While working on a presentation on Working with LGBTQ youth for teachers I found this new campaign - Gender Is Not Uniform.
Here is a note from the creator: “For me and my friends growing up, being told things like ‘you have to wear this because that’s what boys wear” or “dresses are for not for your body type” was frustrating and a pretty bad time.??
The bottom line for me is, if someone feels happier and more comfortable in a particular ‘type’ of uniform, then that’s something that should be encouraged, not punished. Students have enough to focus on at school, having to fight to be yourself shouldn’t be added to that.”
These kids are so frickin cute!!
I love the things youth are doing for ally ship. Makes me hopeful for the future. You go, short humans! Change the world. :)
This was mostly for me, but I got a feeling I’m not the only one who needs this.
[Image: two unicorns, one in daylight the other against a starry night sky, surrounded by a ribbon with the statement "You are never Too Old or Too Young to Question and Explore Your Identity"]
Youth appreciation week at the GENDER book.
When you come out as trans, people sometimes take a while to adjust to your new pronouns, or don’t quite understand.
So we launched a new campaign to help! An article that introduces the topic, a video with a rundown from trans young people, and a web app where you can learn and practice pronouns!
Here’s our easy way to help your friends and family get your pronouns right and understand why it’s important.
Youth-led project about pronouns. A great resource we wished we could have offered in the GENDER book.
Great job, y’all!
Dear Professor [name],
My name is [Preferred name], and I will be attending your course [blank] on [days] at [time] this [term]. I am transgender and have not yet legally changed my name. On your roster is my legal name, [Legal name]. I would greatly appreciate it if you refer to me as [Preferred name] and use [pronouns] when referring to me. Thank you for your understanding, and I look forward to starting your course next week.
PS- go read the GENDER book if you have questions.
Hope this is helpful to our friends heading back to school!
Apparently now that I’m not in school anymore I’m all about giant long-form comics.
Identity is a really important topic to me, and the trope of ‘finding yourself’ is almost as problematic and insulting to me as the trope of ‘coming out’.
I want to destroy the idea that some identities are less valid than others, the condescension that comes with ‘they’re just figuring themselves out’, and the insulting dismissal of identity exploration and performance in youth as being somehow not ‘real’, or as ‘attention seeking’. Fuck all of that.
And beyond the fact that ’inconsistent’ identities are really challenging socially, they ALSO carry these real, actual life and liberty risks; we’re expected to use the same name, orientations, values, languages, and identities across all aspects of our lives, we are expected to have normative identities that can be quantified and qualified and trust me, TRUST ME when a person is perceived as having inconsistent or unusual identities they are being flagged in all sorts of systems for extra scrutiny and action. I know this from experience.
So, yeah, this ‘one true identity’, this ‘finding yourself’, this ‘who is the real you’ stuff is bullshit. We are so, so much more interesting than that, and we deserve better.
This is very important to me as someone whose identity has changed a lot over the years - and I don’t just mean gender or sexuality, I mean everything. I am a totally different person than I used to be, and the world can’t really handle that. I’m not interested in my “profession” the way I used to be, and want to do something else. My hobbies has changed, dress sense, opinions on things like piercings, smoking, alcohol. Everything changes. Get over it.
This is amazing.
I’ve been far too many people for this not to ring true.
Today’s Gender of the day is: Very glittery cupcakes
(Escribo esto en las 2 lenguas para ampliar el número de personas que me pueden responder)
Para completar un trabajo de traducción de inglés al español, necesito más información acerca de la gente trans* y queer de habla hispana. Específicamente, me falta información sobre cómo esas personas…
The fine folks who are working on a Spanish language version of the GENDER book could use your help on the pronoun page. Please signal boost!
Howdy! Thanks for asking.
Yours is a noble quest, not unlike ours when we sought out to make the GENDER book so many years ago. We would love to support you in whatever way we can.
We did self-publish, thanks to a huge community support through our indiegogo campaign last December. With those funds, we could afford to order a huge (3,000) print run made for us. So, that’s how we did it. We did post some advice from our crowdfunding experience, in case others want to do the same route.
Still, you can’t have a book without a publisher, so we
made up founded Marshall House Press in 2014 to release it under, inspired by the cute grey house we used to all live in on (you guessed it) Marshall Street.
We may have some new books in the works *hint hint* but we only do original content, since we don’t really enjoy the admin side of buying and selling and ISBNs and such. The fun part is the creation, so go make your masterpiece and worry about selling it later, that’s what we did!
PS- if you’re interested in kid’s books about gender, maybe you can join forces with S. Bear Bergman’s Flamingo Rampant Book Club? They’re doing a kickstarter now.
Aw, this is awesome! I want to see how the video turns out.
Maybe our gender scouts want to play?
I’m working on a short PSA-style video for my final project in my women’s studies class. My topic: there is no wrong way to present gender. I would love to add photos and video clips of people expressing how they identify, following the format in my included video. No sound needed, just you (selfie or not!) and a sign.
Can you help me out?
I need your name (real, pseudonym, or handle) for citation purposes but this video will not be published outside of class and I won’t post your participation online. I can take submissions as late as Friday (August 1) midnight.
If you love the GENDER book, you will adore Flamingo Rampant.
They are going some really rad things with genderful books for kids. The flamingos need funds to kickstart their book club. So, please share with all the aunties and auncles and uncles and grandpas and grandpapis and grandmommies and adorable little gender travelers on your lists.