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11-year-old Transgender boy shares story at school


EDMONTON – When 11-year-old Wren Kauffman goes back to school this week, he won’t be hiding the fact that he’s actually a girl.

Teachers, friends and other students at his Edmonton school know the truth – that he’s a girl on the outside but feels like a boy on the inside. And that’s why, even at such a young age, he has chosen to live in the world as the opposite sex, and not keep it a secret.

“I’m glad that I told everybody.”“If you’re not yourself, then it kind of gets sad and depressing,” says the freckle-faced kid with short-cropped hair.

More students these days are not just coming out in school as gay but also as transgender or transsexual, and they’re doing it at younger ages, says Kris Wells, a researcher with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta.

Some studies shows six out of 1,000 students experience transgenderism. About one out of 170 teachers are transgender.

Wells says his office gets calls and emails from parents and schools across the country at least once a day asking for advice. A few years ago, he helped a child swap sex roles while in Grade 2 at a Catholic school in rural Alberta.

Some students and their families choose a more secretive approach, switching schools or even moving to other provinces, so they can start fresh, he says. Others transition over the summer and return to school in the fall identifying with their new sex.

Brave students, like Wren, proudly announce who they used to be – and who they are now.

Wren, born Wrenna, says he doesn’t remember a time when he didn’t feel like a boy.

Growing up, he hated wearing dresses. He liked Spiderman and dressed up as comic book hero The Thing one Halloween. When he was five, he had his mom take him to a hairdresser to cut off his long, brown locks. He wanted to look like Zac Efron from the movie “High School Musical.”

Wendy Kauffman says she and her husband, Greg, knew their daughter was different. She would often ask: “When do I get to be a boy?” And she pleaded to be born again in order to come out right.

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Doctor sued for telling patient being gay is ‘unnatural’

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How Does The Discovery Channel Feel About Being Used By A Certified Hate Group?

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You never forget your first “faggot.” Where you were when the word first came hurtling at you, who sent it flying in your direction, and what happened when it finally hit you. You never forget if a fist or baseball bat came swinging right behind it, or if the word was whispered, or spray-painted, if it came costumed in another word’s clothes: sissy, punk, different, queer, pansy. You never forget your first “faggot” because the memory makes you.

from "Coming Out to Myself" 

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Openly gay swimmer Diana Nyad makes history



Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad made history Monday after swimming 110 miles from Cuba to Florida, the longest swim anyone has ever completed without a shark cage.

This was the 64-year-old swimmer’s fifth attempt at breaking the record. She has previously been named to the U.S. National Women’s Sports Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame for other record-breaking swims and her longstanding achievement in the sport.

The swimmer’s team reports that she completed the trip in 52 hours, 54 minutes, and 18.6 seconds. She used no protective shark cage. Nyad first tried back in 1978, but enormous waves forced her to quit after 42 hours. When she tried in 2011, Nyad said she “hadn’t swum a stroke for 31 years.” In 2012 she made it 41 miles before hypothermia, storms, and jellyfish stings forced her to abandon the effort. Still, she set out for one last try, leaving from Cuba on Saturday morning for the fifth time.

"I’ve got three messages," Nyad said of her accomplishment in a short speech on the shore, according to video from CNN. "One is, we should never ever give up. Two is, you never are too old to chase your dreams. Three is, it looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a team."

Congratulations, Diana! This is an amazing accomplishment, and we’re all way proud of you. 

Wow, congratulations, Diana!!

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Trans* Titles for Young Adults (Summer 2013)


Including “Young adult novels with main and supporting characters who identify as Transgender” andYoung adult novels with Genderqueer characters or characters who express gender ambiguity”

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please follow this appreciation blog for nonbinary people!! also submit a picture of yourself :)

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Read GLAAD’s Media Reference Guide to learn how to report on the lives of transgender people:
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Hey, if you’re a queer on etsy selling stuff to make money for a safe place to live or for hormones or something like that you should leave your etsy urls type thing in my ask or my submit or something so I can look at them. I’d love some new crafty things and to help out some beautiful queers. 

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ok—so everybody (including me) always says that white supremacist heteropatriarchal nationalism is “structural”—that we have to deal with the “structure” in order to make changes.

But nobody (including me) ever says exactly what that *means*. what does “structure” mean and what does “structural” mean and  what does “we have to get at the root and change the structure” mean? (this is all the US)

well, I’ve been discovering—“structure” means:

food disbursement (or: how do we access a basic survival need): grocery stores, co-ops, resturants, farmer’s markets, etc. (closely connected: farmers, seed companies, etc)

burial systems (or: how do we access a basic human dignity): burial plots, funeral homes, coroners, paupers burials, etc

birthing systems (or: how do we access a basic human dignity): hospitals, birthing centers, “home,” (i.e. apartments, houses, 99% of the time, in this case, “home” is NOT a shelter or other homeless/abuse survivor site), prisons, etc

housing systems (or: how do we access a basic survival need): houses, apartments, public housing, condos, gated communities, etc

energy systems for heating, cooling, cooking, etc (or: how do we access a basic survival system): energy companies (i.e. untilites companies), oil corporations, etc

energy systems for travel (or: how do we access a basic human right to movement): oil corporations, the big three, trains, FAA, etc

information systems (or: how do we access the basic human right to policy information and *demystification of that policy information* about the systems we live under): public libraries, the FCC, comcast, time/warner, Disney, Google, Viacom, etc…

attempting to be installed as we speak:

water disbursement systems (or: how do we access a basic survival system): soda corporations (i.e. cocacola, desani (which is I think belongs to coke)

