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Jon Macy is a Lambda Literary Graphic Novel Award Winner and needs our HELP!

Help a small press keep bringing queer comics to readers.

Jon’s work is sweet and romantic, but it is also sexy when the sex adds to the story. I believe it’s important that LGBT characters are shown fully realized, and without self censorship.

Fearful Hunter by Jon Macy Graphic novel, 320 pages, black and white, color cover, hardback, for mature readers. Comes out in May 2014 from Northewest Press.

A young Druid on the eve of his initiation meets a troubled wolf and falls in love. The star crossed lovers don’t have a chance when lascivious Druid masters and savage elder gods threaten their fragile new relationship. Punk music, pick up trucks and psychedelic earth magic add an urban spin to this captivating queer Celtic fantasy world.


Support this project now!

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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) 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 my page on Facebook and share the posters to support the cause! 

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

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thepoliticalfreakshow:

Flying Solo: This 92-Year-Old Transgender Widow Is Fighting To Be Treated Like Any Other Widow

After serving as a pilot during WWII, Robina Asti transitioned to living as a woman in the 1970s.



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Now 92 years old, she fondly remembers spending time over the Pacific during World War II. She was only 21 at the time.
Getting her pilot’s license at just 18, Robina became a commercial pilot and flight instructor.




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In 1976, she decided to begin living as a woman “in body, soul, and mind.” The prejudice against her at that time was extraordinary.







Working as a vice president of a mutual fund, she would go to work in men’s clothing and then change in the evenings.
“It was quite burdensome, and I knew it would never be accepted then. So I quit and decided I had to live and work as a woman.”



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She legally changed the sex on her pilot’s license, her driver’s license, and obtained a U.S. passport as a woman. For Robina, it was a complete rebirth.



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She soon met Norwood Patton, the man who would one day become her husband.






When things became serious, Robina knew she would have to tell Norwood about her transition.






Less than a week later, Norwood came back.




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Every month, Norwood would ask for her hand in marriage. Every month, she would refuse.



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Finally in 2004, Robina married her longtime sweetheart in a small ceremony in an airplane hangar in Orange County, N.Y.
“It was, without a doubt, the finest time in my life.”



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Eight years later, Norwood passed away at the age of 97.



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After his passing, Robina applied for survivor benefits with the SSA. She was denied after it was determined she was “legally male” at the time of their marriage — despite all the legal documents she had in her possession.



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“I am so insulted that the Social Security Administration refused to recognize me as a woman and treated my marriage to Norwood in such a disrespectful way.”



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In June 2013, Lambda Legal filed a request for reconsideration on Robina’s behalf. After more than six months, there is still no word from the Social Security Administration.







She hopes that her case is a success, not for the money, but for “the act of humanity which is necessary here.”






Lambda Legal created this video to share Robina’s story:




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thepoliticalfreakshow:

Flying Solo: This 92-Year-Old Transgender Widow Is Fighting To Be Treated Like Any Other Widow

After serving as a pilot during WWII, Robina Asti transitioned to living as a woman in the 1970s.

After serving as a pilot during WWII, Robina Asti transitioned to living as a woman in the 1970s.

Now 92 years old, she fondly remembers spending time over the Pacific during World War II. She was only 21 at the time.

Getting her pilot’s license at just 18, Robina became a commercial pilot and flight instructor.

This 92-Year-Old Trans WWII Veteran Is Fighting To Be Treated Like Any Other Widow

In 1976, she decided to begin living as a woman “in body, soul, and mind.” The prejudice against her at that time was extraordinary.

This 92-Year-Old Trans WWII Veteran Is Fighting To Be Treated Like Any Other Widow

Working as a vice president of a mutual fund, she would go to work in men’s clothing and then change in the evenings.

“It was quite burdensome, and I knew it would never be accepted then. So I quit and decided I had to live and work as a woman.”

Working as a vice president of a mutual fund, she would go to work in men's clothing and then change in the evenings.

She legally changed the sex on her pilot’s license, her driver’s license, and obtained a U.S. passport as a woman. For Robina, it was a complete rebirth.

She legally changed the sex on her pilot's license, her driver's license, and obtained a U.S. passport as a woman. For Robina, it was a complete rebirth.

She soon met Norwood Patton, the man who would one day become her husband.

She soon met Norwood Patton, the man who would one day become her husband.

When things became serious, Robina knew she would have to tell Norwood about her transition.

When things became serious, Robina knew she would have to tell Norwood about her transition.

Less than a week later, Norwood came back.

