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OUTreach LGBTQ&Ally Center


The OUTreach LGBTQ & Ally Resource Center is a safe space on the University of Tennessee-Knoxville's campus for students, faculty, staff, and community members to be themselves and relax.

Not only do we provide a place to relax, hang out, and study for queer students on campus, but we also have free food and events. Pretty sweet, if we do say so ourselves.
anythingforasunnyday:

figured if i’m gonna come out to someone, it might as well be in a cute way to my followers


Happy bisexual awareness week from the OUTreach Center! :)Don’t forget to come to the the bisexual student panel tomorrow (09/23) at 6PM in the Black Cultural Center!

anythingforasunnyday:

figured if i’m gonna come out to someone, it might as well be in a cute way to my followers

Happy bisexual awareness week from the OUTreach Center! :)

Don’t forget to come to the the bisexual student panel tomorrow (09/23) at 6PM in the Black Cultural Center!

"

'Coercive passing' can be thought of as an alternative term to 'invisibility.' Whereas invisibility suggests that one is simply “unseen” in their marginalized identity, the concept of coercive passing suggests that one isn't simply invisible but actively perceived as something other than they experience themselves to be (as influenced by social construction and power hierarchies). Thus, being 'invisible' in fact means being actively, coercively passed off as a member of the default/hegemonic group, entailing erasure as well as more subtle forms of oppression.

This is particularly relevant to the concept of bisexual invisibility — taken from this perspective, it’s easy to understand that bisexuality and bisexual people are not invisible, but are being actively and coercively erased.

"

Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution (p. 107) by Shiri Eisner (bidyke.tumblr.com and radicalbi.wordpress.com)

This came up on my dash and it’s totally relevant for Bi Visibility Week

mosh-into-my-heart asked:
When is bi awareness day?

bipositive:

Everyday! :D
But the date for Bi Pride is the 23rd of September ^^
With love,
                Bi-Positive.

fuckyeahlgbt:

robynochs:

Hey, folks: Today is the LAST DAY to get the pre-order price of $19.95 (INCLUDING SHIPPING) on the new bi men’s anthology, RECOGNIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men, that I have co-edited with  Dr Herukhuti.
Also to note, when you purchase your copy directly from the BRC (as opposed to later on from Amazon or a bookstore), more of the purchase price goes directly to the BRC’s programs and services and helps us to continue producing valuable resources like RECOGNIZE for the community.
Please spread the word. Today. 

Hey, I know that guy.

fuckyeahlgbt:

robynochs:

Hey, folks: Today is the LAST DAY to get the pre-order price of $19.95 (INCLUDING SHIPPING) on the new bi men’s anthology, RECOGNIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men, that I have co-edited with  Dr Herukhuti.

Also to note, when you purchase your copy directly from the BRC (as opposed to later on from Amazon or a bookstore), more of the purchase price goes directly to the BRC’s programs and services and helps us to continue producing valuable resources like RECOGNIZE for the community.

Please spread the word. Today. 

Hey, I know that guy.

genderpunk-dragon:

bandersnatchery:

"Vancouver School Board Introduces Gender-Neutral Pronouns"

"Students and teachers in Vancouver can now use the gender-neutral pronouns "xe," "xem," and "xyr." The move is designed to accommodate students for whom "he" and "she" does not fit or is deemed inappropriate…
"The newly coined pronouns — xe, xem, and xyr — are pronounced to rhyme with the genderless plurals "they," "them," and "their," and all starting with the "z" sound. So phonetically speaking, they’re pronounced "zey, "zem", and "zare.""

(Source: io9)
Click here to read the full article.

the article doesn’t do the issue justice.
the issue regarded policy change, where the vancouver school board’s (VSB) LGBTQ+ advisory committee re-wrote existing policy to protect staff and students falling on the queer and trans spectrums. 
the policy revision includes
-they/them/their and non-traditional pronouns being recognized by the school system
-required used of preferred names and pronouns by all staff and students
-preferred names/pronouns on all school records
-gender-accesible washrooms and change rooms available to those who require them
-disciplinary action taken against those who act in a discriminatory or hateful manner towards students, staff, and families falling on the queer and trans spectrums
—————-
the consultation was the longest ever done by the VSB, with over 120 speakers spread across 3 meetings. 
the process also resulting in two school board trustees being ejected form their party’s caucus, due their discriminatory actions and arguments. 
these are links to stories by vancouver media about the issue
CBC
metro news
global BC
huffington post

genderpunk-dragon:

bandersnatchery:

"Vancouver School Board Introduces Gender-Neutral Pronouns"

"Students and teachers in Vancouver can now use the gender-neutral pronouns "xe," "xem," and "xyr." The move is designed to accommodate students for whom "he" and "she" does not fit or is deemed inappropriate…

"The newly coined pronouns — xe, xem, and xyr — are pronounced to rhyme with the genderless plurals "they," "them," and "their," and all starting with the "z" sound. So phonetically speaking, they’re pronounced "zey, "zem", and "zare.""

(Source: io9)

Click here to read the full article.

the article doesn’t do the issue justice.

the issue regarded policy change, where the vancouver school board’s (VSB) LGBTQ+ advisory committee re-wrote existing policy to protect staff and students falling on the queer and trans spectrums. 

the policy revision includes

-they/them/their and non-traditional pronouns being recognized by the school system

-required used of preferred names and pronouns by all staff and students

-preferred names/pronouns on all school records

-gender-accesible washrooms and change rooms available to those who require them

-disciplinary action taken against those who act in a discriminatory or hateful manner towards students, staff, and families falling on the queer and trans spectrums

—————-

the consultation was the longest ever done by the VSB, with over 120 speakers spread across 3 meetings. 

the process also resulting in two school board trustees being ejected form their party’s caucus, due their discriminatory actions and arguments. 

these are links to stories by vancouver media about the issue

CBC

metro news

global BC

huffington post

sallymolay:

"I feel like I have a responsibility to my community and other young girls to help redefine what it looks like to be a woman. I don’t believe in men’s wear or women’s wear, I just like what I like. And I think we should be respected for being an individual," says Janelle Monáe.

sallymolay:

"I feel like I have a responsibility to my community and other young girls to help redefine what it looks like to be a woman. I don’t believe in men’s wear or women’s wear, I just like what I like. And I think we should be respected for being an individual," says Janelle Monáe.

lgbtqblogs:

A group of gay couples gather around their computer screens to watch anti-gay marriage adverts for the first time, and are shocked and amused by what they see

bisexual-books:

#27BiStories: Tell Us Something We Don’t Know

"Although this marks the final installment of our weeklong series, these stories are just the beginning of the conversation. As a nationally syndicated columnist recently illustrated, many people still lack a fundamental understanding about what it means to be bisexual in gay, lesbian, and straight communities. We will continue raising bisexual voices up until that’s no longer the case.

Thank you for reading #27BiStories.”

This is our last day of #27BiStories from bisexual Advocate journalist Eliel Cruz with graphics by Trivo Studio 

Low Dose Testosterone
Low Dose Testosterone

neutrois:

An overview of low dose testosterone for transition - why take it, options for dosages, pro’s and con’s. 

Check out my last update (which was already 8 months ago)! And if you’re taking / have taken low dose, repost to add your blog to the comments so others can see more stories. 

A Deconstruction of Designated Sex

fuckyeahsexeducation:

Phenotypic Sex: secondary, outwardly visible sex characteristics of a person. This includes genitals and breast development. A very wide array of genital shape is possible. This just refers to external genitalia, not internal. Internal reproductive organ shape may not be known until puberty or adulthood when infertility or menstrual issues may become known. Genital formations can include

  • micropenis (small “penis”)
  • Clitoromegaly (enlarged “clitoris”)
  • hypospadias (urethral opening on the underside of the “penis”)
  • aphallia (absence of a penis)
  • fusion of the labioscrotal folds (gives the appearance of a scrotum)
  • phallic urethra (a utrethra through the “clitoris”, much like in a “penis”)
  • bifid scrotum (separation of the two halves of the scrotum, that can look like labia)
  • Gonadal Dysgenis( underdeveloped gonads)
  • Müllerian agenesis (absence of a vagina, uterus, or both)
  • ovo-testes (gonads containing both ovarian and testicular tissue)
  • Gonadal Agenisis (absence of any type of gonads)
  • cryptorchidism ( micropenis and undescended testicles)

Karyotypic Sex: chromosomal configuration of the “sex” genes. This can only be determined through DNA analysis. Differences besides XX and XY include

  • XO (Turner syndrome)
  • XXX (Triple X syndrome)
  • XXY/XXXY (Klinefelter’s syndrome)
  • XYY syndrome
  • XX male (de la Chapelle syndrome)
  • XY female (Swyer syndrome)
  • cells with XY and cells with XX (Mosaicism and chimerism

Hormonal Anomalies: These conditions are caused by configurations of hormones that can cause many of the phenotypic sex conditions, infertility, menstrual issues or lack of menstruation, early appearance of body hair or lack of certain body hair, deepening voice or lack of vocal deepening, muscle development or lack of, and other physical symptoms). They can also be caused by certain Karyotypic sex conditions.

