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mixxtapej:

One day, after class, a nervous Ravenclaw second year walks up to McGonagall’s desk and says that she has a question. She tries to sound casual, but her shaking hands give her away. McGonagall allows it, and the girl asks if it’s possible to transfigure yourself. Not like an animagus, or a disguise, but just self-transfiguration.

McGonagall has had this question before from students, usually hoping for an easy way to look like the glamorous witches and wizards they see in the papers. She very sternly tells the student that it’s difficult, and it’s not right anyway. The girl looks like she’s about to cry, and in a voice just above a whisper says “But I just want my outsides to match my insides. If I looked like a boy too, then maybe people would understand that I am one.”

McGonagall freezes with her hands full of papers, and the student turns to go. As she…he reaches the door, the professor calls him back. “There are ways. Madam Pomfrey would know more than I do. A series of spells at St. Mungo’s, I believe. You must be of legal age, though.”

The student stops, eyes still full of tears but now there’s also a gleam of hope. McGonagall nods briskly, and the students understands that he is dismissed and scurries away. The teacher sighs and makes a note to herself to mention this to the Grey Lady. She’s always had a soft spot for the misunderstood, and will doubtless make an extra effort to look out for the boy.

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asteriskseverywhere:

sonnehlee:

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thegodofmischiefmanaged:

does this even need a caption

I saw this and immediately took the last graph as a negative as well - the fact that lesbians are more positively rated then other groups is (and this is simply my educated guess) because of how they are fetishized by the porn industry. 

So you know what’s great about this? These are all terms that have been, for the most part, assigned to us by cis people. We have taken them on and claimed them as ours, but they are terms that are in the hands of cis straight people. 

I took terms up that we have created and used to describe ourselves and found this: 

Genderqueer: 91.0% positive.

ftm: 53.8% positive

mtf: 71.2% positive

We have control, guys. We have control over our spaces. Just by the words we use to define ourselves we have control over how we are perceived. 

What an uplifting viewpoint!!!! Thank you :)

(Source: the-ginger-imp, via beckbeckgoose)

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pyroclast:

outforhealth:

flameatronach:

malakhgabriel:

A proposed new (non-binary inclusive) trans* symbol.
Not gonna lie, I got a little giddy when I saw it.

I really like it. Aw man.

OH MAN HOW COOL IS THIS

Every time I see this post on my dash, I am just blown away with the levels of meaning it has. Because the asterisk has often been used as an inclusive signifier for the suffix “trans,” and the symbol is obviously referencing that.
But if you look closely, the asterisk attached to the circle contains both the female and male (Venus and Mars) symbols.


And if you know much about the meanings of astrology symbols, you could even argue that there’s a third glyph in there. Because male/Mars is drive (arrow) over spirit (circle), and female/Venus is spirit (circle) over matter (cross). And when you’ve used those, you’re left with what could be interpreted as mind (crescent) over spirit (circle). And I really think it would be quite useful for anyone who doesn’t fit in the gender binary.

So yes. All the awards to the creator!

pyroclast:

outforhealth:

flameatronach:

malakhgabriel:

A proposed new (non-binary inclusive) trans* symbol.

Not gonna lie, I got a little giddy when I saw it.

I really like it. Aw man.

OH MAN HOW COOL IS THIS

Every time I see this post on my dash, I am just blown away with the levels of meaning it has. Because the asterisk has often been used as an inclusive signifier for the suffix “trans,” and the symbol is obviously referencing that.

But if you look closely, the asterisk attached to the circle contains both the female and male (Venus and Mars) symbols.

image

image

And if you know much about the meanings of astrology symbols, you could even argue that there’s a third glyph in there. Because male/Mars is drive (arrow) over spirit (circle), and female/Venus is spirit (circle) over matter (cross). And when you’ve used those, you’re left with what could be interpreted as mind (crescent) over spirit (circle). And I really think it would be quite useful for anyone who doesn’t fit in the gender binary.

image

So yes. All the awards to the creator!

(via ablurredrainbowconnection)

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Harvard Business School's First Transgender Student Speaks Out | The Atlantic

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ryansallans:

Last year, Harvard Business School accepted its first transgender student. She is, in fact, the first openly trans person to be admitted to any top management program in the country. 

The article is quite standard (and mainstream, it is The Atlantic) but what stands out is pretty much everything quoted from Del.

Del agrees that telling her story puts her at a disadvantage: “Even the mechanics of sharing my past are difficult. The only exposure the average person has to transgender issues is from overwhelmingly false media stereotypes. We haven’t had our Will & Grace moment yet, so coming out usually needs to be accompanied by a lot of education.”

“Most employers and administrators have not only never met a transgender person before, they have never been in an environment where they see others embrace a trans person. As a result, many open-minded and accepting people do terrible things out of the fear of what other people might think.” That’s why she sees the school’s acceptance of a transgendered individual as being so important. “Any difference I can make by being here is dwarfed by the impact the school and my peers have had by embracing a trans student as one of their own.  They are the ones who are changing the world.”

“But make no mistake: that it has been no big deal is a very big deal indeed.”

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A few times, I’ve noticed someone deliberately watching me to see which bathroom I’ll go into. If this happens, I pause by the entrances to the bathrooms, pull a coin out of my pocket, and flip it. Then (and this is what makes the performance more than a mere prank) I look down at the coin with an expression of dismay, mutter aloud, “Oh, God, not again”—and walk into the bathroom I was going to use anyway.

“Renaming the Bathrooms: A Cruel Trick for Queer Ends”  - Raphael Carter

Have a look at the source page to read some examples of odd bathroom renaming they did.

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(Source: practicalandrogyny.com, via neutrois)

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