As I look back in my journals, I noticed that I commit to writing my thoughts and experiences down for random periods of time. Usually, I get too busy with living life and do not take the time to write about it. I am behind on writing this blog, but that does not mean that I have been sitting back and doing nothing for trans equality. These past two weeks presented me ample opportunities to raise visibility for the transgender community. Continue reading
Wow. What an amazing week that ended with me getting my gender marker changed to M on my Oregon Driver’s license. Continue reading
Check out the Oregon Health Plan trans healthcare providers directory! This is a living document that we hope will continue to grow and count on your help in adding more medical and mental healthcare providers. This document was created, to the best of our abilities, through a joint effort of staff at Portland’s Q Center, Outside In, Shane Smith (Transmedicare.com), and many community members who have answered surveys and given feedback about their own experiences. While we strive to include providers who are recommended by trans community members, each individual may have varying experiences and this list is not an endorsement of any specific providers. All information in the directory is subject to change.
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Nicely said . . .
Being transgender prompted me to undergo a lengthy period of deep introspection. It forced me to question things which the general population perhaps doesn’t give a second thought to, ever. It also gave me a lens to reexamine other aspects of my life with a broader perspective. Thus, here I present the lessons I’ve learned by virtue of being trans, that aren’t really about being trans at all.
Gender is f’ing everywhere!
Fetuses are imparted a “gender” based on microscopic hints of genitals as seen through an expensive x-ray printout. Our involuntary gender journey thus begins, plaguing us with pink and blue stickers, gendered names and spaces and play places. This dichotomous fanaticism extends well into adulthood. From the facial moisturizer for men (boosting your burliness) to granola bars for women (which surely elevate estrogen levels), the battle of the sexes plays out even in the most inane scenarios. Everyone could benefit from a little…
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This past week presented me with new perspectives on life, in which I was previously oblivious to. Still struggling with gaining my previous levels of energy and strength, I completed the first week of classes for winter term. I decided to drop the history of English class from my schedule and just meet the 12 credit minimum for full time status as a student. Several factors contributed to this decision, but mainly I am giving myself time to recover. The pain in my stomach from my incisions is minimal, but I still have two more weeks before I can lift over 20lbs. My friends were kind enough to purchase me a rolling bag to transport my books around campus. Not only did using the bag cause me to observe the uneasiness of some of my SOU peers with the sight of a young, masculine male pulling textbooks and supplies, rather than carrying them in a back pack, but I also gained an insight into the difficulties SOU students face when they cannot take the stairs or walk over curbs on SOU’s campus. I devoted more time and energy to walking out of my way to gain access to buildings and rooms on pathways for wheels than if I had been carrying a heavy load on my back up the stairs. A couple of people I spoke with said that SOU has plans to work on making the campus more accessible, but I feel that an article in the university’s paper, The Siskiyou, will raise awareness of the immediate action needed to make the campus more inclusive.
Speaking of inclusiveness, that word continually arose in conversations I participated in this week. I currently serve as a member of Lotus Rising Project’s (LRP) executive board. We had a retreat and out monthly board meeting this weekend, and I am proud to say that I serve the along with a group of dedicated, compassionate, and hard-working individuals. As a group, we worked to identify how we can operate more inclusively and meet the needs of all LGBTQ youth in the Rogue valley, including the hard to reach and marginalized individuals. The majority of our immediate action plans involve making LRP more transgender friendly, including changing the name of the programs to better resemble the organization’s mission and vision. So this week I worked on #51 from the list: Help an LGBT organization become more transgender friendly. Continue reading
January is cervical health awareness month, and NCTE wants to remind everyone that cervical health is a critical issue for trans men and genderqueer/gender nonconforming folks.
Anyone with a cervix can contract cervical cancer, so this means that lots of trans men and genderqueer/gender nonconforming people are at risk. But because trans people face widespread discrimination from health care providers and insurance plans, they often avoid seeking or cannot access preventive care. According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, nearly half (48%) of trans men reported postponing or avoiding preventive care out to fear of discrimination and disrespect. One in five trans men also reported being refused health care because of their gender identity. Cervical cancer is preventable through regular screening and treatment where necessary, which means that trans men who aren’t getting preventive care are likely at greater risk of developing the disease.
Trans men and genderqueer/gender nonconforming…
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Recently, while doing research for a social justice presentation, I came across the transequality.org’s list of 52 things most people can do for trans equality. Reading the list inspired me to think about what I do to support the transgender equality movement. For the new year, I plan on dedicating a blog a week themed from this list. Continue reading