As reported by @nytimes
, Dump Truck’s Department of Health and Human Services has released a memo that takes an aggressive stab, attempting to erase transgender and intersex humans. They seek to negate gender identity’s role in Title IX and apply an archaic and false definition of sex as “either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with.” This will be used as a means to deny people the right to medicine, medical procedures, and documentation. It will also be used to prevent trans people from being protected from harassment. Not all trans people seek to be validated within the state’s eyes, but point blank this is a matter of physical safety and protection. The memo also states that in scenarios of conflict genetic testing will be used to confirm sex. Intersex people — by literal, scientific, and medical standards — defy this definition.
If you consider yourself an ally to the LGBTQ community — you have to stand up for trans and intersex people. Stand up physically. Stand up financially. Stand up politically. STAND UP PUBLICLY.
If you’re gay and are or have been married it’s because trans & intersex people stood up for you. If you feel comfortable holding your partner’s hand in public it’s because trans & intersex people stood up for you. If you believe in your sexual and reproductive health and rights, trans & intersex people have *always* stood up for you — even when in many circumstances being trans means effectively rendering oneself unable to have children to gain access to state sanctioned documentation and papers.
Trans people have been told to wait, that “the time for trans rights will come.” But rights aren’t just handed over. They’re fought for, while staring straight into the face of unbelievable authority. Be a trans ally. Be an active agent of change and don’t allow this or any administration to erase us. We will always exist, but existence and equity are not one in the same.
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Of course I get carded all the time... look at my baby face! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
A big thank you to everyone who came out to our first @Bare_Stories
talk with the ever-wonderful and legendary @glowmamiii.
Thank you for being vulnerable and forthcoming with your story. My heart is full and will be for sometime from all the heartfelt, funny and insightful moments that made last night such a dream. Thank you to the thoroughly engaged audience (I mean we had Zanele Muholi in the audience 😍🤷🏾♂👏🏾✨) and to @dflwits
for coming on board and helping make yesterday successful.
It was insightful, it was funny and it was heartfelt. Thank you @Glowmamiii
for being so forthcoming and vulnerable about your journey and to our co-founder @WelcomeLishivha
for facilitating what felt like an insightful conversation between friends. A big shout to the engaging audience that asked questions that truly widened the scope of the conversation. We look forward to seeing you all again at our next event and to having you become part of our community.
Our co-founder, @beingkgosi
opened the proceedings lastnight by speaking about the importance of creating inclusive spaces that celebrate #Queer
lived experiences and voices.
A big thank you to everyone who came out to join us for our first ever talk yesterday on being Trans, Black & Bold in Joburg in a conversation with @Glowmamiii
facilitated by @welcomelishivha.
We are so grateful to have partnered with @dflwits
for our first event. We are looking forward to many more of these heartfelt & engaging moments.
Remember when I asked y’all if you were ready to learn about flavonoids? Well I tried to do research on them and came up with very little information. There’s still so much learning to be done but with the legalization of cannabis (shout-out Canada) we’ll definitely be hearing about new studies very soon. What researching DID help me understand though was that we’ve been classifying our cannabis all wrong!! As much as I want to believe I’m a “sativa person” I think we gotta admit that sativas and indicas are pretty arbitrary classifications now. After centuries of hybridization cannabis can’t be categorized with antiquated science anymore. By this I mean, we understand so much more about cannabis than we did before. I’ve gone from wondering what strain I’m smoking to thinking about what properties I’m smoking.
Take into account the space it was grown in, what kind of nutrients went into that grow, the differences in strain phenotypes (variation of genes), the temperature, seed sourcing, organic or non-organic methods. LIKE YALL it’s seriously a different “strain” every time you smoke. Two Gorilla Glue #4
’s from two different growers will be a different experience for a host of reasons!
For example I like strains that are fruity, tropical, flowery bc they alleviate my depression. Scents of lemon can make me anxious and have actually exasperated some manic symptoms when I’ve been going through it. Scents of orange can be too much for my mental too but when they’re mixed with flowery or piney scents it’s usually a great ride. I wouldn’t know this if I didn’t 1) ask questions and 2) consume mindfully!
