Did you know? Most available data on trans people’s sexual orientations shows that upwards of 43% of us are gay, lesbian, or bi (and that’s not even adding in the queer-identified). What percentage of cis people are gay, lesbian, or bi? Only 3.5%.
A strong plurality of us, if not a majority, are attracted to the same sex. Gay and lesbian culture is our culture, too - statistically, we’re far more queer than cis people. So what makes this culture theirs to control and impose upon us?
- Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 2011, p. 17
- First, Do No Harm: Reducing Disparities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Populations in California, 2012, p. 148
- Improving the Health of Trans Communities: Findings from the Trans PULSE Project, 2012, p. 7
- Myths and facts about transgender issues, 2008
- How many people are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender?, 2011
cool thing a lot of people don’t know: discrimination against Deaf people isn’t ableism. it’s called audism. most Deaf people don’t see their deafness as a disability, but rather as an important part of their identity so calling it ableism could be incorrect or even seen as offensive
Lucy Hicks Anderson was a pioneer in the fight for marriage equality. She spent nearly sixty years living as a woman, doing domestic work, and working as a madam. During the last decade of her life, she made history by fighting for the legal right to be herself with the man she loved.
After marrying her second husband, soldier Reuben Anderson, in Oxnard, California, in 1944, local authorities discovered that she was assigned male at birth. The couple was charged with perjury for marrying despite their both being legally male, resulting in ten years of probation. Standing up to the charges against her, Anderson said, “I defy any doctor in the world to prove that I am not a woman. I have lived, dressed, acted just what I am, a woman.” Years later, Anderson and her husband were charged again, this time with fraud after she received federal money reserved for military spouses. Both went to prison and were banned from Oxnard upon their release.
Lucy Hicks Anderson spent the remainder of her life in Los Angeles until her death in 1954, at age 68, leaving behind a legacy of authenticity and determination in the face of unjust laws.
5 Black Trans Women who Paved the Way — Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
Gay pride parade in Chicago, 1970s.
Just a fraction of the cool stuff I learned when researching women’s history.
Check out the revised (more accurate) version here: http://rebeccacohenart.tumblr.com/post/79399896965/http-vitaminw-co-culture-society-womens-history-q
This was in my psychology book. I thought it might be useful to those who can’t think if gender-neutral terms.
These are just the tip of the iceberg.