genderqueer photography
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Photographer Dave Naz was interviewed for the British Journal of Photography about his new book “Genderqueer and other Gender Identities” (Rare Bird publishers). Having the trust of everyone involved in a project like this is a lot of pressure and I didn’t want to let anyone down. I wanted to make sure the work was presented in a sensitive way and wouldn’t come across as exploitative. The book features images taken of all gender non-conforming groups, …
A new genderqueer role model?
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One of the many brilliant things about Doctor Who is the fact Time Lords don’t care one way or another about sex and gender, they just pick a body that suits them. This post on the BoingBoing Instagram feed further muddies the water, gender wise, and gives genderqueers a new role model! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Boing Boing (@boingboing) on Jan 8, 2016 at 5:36pm PST While there’s considerable noise …
RIP David Bowie – 8/1/1947 to 10/1/2016
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David Bowie died today, the 10th January 2016. He was 69 years old. It was cancer, and he’d been battling it for 18 months. But that didn’t stop him releasing a new album just three days before his death. It’s hard to actually define the man’s work; he was first an amazingly diverse musician, an occasional actor, and a role model to the androgynous. Many musicians have commented on his kindness. In a speech written …
Airport encounter
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In The Age there’s a report of a Transgender individual being forced to present their packer for inspection by security. Nicole Hasham writes: A transgender airline passenger was forced to remove a genital prosthetic and present it for inspection in a “demeaning” encounter that adds to calls for an overhaul of unnecessary security at Australian airports. The news comes as part of an inquiry into airport security which one Captain commented: many aviation security regulations “tend …
Genderqueer sexual orientation
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There’s a problem of sexual terminology which slaps Genderqueer people in the face on a regular basis. In short, are current terms around sexuality valid for genderqueer people? Homosexual describes two people of the same sex being in a sexual relationship. But if you’re genderqueer, you’re not the same sex as anyone else; you’re neither male or female or outside that binary. It’s Pronounced Metrosexual have published an article on genderqueer sexual orientation, which makes …
Gender fluid clothing choices with Louis Vuitton
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Jaden Smith, son of celebrity Will Smith has been made the “face” of Loius Vuitton women’s wear, because he’s young, hip and wears whatever he likes, whenever he likes. “I’m just expressing how I feel inside, which is really no particular way because everyday it changes how I feel about the world and myself,” Smith told GQ. On the one hand this would appear to be a step forward for clothing choices, and we can …
Support your local Trans* scientist
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Writing in Wired, Shayle Matsuda highlights yet another issue for the differently gendered. Negotiating your body while doing field research is just one of the many challenges that transgender men and women face in science. Yep, even in scientific circles, where you might hope there’s support and understanding, there’s still issues for Trans people (and most likely Genderqueer too). Thankfully, every year that passes, things get a little easier. Now Trans characters are on TV in …
First transgender parents in South America
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Congratulations to Fernando and Diane with the hope that one day transgendered parents won’t be newsworthy. Rodriguez, who was born Luis, is one of Ecuador’s most-prominent LGBT activists and says she and her Venezuelan-born partner, whose birth name was Maria, decided to publicize the pregnancy to help change attitudes in the staunchly Roman Catholic society. Read more on The Guardian
Refused surgery for identifying as genderqueer
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Lola Phoenix lives in the UK, which is great because that means they can access the National Health Service (NHS) and the Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic for help with surgical issues. In this case, they’re asking for top-surgery to reduce the size of breast tissue, a surgery that female identifying people can get at the drop of a hat. Except they can’t get help, apparently because they don’t identify as either “Male” or “Female”. Lola’s …