LGBTQ* Infographic / Law Graphics You Should See
This protection applies to Federal jobs/employments. One can still be fired in 34 states by private/state jobs for being Trans*.
Want to know more? Read Cornell Journal of Law’s article HERE.
Mia Macy and her wife, Trish (via MetroWeekly.com)
LGBTQ* Terms and Definitions
Transgender V. Transsexual - As defined by different organizations, dictionaries and websites
(Graph from Northwestern University’s Medical Department)
LGBTQ* Trans* Biographies, Autobiographies, and Memoirs You Should Know
(A Few Of) The Personal Stories of the Trans* Community
1. The First Man-Made Man: The Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth-Century Medical Revolutionby Pagan Kennedy
2. A Strange Sort of Being: The Transgender Life of Lucy Ann/ Joseph Israel Lobdell, 1820-1912 by Bambi L. Lobdell
3. Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton by Diane Wood Middlebrook
4. Nina Here Nor There by Nick Krieger
5. Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green
6. Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love, and Life by Ryan Sallans
7. Christine Jorgensen: A Personal Autobiography by Christine Jorgensen
8. A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is todayby Kate Bornstein
9. She’s Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan
10. Transition: The Story of How I Became A Man by Chaz Bono
LGBTQ* Nonfiction to Keep on Your Radar
Trans/Love edited by Morty Diamond
Exploring the crossroads of gender and sexuality, Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love & Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary offers unusually engaging narratives that create a raw and honest depiction of dating, sex, love, and relationships among members of the gender variant community. FTM, MTF, thirdgender, genderqueer, and other non-traditional identities beyond the gender binary of traditional male and female are included in this often heartwarming, occasionally heartbreaking, always heartfelt groundbreaking anthology. From monogamous love and marriage to anonymous sex and one-night hook-ups (and everything in between), these stories offer readers insight into the precarious emotional and practical mechanics of intimacy among gender-variant experiences. (from Amazon.com)
Read a personal review/reflection from Lesbelib’s Exploring Gender writer, Cael, HERE.
You can also follow Cael on tumblr HERE.
LGBTQ* Quotes and Quips
Leslie Feinberg on Gender
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* Websites and Books You Should Know
The wonderful authors and illustrators of THE GENDER BOOK have released a new 60 page color booklet for you to read, download, print, and share.
Check out their homepage HERE
Print and share the newest edition HERE
LGBTQ* “Rush” of History
"Mountain" Charlie Darkey Parkhurst
Legend states that Parkhurst started his young life by running away from his parents, being placed in an orphanage and escaped with only his trousers and shirt to set out as a farm and ranch hand. From there, Parkhurst went on to work his way towards California as a stagecoach driver.
Parkhurst was one of the toughest stagecoach drivers to ever work for Wells Fargo and command the mountains during the California gold rush. It is even said the Parkhurst shot and killed at least one bandit during the rush. Respected by miners and Wells Fargo, feared by those who upset the balance of the miners and a man of legend, Parkhurst was one of the most known individuals in California in the mid-1860s.
Upon death, as neighbors prepared Parkhurst’s body for burial, it was discovered that Parkhurst was born biologically female. This information was not shared with newspapers or others. Both Parkhurst’s neighbors and doctor only shared with others that they would remember Parkhurst as one of the most impressive drivers and men of their time.
Parkhurst has since made one of California’s “first-to-do-so” lists. Parkhurst is credited as being California’s first female born individual to cast a vote in an election (1868).
(note: The above photo is from Wells Fargo’s Blog and I highly recommend reading their blogger discuss sharing the story with grade-schoolers.)
LGBTQ* Insight and Advice
Coming Out to Your Parents
Remember EVERY family is unique and reactions are not the same for any two people.
Questions you should ask yourself:
Be Clear in Your Own Mind
* Questions supplied by PFLAG Philadelphia // Picture from: Curve Magazine
LGBTQ* Handbooks and Resources
THE TASK FORCE TRANSGENDER EQUALITY HANDBOOK PDF
(click for PDF - 95 page handbook)
LGBTQ* Politics, Issues and Bills You Should Know About
ENDA - Employment Non-Discrimination Act
(Below text provided by the ACLU)
Employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers is pervasive and harmful. It violates core American values of fairness and equality by discriminating against qualified individuals based on characteristics unrelated to the job.
(Photograph Below from Wikipedia)
Current Status of LGBTQ* Protection and Discrimination in the USA
LGBTQ* Insight Through Graphic Art
When Common Language Is Not Common Grounds
I think it is important to note how limited we are by language and how in conversation we may often find ourselves being prevented from expressing our support, compassion and our roles as allies when typing/talking/supplying opinions because words often resonate as the other person wishes to hear them. -I find it a nice slice of irony that when two opposing radical sides have a conversation (as depicted above) the language is similar even if the intention is completely opposite. Oddly enough, both sound just as naive and phobic as the other (in their own way).
Remember, you are what controls language. Don’t let language control you. —R.
LGBTQ* Films, Movies and Cinema
Trans* Films (the following films contain transgender/transsexual characters)
Breakfast on Pluto (2005)