homeless youth.

Alex Abramovich has studied homelessness for the past seven years and is currently completing his dissertation on the subject. He says the most prevalent factor explaining homelessness among queer and trans youth is the homophobia and transphobia they face within their families.

Family conflict is “the pathway that leads most youth into homelessness,” Abramovich says, and when youth come out as queer or trans this conflict can escalate.

“They are either forced to leave home or they have no other choice but to leave because the abuse becomes so unbearable. I’ve spoken to a lot of youth who didn’t report histories of family conflict … they came out and then the conflict began. Homophobia and transphobia cause homelessness.”

In Abramovich’s research study “No Fixed Address: Young, Queer and Restless,” he writes that staff at shelters across the country said they were shocked when they learned no shelters specifically for queer and trans youth exist.

This realization initially shocked Abramovich as well.

“Here in Toronto, which is a place that a lot of youth migrate to, we just have a few evening programs that happen once a week for a few hours. Those programs are amazing, they are really great, but it’s not a safe place to sleep at night,” he says. “It’s not a place where youth can go if they need to get out of a home or if they are experiencing homophobia or transphobia in the shelter system.”

Abramovich would like to see additional trainingfor shelter staff on how to serve queer and trans youth, but says changing attitudes in shelters will take years and homeless queer youth need housing now.

Shelters that employ queer or trans staff are seen as more welcoming to queer youth, who see themselves reflected in service providers, he notes.

However, many of the youth he interviewed also said they don’t feel part of the queer community.“There is no community, they don’t feel welcome. They spoke a lot about feeling objectified and I guess abused by older people in the community. The absence of community, that was something that was really surprising to me,” Abramovich says.

Although not a shelter specifically for queer and trans youth, Ottawa’s Youth Services Bureau (YSB) offers sex-segregated emergency housing for those between the ages of 12 and 20.

YSB’s youth shelters feature separate showers and single rooms, which is unique, says executive director Joanne Lowe.

“That assists everybody, not just youth who present in a particular way,” says Lowe, who also agrees that shelters specifically for queer and trans youth would be beneficial.

“Our practises are embedded in ongoing training. I think one of the unique things that has helped us in particular is the youth themselves,” Lowe says. “We have a very strong practice and a very strong value of asking youth and inviting youth to tell us what they need, and try to move that into how we evolve our own services.”

Abramovich points to the YSB, the 519 and Toronto’s Sherbourne Health Centre as organizations that are making progress towards better serving homeless queer and trans youth.

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06 9 / 2013

queermuslims:

thefemaletyrant:

I hate to link to the Daily Mail, and this piece in particular is kinda exploitative still I wish Lucy the best.

yeah i can’t imagine that Lucy is really Britain’s first transgender Muslim. maybe the first that the mainstream is aware of, but certainly not the first

28 8 / 2013

thetrevorproject:

Take a look at Campus Pride’s top 25 LGBT-friendly colleges and universities.

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And then head to one of Campus Pride’s college fairs! They’re hosted across the country over the next few months and each also features resources and workshops on scholarships, financial aid and SAT/ACT consulting.

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via Campus Pride

19 8 / 2013

gaywrites:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will sign a bill today that bans “ex-gay” conversion therapy for minors.

The bill passed both houses of the New Jersey legislature in June, but it was unclear whether Christie, a Republican who blocked marriage equality in the state, would ultimately sign it. California is the only other state in the nation with a law protecting minors from ex-gay therapy, a harmful and often traumatizing method of trying to turn LGBT people straight.

Christie made a point to say that he doesn’t believe homosexuality is a sin and that he believes people are born gay, which doesn’t quite line up with his Catholic faith — but all the better! 

The Republican governor also said the health risks of trying to change a child’s sexual orientation, as identified by the American Psychological Association, outweigh concerns over the government setting limits on parental choice.

"Government should tread carefully into this area," he said in the signing note, which was obtained by The Associated Press, "and I do so here reluctantly."

"However, I also believe that on the issues of medical treatment for children we must look to experts in the field to determine the relative risks and rewards," Christie said, citing a litany of potential ill effects of trying to change sexual orientation, including depression and suicide. "I believe that exposing children to these health risks without clear evidence of benefits that outweigh these serious risks is not appropriate."

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. Christie has been anything but an ally to LGBT people, making this move all the more significant. Now let’s work on protecting youth all over the country from this horrible practice. 

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13 8 / 2013

nosoytuchiste:

I’m Not a Joke is a campaign spreading awareness for the LGBTI community through art and design, created by Daniel Arzola (@Arzola_d) for the school of Visual Arts Rafael Monasterios in light of the recent violent acts against the sexually diverse community in Venezuela. It initially seeks to expand in the online community. If you’d like to share your opinion please do so via twitter using the hashtag #ImNotaJoke. Like our page on Facebook and share our designs to support our cause! 

Shop: http://society6.com/Arzolad/tshirts

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13 8 / 2013

ameliated:

So, I was asked to make a Transgender 101 presentation/PDF for Three3littlebirds, would help her class. I ended up making this presentation, and I thought I’d show you fine folks what the end result turned out to be.

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13 8 / 2013

insanepoet9:

nowherezone11:

This is a list I made for YALSA’s The Hub on the wide range of YA literature featuring LGBTQ characters. See the full post and a downloadable pdf here

LOVE but shouldn’t “trangendered” just be transgender? 

^I was thinking the same thing. I thought it looked wrong. 

(Source: mollymwetta, via itgetsbetterproject)

13 8 / 2013

thetrevorproject:

Great news! Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill ensuring that California public schools respect the gender of students and allow transgender students to fully participate in all activities that match their true gender.

thetrevorproject:

Great news! Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill ensuring that California public schools respect the gender of students and allow transgender students to fully participate in all activities that match their true gender.