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Once again, I won’t reply directly to Rowling’s tweets. Instead, here is some information (facts) in response to claims that trans kids should undergo conversion therapy, a ridiculous opinion based not in any scientific fact but rather in privilege, fear, insecurity, and issues with their own selves. All my content is supported by peer-reviewed empirical research. Citations at pinkmantaray.com/transkid. Link in bio.
In summary, transphobes attempt to claim that being transgender is a form of mental illness. This is false. Being trans is NOT a mental illness and every single major medical & psychological association corroborates this. The DSM (the manual used to diagnose mental illness) does NOT classify being trans as a mental illness. The DSM does classify suicidal ideation, depression, and anxiety as mental illnesses, all of which are reduced when a child’s trans identity are affirmed by parents and gender-affirming care.
#transgender #genderaffirmingcare #trans #iweigh
Swipe for some reasons that celebrating the Fourth of July is rooted in white supremacy. Swipe further for some alternative ways to celebrate today.
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This photo was taken and I currently live on stolen, occupied Duwamish & Coast Salish land.
#blacklivesmatter #stolenland #indigenouslivesmatter
I’ve seen a lot of people talking about their social media “returning to normal.” Which makes me furious.
“Normal” was often racist. “Normal” was often white supremacist. “Normal” was dismissive, evasive, and irresponsible. “Normal” is not the goal. Dismantling white supremacy and stopping the murder and mistreatment of Black folks is.
Fellow non-Black folks: if the people you follow aren’t talking about dismantling white supremacy, you should re-evaluate who you follow & the people in your circles. Or. Better yet. Engage them in conversations about why they aren’t talking about this. Resources for this at link in bio.
Just a reminder that when I transitioned, I didn’t change my gender. I changed how I express and present it.
Note: I always want to be mindful of the privilege I hold. I was born in NY, so it was relatively easy to my birth certificate. Not every state is like that. It should absolutely NOT be a privilege to be able to match one’s documentation to their gender identity but unfortunately right now it is. More info about changing documents at pinkmantaray.com/changing-documents.
A lot of (cis) (male) (straight) people tell me I need a penis to be a man. They seem to care deeply about what is in my pants, especially about the fact I do not have a penis.
And so I ask them: “Do you care how long your friends’ penises are?” Their answers are almost always of extreme discomfort. Something like, “No, ew, why would I even know that?! What the heck, man?” They fail to see that these are the same exact care.
If you do not care about how long your friend’s penis is, you should not care that I do not have one. If you care how long your friend’s penis is, you should reevaluate your priorities.
Regardless, a reminder—
Men without penises are still MEN.
Women with penises are still WOMEN.
Note: There is nothing wrong with wanting or getting bottom surgery. Many folks feel like they need this to truly be themselves, and that is absolutely valid. I support you. I just don’t want it for myself. And I believe it imperative that we re-write the societal belief that all men have penises and that all women do not. A man does not have to have a penis, and not all folks with penises are men.
#transgender #trans #transathlete #transswimmer #iweigh
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Brayla Stone, rest in power. We will not forget your name, nor those of Riah Milton, Dominique Fells, Nina Pop or Monika Diamond or Tony McDade or any of the other victims of white supremacy & transphobia.
A reminder to the queer community that racism is a queer issue. Colonialism & white supremacy run deep in the roots of homophobia, transphobia, and generalized queerphobia. This fight for Black lives is far more intersectional than we might imagine.
THERE IS NO QUEER LIBERATION WITHOUT BLACK LIBERATION. WE MUST FIGHT TOGETHER.
#stopkillingblacktranswomen #blacklivesmatter #blm #blacktranslivesmatter #braylastone #riahmilton #dominiquefells
“Being a trans athlete is about my passion for sport, it's about not letting anything hold me back: not other people, not injuries, not rules, and definitely not my identity.”
As a queer Korean American transgender swimmer who suffered multiple injuries, including a broken back, I have swum up against a lot of things that could have stopped me. My transness was the most frightening of all, as its potential to stop me was the most real. But my coaches, my team @harvardmenswimdive, and the @NCAA welcomed me with open arms. Here is proof.
Nike’s BeTrue honors athletes and teams who uplift the LGBTQIA+ community and use their voices — their performance in sport — for change.
