How Are You #RedefiningRealness?

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Apr 16, 2014 / 5,600 notes

fyqueerlatinxs:

Angels of Change 2013 Calendar

Help support positive representations of trans* youth (especially young trans Latinas and other young trans women of color) while simultaneously helping raise funds for transgender health services at the Division of Adolescent Health CHLA.

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It took me a year and a half of fruitless searching to find another transgender mathematician. “Am I the only one?” I thought.
I was ready to face the very real possibility that the answer was yes.
Then, I learned of a woman named Diane, who came out of the closet a year before retiring. I can’t even imagine what a burden it must have been for her to keep such a big part of her inside.
But, I refuse to live that way.
I will inspire a generation of trans women and other transgender youth that there is something out there for them in STEM. My successes will scream a voice of affirmation that they are valid and that they have a beautiful mind to contribute to the world. I now know that I’m not alone in this. I know of two other trans women mathematicians, and, together, we are redefining what it means to be in the field. We are #redefiningrealness.
I am Tracy.
I am a mathematician, valid, adorable, an accidental poet, and an educator.
I Am #RedefiningRealness.
Apr 15, 2014 / 33 notes

It took me a year and a half of fruitless searching to find another transgender mathematician. “Am I the only one?” I thought.

I was ready to face the very real possibility that the answer was yes.

Then, I learned of a woman named Diane, who came out of the closet a year before retiring. I can’t even imagine what a burden it must have been for her to keep such a big part of her inside.

But, I refuse to live that way.

I will inspire a generation of trans women and other transgender youth that there is something out there for them in STEM. My successes will scream a voice of affirmation that they are valid and that they have a beautiful mind to contribute to the world.

I now know that I’m not alone in this. I know of two other trans women mathematicians, and, together, we are redefining what it means to be in the field. We are #redefiningrealness.

I am Tracy.

I am a mathematician, valid, adorable, an accidental poet, and an educator.

I Am #RedefiningRealness.

bitch-media:


Compared to the cultural dialogue we have around gender bias and racism in the sciences, there is little discussion in media of issues of queer-related bias. Many scientists keep their queer identity invisible, which leaves young queer and questioning people with few queer role models in scientific fields. By failing to discuss the unique barriers to queer people in the scientists, we allow the image of smart, successful scientists to become disconnected from our socially constructed projections of homosexuality.

From our article Queer Science: LGBT Scientists Discuss Coming Out at Work.
Apr 15, 2014 / 1,145 notes

bitch-media:

Compared to the cultural dialogue we have around gender bias and racism in the sciences, there is little discussion in media of issues of queer-related bias. Many scientists keep their queer identity invisible, which leaves young queer and questioning people with few queer role models in scientific fields. By failing to discuss the unique barriers to queer people in the scientists, we allow the image of smart, successful scientists to become disconnected from our socially constructed projections of homosexuality.

From our article Queer Science: LGBT Scientists Discuss Coming Out at Work.

I’m a trans woman. I’m proud of who I am and who I’ve become. I love helping and inspiring others and I’m grateful to be apart of a strong growing community! <3
I am Isley Reust.
I am a musician, artist, dreamer, activist, and lover.
I Am #RedefiningRealness.
Apr 15, 2014 / 14 notes

I’m a trans woman. I’m proud of who I am and who I’ve become. I love helping and inspiring others and I’m grateful to be apart of a strong growing community! <3

I am Isley Reust.

I am a musician, artist, dreamer, activist, and lover.

I Am #RedefiningRealness.

I am Devi. Not Dee, or D, or any other abbreviation I work under to make others feel better. 
I’ve worked forever in a hospital, androgynous and misunderstood in scrubs, unable to speak against anyone who feels like saying what they think about me. The company defense is forever loaded against people like me.
Plowing into my thirties, I was lucky to keep my employment when I had my surgery, but now suffer from the ungainly knowledge that everyone in the job knows my business.
That difference hangs from my neck like a perpetual milestone.  
It is the only thing many know me for. Nothing else about me is relevant&#8230;and now I hold onto the job like gold. 
But I am tough - a survivor of abuse through high school and isolation in equal measure. Now, no one gets their kicks for free. 
I’m fighting dragons. 
Devi is my name. No matter what happens, that will never change. 
I am a robot driver, nurse, writer, photographer, friend and confidant.
I Am #RedefiningRealness.
Apr 14, 2014 / 10 notes

I am Devi. Not Dee, or D, or any other abbreviation I work under to make others feel better. 

I’ve worked forever in a hospital, androgynous and misunderstood in scrubs, unable to speak against anyone who feels like saying what they think about me. The company defense is forever loaded against people like me.

Plowing into my thirties, I was lucky to keep my employment when I had my surgery, but now suffer from the ungainly knowledge that everyone in the job knows my business.

That difference hangs from my neck like a perpetual milestone.  

It is the only thing many know me for. Nothing else about me is relevant…and now I hold onto the job like gold. 

But I am tough - a survivor of abuse through high school and isolation in equal measure. Now, no one gets their kicks for free. 

I’m fighting dragons. 

Devi is my name. No matter what happens, that will never change. 

I am a robot driver, nurse, writer, photographer, friend and confidant.

