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Facebook News We’re Following, Pt. 2
Facebook.com officially launched their “Custom Gender” option, along with “Pronoun Preference” today.
KNOWhomo Throw Back Thursday
On todays date, in 1953, Christine Jorgensen returned to New York following the first internationally recognized sex reassignment surgery, performed by Dr. Christian Hamburger
LGBTQ* People You Should Know
Christine Jorgensen (May 30, 1926 – May 3, 1989)
- Jorgensen was the first transgender individual to gain wide press and conduct interviews following sexual reassignment surgery (SRS)
***Note, Jorgensen’s SRS was not the first. It was the first to gain international attention.***
- While serving in the army in 1945, Jorgensen found supportive surgeons and endocrinologists while in Copenhagen
- During this time, sexual reassignment surgery was illegal in many countries
- America had no known surgery available
- Jorgensen’s surgery was front page news in 1952 (making the headline of New York Daily News reading “Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Beauty.”)
- Jorgensen, after returning to America, became close to Dr. Harry Benjamin, who would go on to oversee much of her physical transition later in life
- During the course of her life, Jorgensen became an advocate and voice for the transgender community.
LGBTQ* Ally Cookies and Ally Rules
from GayWrites.org’s creator, Camille.
Camille, the creator and moderator of Tumblr’s GayWrites as well as AskGayWrites, is a site you I (Rebecca) will stand up for as one of my favorites on Tumblr. It is well sourced, researched, and like many blogs, Camille puts endless hours of her own time into the large project that is GayWrites.org.
Check her out! And, If you feel inclined, subscribe to her YouTube Channel.
LGBTQ* News On Our Radar
Pamela Raintree and ‘Stone the Vote’
Pamela (to Shreveport Councilman Ron Webb): Leviticus 20:13 states, ‘If a man also lie with mankind as he lieth with a woman, they shall surely put him to death’,I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb, in case that your Bible talk isn’t just a smoke screen for personal prejudices.
Video from KMSS of Shreveport, Fox 33.
*screams of full support* GO, PAM!
This beautiful, intelligent, and driven woman is a good friend of mine. Pamela Raintree has a special spot in my heart. She was the first person to speak to my parents when they attended their first PFLAG meeting with me. She is a talented artist. A loving friend. A compassionate neighbor. And just one hell of a woman.
We know that Pamela Raintree has been blowing up Tumblr but I wanted to keep the conversation going. Stone the Vote, Pam. And as always -
Keep On, Keeping On!
-Rebecca, creator and co-moderator of KNOWhomo.tumblr
With the twentieth anniversary of Brandon Teena’s death tomorrow, the KNOWhomo team realizes how far we all still have to go to educated ourselves about the Trans* community and create a safe world for all of our fellow neighbors. One way we can do this is by exposing/researching narratives other than our own.
Keep On Learning/Sharing,
Quintessential Movies from the Trans* Film Canon You Should Know*Please note: All language is taken from press releases/movie information/film write ups. Some language may seem problematic. The films are presented to a mass audience with the descriptions below.
- Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink) — story of a young MAAB child and her expression
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch — Transexual punk rocker Hedwig leads us through her life, Eastern Europe, mega-stardom, and love in this rock opera
- Boys Don’t Cry — biopic about Brandon Teena and the final days of his life
- Beautiful Boxer — biopic story of Nong Thoom (born Parinya Kiatbusaba), a famous kathoey, Muay Thai fighter, actress and model.
- Soldier’s Girl — biopic about Barry Winchell, his relationship with Calpernia Addams, and the events of his fellow soldiers
- Breakfast on Pluto — follows the life of Patrick “Kitten” Braden in the fictional Irish town of Tyrellin in the 1940s
- Orlando — based on V. Woolf’s novel of the same name, this film follow the forever young Orlando through life (an all it’s incarnations)
- Transamerica — follows Bree as she travels cross-country with her son
- The Adventures of Sebastian Cole — Sebastian returns to the US to reunite with his father after his sexual reassignment surgery
- 20 centímetros (20 Centimeters)— Spanish film following a woman as she works towards surgery to fix her “20 centimeters of problems”
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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)
LGBTQ* Profiles and Public Speakers You May Be Interested In
Ryan Sallans - 8 years of personal growth
I thought it might be fun to post side-by-side photos of how my facial structure has changed on testosterone use over the past 8 years. The years are noted by “year” after the number. The other numbers are the months on T.
For anyone thinking about starting testosterone or just recently have started I recommend maintaining a diary of your changes so that you can look back at your changes, where you have been, and where you are going.
My 8 year anniversary on T was last month and now I am reflecting back on my own experiences.
Physical Changes on T:
When it comes to physical changes, the first thing I noticed was my voice dropping in pitch, the first three months were very subtle but by month four there was a significant drop and it didn’t change much after month nine for me. …..Okay, maybe the first thing that I should of listed was an increase in libido. That happened right away and stayed with me for the first year (it died down a lot after as the years have gone by). Along with a change in libido, I also experienced a change in clitoral growth. Many (including myself) find this to be uncomfortable for the first few months, but after a while that discomfort also subsides.
The second thing I noticed was the changes in both body and facial hair. By month three I could make out noticeable hairs on the underside of my chin, by a year I had more on the underside of my chin and neck and a few coming in on the sides of my face. Sideburns didn’t really start to become noticeable until month 13 and my beard didn’t get to where it is today until year 7! As far as body hair, my chest and stomach are super hairy, but my back and behind remain hairless…for now.
The third thing I noticed was the stopping of menstruation. This took me six months to come to a full stop and after a year on testosterone I went in for a complete hysterectomy due to SEVERE cramping. Research and testimony is showing that this cramping usually goes away after one to three years on testosterone, but for people like me who couldn’t handle it and didn’t won’t those parts in, I can say that surgery does eliminate that problem.
As far as personality, that stays the same!
I’ll do a series of changes with my torso next week for those interested!
Ryan - Learn/see more about transitioning via my websitewww.ryansallans.com