This is a collection of the major international and Australian events since the last Transgender Awareness Week this year. Please read and consider your place in history.
A lot of creatives don’t handle criticism well. That’s very understandable. When you put a lot of time and energy and emotion into something, it can be difficult not to take it personally.
I seem to have the opposite problem: praise does nothing for me.
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Content Warnings: sexuality, genital mention
Cis people, straight or queer, both have a notable bad habit of equating genitalia to gender and attraction to genitalia too, even when claiming to be trans friendly and respecting their trans friend’s pronouns, etc. (all the basics of trans support.) It’s understandable that it is not easy to deprogram these assumption-based biases that appear in casual conversation.
You’ve heard it before, “Lesbians don’t like dick,” “Gay men don’t like vaginas,” etc. Both ultimately are what the implications and hints point to, definitively.
What’s wrong with this thought process? Who does it hurt? Trans people, of course, people who are questioning and in relationships with people who might have one sexuality they think might not include them based on the message of casual transphobia like this. People are complex and unique and there’s many circumstances that change things for people. Gender changes sometimes, not in…
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Masks for Transgender People
Are you transgender? Are you working in an essential job without access to a regular supply of masks? We will order you a mask produced by a small, local business in your area.
If you’re a transgender person in need, please use this form to request a mask. Someone will email you back requesting more information. Contact @NixFound for more info.Tweet
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Why do you look for local mask maskers?
Shipping masks from local stores to people in need supports the local economy and is better for the environment.
What do I need to do to prove I’m transgender?
You don’t need to prove you’re transgender. We just need to know where to ship you your mask.
How can I support you?
You can “buy me a coffee” (donate any amount of money through Ko-Fi via Paypal) and I’ll turn around and buy masks.
Facebook’s native cross-posting option is ugly as hell. Here’s how to get more engagements on Twitter for your Facebook posts.
What you’ll need:
- An appropriate preview image for your link or article.
- A permalink.
Facebook’s native cross-posting system – the system that posts events and other Facebook pages from Facebook to your Twitter page as a Tweet – does not work flawlessly with Twitter.
The best way to post about an event or page on Facebook is to make a post about it yourself rather than using Facebook’s share option. You need to make sure that your page is optimized for mobile, as 85% of Twitter users access Twitter from a mobile device. If your post looks uninteresting or doesn’t convey relevant information, you won’t get nearly as many clicks.
For Twitter, that means the ideal image size for your posts (as of this writing, since 2017) is 1024 x 512, as that’s the size that best displays on mobile.
Sidenote: All posts on Twitter should have an image whenever possible, but the image itself shouldn’t be essential to understand the image. It should be expected that all professional organizations and brands use alt text for their images, to ensure they can be interpreted by the blind via a screen reader. Here’s a guide by Twitter on how to add alt text to your images.
Twitter will automatically shorten or lengthen all links for you to 23 characters through the t.co link shortener, giving you more room to concentrate on engaging copy. 257 characters, exactly.
Your copy should answer the following questions: what, when, and where. Due to the limited character count, you may have to get creative with how you describe your event. Remember the goal is to link people to your page, not convey all of the information through Twitter.
In this case, longer words (like “chicken”) are replaceable with emojis that can be read by the screen reader and understood contextually. The image is relevant and commands the reader’s attention. Information relevant to people who are interested in attending the event is all there In the course of this tweet, we can ask the question – “is my schedule clear to pick up a new chicken friend at Knuckleberry Farms and support Monkey Helpers?” – and receive an answer to that question.
It was a challenge to fill the space Twitter provided for me. I still had 14 characters left. You can include information that’s relevant to your event, such as special requirements or ticket locations. The world is your oyster.
The work that it took to produce this style of Tweet is far more informative than what Facebook generates, and is far more likely to generate engagement.
Ben Valin has run Phoenix Collective as an informal charitable group since 2014, starting with providing transgender students free clothing and binders at FAU’s Multicultural Center. Since then, he provides social media management training for young LGBT+ professionals at no cost to them with the goal of providing them with a cutting edge above their peers. If you learned something from this article, you can tip him and support his work through Ko-Fi.
Obviously, pedophiles are not considered members of the LGBT community. But to an outsider trying to navigate the system of signals that minority groups use to tell each other apart online, it can be difficult to discern fact from propaganda. This article provides definitions of terms peodphiles commonly use to signal to each other online.
This is a living document. This means that if you return to read this guide at a later date, information may be updated to reflect changes in the community. This guide is best read through one and referenced later during your casual browsing. If you have any new information to contribute, click here to contact the author.
- “Pedophiles are LGBT”: Pedophiles started a campaign to be considered members of the LGBT community on that basis that (1) their sexuality is not the norm and (2) they are discriminated against in mainstream society.
