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🏳️‍🌈#LGBTVoices Celebrates🏳️‍🌈
TRANS AWARENESS MONTH

Today’s Thread Topic: TERFS, and why they’re wrong.

TERFS are trans exclusionary radical feminists. They conflate gender with sex, and hold that gender is binary, and biologically assigned at birth.

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The debate over trans acceptance dates back the the early seventies of radical feminist thought.

Radical is a loaded term.

In this case, radical feminism holds that male supremacy is maintained by granting privilege to men through the institution of the patriarchy.
Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of equality of the sexes.

Radical feminism seeks a radical restructuring of society to eliminate the patriarchy, and bring equality to the sexes.
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TRANS AWARENESS MONTH

Today’s Thread Topic: Transgender voters

Strict voter ID laws disenfranchise transgender voters, as 68% of trans people do not have identification that match their gender identity and/or name.

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2/ There are 1.4 million trans people of voting age. All voters should have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process.
Voter i.d. laws & uniformed workers can cause obstacles for trans voters
@glaad
countable.us/articles/10582…
3/ Once trans voters know their state's I.d. requirements they may still experience problems at the polls.
A few helpful resources are these Check off items on the #VotingWhileTrans guides for voters & poll workers/election officials
and
glaad.org/amp/how-prep-f…
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TRANS AWARENESS MONTH

Today’s Thread Topic:

Binary vs. Non-Binary?

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#TransAwarenessWeek
#TransAwarenessMonth
#BeyondTheBinary

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First, we need to understand the concept of being “gender binary”. Simply, it means viewing gender as two opposite categories of “male” (masculine)🧔🏾& female (feminine)👩🏻‍⚕️.

But what if you don’t fit into that mold?

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@TransEquality: “Non-binary” is one term people use to describe genders that don’t fall into one of these two categories, male or female.

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#SundayMotivation
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🏳️‍🌈#LGBTVoices Celebrates🏳️‍🌈
TRANS AWARENESS MONTH

Today’s Thread Topic: Pronouns.

Pronouns are as profoundly important to a person’s identity as their name. Using a person’s identifying pronouns means treating them with the respect they deserve as a human being.

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Many feel confused with society’s evolving attitude towards gender pronouns. Transgender people can identify under traditional binary pronouns, or under a flexible set of gender neutral pronouns.

Referring to a person by their chosen pronouns is essential to respecting them. 2)
Binary pronouns are the ones we are most familiar with: he/she. A binary trans person identifies as the opposite of the gender most common to the sex they were assigned at birth.

Sex and gender are often used interchangeably, but they aren’t the same thing. 3)
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TRANS AWARENESS MONTH

Today’s Thread Topic:
How the Trump-Pence administration has rolled back protections for transgender people.

People who are transgender identify or express their gender differently than their assigned sex at birth.

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Some Trump admin bans on protections for transgender people:
—Word‘Transgender’ banned at CDC
—Attempts to ban from military
—Guidance protections in schools
—Claim civil rights law doesn't protect transgender workers
—Attempt to define sex as M/F determined by genitalia at birth
In July 2017, Trump tweeted his plan to ban transgender people from the military stating cost as the reason.

Fact: The military spends 10X more on giving active duty & retirees erections than it spends on healthcare services for transgender troops.
👉militarytimes.com/news/2017/07/2…
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TRANS AWARENESS MONTH
Today’s Thread Topic: Being Trans in the US Military

Being transgender in the military has always been risky.
The following thread is a brief timeline of the changing US policy with personal stories of trans soldiers’ struggle.
Before June 2018, transgender soldiers were forced to lead double lives. Coming out could have meant being automatically discharged regardless of your aptitude.

Meet Jamie Ewing. She served with distinction until she was discharged for being transgender.
bbc.com/news/av/world-…
On June 30, 2016, the US Military lifted its ban on transgender soldiers, citing that the “Defense Department and the military need to avail ourselves of all talent possible.”
medium.com/@SecDef/dod-tr…
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It’s National Coming Out Day! 🌈
So I have something to tell you...

I’m gay, and I’m fabulous! 😁

That’s probably not a surprise to you.

Like many people, coming out of the closet wasn’t easy for me. Here’s my story.

RT, and reply with yours! 🤗

Some of you reading this face your own struggles with coming out of the closet. No one can tell you when the right time is, that’s a decision for you to make alone.

Maybe my story, and those of others, can help you think about how being LGBT can be a real light in your life. ❤️
#LGBTVoices had a project throughout June for Pride Month. We tweeted every day about a different LGBT hero, and what they did for our community.

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Harvey Milk (1930 – 1978)

Visionary #LGBTQ, civil, and human rights leader. One of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S.

His life was tragically cut short when he was assassinated nearly one year after taking office.

