Texas we have a problem #LetTransKidsGrowUp
My name is Sofia Sepulveda, I am the Community Engagement and Advocacy manager with Equality Texas, I am a first generation Mexican American Woman, I am an organizer, I am an advocate and I am trans. This Texas legislative session has been unlike anything we’ve seen the past 15 years. The attacks on self determination […]
Asian America’s (Gender)queer Origins: The Connective Power of Knowing Our Histories￼
TLGBQ Asian Americans rallied their communities and shaped collective politics by exploring their entangled, lesser-known pasts. Such conversations are currently being threatened with widespread censorship in many U.S. public school classrooms. PEN America reported that, in 2022, 36 states introduced 137 bills “to legally restrict education on topics like race, American history, gender, and LGBTQ+ identities in K-12 and higher education.” Such policies not only deny students crucial knowledge of their pasts and potential futures, but can also impede their understandings of how they fit into the world and how they might relate to one another. This is not an accident of censorious policies, but a deliberate consequence. White supremacy thrives on division and on isolating the multitudes that it harms.
Long COVID, ME/CFS, and Patient-Led Care: Jo’s Experience of Post-Viral Chronic Illness
The limited studies (and many experiential anecdotes) place ME/CFS patients, like trans people, at significantly higher risk for suicide. As with trans people, this risk is not an inherent part of who we are– it is built into structures designed to ignore or even magnify our pain. Studies find no elevated risk of depression among ME/CFS patients, but rather, an elevated suicidality caused by lack of resources and understanding, loss of employment and community, and the general hopelessness that descends with so much loss and forced isolation.
Stories for the Futures We Need
This is how cisgender “innocence” silences trans people. It forces us to start every conversation with the very fundamentals: that trans people’s self-understandings are valid, and that we deserve access to forms of health care and employment and community that are readily granted to cisgender people. We replay the same tired conversations about how pronouns work, why trans people are far more likely to be assaulted in public bathrooms than to perpetrate assault, and how many major medical organizations support gender-affirming care.
The “War on the Word ‘Women’” is a Dangerous Distraction
The argument for trans and nonbinary inclusion is not to “erase cisgender women” but to recognize that our reproductive rights, too, are imperiled and that—like cisgender women of color, disabled cisgender women, and poor cisgender women—we are more likely to experience health care discrimination, to be targets of policing and incarceration, and to encounter barriers to culturally-competent care.
And the attacks on Trans athletes continues
As of January 1st, 2022, Trans athletes and people with medical conditions which require hormonal treatment. This rule book update is one made by the United States Powerlifting Association which prohibits the use of any hormones in tested competitions. It’s interesting how all of these changes are taking place in the sports arena around trans […]
Prostitution is a FELONY in Houston!
According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Texas is ranked No. 2 in the nation in reported sex trafficking cases. In 2020, the state Department of Public Safety reported that approximately 1.8 million online commercial sex ads were posted and over 300,000 were suspected to be children. As of Sept. 1, due to recent changes […]