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We Need To Address the Transphobia in Pakistan

Visiting Pakistan as a child and going out and about, I would sometimes see transgender people roaming the streets of the bazaars. These people would often be dressed in traditional Pakistani clothing for women and would have heaps of makeup on their faces, begging for money. Men would yell abuse and use degrading language, most often the horrible term “kusra”, meaning tr*nny, as well as cat-calling these harmless people and making them feel worthless. I

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Why Do We Stereotype? We Need To Look at the Root of the Problem

A stereotype is, by definition, “a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.” Nowadays we seem to automatically assume stereotypes are bad things. Granted, they usually are, but stereotypes can also help people discover what colleges they like, what cities they want to visit, and more. Stereotyping isn’t reserved for identifying people. Before you hate me, let me explain. Psychologically, humans create these stereotypes so


Stop Spreading the Idea That Bisexuality Is Transphobic

In the past few years, it has become more and more common for people to come out as pansexual. According to Marshall Cavendish’s book Sex and Society, “Pansexuality is an orientation that specifically rejects the notion of two genders and indeed of specific sexual orientations.” Since this term has only started to become more known recently, many people do not understand what the difference between bisexuality and pansexuality is, since in both cases the individuals


An Interview With Ashlee Marie Preston — The First Transgender Editor-In-Chief of a Major Publication

Although our society has become much more accepting of the LGBT+ community, transgender people today are still seen as burdens. Because of society’s perception of transgender people, they do not have as many opportunities to succeed as they should.  In a time where transgender people are being silenced and having their rights taken away, it is important to stand up for trans rights and acknowledge the hard work that many transgender people put into social


Dear TERFs: Trans People Don’t Want to Sleep With You

Trigger warning: r*pe, sexual assault, sexual violence Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism / Feminists (or TERF) is the type of feminism we all like to pretend isn’t there, and for good reason. Any conversation with a TERF will tell you that there isn’t really any logic or facts to it: they just want to oppress trans people (specifically trans women), under the guise of protecting “real women.” To them, trans women are invading what it really means


There’s No Such Thing as Cisphobia, You’re Just Being Immature

Image: Morgan Potts Are you tired of those darn mentally ill transtrenders talking about transphobia all the time? Or perhaps you hate the fact that you can’t openly say that you think all transgenders should be killed, without receiving backlash? Would you even go as far as saying that living in this world as a cisgender person is so hard, and that cisphobia is real? If you said yes to those three things, you’ve come


An Australian Trans Woman Wins UN Support To Change Her Birth Certificate

Until June 15th, six out of eight Australian states and territories had laws barring married transgender people from changing their gender on their birth certificates. If they wanted their gender identity to be affirmed, they were legally required to divorce their partners. This sounds like a gross violation of human rights-and a woman from New South Wales agreed. The woman, who prefers to be known only as G, was born in 1974 and began her


Yes, Straight People Belong at Pride Because Sexuality Isn’t the Only Thing That Makes You LGBT+

Content warning: use of the slur “queer.” As most people are aware, June is LGBTQIA+ Pride month. Everyone in our community has been doing such a great job of providing a really welcoming space for celebration and, as the name suggests, pride. I am especially proud to be a gay and trans person this month. However, there have also been quite a few instances where our community hasn’t been that welcoming. This month is mostly


The Seeds Of A Revolution: Remembering Stonewall This Pride Month

As we reach the halfway point of Pride Month and continue the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in our country and around the world, it is important to remember the heroes who history has bulldozed over who have helped us reach the point in our struggle for equality that we are at today. The Stonewall riots of the 1960s marked a major milestone in LGBTQ+ community’s fight for equal rights, but unfortunately the minorities who excelled


Dear Cis People: Stop Centering Yourselves in Conversations About Trans Issues

Recently, white feminist Laci Green was “red pilled” and has decided to engage with and give a platform to anti-feminist YouTube. This doesn’t surprise me, granted she is incredibly privileged as a white, cisgender, able-bodied woman. However, one of the things she has been doing is having discussions about trans issues without trans people. In fact, it’s quite common these days for much trans discourse to be dominated by people who have absolutely no idea

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