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Are Trans Lesbians Real Lesbians?

I came across a meme on the internet that read: “Trans lesbians are lesbians, get over it.” 

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Are trans lesbians real lesbians? Seems like a no-brainer, but it’s a bit more complicated than that.

What is a real lesbian anyway?

Without falling into a game of semantics, we can all agree that a lesbian is a woman who is exclusively attracted to other women. Right?

There is no easy way to approach this topic, but as a transsexual lesbian, this is what I think, and I welcome everybody to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Gender identity, just like sexuality, doesn’t develop overnight. It’s a lengthy process for the most part so, naturally, there will be people who know they are women inside, who are legitimately attracted to other women, independently of the way they look, and this is basically what being a lesbian means.

It doesn’t mean that other lesbians will perceive you socially as a lesbian, it only means that you believe that you ARE one.

The disagreement stems from the socially-perceived image of what a woman should be and, the most discriminatory one: How a woman should look like. 

The most radical lesbians have some high standards for what makes a woman a real woman, and therefore a lesbian woman, a real lesbian woman.

There are lots and lots of discriminatory standards, but the most common ones are:

  1. Real lesbians should have XX chromosomes
  2. Transgender lesbians should be passable if they want to be taken seriously
  3. Transgender lesbians should do a “full transition” (which is strictly referring to performing a vaginoplasty)

The problem with these three statements is that they don’t stand to logic, or any rational thinking, for that matter.

Now, to debunk some myths:

The chromosome excuse always struck me as some kind of half-bothered attempt at trying to exclude transsexual women from womanhood in a rather uninformed and childish way. As a neurobiology student, I can confirm (with tangible evidence) that the gender of humans is determined by a small region in the nervous system, which has nothing to do with whatever set of chromosomes you were born with.

Some people heard about the myth that all women are XX and all men are XY without knowing very well what a chromosome pair is and what does it do. I, in turn, know what a nervous system is and how it works.

The passing excuse is a bit far fetched and discriminatory on itself. Every time I hear this argument I think to myself: Who sets the standard?

 

When it comes to anatomy, I know a lot of cisgender women who are much taller, wider and masculine-looking than myself. Would you say that, for example, a super pretty woman like Taylor Swift is trans just because she’s taller than me? Probably not.

Would you say that Ellen Degeneres is trans because her voice pitch is lower than mine? or that Hope Solo is trans because she’s bigger and stronger than me?

So who sets the standard?

 

The surgical reconstruction of genitals is not ideal. This reconstruction is known, in the transgender world, as GRS or SRS, which stand for Gender Reassignment Surgery or Sex Reassignment Surgery, respectively.

These procedures do not convert masculine genitals into female genitals. These procedures eliminate the testicles, reduces the size of the urethra and converts the penis gland into some kind of clitoris, where in most cases, for all intents and purposes, works like a working vagina.

But transsexual women who perform any of these surgical procedures on themselves are not getting working female genitals. Science still has to come a long way until some major breakthrough in these procedures provides transsexual individuals with a working uterus and ovaries. Transsexual women who perform an SRS/GRS still need to shoot themselves with estradiol shots since their main organ for producing a sex hormone is gone, and they have no ovaries to produce oestrogen naturally in large quantities.

My advice, as a psychologist, and as a somewhat-experienced transexual woman, would be to simply wait. Upon doubt, just wait. We don’t know if, within five or ten years time, a fully working reproductive system will be a reality. Don’t settle for something you may not absolutely need when you can wait for better options. Don’t let anyone make you feel like you are incomplete because you don’t want or cannot get surgery in your private areas.

So if no vaginoplasty is required to obtain your woman card, no anatomy can determine what your gender is, and chromosomes are proven to determine sex but not gender, then who can tell, apart from yourself, what a real lesbian is?

If you consider yourself a woman, independently of your biology, and you are sexually and/or romantically attracted to other women, independently of their biology, then you are probably a lesbian, but then again, the decision is exclusively yours.

 

By Ellie Hope (@elliehopeauthor on Facebook/Twitter

 

 

India Opens First School for Transgender Students Who Dropped Out Of School

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A residential school for transgender people has been opened in the Indian city of Kochi, to help adults who dropped out of school finish their education.