This 92-Year-Old Trans WWII Veteran Is Fighting To Be Treated Like Any Other Widow

Every month, Norwood would ask for her hand in marriage. Every month, she would refuse.

Every month, Norwood would ask for her hand in marriage. Every month, she would refuse.

Finally in 2004, Robina married her longtime sweetheart in a small ceremony in an airplane hangar in Orange County, N.Y.

“It was, without a doubt, the finest time in my life.”

Finally in 2004, Robina married her longtime sweetheart in a small ceremony in an airplane hangar in Orange County, N.Y.

Eight years later, Norwood passed away at the age of 97.

Eight years later, Norwood passed away at the age of 97.

After his passing, Robina applied for survivor benefits with the SSA. She was denied after it was determined she was “legally male” at the time of their marriage — despite all the legal documents she had in her possession.

After his passing, Robina applied for survivor benefits with the SSA. She was denied after it was determined she was "legally male" at the time of their marriage  despite all the legal documents she had in her possession.

“I am so insulted that the Social Security Administration refused to recognize me as a woman and treated my marriage to Norwood in such a disrespectful way.”

"I am so insulted that the Social Security Administration refused to recognize me as a woman and treated my marriage to Norwood in such a disrespectful way."

In June 2013, Lambda Legal filed a request for reconsideration on Robina’s behalf. After more than six months, there is still no word from the Social Security Administration.

This 92-Year-Old Trans WWII Veteran Is Fighting To Be Treated Like Any Other Widow

She hopes that her case is a success, not for the money, but for “the act of humanity which is necessary here.”

She hopes that her case is a success, not for the money, but for "the act of humanity which is necessary here."

Lambda Legal created this video to share Robina’s story:

Source: thepoliticalfreakshow

thehippiejew:

forsayingyes:

gqgqqt:

so this is a thing

a bunch of moms are making letters+audio recordings of affirming, validating letters to queer/trans* people who don’t get that kind of support from their moms

i would say more about it but

im kind of busy in this puddle of tears on the floor so

In case any of my followers don’t have this kind of support from home…

my mom did this and if you need an honourary mother i promise she would be happy to talk to you

Source: gqgqqt

Oh, Canada! Transgender Archives and Research Center Arises ⇢

vintagegal:

Affectionate Ladies c. 1900s-1980s

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Symposium Hosts:
Dr. Aaron Devor, Founder and Academic Director, University of Victoria Transgender Archives
Lara Wilson, Director, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Victoria Libraries

Keynote speakers:
Susan Stryker, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona. “Trans* Activism and Archiving in the US: History, Objects, Methods.”
Viviane Namaste, Associate Professor and Concordia University Research Chair, Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, Montréal. “Oral history, archives, and invisible labour of trans* women in Montréal.”
Dallas Denny, writer, researcher, and veteran Trans* community activist, Atlanta, Georgia. “Preserving Trans* History: A Short History and Suggestions for the Future.”

Symposium Hosts:

Dr. Aaron Devor, Founder and Academic Director, University of Victoria Transgender Archives

Lara Wilson, Director, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Victoria Libraries

Keynote speakers:

Susan Stryker, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, 
University of Arizona. “Trans* Activism and Archiving in the US: History, Objects, Methods.”

Viviane Namaste, Associate Professor and Concordia University Research Chair, Simone de Beauvoir Institute, 
Concordia University, Montréal. “
Oral history, archives, and invisible labour of trans* women in Montréal.”

Dallas Denny, writer, researcher, and veteran Trans* community activist, Atlanta, Georgia. 
“Preserving Trans* History: A Short History and Suggestions for the Future.”

"Mother," I slowly repeated in Korean. "I am not a boy. I am a girl. I am transgender." My face reddened, and tears blurred my vision. I braced myself for her rejection and the end to a relationship that had only begun.

Silence again filled the room. I searched my mother’s eyes for any signs of shock, disgust or sadness. But a serene expression lined her face as she sat with ease on the couch. I started to worry that my words had been lost in translation. Then my mother began to speak.

"Mommy knew," she said calmly through my friend, who looked just as dumbfounded as I was by her response. "I was waiting for you to tell me."

"What? How?"

"Birth dream," my mother replied. In Korea some pregnant women still believe that dreams offer a hint about the gender of their unborn child. "I had dreams for each of your siblings, but I had no dream for you. Your gender was always a mystery to me."

