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Two days ago I wrote an article for @gaystarnews about the meteoric rise in anti-transgender hate in the UK ➡️ gaystarnews.com/article/is-the…

Today, The Sunday Times published its most dehumanising transphobic article yet! 😕
Today’s article in The Sunday Times is just the tip of the iceberg in what has become a relentless barrage of unending transphobic, trans-hostile and insidiously undermining articles published over the last 18 months!😕
The Times has systematically and repeatedly painted a picture of trans people as a “lobby” group of dogmatic and threatening “activists” who have some sort of unlimited power to “demand” rights of politicians and policy makers.

The truth is far from this.
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ELECTION NIGHT THREAD: This will be my thread for the night, starting with this great story from @katherinemiller, with its hour-by-hour accounting of what is going on tonight and when it's (likely) going to happen. buzzfeednews.com/article/kather…
And ... polls are closed in Kentucky and Indiana.
NOTE: As happens every election, there'll be a couple polling places/counties in several states that stay open later due to issues from earlier in the day. So, check your specific county/polling place if you need to vote! For ex, Monroe County in Indiana: idsnews.com/article/2018/1…
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I want to address some of the misinformation that’s been spread recently about blockers - especially in treating #trans kids for gender dysphoria.

Inaccuracies & inflammatory propaganda have been pushed by trans-hostile individuals & unfortunately taken hold in the public sphere
Firstly, there is this scare-tactic headline that “blockers make kids infertile” - This is absolutely UNTRUE!!!

What blockers do is ‘pause puberty’ for the length of time that the person is taking the treatment.

Once treatment stops, puberty resumes.
In fact, blockers have been used to treat kids with precocious puberty for years with no recorded impact on fertility due to taking blocking medication.

Fact: Blockers are used as part of the IVF fertility treatment cycle (albeit for shorter periods of time)
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I've come to a realization. It took me a really long time to admit this, because for me, politics is so personal…#trans rights, feminism, racism, anti-capitalism. I wanted to believe that the right—in their own way—had authentic values-based reasons for being politically active
The more I interact with Trump supporters, the more I watch video after video of Trump rallies, the more time I spent in Trump forums trying to "figure it out," the more I realize, this is not about ANY political platform or policy at all.

To them, this is entertainment.
They go to rallies to have fun. They create groups to have fun. They exploit our anxiety & fear of being killed or legally "erased" as queer people or dying of poverty because it's FUNNY to them.

@AdamSerwer nailed it when he said, "The cruelty is the point."

They are SADISTIC.
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I haven't read this yet, but not a big fan of being described as "natal male" – it's f-ing 2018, people know what "trans woman" means! and why is my baby status even relevant to something I wrote as an adult? STOP TALKING IN BABY TALK PEOPLE!!!
from the replies I'm seeing, I probably shouldn't even bother looking at it, huh? and yes, I was already aware of The Economist's history of publishing trans-skeptical/problematic pieces over the last year or two...
here is @ZackFord with a THREAD breaking down of the many problems with this piece... #trans #transgender #LGBTQ
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Interesting how #trump’s anti-#trans policies (which are ultimately aimed at denying trans people healthcare) are based on the same arguments made by @tianran and @KathViner in their transphobic @guardian article last week. amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/10/24…
@tianran @KathViner @guardian Not only was @tianran & @KathViner’s @guardian article full of inaccuracies & (deliberate?) misinformation but its underlying assumptions have now been revealed to be so close to #Trump’s oppressive anti-#trans policies that it seems like a justification for Trump’s transphobia
@tianran @KathViner @guardian The @KathViner/@tianran @guardian editorial was preceded by 4 articles in 4 days alleging that #trans people were “silencing” debate. These 4 articles included no trans peoples voices. This illustrated the last few weeks before the scheduled close of the GRA consultation...
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So.

Time for something a little different, and an idea I’ve been toying with—a look at how #transphobes try to frame their narrative within a claim that they are only “concerned” about trans people existing.