Transgender people can face judgement and hostility in India, and around half of them fail to complete their schooling as a result.

Sahaj International is the first school of its kind in India.

It will welcome 10 pupils, aged 25-50.

The students will be prepared for India’s Class 10 and 12 board exams, normally sat when students are aged 15-16 or 17-18 respectively. The curriculum will also include some vocational skills.

Transgender activist Vijayraja Mallika, who heads the school, told the BBC: “The school aims at making transgenders eligible for taking decent jobs and living a dignified life.”

“We have admitted six candidates so far, all male-to-female persons, from 14 applicants. Of the 10 seats, we have reserved one for female-to-male and one for the disabled.”

Teachers are also transgender

The school is in Kerala, which is the first Indian state to adopt a transgender policy against discrimination. It promotes inclusive education, and offers free gender reassignment surgery at government hospitals.

The centre’s organisers said they had arranged sponsors for all the students, to pay for their food, accommodation and studies.

The teachers also belong to the transgender community – a measure designed to protect and encourage the pupils.

The decision comes after India’s first transgender college principal, Manabi Bandopadhyay, resigned from her post claiming that some of her students and fellow teachers had agitated against her because of her sexual identity.

India has an estimated two million transgender people, and in 2014 the country’s Supreme Court ruled that they have equal rights under the law.

As well as the right to marry and inherit property, they are also eligible for quotas in jobs and educational institutions.

But abuse and exploitation are still common. Many transgender people are thrown out of home by their families, denied jobs, and forced into sex work, begging, or dancing at weddings to make ends meet.

‘700 people turned us away’

Even finding a venue for the school was a challenge, as nobody was willing to rent the founders their premises.

“We approached some 700 people and 51 households, and all of them turned us away. They seemed to think that we were looking for space for prostitution,” Ms Mallika said.

Finally, a suitable site was found.

All of the school’s first students come from Kerala, but Ms Mallika hopes to gather more from beyond the state.

“This is a model centre. Once proved successful, we will expand the facilities and admit more people, from across India,” she said.

“Kerala has some 25,000 transgenders, and 57% of them were forced to drop out of school due to stigma. They all should get a decent accommodation the policy initiatives envisaged.”

The school was opened by activist Kalki Subramaniam, who is a transgender woman herself.

“This day is historic for me,” she said.

Reporting by Ashraf Padanna in Trivandrum, Kerala

BBC News

Witch Hunt in Washington DC: Transgender Police Officer Suspended Over Sex Tape

What a woman does in her privacy is nobody else’s business but hers. However, for the Washington DC police department, this may come as an excuse to suspend Sgt. Hawkins.

Sgt. Hawkins / Twitter

Washington DC, United States — Transgender Police Officer, Sgt Hawkins, is being accused of “taking interns assigned to her unit out drinking with other MPD officers.” At Freddie’s. A well-known LGBT bar in Arlington. The summer interns were both under the age of 21. One of them admitted to having a fake ID and showing it to Sgt. Hawkins who laughed at it. Fox News Reports.

The allegations also said Sgt. Hawkins showed the interns a “homemade video of her having sex with 4 men while she was intoxicated.”

While she hasn’t confirmed nor denied both allegations officially, sources say that Hawkins’ admitted were true in an interview conducted with internal affairs where the tenor was anything but serious.

Hawkins told investigators she pulled out her cellphone and told her interns “if you want to watch it, it’s right here,” and admitted to showing others an inappropriate picture.

Her reputation amongst DC’s LGBTQ community came into question because of her role in the unit. Allegations she gave preference to concerns from transgender citizens over others.

Officers claimed her role was undermined amongst her peers after her predecessor and now chairman of the DC police FOP, Sgt Matthew Mahl incited tensions between her and the gay community after Mahl left the unit on bad terms.

A spokesperson for the Washington DC Police Department released the following statement:

“Following misconduct allegations, Sergeant Jessica Hawkins was the focus of a recent internal affairs investigation. That investigation has concluded and the findings are currently with the MPD’s disciplinary review division. The DRD will review and determine an appropriate penalty. Throughout the investigation, Sergeant Hawkins remained in her current assignment and is still widely considered a valuable MPD team member in our special liaison division.”  

