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“it's no coincidence that TERF rhetoric increased just as feminist circles were finally beginning to have productive conversations about intersectionality & how historical feminist successes had largely benefited white women, straight women, cis women, wealthy women, able-bodied women, neurotypical women. Suddenly, a whole bunch of white feminists were told, 'hey, perhaps your voices aren't the ones that need centering right now. perhaps you should pass the mic.'”

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The Gender Construction Kit has come on a long way since the last time I visited. If you’re looking for info and resources on transitioning in the UK then it’s a good place to start:

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“An authoritarian party, which aims at capturing power to impose its ideas, has an interest in the people remaining an amorphous mass, unable to act for themselves and therefore always easily dominated... But we anarchists do not want to emancipate the people; we want the people to emancipate themselves.”
- ibid

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trans feelings, hindsight, 1/n 

It’s true for some people, but I didn’t “always know” I was trans. With hindsight, though, there’s stuff I missed, or ignored, or explained away over the years that I can interpret as trans feelings now, and I think it might be helpful to write about that. There’ll be a little biography involved but I’ll try to keep it to a minimum.

People are making speeches, but I’d have to move out of the shade to hear them

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The Clash: Death or Glory, followed by Madness: Baggy Trousers, and now The Ramones: Beat on the Brat :-)

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Now lying on the grass in Hyde Park, listening to the queer punks’ classic tunes medley

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That was good. Decent turn-out and a mood of joyful defiance. May have fucked my shoulders up a bit carrying a flag for so long though

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Overheard conversation 

“…and Steven? Brandon? the white guy”

“He’s not a white guy! His name’s Brandon though”

“…and Brandon the straight guy”

Adverts for the new Halo series just make me think of Red vs Blue

selfie, eye contact 

Quick selfie before I put my mask back on

Got my brows waxed. Next: head into town for the Gay Liberation Front 50th anniversary pride march - carefully and definitely distinct from the big corporate Pride tomorrow

Today’s card is the Knight of Wands, bold and singleminded in the pursuit of her vision. If the Knight is you, it’s time to seize the day and the opportunities that come your way. If the Knight is someone else, it’s best not to get in her way :-)

Good morning. Still not doing great, honestly, but I have hopes that’ll improve if I make the effort to get out and about. And I have things to do

Signed, a person who is spending a lot of time trawling through social media and defunct academic websites to make sure she doesn't misgender any of her references.

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Look, I know that queer theory is mutable and resists norms and is explicitly about troubling definitions: but I really think we should all get together and push for academic articles to include author pronouns.

The (in my circles at least famously) non-binary creator of the recent She-Ra reboot is going by Nate now, and here's a comic where he talks about this:

The "and this is... uh" "uh" part reminds me real hard of my own name feelings around 2014-2015.

@ghost_bird another good point someone brings up in the thread is that we're not always familiar with naming conventions of other cultures/languages. I don't have a lot of confidence in my ability to guess the gender of a name that comes from Tagalog or Icelandic

Today’s card is The Star, offering peace and renewal. Your trials are over for now and you’re free - nothing to balance or control, just love, life, and energy to pour out into the world. Be vulnerable and accept these moments of peace and serenity. Dream big, and dream of better

(And yes, sometimes an ambiguous name is a useful defence against sexism. But still)

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“The primary beneficiaries of pronouns in bios/email signatures are people with names like Jordan or Sam”

(Recording this because it’s a useful one to use on The Cis)

Easily-unlocked bus stop advertising continues to be a gift as “No Pride in Cops” signs appear along the route of the Pride London parade

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A fire is burning in Bird Spirit Land.