let’s start acting like there are infinite ways to experience sexuality / gender

being straight / cisgender is not the ‘normal’ way to live – it’s just one of many alternatives.

let’s stop forcing heteronormativity & the gender binary as if it’s the only way.

let’s stop expecting kids to be straight / cisgender – there’s a good chance they won’t be.

let’s stop telling kids they’re too young to know they’re LGBTQ+ but old enough to know they’re straight/cis – these double standards WILL harm them.

by basing the world on straight / binary models, we ignore a huge part of it

as well as continuing the marginalisation of LGBTQ+ people

let’s stop acting like it’s ‘normal’ to be straight / cisgender and ‘abnormal’ to be LGBTQ+

straight is not the template

“i’m not transphobic, i know loads of trans people”

knowing us / being friends with us doesn’t automatically mean you are an ally to us

allyship takes active work & time

being an ally requires listening to trans people, using the correct name & pronouns, practicing gender neutral language, learning how best to support trans people, showing up for us & amplifying our voices.

and that’s just a start.

having trans friends doesn’t automatically make you a trans ally

being an ally requires actively working to understand & empathise with us.

science supports that gender identity develops around the ages of 3-5 years, meaning yes, a child can absolutely know they are transgender.

of course this doesn’t mean every kid will realise they are transgender this young. It does mean though that the argument that kids are “too young” is scientifically incorrect – @pinkmantaray

“but what if they change their mind”.

in reality, the vast majority of those who DO begin hormone treatments, do not change their minds (99% of people do not regret transitioning).

For the small percentage who do, this isn’t the horrible outcome that the conservative media outlets lead us to believe.

sometimes ‘de-transitioning’ is a healthy part of a person’s psychological development.

affirming a child in whatever way they express their gender is crucial for their mental health

we must start believing trans kids.

listen to them & protect them

love them

trans kids need more

many people cannot afford the surgeries or hormones they need.

many wait years for access.

and many choose not to medically transition. this does not in any way de-validate their experiences.

you do not need to DO anything to be trans and valid in this world.

simply feeling / relating to / identifying with transness, is enough.

being trans is not one universal experience.

but ALL trans people are valid, no matter what they look like

let’s get inclusive

some women don’t experience periods – that doesn’t, in any way, de-validate their experience of womanhood. The same goes for men who bleed – they are still valid men.

For people who exist outside of binary, it can be extremely frustrating to be not only ignored from the conversations about periods but also to be alienated from them.

We must make an effort to change the ways we think about menstruation, as well as the ways we talk about it & educate on it.

@superdrug are a great example of a company who have gone the extra mile to produce a gender neutral sanitary product line ‘Luna’.

the future is gender neutral!

people of all genders can get their period

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but if it were, i’d choose this.

some important distinctions ->

things that are a choice –
being transphobic
being homophobic
being racist
being a misogynist
being ableist

things that are NOT a choice –
our sexuality
race or ethnicity
having a disability
being transgender

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“you’re just being sensitive” “it’s probably NOT transphobic..”

on International Day Against Transphobia, Homophobia & Biphobia I wanted to remind you of the following

trans people know transphobia better than anyone else does, we live it daily.

unfortunately our lived experience makes us experts at identifying transphobia when it presents itself.

no need to question us or gaslight us. just trust us. we know what it looks like best.

the same goes for the rest of the LGBTQ+ community.

would you doubt or deny the lived experiences of anyone else?

if we say something is transphobic, it’s transphobic.
LISTEN TO US

#dayagainsthomophobia #dayagainsthomophobiatransphobiabiphobia #idahobit #idahobit2021

kids are absolutely capable of knowing their gender identity. it’s up to us to listen to them.

society has done very little for trans youth, for many years. with the common assumption that kids are “too young” to know their gender identities, as well as lack of education & support in place for them & their peers, trans kids are at huge risk of mental health issues (such as depression, substance & alcohol abuse, suicidal thoughts and self harm).

very few children are allowed access to gender affirming hormone treatments. most healthcare services for trans kids are focused on the diagnosis of gender dysphoria and are meant to help predict whether a child’s dysphoria will persist or desist into adulthood. most are told to wait years, under the false pretence that “they are too young and will change their mind”.

in reality though, the vast majority of those who DO begin hormone treatments, do not change their minds.

(for the small percentage who do, this isn’t the horrible outcome that the conservative media outlets lead us to believe. sometimes ‘de-transitioning’ is a healthy part of a person’s psychological development.)

affirming a child in whatever way they express their gender is crucial for their mental health – including providing the correct gender affirming healthcare.

trans kids are not “too young” to know their gender identity.

trans kids are not going through a phase.

trans kids are not confused.

TRANS KNOW THEMSELVES.

BELIEVE trans kids
LISTEN to them.
protect them & keep them safe.

#mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthawarenessweek

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although I’m pleased at the news that the UK will be banning conversion therapy, I’m just as upset at how long this has taken us and how far we have left to go.

the number of countries that conversion therapy is still being practiced in is shocking. the acts that are being inflicted on people in our communities still to this day are unspeakable.

although this feels like a huge milestone, it highlights how much work there is left to do. we can’t stop fighting until we’re ALL free.

end conversion therapy EVERYWHERE.

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