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Exploring my Gender Identity

By : May 19, 2020 Comments Off
I had a really hard time during puberty-- like most people do, I guess. I remember reading The Diary of Anne Frank in school, fixating on the page with wide eyes as Anne talked about the excitement she felt over becoming a woman. Meanwhile, I watched in horror as my body started to outgrow the shell I desperately wanted to stay in. When being applied to me, the word “woman” never sat right. In an attempt to resist my own growth, I developed an eating disorder. I went off to college finding myself worrying more about food and the size of my thighs than I was about making new friendships. My world quickly spiraled out of control, landing me in treatment center after treatment center. Some suggested that this was
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I Knew I Had A Non-Binary Gender Identity In Kindergarten

By : May 19, 2020 Comments Off
Bullying became my norm, and the bathrooms and locker rooms, where teachers were nowhere to be found, became dangerous. This article was featured in the HuffPost Beyond Binaries series on March 15, 2017 after the Trump Administration rescinded protections for transgender students under Title IX. Given that protections for transgender students have just been rescinded at the federal level, our youth that are afraid of the consequences of coming out need a voice. Here is my story. It was 1997. I was five. That’s when I first had to make the decision on which bathroom to use. I was in gym class, with a basketball between my feet, when suddenly nature was calling. In fact, she was banging at the door. Normally I would have used the single stall bathroom
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What is Agender?

By : September 19, 2018 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* Our friends at Loud and Queer talk about what it means to be Agender! Panna talks about their experience arriving at this philosophy, and how it has impacted their life since. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ak19arJh9o Check out more incredible videos on the Loud and Queer website, Youtube Channel, and Facebook Page! Did you enjoy this story? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out when new stories are published. [hubspot portal="4679048" id="962ea2a6-7b06-442a-90fd-58a7c8a4ecc9" type="form"] Learn how to join our Writers Cohort here. Want to continue building community? Download our iOS app.
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Intersex and the Medical Binary

By : September 19, 2018 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* Our friends at Loud and Queer speak with Hann Lindahl to learn about intersex and the medical binary. Most of us are told that physically and biologically, there are only men and women, right? The medical industry wants you to think that. However, Hann shares some of the dark truths about being born beyond the two sexes. Check out more incredible videos on the Loud and Queer website, Youtube Channel, and Facebook Page! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKynYpNFWB4 Did you enjoy this story? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out when new stories are published. [hubspot portal="4679048" id="962ea2a6-7b06-442a-90fd-58a7c8a4ecc9" type="form"] Learn how to join our Writers Cohort here. Want to continue building community? Download our iOS app.
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Non- Binary Identities 101

By : June 20, 2018 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* Lately, there has been a spike in people across demographic categorization choosing to shrug off the confines of a binary identity, opting instead to identify as Non-Binary. But what does this really mean? Non-binary gender identity is any gender identity that does not fall within the strict categories of contemporary Western societies, which typically consider gender to be binary, e.g., either man or woman-- however-- it is important to acknowledge that non-binary gender identities are not new identities or concepts and have been recognized throughout the world for as long as humans have been conscious of gender. In recent decades, the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning), feminist, and other social movements, have also challenged
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Femme Invisibility

By : March 10, 2018 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* One’s identity as a queer person is constantly vulnerable to attack by the rest of society. Many people do simple mental math and associate certain outward expressions with certain sexualities. The assumptions and conclusions are not even seen as tendencies of the sexuality, but as strong, tell-tale signs or innate attributes of the identity. Everyone has been subject to seeing typical depictions in the media of queer women with 'masculine expression' (t-shirts, jeans, far away from the makeup aisle), and queer men with 'feminine expression' (girly colors, willingness to wear makeup, a put-together appearance most often correlated with women’s fashion.) Unfortunately, these stereotypes come with very little representation of people whose genders don’t fit with the
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