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LGBTQ* Podcasts You May Have Missed
Stuff You Missed in History Class, from How Stuff W?rks, is a wonderful source for information about LGBTQ* culture. Recently, SYMIHC covered trans* wagon master Charley Parkhurst. Charley is one of Wells Fargo’s historical bragging rights and his first vote made west coast voting history (listen to podcast HERE).
Interested in a bit more about Charley Parkhurst?
Want to know more?
KNOWhomo’s Charley Parkhurst Blog
Check out more Trans* history under our #trans* hashtag
I’m sitting here watching the season finale of Bones (before it expires in 4 hours), scrambling to finish packing, to update my iPod, to make sure I have Kafka on the Shore because it is one of my favorite plane reads. Tomorrow, I leave for Florida and top surgery. It hasn’t quite hit me yet beyond the realization that at this point, I’m probably not going to get any sleep. Too much to do.
This summer, I have taken a lot of time for me. I’ve moved in leaps in my transition, spent days at the barn or the lake, slept in parking lots to go to Six Flags or to the doctor the next morning, went to my first music festival followed by a random trip to the state capital just because I wanted my partner to see the science museum. I haven’t watched television, haven’t touched my computer more than once a week, haven’t spent a day indoors unless it was raining. And I have been happy.
After a lot of debate with myself and discussions with my friends and people I know who have been on T, I started T. I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), and I wondered what affect it could have (if anyone else has any experiences with T and PCOS, I’d love to hear about it). But after discussions with my endocrinologist about diet and exercise and what PCOS means to me, I decided I wanted to start with careful supervision. I have also been working hard to run or hike six days a week and keep my diet low in red meats and high in fruits and vegetables. And I love it. I love running on the trails by the lake or on the loop around campus before work.
I’ll be updating y’all about what all is entailed in the pre-op, post-op, and my impressions of Fort Lauderdale, so keep an eye out. And if you have any questions for me, just ask.
LGBTQ* Artists and Photographers You Should Keep On Your Radar
Photographer REBECCA SWAN
Queer artist Rebecca Swan from Aotearoa, New Zealand reexamines gender and the way the body is captured through a photography. Many of the individuals who share their bodies with Swan’s camera identify outside of the gender binary, including many members of the trans* community. Swan’s book ASSUME NOTHING follows twenty five people as they pose, expose, and share their most intimate truths with the camera.
1. Source — “Dred”
3. Source — Rebecca Swan, Photographer
4. Source — “Reshma Valliappan”
5. Source — “Mark”
6. Source — “Shane”
7. Source — “Merge”
KNOWhomo's Posts Worth Repeating:
LGBTQ* Insight, Education and Ally Conversations
From Oregon State
— Roommate Questions/Answers
(You may want to pass this on to RAs in conversation)
Questions for Roomates
In the residence halls
In a residence hall environment, we interact daily with a wide variety of people. Statistics have shown that at least 10% of the general population consider themselves to be lesbian or gay, and many more consider themselves to be bisexual. It is very likely that you will meet individuals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) during your time at OSU. This page was developed to hopefully answer some of the questions you may have. Remember, you may ask these questions of your Residence Life staff as well.
Why do they flaunt their sexuality?
“What people do in their own bedrooms is their own business, but I saw two guys walking across campus holding hands.”
One of the worst forms of oppression for a human being is to be denied emotional expression. Curiously, it is called “expressing love” when heterosexuals hold hands, but “flaunting” when LGBT people express their love. How would heterosexuals react if they could not hold hands, kiss, dance together, go to romantic dinners, or be married? LGBT people who are open with their affections are not trying to shock others, but are just doing what is natural to them and others.
What should I do if a friend tells me that he or she is gay? What does that say about me?
Most LGBT people who “come out” would like the same sincere acceptance and encouragement you might want when you tell a friend something special about yourself. Because of many people’s “homophobic” attitude (fear and derision of same sex relationships), many gays are afraid of rejection from their friends. You might first honestly ask yourself how you feel about this news and then discuss it as a caring friend.
Some people who find out a close friend is LGBT wonder “What does that mean about me?” This is a natural reaction. What it probably means is that your friend trusts you very much. However, liking someone gay does not make you gay any more than liking someone smart makes you smart.
If my roommate “comes out” to me, does that mean that he or she thinks that I’m gay too?
There is a big difference between “coming out” and “coming on.” As discussed above, most gay people who come out want to be accepted, not hassled. Sometimes a gay person might “come on” to you, tell you they are attracted to you, or want an intimate relationship with you. You can handle it in the same manner that you would handle a heterosexual approach. Gay love is as serious and legitimate as heterosexual love. Again, you should discuss it with your friend.