I wanted to reply but didn’t know where to begin. My mother instead continued to speak for both of us. “Hyun-gi,” she said, stroking my head. “You are beautiful and precious. I thought I gave birth to a son, but it is OK. I have a daughter instead.”

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"The Beautiful Daughter: How My Korean Mother Gave Me the Courage to Transition" | Andy Marra, Huffington Post Gay Voices

Side note: I started working in the communications department at GLSEN this week (hooray!) and Andy is one of my colleagues. She’s an amazing person with a powerful story, and she does a fantastic job telling it here. Read the whole piece for a moving pick-me-up.

(via gaywrites)

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Is BMO From Adventure Time Expressive of Feminism? ⇢

What Is a “Preferred Gender Pronoun,” and Is It Always Obnoxious? ⇢

One of the common refrains of PGP training is that it is not the gender nonconforming person’s responsibility to “educate” others. While constantly explaining yourself surely becomes tiresome, expecting people to change something as basic and ingrained as grammar is actually kind of a big ask. Some instruction is going to be required, as is a fair amount of patience and generosity of spirit. And sometimes—like when Gawker is ragging on your blog post—you might do better to just close the tab.

Queer Kissing with Tracy Bartlett

Queer Kissing with Tracy Bartlett

Wednesday, July 17, 7-9pm

At the Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission

$20/person

Without a doubt one of the most overlooked erotic skills is kissing. But we LOVE kissing! Queerdom, being more sexually sophisticated than straightdom, can overlook kissing because we have figured out so many other things to do and can’t wait to get to them. Understandable, but kissing to too good to not develop our skills in it, just like we do with all the other sexy things on the menu.

This will be a “lips-on” how-to workshop where you will be guided through a series of techniques and skills. Come enjoy this fun and hot 2 hour make-out session. This will be playful and sexy so come either with a kissing partner(s) or come prepared to be organized into kissing circles which will rotate. Fun for the whole FAMILY!

Please bring a bottle of water to keep your lips lubricated.

Tracy Bartlett has been offering a variety of sex workshops in hipster sex shops, alternative gatherings, colleges, and universities for over 15 years. She has a BA in Women’s Studies and an MS in Counseling.  Her background includes 20 years of experiential education which makes her workshops fun and engaging.

Gay marriage - Same but Different ⇢

The Transgender Archives is about to get a lot bigger!

Dear Friends,

The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria is about to get a lot bigger! Our movers have packed up the equivalent of more than 125 bankers’ boxes (158 linear ft) of transgender books, magazines, articles, audio tapes, video tapes, photographs, artifacts, etc. in Northern Ireland, and we expect them to arrive in Victoria sometime around the end of July.

Richard Ekins, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Cultural Studies at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK, has most generously entrusted his extensive collection of transgender materials to the University of Victoria Transgender Archives. Originally called the Trans-Gender Archive, the collection was founded by Professor Ekins in January 1986 with the collaboration of the President and the Librarian of the UK-based Self Help Association of Transsexuals (SHAFT). The ground-breaking University of Ulster Trans-Gender Archive collection ceased its connection with the University of Ulster in July 2010, upon the retirement of Professor Ekins, and it is now on its way to the University of Victoria.

The collection is focused on understanding how attitudes and representations of transgender people  have developed and changed over time. It looks at three broad aspects of transgender—biology and the body, gender expression, and erotic expression and representation—through the lenses of expert knowledge, as recorded by scientists and social scientists; transgender community member knowledge, as recorded by and for transgender people themselves; and common-sense knowledge, as recorded by and for members of the general public. It is truly a treasure and we are honoured to become its guardians.

Visit the University of Ulster TGA Collection on The Transgender Archives website.

If you would like to talk about donating your personal collection to the Transgender Archives, please contact me at ahdevor@uvic.ca.

Click here to make a financial contribution to the Transgender Archives.

Best wishes,

Aaron

______________________________________

Aaron H Devor, Ph.D.

Founder and Academic Director, Transgender Archives

Professor, Sociology Department

University of Victoria

P.O. Box 3025

Victoria, BC V8W 3P2

Canada

 

EMail:      ahdevor@uvic.ca

Web:       http://transgenderarchives.uvic.ca    

Web:       http://web.uvic.ca/~ahdevor

glaad:

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act,” affirming that all couples deserve equal legal respect and treatment!http://glaad.org/marriage
 

Yay!!!!

glaad:

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act,” affirming that all couples deserve equal legal respect and treatment!http://glaad.org/marriage

 

Yay!!!!

Source: glaad

Transgender Girl Banned From Bathroom Wins Case ⇢

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