Why shouldn’t I say trans*?

I went swimming in a fairly large lake today that is common for swimmers to use, and after getting out and drying off, my vulva feels itchy. Is this normal, and should I be watching for anything?

It is possible you’ve gotten an infection from the water. Even if plenty of people use the water, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s exactly safe to use.

But it’s also possible something in the water just made you itch for a while without any infection.

Photo Project 2014 | Rally to Improve Birth



It’s time to #BreaktheSilence about the routine abuses that take place in the American maternity care system.  Sharing our stories is the first step, and we thank you for your courage in doing so.  These photos are powerful statements about what must change, now.

Please describe a specific instance in which you were bullied, coerced, abused, or physically forced in your maternity care.  (You may do this anonymously if you choose, by not showing your face in the photo.  We will not publish any identifying information.)






For the transfundies saying that Laverne Cox is one of you… lol nice try!

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Goddess ♥

I love how the responses to this post have been nothing but positive so far. 

just one more thing on top of a mountain of things that make her such an important role model for the community

when will your favs ever?!?

why is "hate breeds more hate" a bad thing to say?


Oh so many reasons.

1) it equates the anger of the oppressed to the hate of their oppressors.
2) it blames oppressed groups for their oppression. Bigotry doesn’t exist because people hate bigots. It exists because oppressed people oppose it. It exists because of bigots and because of privileged folks being complicit or tacitly condoning systems of oppression.
3) it’s fundamentally untrue. Hatred of oppression doesn’t lead to more hatred; it leads to progress.
4) it is used to attack any attempt by oppressed people to obtain liberation. Point out that something or someone is repulsively racist and all of a sudden you’re “breeding more hate”.

It’s a fundamental misrepresentation of reality that blames victims and excuses fucked up behavior.



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TWOCC was established almost one year ago after the brutal murder of Islan Nettles, a black trans woman in New York City. Since then we have brought visibility to this case and uplifted the narratives of struggle and resilience from our communities. From our multiple appearances at conferences, to our various talks, and our numerous accountability sessions we have created a new space for trans women of color leadership in the movement.

We are an organizing collective, NOT a registered non-profit. We rely on grassroots fundraising to sustain the work. Trans women of color have historically — and continue to — put our bodies on the line for justice. The amount of unpaid emotional, physical, and psychological labor we do for our movements is astronomical. We are tired of the lip service that our allies give to trans women of color issues. We believe that the role of allies in our movement is to fund us so that we can do the work for ourselves! This is a fundraising campaign lead by allies to support our work. We need YOUR change, to make our own!


Caring hands: man becomes Canada's first male doula

I'm on the depo shot(6 months now), and so me and my boyfriend have been having unprotected sex every time. I've been starting to have pregnancy symptoms and would like to ask if you know if certain symptoms won't show up or something.. Idk, like, is there any certain signs that show up that could be confused with side effects of the shot?

A lot of signs are like that, unfortunately. They can be confused with side effects of birth control or PMS.

There was a post that listed pregnancy symptoms and whether they can also be symptoms of other things or not, and I thought I reblogged it, but I can’t seem to find it.

But, off the top of my head, some symptoms that could be confused with side effects are: irregular bleeding, cramping, back pain, bloating, breast changes. It can be hard to tell whether these symptoms are pregnancy or birth control related.

The best thing to do is to take a test if you miss a period.




Porn Actress Exposes Industry: Trafficking in the Porn Industry - The Pink Cross

Elements of Sex Trafficking

Act: Recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons;

Means: Threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability, or giving payments or benefits to a person in control of the victim;

Purpose: Prostitution of others, sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, or slavery.

- From the 2000 UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, ratified by 154 countries. (x)

[Highlighted elements of sex trafficking in the porn industry connect with the examples Lubben gives in this specific gifset, other elements do occur in the porn industry as well].


"The federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act defines the crime of human trafficking as:

A. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where such an act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age, or

B. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.” - (x)


… [P]ersons are trafficked into the international sex trade, often by force, fraud, or coercion. The sex industry has rapidly expanded over the past several decades. It involves sexual exploitation of persons, predominantly women and girls, involving activities related to prostitution, pornography, sex tourism, and other commercial sexual services. The low status of women in many parts of the world has contributed to a burgeoning of the trafficking industry. -
The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act (TVPA). TVPA combats trafficking in persons, especially into the sex trade, slavery, and involuntary servitude. It has been reauthorized three times since its initial passage: (x)



We need to be talking about this and we need to be making sex work safe. No one should be made to feel like this treatment is okay.

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