If I accept my LGBT roommate, will he or she bring in lots of LGBT friends and push me out?
A formerly taboo subject will be out in the open. You may feel uncomfortable from a lack of experience dealing with gay people who are not “closeted.” The LGBT friends should respect non-LGBT people just as LGBT people expect to be respected. Visits by LGBT folks are a good opportunity to learn about this large and diverse segment of the population. However, be cautious about presuming that all your roommate’s friends are LGBT. His or her best friends may be straight.
Won’t my friends or parents think I’m gay if I have a gay roommate or friend or defend equal rights?
Defending equal rights for gays is often a courageous stance to take. Some people may conclude that such a person has a vested interest to do so. It is up to you whether you feel that the people you are defending are worth the risk of occasional accusations or assumptions by others. Remember that a word from heterosexual friends and allies in defense or support of gay rights can go a long way to help change people’s minds.
Now that I know my roommate is gay, I don’t feel comfortable about nudity, dressing, showering, etc.
More than likely, you have been living together long enough to trust each other. There is no reason for the trust to diminish now. Your roommate has been gay or lesbian all along! Bear in mind that gays are not always comfortable with non-gays, either. Gay people, just like straight people, are attracted to certain types of folks. Most gays and lesbians are not sexually interested in heterosexuals, just as the reverse is true.
LGBTQ* Slam You May Have Missed
Miles Walser’s “Heirachy” from NYC’s 2013 Nation Poetry Slam
LGBTQ* Statistics 2013
Current information from the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender* Association (IGLA.org)
KNOWhomo Past Posts and their Relevance Today
Pride Flags You (Might?) See and What They Mean
Flags of Our Family
With flags being flown across the country, accompanied by dedicated voices, strength, and compassion, we provide a helpful history of some of the colors waving above our heads.
(for more information, check out #Flag)
LGBTQ* Pride Flags You Should Know
#1: LGBTQ* Pride (**first flag in 1978 with 8 colors represented Lesbian/Gay culture)
#2: Bisexual Pride
#3: Pansexual Pride
#4: Asexual/Ace Pride
#6: Intersex Pride
#7: Trans* Pride
#8: Lipstick Lesbian Pride
#10: Leather Pride
LGBTQ* News We Are Following Right Now
Move On Petition for Damien
By Torrey Moorman (Contact)
To be delivered to: Barbara Rothweiler, Ph.D. Principal, Principal, https://www.saintpiusx.com/
St. Pius High School administration is refusing to recognize Damian’s gender identity, even though all his classmates, teachers, and family know Damian as a male. The administration says that because he has “female” marked on his birth certificate — despite the fact that he is now legally Damian and not Brandi — he still must walk in a girl’s cap and gown for graduation.
KNOWhomo Moderator Personal Post:
Cael’s First (Performance in a) Drag King Show
Something I have always wanted to do got crossed off my list not long ago: participating in a drag show. I mean, who doesn’t want to be a Warbler for a night? Being rather shy with a dislike of stages (until I get on them at least) had led me away from this particular goal, but when my best friend said, “Hey, we should do this,” I jumped at the chance. We asked another friend to help us out and spent a Sunday evening entertaining our significant others while coming up with choreography basic enough even I could get it.
After missing the Wednesday dress rehearsal, I ended up outside the venue with some of the kings as they smoked before leaving, still made up from practicing their performances. They had Tupperware containers of hair and hairspray in hand, hair still on their cheeks and chins. I sat on the steps and listened to their conversations as they talked to my friends and significant other. I heard a random snippet about being excited about a packer coming in the mail, and then the focus turned to binding. One remarked on how much it hurt, another how their nipples were so close to their armpits, one more how they were so thankful they wouldn’t have to be made up much longer and could get out of that discomfort. The conversation curved again, and I stopped paying attention until my best friend turned to me before going inside and tossed back a reminder, “Is it still cool if I borrow that binder Friday?” something we had previously agreed upon. One of the kings, someone I have met and hung out with several times walked up quickly and asked, “Could I borrow one too?”
