links galore

These links include balm for the gender-nonconforming soul, inspiration, rabble-rousing, life-saving resources, intellectual stimulation, and shameless plugging of our friends.

Good Readin’:

XX boy: A blog by and about “a 23 year old FTM (female-to-male) trans man,” which documents his transition and grapples with feminism, current events, and user-generated questions. A really good educational resource.

Chroanagram: A blog concerning the mysteries of gender.

Transgression Carnal Nation Archive: Asher Bauer’s powerful essays about being young, trans, queer, and angry.

Tranarchy: Asher’s personal blog.

Annika on Autostraddle: Cute articles by “your typical urban hipster twentysomething trans lesbian.” And here is her personal blog.

Queer Fat Femme: Where, in the words of the aforementioned  queer fat femme Bevin,  “I chronicle the relentless pursuit of my joy.” Fascinating, sassy, and delicious.

Sugarbutch: The personal blog of Sinclair Sexsmith, “the kinky queer butch top” and a “writer, storyteller, and performer who studies critical feminist & gender theory, sexual freedom, social change activism, archetypes, writing, and the tantric and buddhist spiritual systems,” who also happens to be having a love affair with our own New York City.

Jiz Lee:Welcome to the world of Jiz Lee, genderqueer porn star extraordinaire.*

Butch Lab: “The mission of the Butch Lab Project is to promote a greater understanding of masculine of center gender identities, expressions, and presentations, through encouraging: 1. visibility, because we feel alone; 2. solidarity, because there are many of us out there, but we don’t always communicate with each other; and 3. an elevation of the discussion, because we have a long history and lineage to explore and we don’t have to reinvent the wheel.”

Buck Angel: Sexy hunk, transman, and outspoken porn star.*

Glitter Politic: This is a project by housemates and radical cuties Ashley and Erin. They say: “Glitter is a beautiful external reflection of the brightest, most powerful light that shines inside each one of us. In a world that makes hating yourself and others so easy and available, embodying a radical politic of glitter is challenging. By doing so, we accept and perpetuate the radical notion that there is enough room for all of us to shine.” It’s adorable and inspirational. And glittery. I really think y’all should check it out.

That’s So Majestic: Erin of Glitter Politic’s personal blog. They describe themself as “a working-class genderqueer who is guided by whim and fancy, but is instead putting too much time and government money into a degree in women’s studies and social justice at the University of Victoria.” I think a lot of us can relate. Check out their sweet social justice reblogs, fat pride, and badass outfit posts.

Deliciously Subversive: This blog is more angsty, but deals with self-acceptance as a trans person with fabulously complex gender things happening. He says “I’m a 20 year old white, fat, trans/gender/queer/femme bear cub boy who prefers “HE” PRONOUNS… blog about social justice, especially in relation to gender, sexuality, race, ability, sex work, and fat positivity.”

Blogging for Brown Gurls: Transmissions from brown gurl and my little pony look-alike who, from what I can gather, lives where it is warm and sunny, sew their own clothes, struts around like no one’s business, and is gifted with epic amounts of hotness. I really think you want this sass and eye candy directly in your brain.

Inspiration:

Martine Rothblatt: A badass transwoman who invented satellite radio and cured her child of an incurable illness.

Stu Rasmussen: The first transgender mayor of a US city.

Fashion:

Dapper Q: “dapperQ celebrates the inner and outer beauty of masculine-presenting people of all colors, shapes and sizes. dapperQ is an inclusive community; we welcome all of our queer and straight allies to join the conversation.”

Marimacho: An insanely cute but insanely expensive “masculine clothing line for female and transgender bodies” designed by “Brooklyn-based duo Crystal González and Ivette Alé.”

Resources:

Trevor Project: The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

Scarleteen: Hands-down, the best sex ed on the web.

Trans Health: The mission of the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health is to increase access to comprehensive, effective, and affirming health care services for trans and gender-variant communities.

The Ali Forney Center: A shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth.

Callen-Lourde Community Health Center: “New York City’s only primary health care center dedicated to meeting the health needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and people living with HIV/AIDS.”

Non-Op: An interesting site about decisions not to transition, written by and for trans people.

Safe2pee: Awesome online bathroom finder.

The Audre Lorde Project: “a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area.”

The Center: NYC’s LGBTQ community center, down on 13th street.

National Center for Transgender Equality: “The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.”

Dearly Beloved:

Gavin: A delightful blog written by a CU student and activist.

Kimberlynn: Fierce fabulous feminist graduate who’s making us all proud.

*CAUTION: NSFW sexy sex with sexiness

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