I learned some cool stuff today about gender variation in animals. Basically in summary, nature is diverse, and gender is far more than a binary. Personally, my opinion is non-binary genders are totally normal and natural it’s just my culture which has decided otherwise.
“For long, aravanis or hijras have been the invisible yet hypervisible subjects of a societal gaze — looked at, talked about, feared, revered, cursed, and imagined. They have largely stood as metaphors, refused individual histories, lives, identities and selves by a society that reduces them to corporeal bodies, stereotypes and objects of disdain. Yet this gaze has been challenged and subverted time and time again by a community that refuses to be ashamed or see itself as the victim. Some of the greatest victories in recent history in this battle for rights have been won in Tamil Nadu – the first state in India where the government recognised many of the rights of the hijra community. The stories in this volume chronicle many of the aravanis who were part of this groundbreaking change. Indeed, in Tamil, these stories were some of the first narratives of hijra lives told to, written by and produced entirely by the members of the community themselves. Appearing in English for the first time, these landmark narratives still retain the authenticity, simplicity and rawness of life stories of courage, pain, searching, and both triumph and despair, told without agenda” Blurb copied from Goodreads – this book was originally written in Tamil and has been translated into English.
Want a post that combines serious discussion of gender neutral pronouns, the first paragraphs of Alice in Wonderland rewritten with a range of different pronouns, and a hilarious clip of Futurama’s pronouns for Yivo, a planet-sized alien of indeterminate gender? Try here. The internet is a wonderful wonderful place sometimes 😀
This site is a searchable database of safe bathrooms for transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming people. Users can search for bathrooms by proximity to a search location, add new bathroom listings, as well as comment and rate existing listings.
Ignore the “under construction” notice on the first page and use the search box at the top – it works just fine.
African, in this sense, is understood to mean a person who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are African (the offspring of at least one first generation immigrant).
Queer individuals are conceptualized as people who express and/ or identify with non-heteronormative sexual and/ or gender identities. Thus contributions are being sought from African lesbian, homosexual, asexual, pansexual and bisexual individuals who identify as cisgendered, transgendered or gender-queer.