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31 Mar 04:15

A note about trans exclusion at New Orleans Women’s Health Clinic in 2009

by emigrl

Back in June 2009, I saw a post on now-defunct Questioning Transphobia blog that called attention the website of New Orleans Women’s Health Clinic, which read, in part, “We are currently not able to provide care to trans people who were male assigned at birth or who have had genital sex reassignment surgery. Please call for referrals.” The poster, a white trans woman who had recently relocated to New Orleans and was looking for health resources, was outraged to read the outright discrimination against trans women. When the post went up, many people were also outraged, and it ignited a firestorm of criticisms against NOWHC’s transphobia.

I agreed that NOWHC’s statement was deeply problematic and offensive, but I was also concerned how an army of mostly white trans women and allies initiated a campaign of full-on attacks on NOWHC, a small reproductive health clinic (which was at the time on hiatus due to lack of resources) established by (mostly) Black women affiliated with Incite! Women of Color (now “Women and Trans People of Color”) Against Violence after Hurricane Katrina left many women completely devastated and without needed services such as this. Yes, NOWHC’s exclusion of trans women must be addressed and corrected, but I felt that there was a better way to achieve that.

So I told folks on the blog that I was contacting someone I knew from Incite! New Orleans to get it addressed, and asked them to give me a little time to do so. For this, I was viciously attacked for a prolonged period of time for supposedly attempting to “silence” trans women’s righteous anger over the statement, but I was simply asking white trans women to take a step back and let me, a trans-ish woman of color with existing ties to Incite!, work things out with the women I knew from Incite! New Orleans.

After several email and phone conversations, NOWHC publicly apologized to trans women and had a statement posted on Questioning Transphobia blog. The original poster also apologized to NOWHC for rushing to publish the article attacking the clinic only an hour after sending them an email questioning the statement instead of waiting for their response.

Questioning Transphobia blog has since disappeared, as did many other blogs and websites that discussed the incident, so it has become difficult to learn what happened and how it got resolved. An unfortunate result of this is that it left a vague memory that Incite! has done something transphobic in the past, with no knowledge or awareness of a resolution, which continues to give the impression that Incite! might still be a trans women exclusionary institution.

I cannot find any web archive of NOWHC’s statement or Questioning Transphobia blog, but I was able to find email exchanges from 2009 that included the statement. With the permission of the Incite!, I am publishing an excerpt from the statement below.

We agree that the questions and concerns you raise are very important. The priorities we hold in providing safe, accessible, and unbiased care to women regardless of their race, income, sexuality, gender identity, body type, citizenship status, work sector, legal history, ability, age, language, and family size and status are often regarded as a “risk” and “liability” by many medical professionals. This reality has delayed our efforts to hire a new Medical Director and created many barriers for many members of our community, including you, in seeking safe, quality, and respectful services.

In making the statements “we are currently not able to provide care to trans people who were male assigned at birth or who have had genital sex reassignment surgery. Please call for referrals,” we were referencing the lack of experience and training that our former medical staff had in providing trans affirmative care to all women regardless of their body types, and gender identities and expressions. We recognize that the current language on our website marginalizes trans women in particular, even though it says elsewhere that we provide services to “all women.” Although “services” provided at the Clinic are not restricted to our medical programs, we recognize that the way it is written implies that we offer no services at all to trans women, which is marginalizing and confusing. It would be more accurate to say that our goal is to provide medical services to all women, though we are having a difficult time reaching it. We take responsibility for this inaccurate representation, and for the ways in which the language is disrespectful, and we sincerely apologize.

Collectively and organizationally, we are committed to creating institutions and environments that challenge gender-policing and trans and homophobia by dismantling racist, heterosexist, patriarchal, classist, and xenophobic ideologies of exclusion, discrimination, hatred, and violence, which creates barriers for many members of our community, particularly those persons who are women of color, poor, LGBTQ, immigrant, differently-abled, homeless, heads of households, disabled, sex workers, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated, young, and living in racially and economically segregated communities. Our website doesn’t reflect this politic effectively and we are currently in the process of modifying it.