I think it’s safe to say that every trans person in the...

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community who isn’t a #transphobic arserag can now spot whenever the usual #hate groups and individuals deploy their dog-whistles to denigrate trans people, especially trans women, but it is all too easy to forget that for the average cis person with no experience of...

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this the comments and phrases that #transphobes come out with can come across as bizarre, or non-sequiturs, or even occasionally even reasonable. That person, because they have no experience of this, doesn’t see those comments as the attacks they are, and so can’t...

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Probably the most infuriating aspect of debating anything relating #trans issues is not actually the virulent, anti-trans people -- it's the people who are under the delusion that 'both sides' are somehow right and aren't listening to each other.
Like legitimately, I would much rather face someone telling me I'm a secret rapist than someone telling me that my biggest problem in life is that I'm not genuinely listening to the arguments of the person saying I'm a secret rapist.
And I saw *exactly* the same types of arguments when I was campaigning for marriage equality in the States. Nice, smiley 'liberal' people in the middle who thought I just wasn't listening well enough to the people screaming, "GET YOUR HANDS OFF MARRIAGE" in my face.
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It's the first ever International #PronounsDay! I'm so excited and I want you to be excited, too.

Here are a few things to know about pronouns:

1. Many #trans people, myself included, HAVE to out ourselves & tell people our pronouns, if we want others to gender us correctly.
YOU CAN HELP normalize this by doing a couple of REALLY simple things:

- Edit your Twitter & FB bio, email sig, etc to include your pronouns, whether you're #trans or not.

- ALWAYS introduce yourself with your name AND pronouns, eg: "I'm Danielle & my pronouns are she/her."
2. Understand that correct pronouns are NOT optional, nor a preference. In some jurisdictions, it's even against sex-based discrimination laws to misgender someone.