If you look closely at how each of these systems work (and there may be more, but I am choosing right now to keep this discussion down to basic human needs/dignity), you see that the basic concept within each of them is “to control how disbursement of particular “service” will happen.”

And you seen that unequivocally, in every single area: 

poor people, 

non-white people,

non-cis people,

disabled people,


non-straight people,

have the *most* trouble accessing, navigating, aquiring any of these systems. (and I understand that using “non-X” as a descriptor is problematic, I am using it as a way to show that for each identity, problems with access play out in a different way—but they all *play out in a problematic way*). The choice to opt out of these systems: i.e. bury your own dead, grow your own food, etc is there on a very limited basis—but usually it is only available to those with access to a high level of resources (i.e. hipsters). Poor people CAN and DO find themselves “off the grid”  but this is almost always due to unjust and unequal problems within existing structures (i.e. segregation, inaccessibility, etc). BUT—this is also how many communities of color have managed to create successful community driven economies, and it is how many social justice organizers (most notably in places like Detroit), have been able to recognize an oportunity existing in the most dire circumstances (i.e. defining “resource” as community knowledge rather than money).

Also: the ability to “opt out” is heavily monitored and restricted by the catch-22 inherent in all of these systems: you must have money to access them more easily—but you can’t get that money unless you spend a vast portion of your life working within them. thus, through the strict monitoring of “time,” most people are unable to “opt out” of systems as they don’t have the *time* to grow their own food, bury their own dead, etc.

These systems are how you get the triangle system we live under and how some of us benefit from things and others don’t and how .01 percent of people at the top control everything and *benefit* from the privatization. Prvatization does not create *independence*—but *dependence*. people are heavily dependent on the benevolence of corporations for jobs—and almost totally dependent on them for the actual service they offer.

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WATCH: Silversun Pickups Video for 'Dots and Dashes (Enough Already)' Features Lesbian Teen Love Story

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37 Books By, For, or About Bisexual or Otherwise Non-Monosexual People

The Internet, and actually also real life, can be a minefield for people who want to learn about or talk about bisexuality. The effort of trying to sift through the straight-up biphobia and the fetishizing porn aimed at straight men can wear you out long before you manage to find anything helpful, insightful, or illuminating. To try to make this process a little easier, we’ve compiled a starter of a list of resources. Here you’ll find academic books and nonfiction books documenting the experiences of bisexual people, fiction or memoir that depicts bisexual people, and a few online resources.We recognize that this is by no means complete! We’d love to find more resources, especially those dealing with bisexual trans* people and bisexual people of color, and would love to add resources that speak not just to bisexuality, but to pansexuality and omnisexuality and other identities. If you have any suggestions, let us know in the comments!Also, this list is such that not every title on it could be read and vetted by us personally — we can’t guarantee that these texts depict bisexual people in unproblematic ways, that the ideas put forth by bisexual authors are unproblematic, or that these texts are free of cissexism and racism. If there’s a reason these texts shouldn’t be recommended, let us know!

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More Resources:
Now available for pre-order world-wide — Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution by the well known academic and activist Shiri Esiner (aka bidyke on tumblr) who explains, “It’s my attempt to create a radical bisexual politics, and it is deeply informed by intersectionality, feminism, trans politics and race politics – not in the least because I myself am a trans* person of color.”
Even if you are they type of person who doesn’t usually buy/read poetry you owe it to yourself to get a copy of the 2012 Lambda Literary Award winning book, “The Horizontal Poet” by Jan Steckel. She is a retired doctor suffering from a disability, an activist for bisexual and disability rights, and a writer. Steckel’s personal experiences and interests are reflected in her poetry. As a reviewer said, “It is written for and about the people. Young people, old people, male people, female people, white people, brown people, tan people, bi-people, straight-people and gay people. Intellectuals and non-intellectuals. Is it weird to say I have a crush on Jan Steckel?” Read this volume and you will too.
Everyone on tumblr (no matter your orientation, gender/gender identity) who loves reading needs to be following Bisexual Books. A place to find views and reviews of books from the bisexual perspective. From YA novels to academic non-fiction, children’s picture books to erotica, they cover it all!

This is great list, including some titles I wasn’t aware had bi content until now!   A a good blend of nonfiction and fiction.   We’ve reviewed several of these titles as well :
Boyfriends with GirlfriendsThe Horizontal PoetA Map of HomeLook Both Ways
and more!
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