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There's a New Gender Neutral Bathroom Locator and Database Up and Running! Check it Out!

Hey everyone! My friend Teagan just launched "REFUGE Restrooms", a new applicatiom/database for phone and computer use that stores information on gendeer neutral restrooms, as well aas lcates them and allows users to input information on new gender neutral bathrooms that they know about. For years Safe2Pee was the go-to website to find the nearest gender neutral bathrooms but it appears that site has been all but abandoned. As members of this community know, no fight for human rights can happen without fighting forthe right to life's most basics and that the right to go to the bathroom wthout fer of harassment is one of those basics.

Please help spread the word about this awesome new resource to whoever you know who can use it, a well as any organization who's part of the fight for the rights of TGIQ folks around the world.

To check out Refuge Restrooms please go to www.refugerestrooms.org

My new FTM YOUTUBE Channel!

hello!

im ryan, and im ftm! yah

i just wanted to post about my new youtube channel, where im trying to set up a place for people to talk about ftm everyday issues. Ive set up a few videos already and am open to ideas to make new videos. one of the more important reasons for doing this was because i felt that the lgbt community has a way of excluding queer people of color, and being hispanic myself, i identify with this feeling. i havent seen much out there based on these issues and thought maybe this could be a place for some of that to be spoken about.

well heres the channel check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/user/ryanrendon1?feature=mhum

Research: Queer Community and Eating Disorders

Hello everyone!

This is the first post that I am making to this community, and it is unfortunate that it is not going to be a lovely introductory post. That will happen soon though! I really hope that this is okay to do, and I apologize so much if it is not.

My friend is currently conducting research on the transgender community in relation to eating disorders. She just so happens to know multiple trans-identified people who have suffered with eating disorders and severe body image issues (somewhat understandable). She is hoping that this research will develop into something beneficial to the community, and she asked me to help her out. Her sample size of personal friends is not enough, basically.

Anyway, this is a one page- ten question survey. It is very short and should only take a second. I am hoping to crosspost this to a few places in order to get her research started. I wouldn't do it if I did not truly feel like it was a useful and worthwhile time-investment.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=d_2fyKXdIkfxrdwgVMA_2bXKyw_3d_3d

That is the link to the survey. I apologize, again, if this is not acceptable for this board.
Please be willing to help if it is. Thank you so much.

-Ash

PS: Apologies for those who see this multiple times. I wanted to send it out to various trans and genderqueer related groups! :]

Account of anti-transgender harassment by Stony Brook campus cops on the way to TDOR last semester

Hello all, this is Cynthya BrianKate from Long Island. I'm finally coming forward with this account of being harassed by Stony
Brook University security on the way to November's campus TDOR. (Transgender Day Of Remembrance) for the “crime” of using a bathroom more in keeping with my gender. I’ve held off til now for two reasons, one because I have felt too damned humiliated by the incident and two because I was trying to work in-house with Stony Brook to make sure the issue was fully redressed
and made sure never to happen again. As I am beyond dissatisfied
with their lack of action over three months and change, here goes,
first the single paragraph version and the full letter I have
shopped around the college to give more detail.Read more...Collapse )
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Q about books

Anyone know of a book about Transgender people that is written for an academic audience or in an academic way? I'm looking for a book which utilizes qualitative methods (interviews, ethnography, direct or covert observation, participant observation, content or historical analysis, etc.) and in which the author discusses their role as a researcher and how it may have effected their research. Right now I am thinking about using Leslie Feinberg's "Transgender Warriors" but it doesn't seem like it would be easy to write a book review on it. Oh I am looking for a book I can write a book review on for a Qualitative Methods class I am in in Grad school. I am in Sociology if that helps too. The book doesn't necessarily have to be a Sociology type book but it does have to be qualitative.  I know this is incredibly specific but it doesn't hurt to ask. Thanks everyone!
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Hey everyone,

A very happy new year to you all!

My name is Imogen, I live in Cambridge UK. I was born female and am happy with my body but consider my self Gender Queer. I came out as gay at 14 (nearly wrote 144!!) and have been with my partner for a number of years now.

