Beyond Silence

She/her/hers or ze/hir/hirs. I post about feminism, LGBTQ+ Issues, life in recovery, mental health awareness, body positivity, humor, and the occasional fandom.

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Last night my little sister (5th grade) was making an e-mail account

She saw gender and went to click female when she noticed the “other” choice

She looked at me confused and I started to explain that some people don’t think they fit in with strictly male or female

"Oh! You mean like transgender and stuff like that. I was freaked out for a second- I thought they meant robots."

Yet another example the kids are more open-minded than adults

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'Sista Girls' by Bindi Cole

The term ‘Sistagirl’ is used to describe a transgender person in Tiwi Island culture. Traditionally, the term was ‘Yimpininni’.  The very existence of the word provides some indication of the inclusive attitudes historically extended towards Aboriginal sexual minorities. Colonisation not only wiped out many indigenous people, it also had an impact on Aboriginal culture and understanding of sexual and gender expression. As Catholicism took hold and many traditions were lost, this term became a thing of the past. Yimpininni were once held in high regard as the nurturers within the family unit and tribe much like the Faafafine from Samoa. As the usage of the term vanished, tribes’ attitudes toward queer indigenous people began to resemble that of the western world and religious right. Even today many Sistergirls are excluded from their own tribes and suffer at the hands of others.

Within a population of around 2500, there are approximately 50 ‘Sistagirls’ living on the Tiwi Islands. This community contains a complex range of dynamics including a hierarchy (a queen Sistergirl), politics, and a significant history of pride and shame. The Sistagirls are isolated yet thriving, unexplored territory with a beauty, strength and diversity to inspire and challenge.

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Beautiful portraits showcase hidden queer Muslim identities

For years, Samra Habib kept relatively quiet when it came to her identity. It can be hard for LGBT Muslims to find acceptance in a community that does not hold consistently tolerant views on same-sex equality.

But Habib will stay say silent no longer. Picking up her camera, the young photographer has begun an “aesthetically engaging” and “culturally demanding” project designed to finally bring needed visibility of the queer Muslim community to the world.

"Just Me and Allah" is a photography project originally created on Tumblr, but which will be in exhibition at a handful of locations in Toronto — the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, Videofag Gallery and Parliament Street Library — in conjunction with WorldPride, beginning June 20.

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PROGRESS: A Man In Madhya Pradesh Is Marrying A Transgender Woman With Both Their Families' Blessings


Photo by Gagan Nayar/ Hindustan Times

According to the Hindustan Times, Shadab Hasan, 29, and Sanjana, 30, will be married later this year, after the Muslim holiday Eid. Sanjana, a transgender woman, and Hasan have been in a relationship for nine years. Hasan had previously been engaged to a woman of his family’s choosing and was scheduled to marry her on June 7, but towards the end of May, his family relented and accepted his wish to marry Sanjana instead.

“They called me home to tell me they had accepted me as their daughter-in-law,” Sanjana told a Hindustan Times reporter. “Our families have met and preparations for marriage are on.”

Sanjana’s family, too, has come around to her decision to marry Hasan. Her brother used to violently rebuke her for her gender identity and sexual orientation, but has now given the couple his blessing.

The couple say they have “been through a lot of emotional turmoil” over the past nine years.

Hasan’s sister, Nazma, and brother-in-law, Saleem, were the only allies the couple had. Now they have promised to let Sanjana and Hasan raise their 3-year-old daughter, Shifa.

Sanjana works as a counselor for a community-based organisation that serves India’s self-identified third-gender population.

“We have always been rebuked by families, friends, and relatives,” she said. “As a teenager, I have lived and followed the traditions of eunuchs, danced in gatherings, and even traveled to far-off places to fend for myself. Going to college was a nightmare, and I visited my family only after it was dark. It seemed life was heading nowhere. But now it is all over.”

Source: Rega Jha for Buzzfeed India

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I really feel like the rhetoric of “woman trapped in a mans body” serves only as a way to other trans women from their own body. It’s not a wonder that it’s the same rhetoric that many cis people default to to describe us. We’re actually palatable to cis people if they can see us as something to pity. Because trans women who owns her own body is incredibly intimidating to a cisnormative society.

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Fox News spent a segment mocking and laughing at Illinois State University’s decision to accommodate LGBT students with all-gender restroom signs, stating, “we’re all a little confused by it.”

Turns out, a lot of people don’t share Fox’s bewilderment. 

The following day, host Steve Doocy conducted man-on-the-street interviews with the sign, asking random “Fox fans” what they thought it meant. 

Much to Fox’s dismay, not a single fan (including a young boy) responded to the question with the confusion and outrage that Fox expected. 

Watch the full interview — it’s pretty great. 

Womp womp


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less “if you’re cis you shouldn’t use these pronouns” and more “hey if you feel good with those pronouns you’re probably not cis.”

help more people experiment with their gender and stop telling everyone who isn’t 100% sure of their transness that they’re cis.

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