  • 5-alpha reductase deficiency (hormone deficiency that can cause a wide variety of genital forms including what appears to be a labia and clitoris, ambiguous genitalia, micropenis, or hypospadias)
  • Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome/ AIS or Partial Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome/PAIS(inability to process certain hormones causing genital forms including what appears to be a labia nad clitoris as well as internal testes, ambiguous genitalia, or a penis and external testes)
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (lack of an enzyme to make certain hormones causing early signs of puberty, enlarged penis, PCOS, lack of periods,  clitoromegaly,   fusion of the labioscrotal folds, lack of breast development during puberty)
  • Progestin Induced Virilization (Caused by prenatal exposure to exogenous androgens, most commonly progestin, causing genital forms including enlarged clitoris, development of phallis, and fusion of the labia)
  • Hypothalamic Hypogonadism/Kallman Syndrome (the hypothalamus produces lower level of sex hormone causing delayed puberty and  cryptorchidism)
Anyone who falls outside the typical sex binary is referred to as Intersex. 1 in 500 to 1500 display “ambiguous” genitalia. This does not include chromosomal differences, hormonal differences that don’t cause “ambiguous” genitals, or differences in the internal reproductive organs. That number could be as high as 1 in 100 births. There are approximately 370,000 births a day, which means 246-3,700 Intersex people are born every day.
Note: this is the most basic information, not a lot of detail is provided. There are many symptoms that can come with the conditions listed here. Some can cause serious medical problems and require treatment, others don’t. I intend to make more posts in the future because detailed information that isn’t totally medicalized and difficult to understand is scarce for many of these conditions. If anyone has any information to add or if I’m missing anything let me know. I used a few different sources to try to include as much as I could, but I’m sure I missed something.
interactyouth:

The following intersex FAQ was compiled by the members of Inter/Act. It is intended to be a living document that we will continue to tweak, change, add-to and subtract from. Please feel free to reference it, re-blog it, and ask us questions (on tumblr or at inter.act@aiclegal.org)
What is intersex?
Intersex is an umbrella term that describes people born with intersex conditions or DSD (Differences of Sex Development). There are over 30 different conditions that cause intersex people to have physical differences inside and/or outside their bodies, making their sex neither purely male or female. Biology class has always taught us that sex is merely black and white, “male” or “female,” but now we know that’s not true. There are a lot of awesome gray areas in the middle!
What are some intersex conditions?
There are over many conditions that fall under the intersex umbrella including, but not limited to: Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS), Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Klinefelter Syndrome, Hypospadias, Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome (MRKH), Swyer Syndrome, Turner Syndrome, 5-Alpha Reductase Deficiency. Please see the ISNA (Intersex Society of North America) website for more information on specific conditions.
How common are intersex people?
Intersex people are about 1-2% of the population, or 1 in every 2,000 people. That’s as common as natural born redheads! We’re not rare, just invisible.
So how come I’ve never heard of intersex before?
The intersex community has a long history of shame and secrecy, for so many reasons. For starters, many doctors have told patients that they’ll never meet anyone like themselves. Sometimes they’ll even tell them not to talk about their conditions to anyone! On top of that, doctors and parents often try to “fix” intersex kid’s bodies with unnecessary surgeries, trying to make them fit into their idea of “normal.” Not to mention each condition is different, so educating the general public is hard when there is so much information to talk about.
It sounds like intersex conditions can be hard to care for!
They can be. Finding a good doctor that you can really connect with is so important for intersex people. Sometimes doctors don’t know the best way to handle each specific person. We all need to be informed about our bodies, our options, and the research that’s been done so we can make the best decisions possible. Making an informed decision is the most important thing an intersex person can do, so please don’t rush into anything. 
How does gender fit into intersex?
Not quite as simply as you might think! Intersex relates to biological sex and a person’s genetic traits, internal and external reproductive organs, hormones, and secondary sex characteristics. Gender is more about the way somebody feels or identifies. This means intersex individuals identify as female, male, man, woman, or a multitude of identities just as non-intersex individuals do. Some examples include genderqueer, agender, third gender, two-spirit, and the list doesn’t end there.  It’s important to remember that gender is fluid, not stagnant, possibly alternating its course during a person’s journey 
How does intersex differ from transgender?
Intersex is often confused with transgender, but they are actually very different things. Intersex is when your biological sex doesn’t neatly fit into the male/female binary, but transgender is when you feel as if your assigned sex does not match your gender identity. Someone can be both intersex and transgender!
What terms can I use to talk about intersex people?
Intersex and DSD are the two current terms that most people use interchangeably. However, they both are controversial for different people.  Some of our youth feel more comfortable with DSD as it might be the only term they are familiar with, while others prefer intersex over DSD. All intersex folks have the right to self define themselves at any particular point in their journey. It’s better for people to come to their own conclusions about how they want to identify, rather than be told or pushed into identifying a certain way. If you don’t know how someone identifies, feel free to ask!
Can I use the word hermaphrodite?
No. Hermaphrodite is a harmful term that is widely considered a slur, please don’t use it. It’s a stigmatizing word that people associate with having both sets of working genetalia, which is rarely possible in humans, if at all. Some intersex folk have started reclaiming the term, but that is for them to decide and use, not for you. 
What are some other terms I should know?
Ambiguous Genitalia - Genitalia that doesn’t look clearly “male” or “female.” However, no genitals look the same, and nobody’s genitalia is “ambiguous.” It’s all just genitals!
Dyadic - Some intersex people have started using dyadic to describe those who are not intersex (meaning, they fit the “male” or “female” binary)
Cisgender- When a person’s gender identity matches their assigned sex. For example, a person assigned female at birth and identifies as a woman is considered cisgender. This term can get confusing with intersex individuals - some use it, some don’t.
HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy)  - This is an important tool in an intersex person’s tool box. HRT ensures that an intersex person’s physical and emotional health needs are properly maintained. If someone’s hormone needs (for things like development, body regulation, or bone growth) aren’t being met, they may go on HRT to figure out the best hormone levels for their bodies.
Informed Consent - This term gets thrown a lot, especially when talking about surgeries of intersex people. Basically, it means that nobody should be operated on without their full knowledge of circumstances, repercussions, reasoning, etc. For example, babies and children are too young to fully understand and give informed consent.
Preferred Pronouns - Many people (intersex or otherwise) don’t identify as a binary gender, especially when their bodies don’t line up in a typical binary box. Ask someone what their preferred gender pronoun is. They’ll love you for it!
What are some other intersex resources?
We have an ever-growing list of resources on our page. Please check there for more information on support groups or legal help.
What can you do as an ally?
Call out others when they say harmful things. Be our advocates where you can, but also give us a chance to educate. Don’t speak over an intersex person, as chances are we’re a lot more familiar with these issues than you are. Listen and try to understand our stories, as we’re pretty incredible people. :)

interactyouth:

The following intersex FAQ was compiled by the members of Inter/Act. It is intended to be a living document that we will continue to tweak, change, add-to and subtract from. Please feel free to reference it, re-blog it, and ask us questions (on tumblr or at inter.act@aiclegal.org)

What is intersex?

Intersex is an umbrella term that describes people born with intersex conditions or DSD (Differences of Sex Development). There are over 30 different conditions that cause intersex people to have physical differences inside and/or outside their bodies, making their sex neither purely male or female. Biology class has always taught us that sex is merely black and white, “male” or “female,” but now we know that’s not true. There are a lot of awesome gray areas in the middle!

What are some intersex conditions?

There are over many conditions that fall under the intersex umbrella including, but not limited to: Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS), Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Klinefelter Syndrome, Hypospadias, Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome (MRKH), Swyer Syndrome, Turner Syndrome, 5-Alpha Reductase Deficiency. Please see the ISNA (Intersex Society of North America) website for more information on specific conditions.

How common are intersex people?

Intersex people are about 1-2% of the population, or 1 in every 2,000 people. That’s as common as natural born redheads! We’re not rare, just invisible.