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Harvey was born May 22, 1930, in Woodmere, NY. Harvey and his only sibling, Robert, worked in the family’s department store, “Milks.” They were a small middle-class Jewish family that had founded a Jewish synagogue and was well known in their community for their civic engagement.
Milk knew he was gay while attending high school, where he was a popular student w/ interests from opera to football.

While in college, Milk penned a weekly student newspaper column where he questioned issues of diversity and lessons learned from the recently ended World War.
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Oscar Wilde (1864-1900)

Author

A colourful agent provocateur in Victorian society, his art, like his paradoxes, seeking to subvert as well as sparkle. He is best remembered for his plays, and his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.

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Oscar Wilde was born at 21 Westland Row, Dublin, now home of the Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College. Wilde's mother was of Italian descent, and under the pseudonym "Speranza" wrote poetry for the revolutionary Young Irelanders in 1848 and was a lifelong Irish nationalist.
In mid-1891 Lionel Johnson introduced Wilde to Lord Alfred Douglas, an undergraduate at Oxford at the time. Known to his family and friends as "Bosie", he was a handsome and spoilt young man. An intimate friendship sprang up between Wilde and Douglas and by 1893 Wilde was.....
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Larry Kramer (b. June 25, 1935)

Playwright, author, film producer, public health advocate, and LGBT rights activist.

Larry founded the direct action protest group ACT UP, credited with making the AIDS crisis a priority of public health policy.
Kramer was born in Bridgeport CT. He attended Yale in 1953, where he fell into a depression, imagining himself the only gay man on campus. A suicide attempt left him determined to explore his sexuality, and sent him on a path to fight for “gay people’s worth.”
Kramer became involved with movie production at 23, taking up a job as a teletype operator at Columbia Pictures. Eventually, he earned a position in the story dept developing scripts. His second screenwriting credit, “Women in Love,” earned an Oscar nomination in 1969.
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Daniel Keenan Savage
(b. October 7, 1964)

Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) is an American author, media pundit, journalist, newspaper editor, national sex advice columnist(Savage Love), and activist for the #LGBTQ community.

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Dan Savage was born in Chicago, IL. He was raised Roman Catholic & attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary North. He has said he’s "a wishy-washy agnostic" and an atheist, & still identifies as "culturally Catholic." He holds a BFA from the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign.
Savage was living in Madison, WI when a friend, Tim Keck who co-founded The Onion, mentioned that he was moving to Seattle to launch a new alt newspaper, @TheStranger.

Savage made a comment that every newspaper should have an advice column— he was hired to write one: Savage Love
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Tammy Baldwin @tammybaldwin
(born February 11, 1962)

U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. She served 3 terms in the Wisconsin 78th AD. From 1999-2013 she represented WI 2nd CD in the U.S. House of Representatives. 1/

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Tammy Baldwin defeated her Republican opponent, former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson, in the 2012 U.S. Senate election. She is the first woman elected to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Congress and the first openly gay U.S. Senator in history. 2/

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Baldwin graduated from Madison West High School in 1980 as the class valedictorian. She earned a B.A. degree from Smith College in 1984 and a J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1989. She was a lawyer in private practice from 1989 to 1992. 3/

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Peter Thatchell
@PeterTatchell
(1952 - p)

Thatchell is a UK human rights campaigner, best known for his work with #LGBTQ social movements.

He has worked to end anti-LGBTQ laws in the UK & helped LGBTQ people worldwide.
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Born in Australia, he first worked to help aboriginal people & to end the death penalty in that country.

Thatchell moved to London & became a leading member of the Gay Liberation Front, organizing sit-ins at pubs that refused to serve gays & protested police harassment.
He helped to organize Britain’s first Gay Pride march in 1972.
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Sally Ride
(May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012)

Sally Ride was an American physicist & astronaut. On June 18, 1983, she became the first American woman in space as part of the space shuttle Challenger mission.

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Sally was born and grew up in CA. She obtained her PhD from Stanford in Physics.

Ride was one of 8,000 people who answered an ad in the Stanford student newspaper seeking female applicants for the space program. She was 1 of 35 women chosen by NASA in 1978.

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After traveling to space during the Challenger mission in 1983 and 1984, Sally became the inspiration for several generations of girls,(including yours, truly) to follow their science and technology dreams, an area that had been long deemed "boys only."

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Laverne Cox (age unknown)

The first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy for acting, and the first openly transgender woman of color to star in a scripted TV series.

Known for her role on Orange is the New Black.

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Born in Mobile, Alabama. She and her twin brother were raised by their single mother, Gloria, who was a teacher.

While she was born biologically male, she always felt female.