 

Source: Fox News

Hate Crime: Transgender Man Followed and Shot in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA, United States — Police are looking for two suspects in connection with the shooting of a transgender man who was followed after leaving a bar and shot in Philadelphia.

The shooting occurred late Sunday night on Malvern Avenue.

Police say the 21-year-old man had left a bar on 66th Street and Lansdown Avenue when he was approached by a man who fired five times with a handgun.

Initial reports said that the victim was a transgender woman, but Philadelphia police has just confirmed us that the victim identifies as transgender male and prefers the pronouns he/him/his

The victim is in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the hip.

New York Lawmaker Proposes ‘PENCE’ Bill Banning Gay Conversion Therapy

Patrick Burke, a legislator in New York’s Erie County, proposed a bill this week that would ban conversion therapy for minors. The proposed law would only affect Burke’s county, which includes the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area, but the bill has garnered national attention because of its name: Prevention of Emotional Neglect and Childhood Endangerment—or PENCE, for short.

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David Burke / Erie County Legislature

 

Burke named the bill after Vice President-elect Mike Pence in order to draw attention to Pence’s stated support of programs that would attempt to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTQ people.

“Conversion therapy is an abomination. It is clearly abuse. It’s brainwashing. It does real damage. Even calling it conversion therapy takes the edge off of what it really is,” Burke told NBC OUT.

“The Vice President-elect has been a supporter of this, and he’s earned the name. People need to remember this. Mike Pence’s views are extreme. I don’t want them to become normalized. This isn’t normal—none of this is OK. We have work to do,” he added.
Read the full article on NBC Out

Source: NBC News 

Pride Flag Launched Into Space To Declare Outer Space As LGBTI-Friendly

The organisation Planting Peace sent the first pride flag into space, and in doing so, declared space LGBTQ friendly.

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Pride Flag In Outer Space / Planting Peace / Youtube (Screencap)

This initiative was carried out by same the non-profit human rights organisation that bought the ‘Equality House’ across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church, in Kansas.

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The “Equality House” owned by Planting Peace, Located right across the street from the hate-group organisation Westboro Baptist Church / Wikipedia

To achieve this, the organisers attached a GoPro camera to a high altitude balloon. The pride flag was in space for more than three hours before it made its way back to the earth.

The flag reached an altitude of 21.1 miles above the earth before it started descending.

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The Pride Flag, climbing / Youtube

According to their statement, the primary purpose of this declaration is “to support the ongoing fight for the fundamental human rights of our LGBTQ family, moving us closer to a universal understanding that all people deserve to live freely and love freely without fear and discrimination.”

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Pride Flag Ascending / Youtube

“Our hope was to create the largest safe SPACE possible for our LGBTQ community. It also offered us a chance to reinforce, in a peaceful, beautiful way, our ongoing message to our LGBTQ family:

You are loved, valued and beautiful.

There is nothing wrong with you.

You are not alone, and we will stand with you.” The statement concluded.

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Watch the video of the Flag in Space below:

 

Transgender Bathroom Hysteria in numbers: The Heartbreaking Truth

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A survey carried out by the US Transgender Survey, which surveyed more than 27.000 transgender people, revealed alarming results.

The only real, confirmed victims of harrassement in public restrooms are transgender women.

For transgender women, the bathroom problem in the United States represents real, physical harm.

  • 59% have avoided bathrooms in the last year because they feared confrontations in public restrooms at work, at school, or in other places.
  • 12% report that they have been harassed, attacked, or sexually assaulted in a bathroom in the last year.
  • 31% have avoided drinking or eating so that they did not need to use the restroom in the last year.
  • 24% report that someone told them they were using the wrong restroom or questioned their presence in the restroom in the last year.
  • 9% report being denied access to the appropriate restroom in the last year.
  • 8% report having a kidney or urinary tract infection, or another kidney-related medical issue, from avoiding restrooms in the last year.

Recently, in the United States, in the state of North Carolina a controversial legislation was passed which effectively bans transgender women from using the female restroom and while other states are likely going in the oposite direction, allowing transgender women to use any bathroom of their choice, truth is, the fear has set in.

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