AND you’re ALLOWED to be that^ pretentious about your weed. You’re ALLOWED to ask if it’s sun grown or indoor. You’re allowed to ask if it’s local and it SHOULD BE b/c who wants reject cannabis from legal-state growers when we could be stimulating our local economies. If you’re weed is bad SAY SOMETHING. It’s our medicine and we’ve let capitalism over take our industry enough. Let’s be conscientious with our medicines and our grow and set a standard. More on this soon~ #rantover
JQ's next Got Guys? Shabbat is Friday, October 26 in Hancock Park! Join JQ and other members of the LGBTQ+ and ally community for a beautiful night filled with delicious kosher food, great conversation, and quality time with friends. Tickets are limited so get them while you can! JQ welcomes all individuals regardless of religious affiliation, gender identity, sexual orientation, or expression. ALL are welcome! Get your tickets today at the link in our bio.
Seventeen partnered with @instagram
to bring you Body Confidence Day today 💙💙💙 All bodies are beautiful, and everyone deserves to love themselves: self-love is SO powerful. Tag the people who make you feel perfect
Join JQ and Temple Beth Am for Life Lessons from the LGBTQ+ Jewish Community, a special panel event on Saturday, October 27 at 12:45 pm. During this panel, LGBTQ+ Jews discuss how they find a balance in their lives between daily experiences of joy and fear, celebration and grief. Use their stories to inspire you to make changes in your own life and in the lives of those around you. Learn about critical mental health and wellbeing resources in LA. This event is FREE and includes lunch. RSVP at the link in our bio.
This event is made possible thanks to a Community Engagement Grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health through its Prevention and Early Intervention funding and in collaboration with the California Mental Health Services Authority.
Doing a little video editing tonight for my work hermano
True social cohesion can only take place when the lived experiences of the marginalised are engaged with as mainstream & valid & marginalised voices are considered key contributors to public dialogue. Click the link in bio for more information about the event tomorrow.
Photo by @khwezlokusa
Join us on Thursday for our conversation with @glowmamiii
on being Trans, Black & Bold in Joburg. The event is taking place at the Drama for Life eMakhaya Theatre, 6 pm for 6:30 pm.
See you tomorrow.
Photograph by @khwezlokusa
I am quite excited for my conversation with @Glowmamiii
on Thursday 6pm at University Corner for @Bare_Stories
on being Trans, Black & Bold in Joburg. I hope to see you all (well, most of you) there!
A big shout to Khwezi for this and other photos snapped this day. We got hot sauce in our bags swag.
The joys of face-swapping with @iamjordanbellamy
, forgetting about it and finding the picture in your phone months later 🤣🤣🤣🤣
The grass is always greener on the other side is what they say right? Appreciating what I have and what I’ve already accomplished. ✨ #alwaysstriving #purposedrivenlife
🍃 Peace, Be Still 🍃
Coloring is so special to me. I can drift away into my thoughts and process things. Or i can daydream and float into a State of Peace & Tranquility. Wandering on a Psilocybin cloud ☁️ 🦋🕊
This little book and the practice it represents is making ripples in my life. I've been doing this for the last month. Every night at 10pm I have a notification that reminds me to write down 3 things I'm grateful for that day. It might be a really good meal a PA made for me, kind words from a friend, a really great new herbal tea, how the light cast particular shadows through the window that day. At the end of each week I also write down any extra things like small achievements - writing to a friend, drawing something, sitting up a little longer.
It's really easy to fall into despair whilst bedbound. It's scary and demoralising. But taking time for gratitude is so important for me at this time and shows me all the moments of beauty and connection (also thanks @curiuser.and.curiuser
for the stickers on the front of my journal!)
#gratitude #gratitudepractice #gratitudejournal #queer #queersofig #cripplepunk #spoonie #mecfs #chronicillness #invisibleillness #disability #bedbound #housebound #millionsmissing
• if you had told me 2 years ago that things would be like this, I wouldn’t believe you • if you had told me one year ago things would be like this, I wouldn’t know what to say • but today I do know what to say, and it’s happy anniversary to us! • here’s to another year of dancing down the aisles of many supermarkets! @indydavid
Pride 2018. One for the books. 🏳️🌈