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I was a Girl Scout for seven years. I loved earning badges and supporting my community through various projects. I wouldn’t say I was the best Girl Scout—my fellow Troop members and I may or may not have threatened to tie up our Troop Leader while trying to earn our crocheting badge—but there are many things I learned that I still apply to everyday life. One lesson I learned was to speak out for what I  believe in. Read More
The Human Rights Campaign is a civil rights organization whose entire purpose is to achieve equality for LGBTQ individuals. Reportedly, its office is home to the same exclusionary employment practices against which they fight. As one employee put it, “We are supposed to be fighting for people who are being discriminated against and marginalized, however we at HRC are discriminating against people and marginalizing people in the workplace.” The Pipeline Project did an extensive review of HRC’s workplace culture last fall. Read More
Planet Fitness Center has revoked the membership of a Michigan woman after she made transphobic comments about another member. Yvette Cormier’s problem began when she saw a transgender woman walk into the women’s locker room at her local Planet Fitness. Cormier was taken aback because the woman was not dressed in traditional women’s clothes and seemed to be a “man.” "I wanted to know why there was a man in the women's locker room," she told CNN. "He looked like a man, and that's what stopped me in my tracks. Read More
What makes 11-year-old Jazz a girl is not her pink cleats or the fact that she sews. What makes Jazz a girl is the fact that she identifies as one. Despite the efforts of Ms. Barbara Walters’s in telling the story of Jazz, a transgender preteen on 20/20, Barbara ended up completely missing the bar and instead telling a completely sensationalized borderline transphobic version of Jazz’s story. Read More
“At least your Lindsey Lohan-Samantha Ronson phase is over,” my sister said half-jokingly to me when I revealed the news that I had broken up with my first boyfriend and first love. The boyfriend being discussed happened to be female to male transgender and despite the fact that I looked like the heart-eyed-emoji when I was around him and he drove me absolutely banana emojis, the amount of hate and transphobia that I had to deal with because of this relationship was more than I could’ve ever anticipated when falling in love for the first time. Read More
Julia Serano spoke about the deeply-rooted assumptions about feminism, as well as femininity and masculinity, that result in transphobia. Concordia's Women's Studies Student Association brought the writer, activist, biologist, and spoken-word performer to Concordia with the intention of reaching out to Concordia's queer community. Serano addressed several issues surrounding transphobia that can be ameliorated with feminist discourse. One of the first problems Serano discussed was the idea that masculinity and femininity is something inherent to each person. Read More
"Dear Cis People" is making waves with its bold mission statement and arresting messages. The tumblr, which is controlled (and minimally edited) by a trans woman named Amy, describes itself as "a place for trans people to send an anonymous message to the cis population as a whole," as well as  "a means of opening a communication line from people who are often silenced, either inadvertently or otherwise." Challenging a culture of silence, these stark confessions speak loud and clear. Read More
This weekend, the Web played host to a volley of transphobic hate speech and the subsequent backlash that erupted over social media. And though we as a society are unfortunately inundated with hateful internet rants, this particular spat was particularly shocking due to its source—a handful of British feminist journalists.  Suzanne Moore The trouble began with Suzanne Moore’s essay for New Statesman, “Seeing Red: the Power of Female Anger”. Read More
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