Thursday, 29 January 2015

Toronto: global epicenter for oppression of sex and gender minorities - Boing Boing

The hashtag #BellLetsTalk has been circulating on Twitter over the last two days or so, ostensibly raising funds for mental health research, treatment and destigmatisation in Canada. This morning it was brought to my attention that a large chunk of the funds raised ($10m in 2011) goes to something very sinister indeed:

You know those reparative therapy "experts" who influenced the homophobic death penalty legislation in Uganda? For sex and gender minorities, that movement is not led by religious zealots, but by a handful of Toronto psychologists like Kenneth Zucker who still get taken seriously in their field.

In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) decided that gay people were no longer mentally ill, but that changed nothing for trans and gender-variant people... 
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H/t: ‏@sailor_jerry and @pansgrrl

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Leelah's last blog post

Leelah Alcorn threw herself under a truck. Her parents deleted her Tumblr blog within days and are burying her as a boy. She was 17.


If you are reading this, it means that I have committed suicide and obviously failed to delete this post from my queue.

Please don’t be sad, it’s for the better. The life I would’ve lived isn’t worth living in… because I’m transgender. I could go into detail explaining why I feel that way, but this note is probably going to be lengthy enough as it is. To put it simply, I feel like a girl trapped in a boy’s body, and I’ve felt that way ever since I was 4. I never knew there was a word for that feeling, nor was it possible for a boy to become a girl, so I never told anyone and I just continued to do traditionally “boyish” things to try to fit in.

When I was 14, I learned what transgender meant and cried of happiness. After 10 years of confusion I finally understood who I was. I immediately told my mom, and she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong. If you are reading this, parents, please don’t tell this to your kids. Even if you are Christian or are against transgender people don’t ever say that to someone, especially your kid. That won’t do anything but make them hate them self. That’s exactly what it did to me.