Redundant, obvious disclaimer: It is impossible to have sex with children because children cannot consent – sex between a minor and an adult is always rape. Therefore, being a pedophile is not the same as being gay or transgender. The LGBT community is not a consensus, but many agree with this and those who do not are considered pedophiles. The DSM has also agreed on this point since 2010.
The original campaign for “pedophiles are LGBT” was started by a Reddit user in an intentional smear attempt against the community. However, some individual pedophiles began to co-opt the original meme in order to further normalize their behavior.
Consensus now exists that pedophilia is a distinct sexual orientation, not something that develops in someone who is homosexual or heterosexual. Some people with pedophilic urges are also attracted to adults, and may act only on the latter urges. Because people with pedophilic urges tend to be attracted to children of a particular gender, they are sometimes described in the literature as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual pedophiles. Roughly 9% to 40% of pedophiles are homosexual in their orientation toward children — but that is not the same as saying they are homosexual. Homosexual adults are no more likely than heterosexuals to abuse children.“Pessimissm about pedophilia,” Harvard Mental Health Letter, July 2010.
Emoji usage: Many communities use emojis to signal that they belong to certain groups online. The pear symbol (🍐) is the most commonly used symbol, but the alien symbol (👽) and the globe symbol (🌍) is also used.
MAP: Minor Attracted Person
Pedophiles who claim that they are “minor attracted persons” will often claim that they are using the internet to educate others on the ‘truth’ behind pedophilia and to express their feelings in a healthy manner. Some will even claim that their therapist told them to express themselves online in this way.
Fears about predatory behavior are valid. Most pedophiles who act on their impulses do so by manipulating children and gradually desensitizing them to inappropriate behavior. Then they escalate it.“Pessimissm about pedophilia,” Harvard Mental Health Letter, July 2010.
Pedophilia cannot be cured. Instead, therapists focus on management options that associate the pedophillic desire with an unpleasant stimulus called “aversive conditioning,” or by suppressing the pedophile’s sexual urges – they do not encourage pedophiles to express their urges in a ‘healthy’ way.
Pedophiles will take advantage of the public’s lack of knowledge oon the treatment of pedophila to convince victims and their allies that they are seeing a therapist and are therefore not a danger to minors. Sometimes they will go as far as labeling themselves ‘no-MAPs.’
no-MAP: No-Contact Minor Attracted Person. A no-MAP is a MAP that explicity states that they avoid contact with minors. No-MAPs should be considered at the same risk level as MAPs, as many of them will use the title to attempt to dissaude adult allies from monitoring their behavior.
What can an adult do to help?
The best way to protect your child from predators is to maintain a communicative and supportive relationship with your child. Most children will never encounter a predator online, but your child needs to know that they can trust you enough to come to you for support.
Shaming your child for their sexuality or their developing identity sets a foundation of mistrust that leaves them vulnerable to predators of all types, whether on the internet or in real life.
Adults can help by sharing this link in response to posts made by pedophiles. Many pedophiles will try to mislead the public or potential targets to normalize their behavior. Educating the public on what to look for when talking to people online will help people know who to block before the conversation even beigns.
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Finn Cannon, Songwriter
I’m a young trans guy who values and appreciates art, especially music, very deeply – it is the foundation of my world. As a songwriter, sharing my journey through hardships related to my physical/mental health, self esteem, beliefs and identity is a lifelong task. I aspire to help, comfort and compassionately lift up my friends out there in the world (yeah, you) who go through similar hardships. Sometimes the most personal is the most universal. That is how we connect with one another – through art and stories.
I aspire to be one of the greats and improve the conditions of the world. I believe in diversity, unity, purpose, love and kindness – all powerful strengths in a seemingly divided society.
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Raye Chand, “Rin”, Digital Artist
My name is Raye Chand or Rin online and i’m a Nepali Nonbinary artist! I had wanted to see myself in cartoons growing but I never could–there never was a good south asian cartoon character, let alone a Nepali one. Due to this, I’m very passionate about creating content for minority children, especially for those who feel they have no voice or representation. I’m a Goth-Punk history nerd who enjoys subverting tropes to show real people, experiences, and a little bit of history along side it! I’m also a graphic artist with focus in story art, illustration, and concept art, dabbling in mixing horror/Gothic themes with family content.
The first thing a child will see is the cartoons that we put out, so between their family life and fiction, that IS their politics. Being a child tends to be taken less seriously as we age, but that part of us never leaves! It shapes everything that we do as adults–so we should equally create work that lets them know we take their experiences from trauma to happiness seriously. The 80’s got it all wrong; Kids media shouldn’t be for money, it should be for the benefit of a child’s mind and heart.
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