Besides language, we share the concern about the core issue of offering safe, quality, and respectful services to all women. Since our founding, we have struggled to hire medical staff who don’t pathologize, demonize, and criminalize the bodies of undocumented women, women with disabilities, l/b/t/q/i women, women of color, low-income women, homeless women, and women working in the sex industry because of our sexuality, reproductive decisions, and gender expressions. Currently, we are evaluating if we can realistically find medical staff that meet this expectation, particularly given the current conditions of the city.

In the future, I think it would help to post such statements to Incite!’s own website/blog in addition to where the firestorm originated from so that memories of the organization’s mistakes and growth can survive the forgetfulness (except in the NSA database) of the internet.

31 Mar 16:16

laughterkey: bookoisseur:Me & adulthoodisokay laughterkey...


I'll drink to that!

30 Mar 16:16

barrageofnerdery:guy:mistressmalfoy: my dad doesn’t believe that...




my dad doesn’t believe that dogs can smile so here is a compilation of 10 of my fave smiling dog pictures

I can’t wait to grow up and own 30 dogs

The happiest post on the internet.

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bobbyeobu:this is me


this is me

30 Mar 02:01

Woke up physically tired this morning and have been slow-moving...

Woke up physically tired this morning and have been slow-moving all afternoon, thanks to the cortisol-spike I experienced while arguing with some idiot manchild on the Internet yesterday. But… no regrets, and a crystal clear thought in my head: Guys, don’t ever expect women to be polite or kind to you when you rock up to a discussion with your lifetime’s worth of unearned, undeserved entitlement, and say something idiotic. There’s this expectation that we “lesser humans” are supposed to be polite to our overlords, even when said overlords are, well, actively lording it over us. “Play nice with the apex predators, dear.” No. For whatever reason, I’ve never had that instinct. And for whatever reason, I’m still alive.*  So… Big, fat NOPE.

 I’m more than happy to apologize for accidentally stepping on someone else’s foot. But not for punching a bully who’s trying to stick his dick in my ear.

*I’m relatively certain that’s because of my own substantial privilege and insulation. I do realize it’s a freakin’ *luxury* for me to be able to spar with douchebags about such matters, and it is one for which I am grateful.

31 Mar 15:46

bu77er: Six years ago today, April Ludgate had 93 meetings...


Six years ago today, April Ludgate had 93 meetings scheduled for Ron Swanson. Never forget.

29 Mar 20:30

‘Indiana: A great place to be a bigot’

by VIA: Internet Action Force
‘Indiana: A great place to be a bigot’Clip description: "If you love covered bridges and discriminating, book your trip to Indiana today." ("Paid for by the Indiana Board of Terrible People.")
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29 Mar 17:33

This is such a funny thing, even though SNL made it go on WAY...

This is such a funny thing, even though SNL made it go on WAY too long. As a gifset, it’s PERFECT.

29 Mar 15:24

slow-riot:*wraps myself in blankets*My name is Cozymandias, king of kings


*wraps myself in blankets*

My name is Cozymandias, king of kings

28 Mar 04:38

realdetective:Avoid gender stereotyping.


Avoid gender stereotyping.

28 Mar 03:43

mayrlynray:daddyslittlebunny: jazzumon: starlight-pixie: THIS...









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28 Mar 17:41

Prison Inmate Emails His Own Release Instructions To the Prison - Slashdot

Prison Inmate Emails His Own Release Instructions To the Prison - Slashdot:
A fraudster used a mobile phone while inside a UK prison to email the prison a notice for him to be released. The prison staff then released him. The domain was registered in the name of the police officer investigating him, and its address was the court building. The inmate was in prison for fraud — he was originally convicted after calling several banks and getting them to send him upwards of £1.8 million.
31 Mar 22:38

hipeerpressure:whiskey-and-ink:micdotcom:These bad ass derby...