This year I’m honored to be featured in the @NIKE BeTrue campaign alongside @afranch23, @bougardd @itsaquintonthing, @tierna_davidson, and @napoleonjinnies.
A reminder that we must never forget the Black roots of Pride—how it was started by black trans women throwing bricks at police. How our Pride is a protest. How it is radical. And how there is no queer liberation without Black liberation. #BLACKQUEERLIVESMATTER
🏳️🌈 @Nike @Nikeswim
#transgender #transathlete #transswimmer
Being transgender is not a mental illness. Gender dysphoria, which often arises from being transgender, is. That is, our identities do not need treatment. Our dysphoria often does.
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I’m so honored to share that I’m featured in Nike’s BeTrue Pride campaign along with amazing other athletes @tierna_davidson @bougardd @afranch23 @itsaquintonthing @napoleonjinnies.
I find myself sobbing as I write this, so grateful & proud to be here. Six years ago today, I was miserable in a residential treatment center for eating disorders. I spent every night googling “transgender swimmer,” finding absolutely nothing. I was more depressed and lost than I’d ever been before. I had all but given up on myself, certain being queer and transgender would rob me of everything I loved in the world. Most especially swimming.
But it didn’t. Coming out as transgender and competing on Harvard Men’s Swim & Dive not only saved my life, it gave me the space to truly thrive. And I am so grateful.
Six years ago today, I would have never imagined myself in a Nike campaign, but here I am. Here is proof.
Now you can google “transgender swimmer.” And I pop up. But make no mistake: This is not for me. This is for the young ones, googling and wondering if they have a place in this world, in sport. The answer is a resounding ‘YES.’ We all do.
Nike, thank you so much for including me in this campaign. Your work is saving lives.
@nike @nikeswim #untilweallwin @harvardmenswimdive #transgender #transathlete
Feeling very vulnerable sharing this. Usually I don’t like giving the trolls and haters much (if any) air time. But people always ask me what trans and queer joy looks like, especially during Pride, especially ~this~ Pride month. So here it is—
Trans & queer joy is standing up tall and proud in the face of all the hatred. The transphobia. The sexism. The misogyny.
Trans & queer joy is grinning in my empty speedo and my beautiful trans body, so happy and grateful just to be able to swim, despite everyone’s doubts about me as a transgender athlete.
Trans & queer joy is radical. Especially right now. It is glorious self-love. It says: I am here no matter how many times you try an erase me. I am here.
Swipe for more thoughts. Alt text available for each slide. I also always want to acknowledge the privilege I hold as someone who has access to testosterone, who passes as male and, often, as cis. I know I receive a fraction of the comments that many others do. So if you are cis and reading this, please know this is not at all an isolated or comprehensive example of the transphobia trans folks face. This is only a very small sampling.
To all the folks asking why I have censored their names: I did not do so out of kindness or compassion for the individuals. Because this is not ~about~ them. This is not about who they are or what they want or what they care about. This is about ME. This is about US. This is about trans & queer people and our inherent power REGARDLESS of the trolls. This is about standing up in the face of it all and saying: WE ARE STILL HERE. We still know ourselves, and the trolls, ignoramuses, and haters can NEVER take this from us.
If Father’s Day is a difficult, painful day for you–whatever the reason–this is for you.
To all the queer & trans kids abandoned by their fathers;
To all the trans kids whose fathers misgender and misname them;
To all the queer kids whose fathers refuse to validate their sexuality;
To all the kids abused by or estranged from their fathers;
To all those with a strained or complicated relationship with their fathers;
To those who never knew their fathers;
To all those who have lost and are mourning their fathers, especially the Black and Indigenous children who have had their fathers stolen by police brutality & white supremacy;
To Rayshard Brooks’ three daughters (ages 1, 2, and 8) from whom Atlanta police robbed their father by shooting him as he slept in his car on Friday;
To George Floyd’s five children, the youngest of which is only six years old;
To all the fathers mourning the loss of their children, especially the fathers who have lost their BIPOC children to police brutality & white supremacy;
To Nina’s, Dominique’s, Riah’s, and so many others’ fathers.
I see you. I can only imagine how hard today is. You are not alone. I hope you are taking care of yourself, healing however you can and however much is possible, and finding the love you deserve.