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A couple weeks ago, some straight white dude dropped me this link as his "scientific" reference to justify his presumption that #trans women hold intrinsic advantages over cis women in sport. At that time, I just skimmed it cuz I was in an awful pain flare
Now that I've read it closely and watched the embedded videos, I find it pretty laughable. The article is mostly about the personal statement by some MMA fighter -- who obviously held a grudge over #FallonFox cuz she was defeated -- and some other woman calling Fallon a "man".
As for the embedded videos, they're even worse. One is a propaganda by #PragerU -- a conservatism outlet on YouTube -- which intentionally ignores the facts that all trans women athletes are on HRT for life and that committees have very strict standards about who can be admitted.
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public service announcement: we are now living through the biggest anti-#trans backlash since the 1970s. it's been going on since at least 2016. it's not just Republicans or evangelicals – it's coming from numerous fronts. & most cis people seem entirely oblivious to it...
...I should really be working on a different piece I'm on deadline for. but this has been on my mind a lot today. I can't tell you how many cis friends I've talked to over the last two years, who know I'm a trans writer & activist, and will ask how that's all going...
...and I'll be like "actually quite awful!" and I will tell them about TERF harassment & mass reporting online, or how not a day goes by with out the UK press publishing between 1 to 5 transphobic op-eds, or how transphobes are now rebranding themselves as "skeptics"...
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1/ Short thread 🎖️

Today, we piggybacked on @thedailytexan story about a #UT student who says he lost his ROTC scholarship due to Trump's ban on #transgender troops.
Since then, we've found out some more details.… #LGBT #LGBTQ #trans
2/ Map Pesqueira, 19, told @thedailytexan he lost a three-year scholarship he'll begin receiving next school year because he has taken steps to medically transition.

We reached out to the DoD for comment.… #txlege #LGBT #LGBTQ
3/ The DoD told us they were not aware of Pesqueira's case.

But a spokesperson told me the new "policy states that anyone enrolled in ROTC for the upcoming academic year falls under the 2016 policy." Seemingly, this means Pesqueira could keep his scholarship.

So what gives?
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MONSTER THREAD: US President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban went into force at the start of this month. It is predicated on a number of false premises, but chiefly: that trans servicepeople are a burden to the US military; and that trans identities are illegitimate. 1/
I’d like to deal with both of these propositions, as well as why this development should be alarming for anyone — even those who have taken a more ambivalent stance because they don’t support what Eisenhower once called the ‘military-industrial complex.’ 2/
First, to the idea of a burden. I’m not going to deal too much with the actual costs, though Trump has made much of the fact that trans people are ‘too expensive’ for the Pentagon. This he even claimed in his first tweets proposing the ban. 3/
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My grandfather was a soldier in World War II. My family has a history of military service.

The normalization of racial supremacy, the encouragement of it by some political leaders as a path to power, isn’t just abhorrent, it is a threat to our peace & to our communities.

As we mark the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide let me say:

- how easy it is to stoke economic fear and pair it with racial fear. We have history to prove it. We know that road.

- Canada is not immune. We must always be on guard for the small wedge that opens the door.
Atrocity may explode like a powder keg, but it’s never the big event that is the cause, that’s just the effect.

Like the frog in the pot of increasingly heating water, it’s the prejudices, hate & fear that are allowed to spread & given platforms that lead to the boiling point.
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A few minutes ago I had to witness someone nitpicking whether #HRT is harmless for #trans youth. So now we're gonna have a conversation abt the way HRT is discussed when it comes to #transgender youth. And by 'conversation' I mean 'IT'S TIME FOR MANDY'S OPINION.'

A thread. 1/
I begin by saying I'm biased. because our daughter was suicidal before she came out and began HRT, and since she's been on HRT, she's back to her usual acerbic, delightful, caring self. 2/
No medication is 'harmless.' Birth control is not 'harmless.' Tylenol is not 'harmless.' My anti-migraine medication is not 'harmless,' but I couldn't function without it. 3/
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Right, so buckle up: this is going to be a long thread about #trans representation in the media, trans responses to said media, and some thoughts on what we're doing wrong and what we could do right.

Ready? Okay.
There are two facts which are staggeringly apparent in the online UK #trans landscape at the moment:

1. The mainstream media is still in a transphobic backlash, and it's been getting nastier and more dangerous every month.
2. In our online communities - twitter and facebook in particular - we are spending WAY more time and attention responding to and magnifying these instances of backash than we are in promoting not only our successes, but even mildly positive or neutral works.
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Hey, #cisgender #LGB people.