These bad ass derby photos are shattering stereotypes about female athletes 

A healthy body is a strong body. That’s the message behind Cory Layman’s “Body by Derby” project, an inspiring collection of images of roller derby players. The project is proving that women of all shapes and sizes can be strong and powerful — no matter their body fat percentage.

There are 6 more of these — equally as awesome

One has a tattoo that says ‘THESE GAMS KILL FASCISTS’ just

just fuck me up.

This is exactly what I love about derby. So long as you work for strength, you can have any kind of body and still be a kick-ass jammer or blocker.

31 Mar 17:02

wrfloutloud:Warning for auto-play in links[Raeen Roes/ Angel...


Warning for auto-play in links

[Raeen Roes/ Angel Haze] - Hip hop, rap

[Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!] - Punk rock

[Gerard Way] - Pop punk

[The Shondes] - Alternative 

[Kokumo] - Classical

[Schmekel] - Punk/alternative

[Good Asian Drivers] - Alternative

[Butch County] - Hard rock

[Heidi Barton Stink] - Rap

[La Roux] - Pop/electronic

[Ruby Rose] - Electronic/pop

[JD Samson] - Electronic/alternative

[Kieran Strange] - Alternative/pop punk

[Rae Spoon] - Indie rock/ folk punk

[Jayne County] - Indie 

[Steam Powered Giraffe] - Alternative

[Antony and the Johnsons] - Art pop/classical

[Geo Wyeth] - Classical/art

[Evan Greer] - Folk punk

[The Cliks] - Indie

[Rosanonymous] - Indie/punk

[Rocco Katastrophe] - Hip hop

[Jordaan Mason] - Undefined genre

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31 Mar 04:17

alex-v-hernandez: grrrl-with-far-away-eyes: You will get so...


Step 1: have a "significant other. " :/

31 Mar 18:24

Japanese Quintet Performs the ‘Hyrule Field’ Theme From ‘The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’

by Rollin Bishop

Japanese quintet Milt x Meine Meinung recently performed the “Hyrule Field” theme from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The group is composed of Eriko Iwasawa (Vocal/Flute), Hiroyuki Kato (Guitar/Violin), Kenta Sato (Guitar), Makoto Suzaki (Bass), and Milt on the ocarina.

via Digg

31 Mar 18:23

23silence: A. Renaudin - Nasturtiums, 1893


A. Renaudin - Nasturtiums, 1893

31 Mar 18:50

guywholooksliketaylorswiftfan:It’s that time of year again


It’s that time of year again

31 Mar 18:53

think-progress: gaywrites:Happy International Transgender Day...



Happy International Transgender Day of Visibility! Click here to learn about what this day means and here to learn what you can do to get involved in the most respectful, meaningful and supportive ways possible. Trans friends and family, here’s to you! 

Happy #TDOV

31 Mar 21:36

Activists Stop Paying Their Student Loans

by Anya Kamenetz

Students who say their for-profit college degrees are worthless took their "debt strike" to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Tuesday.

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01 Apr 12:27

Bronies, Anti-Rape Chants, and Gendered Change

by TBridges

Originally posted at Girl W/ Pen!

By: C.J. Pascoe and Tristan Bridges

rainbow_glasses_by_j_brony-d4cw4aoUpon first glance, men who identify as “bronies” (a subculture of men who like My Little Pony) seem to illustrate a fundamental transformation in masculinity. These men appear to be less stigmatized by association with something “feminine” or “feminizing” (like children’s toys initially marketed to young girls). New research by graduate students John Bailey and Brenna Harvey, however, found that even in a subculture formed around a seemingly emasculating hobby, participants still lob gendered and sexualized insults and epithets at one another. In his write-up on the research in The Guardian, Adam Gabbatt explained some of Bailey and Harvey’s findings in this way:

Bailey and Harvey found that even men who fancy My Little Pony cartoon characters are likely to scrap with each other using similar terms and putdowns to “normal” men, even to the point of using the same terminology, such as “faggot,” to police their environment.