I Am #RedefiningRealness.

complexitii:

Arrested for Walking While Trans: An Interview with Monica Jones | American Civil Liberties Union

"Last May, Monica was arrested under the disturbingly vague and overbroad manifestation ordinance. ‘I believe I was profiled as a sex worker because I am a transgender woman of color, and an activist.’ Monica explained.
'I am a student at ASU, and fear that these wrongful charges will affect my educational path. I am also afraid that if am sentenced, I will be placed in a men's jail as a transgender woman, which would be very unsafe for me. Prison is an unsafe place for everyone, and especially trans people.'
Apr 14, 2014 / 327 notes

complexitii:

Arrested for Walking While Trans: An Interview with Monica Jones | American Civil Liberties Union

"Last May, Monica was arrested under the disturbingly vague and overbroad manifestation ordinance. ‘I believe I was profiled as a sex worker because I am a transgender woman of color, and an activist.’ Monica explained.

'I am a student at ASU, and fear that these wrongful charges will affect my educational path. I am also afraid that if am sentenced, I will be placed in a men's jail as a transgender woman, which would be very unsafe for me. Prison is an unsafe place for everyone, and especially trans people.'

I am a transgender woman living in Johannesburg, South Africa.
I am Coco.
I am brave, liberated, beautiful, determined, a pioneer, and a unique woman in the making.
I Am #RedefiningRealness.
Apr 14, 2014 / 19 notes

I am a transgender woman living in Johannesburg, South Africa.

I am Coco.

I am brave, liberated, beautiful, determined, a pioneer, and a unique woman in the making.

I Am #RedefiningRealness.

I am redefining my own realness by claiming my own trans identity. I spent a long time squashing the voice that wanted to be heard. When adults told me I was a girl, that voice screamed differently.
I wanted to be “a part of,” because I never felt normal, so I survived on the idea that the spectrum of girl or woman can be vast - and it can.
But my honesty is that I am a boy.
It’s time to give that voice recognition.
I am Jayes.
I am 40 years old, trans, a believer, exposed, and grateful. 
I Am #RedefiningRealness.
Apr 11, 2014 / 5 notes

I am redefining my own realness by claiming my own trans identity. I spent a long time squashing the voice that wanted to be heard. When adults told me I was a girl, that voice screamed differently.

I wanted to be “a part of,” because I never felt normal, so I survived on the idea that the spectrum of girl or woman can be vast - and it can.

But my honesty is that I am a boy.

It’s time to give that voice recognition.

I am Jayes.

I am 40 years old, trans, a believer, exposed, and grateful. 

I Am #RedefiningRealness.

As a young person, growing up in this changing world, it seems almost dizzying at times just how much I am learning about the world and, well, myself.
As a latin@ who grew up disconnected from my people, as a pansexual who had to figure out sexuality alone, and as a non-binary person who is still trying to figure out the whole gender thing, I am still a bit lost on my identity. But, I try to figure out who I am every day. 
I&#8217;m lucky in that I have a supportive family and friend group around me, but I know many don’t. I know many people don’t have the chance to find themselves without facing difficulties from the rest of the world, so I want to help as many as I can one day. 
I am Veronica. 
I am a geek, student, latin@, soon-to-be-activist, and genderfluid.
I Am #RedefiningRealness every day by figuring out myself and by learning as much as I can so I can help create a new world for everyone. 
Apr 10, 2014 / 6 notes

As a young person, growing up in this changing world, it seems almost dizzying at times just how much I am learning about the world and, well, myself.

As a latin@ who grew up disconnected from my people, as a pansexual who had to figure out sexuality alone, and as a non-binary person who is still trying to figure out the whole gender thing, I am still a bit lost on my identity. But, I try to figure out who I am every day. 

I’m lucky in that I have a supportive family and friend group around me, but I know many don’t. I know many people don’t have the chance to find themselves without facing difficulties from the rest of the world, so I want to help as many as I can one day. 

I am Veronica. 

I am a geek, student, latin@, soon-to-be-activist, and genderfluid.

I Am #RedefiningRealness every day by figuring out myself and by learning as much as I can so I can help create a new world for everyone. 

Apr 10, 2014 / 1,229 notes

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c0tj:

Neil Patrick Harris is a legend and this is so true  Tags: #nph #neilpatrickharris #lgbt #gay #lesbian #LGBTQ #bisexual #transexual #confetti #society #selfhate #scared #inthecloset #pride #likes #quotes
Apr 10, 2014 / 84 notes

c0tj:

Neil Patrick Harris is a legend and this is so true
Tags: #nph #neilpatrickharris #lgbt #gay #lesbian #LGBTQ #bisexual #transexual #confetti #society #selfhate #scared #inthecloset #pride #likes #quotes

I’m a trans woman who is sharing her story with the world to help others know they are not alone and to educate society about us.
I am Stacey Monroe. 
I am courageous, inspirational, powerful, divine, and unique.
I Am #RedefiningRealness.
Check out my website, twitter, and Facebook page!
Apr 10, 2014 / 9 notes

I’m a trans woman who is sharing her story with the world to help others know they are not alone and to educate society about us.

I am Stacey Monroe. 

I am courageous, inspirational, powerful, divine, and unique.

I Am #RedefiningRealness.

Check out my website, twitter, and Facebook page!

Apr 10, 2014 / 2,764 notes

afterellen:

Former Miss America contestant Djuan Keila Trent comes out

Djuan writes that she has wanted to find the right words to make her statement, but struggled.

For months, I have been contemplating how I would write this post, how I would position it, when would be the right time to post it. Should I make it funny? Should I make it mysterious? Should I make it serious? Should I pick a special date to do it? Should I build some kind of anticipation around it? Hmmm…ain’t nobody got time for that. I have written and re-written and deleted and restarted this post more times than I care to share, and after all of that I have finally realized: “There ain’t nothin’ to it, but to do it.” So, here we go folks…

I am queer.