Are you wondering why you woke up this morning to suddenly find #Section28 in the news and trending on Twitter?

Because if you are, that means that yet again you either chose not to listen to #trans people, or chose to ignore us, when we...

told you this was happening.

No - really.

Here's the receipts, and that's just from what I've posted on it:


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It's *women* getting "Notorious" handles! #RBG anyone? Desus gave @AOC the title on @SHODesusAndMero On-the-floor 🤣. This is as close as I'll get to #Notorious but we *are* synching to @TokyoDiiva & @scottyrebel and they *are* from the #Bronx! 💯
#WhitePowderPerm writers include @JustinTranter @colewhittle @bigdannygrip, & Stevy Pyne , formerly @preciousweapons. Pyne directed. Love these guys a lot! Justin's a collector of sculpture. She's synching with me. Old school fun‼️
NOTORIOUS B.I.G. – #Notorious series. Shot this after seeing #SpiderVerse with my best movie friend, @iamsheadiamond. No one is more fun to go to the #movies with than this #transbeauty. #womenrule #LGBTQ #trans
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THREAD: Re #MartinaNavratilova arguing that it's unfair for trans-women to compete in women’s sport, this is just one of a number of stories that seep into the debate - or lack of - on the redefinition of the Gender Recognition Act. The new GRA, will allow people

to 'identify' as a sex, which means, for example, anyone would be able to access women’s & girls’ private, formerly single-sex, spaces—toilets, changing rooms, rape-crisis centres etc. by simply saying they identify as a woman. To be explicitly clear, this isn't about
being anti-trans, or denigrating the trans community, which has, and still does, face some of the most toxic and unacceptable abuse. It's about one group being given a platform that affects the lives of another group, without any opportunity for debate. And it's a legitimate
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a periodic reminder that I have a Patreon if you wish to support my work & writings. for as little as $1 per month! at higher pledge levels, you may be eligible for rewards, such as free eBooks or signed copies of any of my previous books...…
Patreon is basically what allows me to write pieces that most mainstream news & media outlets wouldn't allow me to publish – for example, my latest: Origins of "Social Contagion" and "Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria"… #trans #transgender #LGBTQ
many other Patreon-supported essays can be found on my Medium page. unlike many Medium pieces, none of these are monetized (thanks to my patrons), so read as many as you want & freely share them with others!… #trans #transgender #LGBTQ #feminism #activism
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brand new piece! it's more of a massive timeline than an essay: Origins of "Social Contagion" and "Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria"...… #trans #transgender #LGBTQ #health #healthcare #children #psychology
...for those who'd prefer a TL;DR (it is very long), here is the summary of the piece... #trans #transgender #LGBTQ #health #healthcare #children #psychology
...I will share more excerpts from the piece tomorrow. But in the meantime, feel free to share it with others. And if you appreciate this work, and the fact that I make pieces like this for FREE, please consider supporting me on Patreon!…
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As California attorney general, Kamala Harris declined to defend California’s ban on same-sex marriage Proposition 8 in court.
Kamala Harris along side of us in Pride. #LGBT #queerpol
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So, the past few weeks has seen a growing public awareness in the UK of how the far-right, especially the religious far-right, in the US likes to operate, and likes to use willing, if witless, pawns to do their bidding.

The name that's been making the headlines recently...

is The #Heritage #Foundation. But what, exactly, does The Heritage Foundation espouse? What is it's driving ideological foci?

And the answer to that, if you care one iota for women, or for LGBTQI+ people, is grim to say the least.

This is an organisation that states:

On SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Laws):

"SOGI laws are about forcing all Americans to embrace—and live out—certain beliefs about human sexuality. They are not about protecting the freedom of people to live as LGBT, but about coercing everyone else to...

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[short thread]: if you're looking for a good analysis of why TERFism is so much more widespread and virulent in the UK than the US, you should check out this @nytopinion piece:… #trans #transgender #LGBTQ #feminism #feminist
...interestingly this is 2nd piece I've seen suggesting that UK TERFism grew out of UK skeptics movement from the 90s/00s. the other is this essay, which is great read (but please media outlets, don't format your articles so they cannot be saved as PDFs!):…
...another factor cited in the aforementioned @nytopinion piece is British history of colonialism, which dovetails with what I said in this thread from back in October about how central intersectionality is in contemporary US feminism...
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I am #disabled I am #trans I am #queer I am a #survivor

But most obviously, I am #white

And because of the most obvious part of who I am, I will always be elevated over the people of color in every single one of my communities.
This is true for every single white person who is part of any one or multiple marginalized groups.