This whole situation struck me strangely, and still in a way I don’t quite fully understand. Listening to the kings talk about binding and how painful and uncomfortable it is when that is my everyday life was bizarre. I don’t have the luxury of not binding. It just is. It is an integral part of my life which I hate but can’t avoid. And to hear that conversation when I don’t have that same freedom brought up a bitterness in me which I don’t normally possess—or at least, acknowledge. I tend to live my life on the brink of not knowing what is going to happen and enjoying that sensation. I do not often look past the now, and I am very good at ignoring the things which break into my bubble of exploration and art and beauty and literature. I have never before in a group of cis women felt so displaced and dysphoric. My jealousy and bitterness (when I do acknowledge it) centers around cis men, specifically in any setting where they can go shirtless.
I don’t quite know how to put into words the entirety of my feelings around this conversation, but having someone I only vaguely know ask to borrow a binder from me made me even more uncomfortable. It felt like a disrespect of my identity, another almost-slap after the binding talk. Do you know how much binders cost? Do you know what it feels like in the summer to have to wear layers of compression shirts so you can move around without having your binder rub you raw? Do you know what it’s like never to be able to wear a tank top to escape the heat? Never to be able just to get out of bed in the morning and get dressed but to always be anchored to this one article of clothing simply so you can be? This one restrictive device which holds your nipples up by your armpits and constricts your ribcage so you can have the presentation of a male chest?
I just—I am not a person easily offended. I talk openly about everything regarding my own transition, my feelings, all generally trans* knowledge which people may or may not know, but in this, I am always aware of the people around me. I am always aware of dynamics and feelings and privacy. Binding is such a constant thing in my life, something I want to go away. I want to be able to take off the binder and be, but I can’t. It is necessary to complete this person, and I felt like for those few minutes my incompleteness was this flippant thing everyone could talk about while enjoying their cigarettes. I’m not a doll who gets dressed up everyday. I’m a man who needs this one thing to have the world look at me and see me as such. It’s one thing for a person I see as a sister to borrow a binder, someone who still sometimes looks at me after a long night and asks me how long I have had my binder on, a simple reminder for my own safety (my own safety, think about that). But it’s a completely different thing for someone I don’t know well, in front of a group of people, to ask the same.
LGBTQ* Musicians On Our Radar Right Now!
“Ryan Cassata…is a seasoned performer who has toured the country, appeared on television, written for film, and has done dozens of other amazing things as an advocate of equal rights who speaks publicly (and courageously) about transgender issues. When Ryan belts out a song, every note is infused with bravery and conviction.” - LI Pulse Magazine, June 2nd, 2011
Ryan Cassata is a transgender singer-songwriter from Long Island, NY who - all by the age of 19 - successfully cut five records, booked and went on several tours, played many of the world’s biggest gay music festivals, and appeared on National & International TV several times on shows such as the Larry King Live Show & The Tyra Banks Show. Ryan now lives in San Francisco, CA.
LGBTQ* People In History (of Great Importance)
The “Einstein of Sex”: Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld
14 May 1868 – 14 May 1935
Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld was a scholar, physician, sexologist, and arguably the first outspoken gay and transgender activist in modern history.
Why he rocks?
1. Jewish gay* identified doctor, fought to end Paragraph 175 in Germany ( a law that made homosexuality punishable by law)
2. Founding member of Wissenschaftlich-humanitäres Komitee(WhK) ( English: The Scientific-Humanitarian Committee), which acted advocacy group to many underrepresented individuals (including the queer* population).
3. Led the FIRST congress for sexual reform
5. Created a way of cataloging identities, 64 of them, outside of “gay/lesbian,” including many ways to identify oneself outside of cisgender identification. Hirschfeld is one of the earliest scholars and advocates for the transgender community in Western culture.
6. Created the Institute for Sexual Research, which became a safe haven for queer* individuals in Berlin
7. Joined the Bund für Mutterschutz (League for the Protection of Mothers), fighting for women’s equality and the decriminalization of abortions
8. Lost his entire library and most of his life work to the Nazi party but was able to flee and save his life (and rumored to have saved a few others). Nazi soldiers burned the entire institution’s contents on May 6, 1933 (80 years ago this month).
Imagine what the world might be if we still had all of his notes and the stories of hundreds of queer* identified and trans* identified individuals.
LGBTQ* History You Might Have Missed
Trans* Religious History 101
(Catharina Margaretha) Linck - FTM Transgender Person, executed for sodomy in Prussia in 1721
Above Graphics from Words Without Borders
A selection of art from the biography of Catharina Margaretha Linck
by Elke R. Steiner
Translated by Edna McCown
At this time the KNOWhomo team is digging deeper into the story of Linck. There have been too many opposing stories to share any accurate information at this time. We wanted to share the graphics above and start a conversation about how we research and compile information for our posts. If you have more information on Linck, please pass it our way.
Keep On, Keeping On!