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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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Transitioning 101: MtF

By : December 23, 2017 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* This is the first piece in a series of articles aimed at trans women, transfemmes, or assigned male at birth (AMAB) non-binary people who wish to present themselves in a more feminine way. Together with other articles on this site, it will cover the non –medical aspects of transition, which will help reduce day to day dysphoria and help bring your presentation more in line with your identity, as well as the medical and legal aspects of transition. It aims to give a rundown of costs, practicalities, safety, and other considerations. Please note that not everything will be relevant to everyone, as each person's journey is different. The short overview given here will be supported by
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What does the D.O.J. decision mean for Trans Civil Rights?

By : October 17, 2017 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* Unless you are a legal scholar, last Thursday's decision to exclude transgender individuals from work-place anti-discrimination laws enforced on the basis of sex can be a dense and complicated affair to understand. I broke down the facts you need to know and gathered some information on how you can resist the minimization of your civil liberties under this or any queer antagonistic administration. A Brief History of What Went Down: Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964 states: “It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer … to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”Price
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Transitioning 101: FtM

By : October 10, 2017 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* This is the first piece in a series of articles aimed at trans men, transmascs, or assigned female at birth (AFAB) non-binary people who wish to present themselves in a more masculine way. Together with other articles on this site, it will cover the medical and legal aspects of transition, along with non-medical alternatives that will help with social transitions, reduce day-to-day dysphoria, and help bring your presentation more in line with your identity. It aims to give a rundown of costs, practicalities, safety, and other considerations. Please note that not everything will be relevant to everyone as each person's journey is different. The short overview given here will be supported by longer articles on each
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Reconciling your QPOC Identity

By : October 4, 2017 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* What does it mean to be a QPOC in the United States today? How are we supposed to deal with all the extra weight and pressure? Do you feel forced to choose between your culture, class, and sexual or gender identity in a constant emotional triage: "Which identity is under the most direct attack right now?" Maybe you grew up in a family or a community that believed that your queerness was evil or a learned behavior picked up due to your exposure to white culture. Maybe you're exhausted from playing cultural ambassador at every queer function you attend, or from being silenced within activist circles that have a white majority. Whatever your story is, and
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