One particular incident was a putdown from one member to another in an online brony forum that read: “Go be normal somewhere else, faggot.” While we might expect “fag” to be lobbed at members of the group by outsiders, it might seem odd that (at least some) bronies use the term as well.

AP_OREGON2_150102_DG_16x9_992Contemporary Western masculinity is in many ways characterized by these seeming contradictions. Consider what happened when the University of Oregon defeated Florida State University at the Rose Bowl earlier this year (to which CJ would like to add: “Yeah we did! GO DUCKS!”). In the post-game revelry, some of the Oregon players began to chant “No means no!” to the tune of the (racist) “War Chant” regularly sung by FSU fans. As ThinkProgress reported,

The chant was almost certainly intended to target [Jameis] Winston [Florida State’s quarterback], who has been embroiled in a sexual assault scandal since 2012, when a female student accused him of raping her. He has not been officially charged or sanctioned for the incident, and won the Heisman Trophy amid the ongoing controversy.

Commentaries on this incident widely lauded it as a moment in which young men were collectively, publicly, shaming another man accused of sexual violence with a long time feminist slogan.

While on the surface these two events are incredibly different, elements connect the two. Among the bronies, a man chastised another as a “fag” in part to defend his own gender transgressive interest and identity and the community in which he participates. Among the Oregon Ducks, a group of men appear to be embracing the feminist principle that Sarah Silverman recently tweeted so eloquently (to the anger of at least a few men), “Don’t rape.” These examples involve men telling other men, “You are not masculine, and here is why… Oh, and I am (just in case that wasn’t clear).” The content of what makes someone masculine doesn’t actually matter nearly as much as the ability to deny that powerful social identity to others.

Now, don’t get us wrong; we are thrilled to see high profile athletes embracing the notion of consent and refuting sexual violence. Men publicly condemning sexual violence are important and can be extremely powerful. But, behind these statements is a protectionist ideology that involves men claiming to symbolically protect women from other “bad” and (importantly) “less” masculine men. The White House-sponsored “1 is 2 Many” public service announcement combats sexual violence using a similar tactic. 1is2ManyPSA60Second-YouTube7-tile_zps0c2a2e3fIn the PSA, a group of professional actors, along with Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama, call for an end to sexual violence and assault. Many say things like actor Daniel Craig, who says, “If I saw it happening, I’d never blame her. I’d help her.” Craig is probably most identifiable as having recently portrayed James Bond—a character who, among other things, is best known for having his way with any woman he chooses. But positioning sexual assault as something that other, bad, less masculine men do (like those, say, who lose football games) allows some men to say, “Real men don’t rape. And WE are real men.” But the “real men” discourse may be problematic in and of itself. (See the “My Strength is Not for Hurting” campaign for another example of this tactic).

What all of these instances illustrate and what draws us to them is that they seem to illustrate (positive) changes in contemporary masculinity—young men engaging in activities stigmatized as feminine, athletes shaming one of their own for sexual assault, male politicians and actors publicly espousing an end to sexual violence. If, as activists have argued, a problematic aspect of masculinity is the fact that it entails putting others down, distance from femininity, and sexually dominating women, then we should be unequivocally celebrating these changes.

However, as we have written about before, gendered change is complicated. These changes illustrate that masculinities are flexible—sometimes incredibly so. Masculinities can be prodded and reworked in ways that incorporate practices and symbols not historically associated with masculinity at all. But, in reworking them, masculinity reveals that depriving others of this powerful social identity is often the key ingredient of the social identity. These transformations hold incredible potential. But, whether that potential is realized is an entirely different question. And that, it seems, is the next project: realizing potential for gendered change that does not revolve around repudiating less socially desirable gendered identities or rely on the methods of dominance involved in sustaining some forms of social inequality in the first place.

31 Mar 04:16

alex-v-hernandez: wormwoman