- NEVER say "preferred pronouns." It's not a preference. My pronouns are she/her; anything else is inaccurate.
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For me, the real issue in the #trans #GRA reform is #maleviolence against #female & trans. I note #transmen seem to be absent from discussion. They obvs don't present as #women so don't use women's spaces. But they can't draw attention to themselves as trans because... (1/2)
(2/2) in a male space they would run the risk of attack by men who would see their bodies as still female. I can't find stats on transmen being violent, or female violence on transmen. I guess there will be some, but very small no's. The problem is male violence. #patriarchy...
So we need to be looking at #male #violence and how/why our society raises #boys to think violence is a way of dealing with the world. NB I know this is a generalisation and not all males are violent & not all females are peaceful!
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I’m actually disturbed by the severity & intensity of the #transphobia that I’ve witnessed today. Spread across the mainstream media, in hugely expensive pieces of advertising real estate, using venemous transphobic language. I wanted to share a few thoughts & reflections...
... I’ve been privileged over the last several months to meet a whole range of #transgender, #nonbinary and gender diverse individuals, each one of them unique, and many of them have chosen to share their individual stories with me ...
... each story is different, and each person has demonstrated an immense amount of bravery in being able to face the world and live out their genuine and honest existence, as the person they truly are ...
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today only, @Bandcamp is donating 100% of their profits to the Voting Rights Project. so please consider checking out (& maybe purchasing) my music! here's my current solo music project *soft vowels sounds*/@softvowelsounds: softvowelsounds.bandcamp.com
...and here is my previous noise-pop band Bitesize: bitesize.bandcamp.com - you can buy the entire 36-song Bitesize discography for a mere $10.40 & have it all go to the the Voting Rights Project (today-only)! #queer #bands #music #songs #noisepop
...and if you like #trans-themed songs, I list all of mine in this blogpost (which includes my "Lola" parody: "Ray") - so check them out, and if you like them, head over to @Bandcamp today & help support the Voting Rights Project! juliaserano.blogspot.com/2014/12/transg…
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if you are interested in inviting me to speak at your college or conference, please check out my recently revamped booking webpage: juliaserano.com/booking.html – in this THREAD I will share some of my most requested talks...
my most frequently requested talk continues to be "Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive" – it is based on my 2nd book Excluded, although I've added some newer material to it in the last few years... juliaserano.com/booking.html#E… #feminism #LGBTQ #queer #activism
...another popular talk is "I'll See It When I Believe It: On Perception and Gender Entitlement" juliaserano.com/booking.html#s… #trans #transgender #feminism #gender #sexism
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the latest *soft vowel sounds* (@softvowelsounds) update: two new #SanFrancisco shows, plus a free mp3 of the Bitesize song "Yellow Belt"! - mailchi.mp/e9d143654bb4/t…
btw, the most recent of these upcoming shows is this Thursday, Sept 20th, where I (as @softvowelsounds) will be at @elriosf in #SanFrancisco along with the awesome @ShawnaVirago & Gender Trash! all details on the FB event page: facebook.com/events/4507133… #queer #trans #music #bands
btw, the most recent of these upcoming shows is this Thursday, Sept 20th, where I (as @softvowelsounds) will be at @elriosf in #SanFrancisco along with the awesome @ShawnaVirago & Gender Trash! all details on the FB event page: facebook.com/events/4507133… #queer #trans #music #bands
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hey #SanFrancisco, come see me play music (as @softvowelsounds) next week (Thurs Sept 20th) at @elriosf along with the excellent @ShawnaVirago & Gender Trash! all details on the FB event page: facebook.com/events/4507133… #queer #trans #music #bands
btw, if you haven't heard my music yet, you can listen at the Bandcamp *soft vowel sounds* (softvowelsounds.bandcamp.com) & Bitesize (bitesize.bandcamp.com) sites! #queer #trans #music #bands #indiepop #noisepop #LGBTQ #transgender #feminist
...and you particularly appreciate #trans-themed songs, I have lots of those - I compile many of them (including my "Lola" parody "Ray") in the post "#Transgender-themed #artists, #bands, #music, #songs & anthems." juliaserano.blogspot.com/2014/12/transg…
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a THREAD based on my latest piece: I've heard many complaints over the years about how "born that way" arguments are essentialist or pathologizing, and some #LGBTQ folks will say "why do we even have to explain why we exist?"... medium.com/@juliaserano/t… #transgender #queer
...while I sympathize with such sentiments, they overlook the main reason *why* "born that way" arguments have been successful, namely, because they assuage longstanding fears that queerness is somehow contagious. medium.com/@juliaserano/t… #trans #transgender #LGBTQ #queer
...another thing I implicitly tried to convey in this piece is that, while I don't believe #trans or #LGBTQ are "contagious," the social stigma projected on us most certainly is - this is what sociologists call "courtesy stigma"... medium.com/@juliaserano/t… #transgender #queer
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brand new Medium piece, but of an older spoken word piece (from 2012) about the rather old superstition that #LGBTQ people are somehow "contagious" - that's right, the #ROGD crowd didn't invent that! medium.com/@juliaserano/t… #queer #trans #transgender #children #health #psychology
please give it lots of "claps" so that others see it! also, it is not monetized, as I wanted it to be as accessible as possible. if you appreciate that I make essays like this for free, please consider supporting me on Patreon! patreon.com/juliaserano/ov…
also, if you'd rather not sign up for Patreon, you can also support me by buying my book Outspoken - the Medium piece is an excerpt from one of the chapters of that book (called "Contagious"): juliaserano.com/outspoken.html #trans #transgender #queer #LGBTQ #feminism
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okay, I just responded to all the questions and accusations here: medium.com/@juliaserano/r… #trans #transgender #LGBTQ #children #health #psychology #science
btw, I've spent almost all of my last 10 days writing the original piece & responding to it. neither essays are monetized, as I want them to be as accessible as possible. so if you appreciate all this work, please consider supporting me on Patreon: patreon.com/juliaserano/ov…
I am exhausted & in dire need of an internet break. but before I go, here are the most pertinent passages of this follow up essay. if you like them, please RT: medium.com/@juliaserano/r…
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Esra Ateş was stabbed by a client outside her apartment in Beyoğlu, Istanbul (Turkey) on 25 Aug 2018.

