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Cece McDonald

On June 5th, 2011, Cece McDonald, a young trans woman of color, was walking in the street with her friends when one white man and two white women attacked her with transphobic, racist language which eventually escalated to physical violence in which Cece’s salivary gland was damaged. She tried to defend herself with a pair of scissors, and ended up stabbing the white male attacker, fatally wounding him.

She alone was arrested, and charged with second degree murder. On June 4th, 2012, she was sentenced to 41 months in prison.

Cece will first serve in a men’s prison, after which the state will make their “own determination of McDonald’s gender,” according to the StarTribune Minneapolis.

I’ve hesitated a long time before posting on this. It’s hard to know what to say. For Cece McDonald, and women like her, this country, this world, shows itself to be completely devoid of justice. The changes that need to happen for women like Cece to be safe and have justice in our country are deep, structural, radical. And they need to happen.

Across the nation, people are doing what they can for Cece. Here’s the Support Cece McDonald website, where you can get updates, print out posters, read her blog, and write her letters. Our own GendeRevolution is doing a letter-writing campaign–get involved here. And keep apprised of any new updates–all of us have to be informed of what goes on with issues such as these, that yoke racism, transmisogyny, cissexism, and police and legal discrimination.

This culture needs an overhaul. When we can have nightmarish moments where the young, innocent, and multiply oppressed can find not a speck of justice, we know we have a broken system on our hands. What are we going to to? How are we going to deconstruct? How are we going to rebuild? How are we going to heal? Where are we going to find the courage?

Ask yourself these questions, but also, take action. Even together, it’s not enough. But we have to start somewhere.


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Transgender Day of Remembrance

This Sunday is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. It’s a day when we remember all the community members we’ve lost to violence, injustice, negligence, and hatred directed at trans people. The trans people who took their own lives because of the alienation, fear, abuse, brutality they experienced. The trans people who the police didn’t, wouldn’t protect. Who were denied healthcare, emergency care, the help that they needed. Who were the victims of hate crimes. Who fell through the cracks and were never seen again.

On Friday GendeRevolution will be meeting at the Columbia gates and going down to the Center (208 W 13 Street) for their annual Transgender Day of Remembrance event. Please join us there at 6 o clock (facebook event here).

This is a difficult subject for me to even write about but I am going to try to post more about it in the coming days. In the mean time here is the GLSEN page about what you can do for TGDOR.

Stay strong, everyone.

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UPDATE: Tomboy will be playing at the Long Island Film Festival this Saturday! More info here. Thanks Mounia!

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Coming Out Day Brunch

“You’re invited to come out to brunch! The Coming Out Day Brunch is meant to expand our community and bridge the gaps between alumnae, students, and faculty. This event is a great opportunity for people to meet and network as such communities are rarely given a chance to communicate with one another despite their shared experiences. Whether you are queer or an ally, please come and have brunch with us !

Sunday, October 23rd
Sulzberger parlor”

Do it. The rainbow pancakes command you.

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Binders 101

Last night I was alerted to this great site about binders. For those of you who don’t know, a binder is pretty much anything someone uses to make their chest look more flat. They can be pretty important for transmasculine people, especially those who want to be read as men (on the street for instance), and just for their self-image.  But all manner of people wear them. For example, they are popular among cis lesbian women.

not this kind of binder

This site is a great resource for people who have questions about binders–you can ask them for advice, or read through the site to see what they’ve said to other people who have asked them things. They have links to sites where you can buy binders, and I believe they are collecting reviews on binders from them.

there you go

Having resources like this is really important because there is some controversy about binding–if done incorrectly, it can have some pretty nasty consequences (you can read about it here). Binders aren’t the cheapest breast-holding devices out there, but if you can find something that other people can vouch for, it’ll probably end up being cheaper than a doctor’s bill.

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Dear Trans 101

Hi! I hope some of you who were there are now checking out this site. I am just writing the world cause I think they should know we had an awesome discussion and I’m so glad to have such awesome fellow transfabulous people in my community.

Rock on!

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Genderf*ck Outfit, Planned!

It’s gonna look a little somethin’ like this.

You should be planning your outfits too, cause Genderf*ck (the * in this case stands for u) is coming this Saturday! Check out the facebook even page here.

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