Laverne was bullied and attempted suicide at age 11. But she found strength in her love for the arts.
Laverne attended high school at the Alabama School of Fine Arts before going to Indiana University and Marymount Manhattan College, where her twin brother also went and studied the visual arts.

Laverne studied acting in addition to graduating with a BFA in dance.
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Lynn Ann Conway
Born January 2, 1938

Lynn is an American computer scientist, electrical engineer, inventor, and transgender activist
@lynnconway

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Lynn grew up in White Plains, New York. Conway was shy and experienced gender dysphoria as a child. She became fascinated and engaged by astronomy and did well in math and science in high school.
Lynn is notable for a number of pioneering achievements, including the Mead & Conway revolution in VLSI design, which incubated an emerging electronic design automation industry.
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James “John” Finley Gruber (1928 - 2011)

James Gruber was an original member, co-founder, and helped name the Mattachine Society, one of the earliest homophile organizations in the United States.
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James considered himself bisexual. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1946 at the age of 18, was honorably discharged in 1949. Gruber met & began a relationship with Konrad Stevens. He attended meetings of an early homophile organization called the “Society of Fools”
James Gruber, following a conversation with Harry Hay about Medieval masque troops known as “mattachines” and suggested renaming the “Society of Fools” to Mattachine Society. The Mattachine Society was a single national organization headquartered in Los Angeles.
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Audre Lorde
(2/18/1934-11/17/1992)

Poet, Writer, Activist, Essayist, Librarian

Lorde's poetry was published very regularly during the 1960s.

Lorde considered herself a Lesbian, mother, warrior, and poet. 1/

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“When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” –Audre Lorde /4
Each day during #PrideMonth June #LGBTVoices brings you a portrait of a special #Pride hero/heroine. /End

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Leonard P. Matlovich (1943-1988)
Vietnam War Veteran, Purple Heart & Bronze Star recipient
Civil Rights Activist
"Maybe not in my lifetime, but we are going to win in the end."
(Photo cred: Ted Sahl)
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If you are LGBTQ in the military, thank US Air Force Technical Sergeant Leonard P. Matlovich for the gigantic 1st step.
In March 1975, Matlovich gave his commanding officers a letter outing himself as a homosexual.
Photo Cred: Leonard Matlovich Papers
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He did this to challenge the military ban on gays. He didn't shy away from a battle - not in Vietnam where he earned the Purple Heart and not for equality. He graced the cover of Time Magazine in uniform. He became a symbol.
Photo Cred: Ted Thai
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Martin Duberman (b. August 6, 1930)

Martin is an American historian, biographer, playwright, gay rights activist and radical.

Writer or editor of over 25 books, Martin founded the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at CUNY.

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Duberman grew up near New York City & earned a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Harvard. He taught history at Yale, then Princeton, where he became involved in activism. He signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” in 1968, refusing to pay taxes to protest the Vietnam War.
During those years, Martin endured years of therapy in an attempt to “cure” his homosexuality. With the advent of Stonewall and the gay liberation movement, Martin embraced his homosexuality and incorporated it into his activism. He came out in a New York Times essay in 1872.
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Richard Isay (1934-2012)

American psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, author and gay activist

Thanks to his courage, Dr. Isay laid the foundation for the legal and medical rights gay people have today.

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Isay is considered a pioneer who changed the way that psychoanalysts view homosexuality and had an enormous influence on much of the HIV movement and its participants today.

“He made the field see that their view was based on ideology, not evidence”
Dr. Isay contested the medical treatment of homosexuality as an illness. And, in 1992, with the help of the @ACLU, they threatened the American Psychoanalytical Association with a court case and lawsuit re: discrimination of gay people in the field of psychoanalysis.
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Laurence Michael Dillon
(1915-1962)

Dillon was a British physician and the first transgender man to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

Born as Laura Maud Dillon, he was assigned female at birth.

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Laurence was always more comfortable in men’s clothing and knew that he was not a woman.

In 1939, Dillon experimented with testosterone pills. A pioneering plastic surgeon performed a double mastectomy on Dillon and gave him a note to change his birth certificate to male.
Dillon enrolled in medical school under his new name, becoming a distinguished rower for the male team.

13 surgeries were performed on Dillon to construct male anatomy. The doctor performing them diagnosed Dillon falsely so that nobody would know the truth, protecting Dillon.
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José Julio Sarria (1922 - 2013)

I am far from an expert on Jose but learning about him gave me a great appreciation for all he has accomplished for the LGBTQ community. He was one of America’s gay rights pioneering leaders.
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Jose was a proud World War II veteran and the very first openly gay candidate to run for public office in North America. Born in San Francisco in 1922. His father showed no interest in his son’s life.
After being discharged from his duty in World War II, he studied to become a teacher and frequented the Black Cat where he began performing in drag.
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