Her killer stole her purse and mobile phone. He was detained after the police reviewed CCTV footage of her murder. #SayHerName #TransLivesMatter #TDoR

pembehayat.org/haberler.php?i… Esra Ateş was stabbed by a client outside her apartment in Beyoğlu, Istanbul (Turkey) on 25 Aug 2018. #SayHerName #TransLivesMatter #TDoR
"Pierce said her son told her, 'I know you buy me boy stuff because I'm a boy, but I'd rather dress like a girl.'"

Jamel was just 9. We can't know whether they'd eventually identify as #trans, but that quote suggests they might have. #SayTheirName #TDoR

Jamel Pierce died by suicide on 23 Aug 2018 just 4 days after coming out at school. in Denver, Colorado (USA).

They were just 9, and it seems that they may well have been #trans. We have no way of knowing. #SayTheirName #TransLivesMatter #TDoR

msn.com/en-us/news/us/…
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okay, my "Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria" essay is now live! medium.com/@juliaserano/e… #trans #transgender #LGBTQ #children #health #psychology
please give it lots of "claps" so that others see it! also, it is not monetized, as I wanted it to be as accessible as possible. if you appreciate that I make essays like this for free, please consider supporting me on Patreon! patreon.com/juliaserano/ov…
in this THREAD today I will be sharing excerpts from my recent "Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria" essay. for those who don't know, this is a made-up pseudoscientific condition/diagnosis that conservatives & TERFs have increasingly embraced... tinyurl.com/y8mwct4x
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As we close in on the start of a new #highered academic year, here’s a short thread on some easy things faculty can do to be good company for #trans students. #academictwitter
1. Don’t call roll. Instead, invite students to share their name. If there are discrepancies between your official roster and what they share, defer to the student without fanfare or hesitation.
2. Demand to teach your course in a building with all gender restrooms. If there aren’t any, ask why, and remind folks in your department you’ll ask the same thing be done next term, which gives them a few months to put pressure on administrators in your college/unit.
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I wrote this essay last year, but it seems even more relevant this year, sadly... medium.com/@juliaserano/t… #trans #transgender #queer #LGBTQ #feminism #biology #science
I get why "God made Adam & Eve, not Adam & Steve"-type conservatives want to dwell on "biological sex," as it seems consistent with their highly essentialist ideology. But I cannot fathom why any self-described #feminist would resort to this line of reasoning...
If we reduce people to their supposed "biological sex" & start regulating what they can (& cannot) do based on it, it basically opens the doors to discriminating against people for their sexual orientation & gender non-conformity...
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I will be playing #music (as @softvowelsounds) as part of a quirky #queer #bands show at @HemlockTavernSF in #SanFrancisco on August 29th! The other bands are @PolyPamBand & Scorpio Moon - all the details are in the attached flyer, so please come out! #LGBTQ #trans
btw, a Facebook invite for the show can be found here:
facebook.com/events/9313503…
feel free to share! #queer #music #bands
and if you're unfamiliar with my music, check out my @softvowelsounds #music page for free music & videos: softvowelsounds.com/music.html
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1/ Vancouver #DykeMarch website hacked (by a transwoman, apparently.) Website vancouverdykemarch.com is now offline. Problem is, when #transwomen take over women's spaces, they don't know when to stop. It was not enough to take over organizing the march. medium.com/@ms.liz.mars/c…
2/ It's not enough for trans-identified males to take over the march and kick out anyone who their spies identified as a #terf. Now they are going after those who did not do enough to forcibly remove #lesbians from #dykemarch.
3/ Next they will go after those who did not do enough to forcibly remove the ones who did not do enough to forcibly remove #lesbians from #dykemarch. Wait and watch.
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