I am a photography student in Cambridge and I am just about to go into the final term of my 3rd year. I have covered quite a few topics over the last three years including self harm, mental health, eating disorders and physical disability. You can see some of my work here: Flickr or my own web site here: Indigo Clouds Photography

This term I want to do a project surrounding 'Gender Queer' and 'Transsexuality'. So I am looking for people who might want to be involved in the project. I will be hoping to photograph a few aspects of the topic including things like: following someone through aspects of their transition, photographing people with their families, following people to Dr's appointments, visiting and photographing both home & work, doing some studio shots (including partners, with/with out make up, in underwear etc) .. For helping me out you would get a copy of your images on a disk, a copy of your favorite 5 printed up to A2 and many many thank yous from me!

Having dealt with subjects that are often unknown to family members or friends I am more than happy for people to remain anonymous. As you can see from my self harm images most participants don't have their face in the images. I would like for some of those who wish to take part to be able to have their face in the images, purely due to the nature of the project.

I don't have any money to pay those who take part but I could help with travel costs if people are on a low income and I am more than happy to provide accommodation in the form of the sofa in my front room!

Please feel free to contact me with questions, anything you might like to know. Also, feel free to pass this post onto friends who might not see it on LJ or even to other communities. I would also like people to take part in a survey that will be part of the final project so if you would like to receive that you can get in touch.

Finally, during previous projects people have contacted me suggesting that aspects of the project might be highlighting the 'wrong' parts of the issues. I warmly welcome this contact and can only understand the subject to a point with out this source of information.

My contact details:

E mail - Imogen.Jo@Gmail.com
Mobile - 0754 99 33 030
LJ - New_Kinda_Freak

Thank you for reading,
Kind Regards,

Imogen May
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Hey everyone,
I am having a problem with my employer. Management told me that I have to wear a name badge that has my legal name on it (although other employees wear nicknames or shortened names on their badges) and that I must not use the single-stall, locking men's restroom unless I have legal documentation of sex change. I referred them to the Title 5 amendment in Maine law that prohibits discrimination against people because of gender identity.

I'm having a bit of trouble finding out how this law can or has been interpreted, especially with regards to name usage and bathroom access. The only clarifying language I find in the statutes referring to Title 5 use the word "disability," which doesn't seem appropriate for the situation.

Maine law is found here: http://maine.gov/portal/government/law.html
A search for "sexual orientation" will turn up Title 5 and definitions, and a search for "gender identity" turns up an explanatory definition page (where the word disability is found, seems to be in blanket reference to title 5 but i can't tell.)

Any help I can get on this is so great. Thank you for your time. :)

Brandon
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Accidentally Passing

Hey everyone. I don't identify myself as a boy, but sometimes other people do.

I used to hate it. These days, I'm pretty neutral on the whole thing so long as I'm not getting threatened.

Here are some incidents I can remember right now:

-A little girl at the grocery store asked me "Are you a boy? Are you a girl?" I smiled and didn't say anything. She turned to her mom and asked "Mommy, can I be a boy?" Her mom replied "You can be anything you want, honey." After that, it seemed like her curiosity was satisfied.
-I get cruised by gay men. Sometimes they give me the sex look and then realize I'm a girl, but it's a little awkward when they don't seem to figure it out. Sometimes I get "If you were a boy..." I don't even know what to say about that one. I guess they're right, if I'm being interpreted as a boy, I don't look much like a straight one.
-A bunch of angry young guys came after me for being a "faggot", then there's the usual people that yell insults from afar because apparently I'm a gay man and they aren't okay that.
-I got ma'am/sir'ed yesterday, which is always amusing. That's when someone calls you both ma'am and sir, usually accompanied by extreme nervousness. The most embarrassing is when they're extra confused and switch pronouns back and forth.

I think it's weird that with our language you pretty much have to judge someone as male or female before they can even talk to them, or talk about them. It seems like such a problematic and arbitrary requirement.

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The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition is pleased to announce the release of its 2008 GENIUS Survey in partnership with Ernst & Young. GenderPAC works to ensure that classrooms, communities and workplaces are safe for everyone to learn, grow and succeed.

The Gender Equality National Index for Universities & Schools (GENIUS), GenderPAC’s most recent effort to end discrimination and promote awareness, encourages colleges and universities to recognize the benefits of a GenderSAFE campus - supportive equitable and protective for all students. Choosing to participate in GENUIS sends a strong public statement that bullying or discriminating based on the race, sex or gender of a student, faculty, or staff member is not tolerated at your institution

Fill out the survey at: www.gpac.org/GENIUS2008survey, and make sure that we have data for as many schools as possible. Your voice will help us continue to work towards a safe and welcoming environment for every student