So how come I’ve never heard of intersex before?

The intersex community has a long history of shame and secrecy, for so many reasons. For starters, many doctors have told patients that they’ll never meet anyone like themselves. Sometimes they’ll even tell them not to talk about their conditions to anyone! On top of that, doctors and parents often try to “fix” intersex kid’s bodies with unnecessary surgeries, trying to make them fit into their idea of “normal.” Not to mention each condition is different, so educating the general public is hard when there is so much information to talk about.

It sounds like intersex conditions can be hard to care for!

They can be. Finding a good doctor that you can really connect with is so important for intersex people. Sometimes doctors don’t know the best way to handle each specific person. We all need to be informed about our bodies, our options, and the research that’s been done so we can make the best decisions possible. Making an informed decision is the most important thing an intersex person can do, so please don’t rush into anything.

How does gender fit into intersex?

Not quite as simply as you might think! Intersex relates to biological sex and a person’s genetic traits, internal and external reproductive organs, hormones, and secondary sex characteristics. Gender is more about the way somebody feels or identifies. This means intersex individuals identify as female, male, man, woman, or a multitude of identities just as non-intersex individuals do. Some examples include genderqueer, agender, third gender, two-spirit, and the list doesn’t end there.  It’s important to remember that gender is fluid, not stagnant, possibly alternating its course during a person’s journey

How does intersex differ from transgender?

Intersex is often confused with transgender, but they are actually very different things. Intersex is when your biological sex doesn’t neatly fit into the male/female binary, but transgender is when you feel as if your assigned sex does not match your gender identity. Someone can be both intersex and transgender!

What terms can I use to talk about intersex people?

Intersex and DSD are the two current terms that most people use interchangeably. However, they both are controversial for different people.  Some of our youth feel more comfortable with DSD as it might be the only term they are familiar with, while others prefer intersex over DSD. All intersex folks have the right to self define themselves at any particular point in their journey. It’s better for people to come to their own conclusions about how they want to identify, rather than be told or pushed into identifying a certain way. If you don’t know how someone identifies, feel free to ask!

Can I use the word hermaphrodite?

No. Hermaphrodite is a harmful term that is widely considered a slur, please don’t use it. It’s a stigmatizing word that people associate with having both sets of working genetalia, which is rarely possible in humans, if at all. Some intersex folk have started reclaiming the term, but that is for them to decide and use, not for you.

What are some other terms I should know?

Ambiguous Genitalia - Genitalia that doesn’t look clearly “male” or “female.” However, no genitals look the same, and nobody’s genitalia is “ambiguous.” It’s all just genitals!

Dyadic - Some intersex people have started using dyadic to describe those who are not intersex (meaning, they fit the “male” or “female” binary)

Cisgender- When a person’s gender identity matches their assigned sex. For example, a person assigned female at birth and identifies as a woman is considered cisgender. This term can get confusing with intersex individuals - some use it, some don’t.

HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy)  - This is an important tool in an intersex person’s tool box. HRT ensures that an intersex person’s physical and emotional health needs are properly maintained. If someone’s hormone needs (for things like development, body regulation, or bone growth) aren’t being met, they may go on HRT to figure out the best hormone levels for their bodies.

Informed Consent - This term gets thrown a lot, especially when talking about surgeries of intersex people. Basically, it means that nobody should be operated on without their full knowledge of circumstances, repercussions, reasoning, etc. For example, babies and children are too young to fully understand and give informed consent.

Preferred Pronouns - Many people (intersex or otherwise) don’t identify as a binary gender, especially when their bodies don’t line up in a typical binary box. Ask someone what their preferred gender pronoun is. They’ll love you for it!

What are some other intersex resources?

We have an ever-growing list of resources on our page. Please check there for more information on support groups or legal help.

What can you do as an ally?

Call out others when they say harmful things. Be our advocates where you can, but also give us a chance to educate. Don’t speak over an intersex person, as chances are we’re a lot more familiar with these issues than you are. Listen and try to understand our stories, as we’re pretty incredible people. :)

"We should see color. We should see religion. We should see homosexuality. We should see gender identity. We should see all the things that make people and the world different and not pretend that we are colorblind or that one story is enough to represent a whole group of people.

But we should also remember that most people have the same kinds of feelings and wants. Everyone wants to be the hero sometimes."