Our voices are always heard first and foremost. Yet the racial disparity in our communities is rarely, if ever, discussed.
So often, white people dominate and push ourselves to the for front of each of our #communities

We make spaces that should be open to everyone, only truly welcoming to white people. Instead of boosting the voices of our most marginalized, we silence them
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Fuck the Supreme Court. & fuck Kamala Harris. & fuck Aaron Sorkin. & fuck every dipshit political pundit who's ever argued that laws that impact whether #trans people are allowed to live safely & participate freely in society are merely a "distraction" from the "real issues"...
...I had originally planned to comment on Kamala Harris's presidential bid today. It was going to be a thoughtful non-profanity-laden personal statement along the lines of: While I will likely end up voting for whichever Democrat opposes Trump in the general election...
...I cannot in good conscience vote for a candidate in the Democratic Primary if they have a record of pushing anti-#transgender policies. For Harris, this includes not only her actions as CA AG to block healthcare for #trans prisoners, but also...
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More often than not, the Supreme Court has been an avenue to uphold discrimination. This ruling on trans rights is a Plessy vs Ferguson for our generation, and we should oppose it as such. In the interim I stand with my trans brothers and sisters without reservation.
Trans rights are human rights. The right believes they can win this legal and cultural war because of the left's general apathy on #transrights. Trans rights are not a frivolity; they are central to a coalition of the marginalized. History will judge us by our actions now.
This is a concerted war against a tiny minority of the population that deserves our protection, our respect, and our fiercest defense. Make no mistake -- it's an attempt to divide and conquer that we have to fight. Protect our #trans brothers and sisters and foil the plot.
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was recently asked if I had any writings to explain why Singal's past articles on trans health & children are flawed/biased. in this post, I compile my critiques (+ others) of those articles - specifically, the ones highlighted in the photo:
if you have time for a long-read, and really want to understand the many omissions & mischaracterizations of gender-affirming approaches to #trans #health by Singal et al., this is the piece I'd most recommend:… #transgender #LGBTQ #children #psychology
...btw I have more in the pipeline. since mainstream media are not inclined to pay writers to pen articles defending gender-affirming approaches these days, I am funding this largely via my Patreon, so please consider supporting me there!…
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Seems to be a bit of a movement among transphobes at the moment claiming that the only hate and abuse comes from the trans community. Let's put that right. #trans #transgender #transphobia #TransRightsAreHumanRights #lwiththet
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glancing at my feed, it seems as though somebody somewhere has published yet another ROGD-moral-panic piece. so I am re-upping this essay, feel free to share:… #trans #transgender #LGBTQ #health #psychology #children #gender #ROGD
...there should be a law that, if you decide to write or publish an alarmist #ROGD piece, then this paragraph from the WPATH Standards of Care gets permanently tattooed to your forehead... #trans #transgender #LGBTQ #health #psychology #children #gender
...btw @JennyBoylan just wrote a wonderful response to the aforementioned ROGD piece, in the NY times no less!…
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the latest *soft vowel sounds* (aka, my solo music project) email update is out: "new *svs* music video & surprise final show of 2018!" read it here:… #trans #LGBTQ #queer #bands #music #noisepop
btw, you can watch the new music video directly here – it's my rendition of the Cheap Trick song "Surrender", although I changed the lyrics (for reasons explained in the video) to make a somewhat new song called "Cisgender"... #trans #transgender #LGBTQ
...& the live show will be Sunday, December 30th at @ivyroomalbany! it will be me (aka, @softvowelsounds), plus @PolyPamBand & Scorpio Moon. show starts at 4pm sharp, followed by #queer karaoke hosted by @karaokewithdana! Details here:… #LGBTQ #bands #music
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just wrote a rebuttal to that horribly misinformed @PsychToday piece from last week: "Mass Psychogenic Illness: The Latest Make-Believe Cause of #Transgender Identity" – it's on Medium, so please give it lots of "claps" so that others see it!… #psychology
...also, the piece is not monetized, as I wanted it to be as accessible as possible. if you appreciate that I make essays like this for free, please consider supporting me on Patreon!…
re: two misconceptions about my new essay: 1) I did not address certain claims made in the @PsychToday article (re: "peer clusters", social media influence, etc.) b/c I already addressed these in depth in my #ROGD essay:… #transgender #psychology #LGBTQ
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