An excellent thread


When I talk online about prison abolition, the most common and basic question that comes up is "then what would we do with all the murderers and rapists?"

Sometimes, it seems like a bad-faith derailment. But other times, it seems to come from a place of sincerity and curiosity.


A damn good thread.


So, one thing transphobes like to do is post photos of trans women who *gasp* want to compete in school sports and go “But it’s not faiiiiiiir”

So let me tell you about this picture.

This is CeCe Telfer. She goes to Franklin Pierce University, and she runs track.


Taco Bell is somehow out of chips nationwide. I got free burrito money and I can't get my shame-free Taco Bell and I am BAFFLED.

Hey friends! I'll be in Detroit in about two weeks for ! What are some things I should check out? When I'm travelling for conferences I love to visit independent bookstores, LGBTQ neighborhoods/businesses, and local pizza places.

If you learned something from this thread, consider buying a zine or throwing me some money on ko-fi.

Aaaaaand my talk about how to ask people about gender, sex, names, and pronouns on forms. Includes a history lesson about how information is powerful and the basic message of "take only what you need."

If you wanna learn more about pronouns, check out this pay-what-you-want zine of mine:

If you wanna learn more about trans inclusion, check out my guide to using pronoun buttons at events. Maybe throw me some money for it, it's pay-what-you-want.

This world is structurally and systemically hostile to transgender people. Please just make it a little bit better by doing your part. If you organize events and can find literally any other venue or get them to change their legal ID policy, do it.

And I'm super fucking privileged to be white, in all this. White trans-masculine people are relatively safe compared to black trans women. I don't worry about being fucking murdered when I tell you my legal name or you see my legal ID.

And before you ask, no, these aren't fake worries. These have all happened, several times to me.

(Okay I haven't been turned away for not looking like a [deadname], but I've had security people hassle me for not looking like my ID and legal name, and then let me in.)

Or will I get turned away from the event from not looking like my actual ID? Or will they print a name badge with my legal name on it and not my actual name? Or will an organizer decide to just call me by my legal name?

As a trans person attending an event and needing to share my legal name, I'm immediately on edge. Will these people decide that I'm "just a woman" or "not trans" or "faking it" when they see my legal name? Will they use the wrong pronouns because of my legal name?

Hint: if you're an organization aimed at diversity and inclusion, especially one aimed at marginalized genders or LGBTQ people, you need to care about the safety of trans people.

And like, to be clear. I get it! I totally understand why many places need to see IDs! I'm not saying that businesses and buildings shouldn't need legal IDs! If you're hosting an event open to the public, seriously consider finding a different venue, though.

Organizers, try a message like this:

Thanks again for providing venue space! We unfortunately are not comfortable asking attendees for legal names, as it can be uncomfortable, un-welcoming, and unsafe for transgender attendees. What can we do to change this requirement?

Companies and venues donate space to organizations because it's good PR and (maybe) because they actually care about the group. They want to look good. Help them look good by caring about your trans attendees.

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