Love That Does Not Accept Me

Things to *not* say to a newly out trans woman.

Alex and Ania Splain You a Thing

Let’s get one thing clear

When someone you know tells you something big, like say, “I’m trans,” these are some appropriate responses:

“Wow, congrats on figuring yourself out!”

“Should I start using new pronouns?”

“Wow, um, it’ll take me a bit to process this, but I’ll try.”

“Cool! I’ve never known a trans person before and I have loads of questions. Let me know if they’re getting too personal, okay? I know this is probably the single most intense conversation you’ve ever had. including that time you were threatened by a vagrant wielding a Bible and a pacemaker scar in the trash room of your building, so I don’t want to make this even scarier for you.”

“You know, I/someone I know is getting rid of some old clothes and cheap jewelry. I can let them know you’re interested and see if they’ll let you pick through them first.”

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How to Organize!

So you want to join in this awesome movement, but don’t know what to do? Cool! All organizers start somewhere. You don’t have to be big, or loud, or extra powerful to be part of what we’re doing. Every little bit matters. So if you are so mad you’re ready to “can even” just pick an action and get on it!

 

Going out in a group:

 

1.) Find everyone you know who would be interested in the cause. A good way to do this is social media, but you can also network with your local Planned Parenthood, local chapters of the Democratic Party, other local activist groups to get people on-board. Organizing is pretty much just networking. Talk to people, let them know what you’re up to, and there will always be people willing to support the cause.

 

2.) Pick a good date, and before that date, scope out the nearest adjacent public sidewalk to your location. Different municipalities will have different protest permit laws, but generally, as long as your sidewalk is facing a street, and so long as you aren’t blocking or impeding foot traffic, you will be well within your constitutional rights. More information on what does/doesn’t fly as far as ordinances go can be found at the ACLU website. Check with your local city hall for additional information.

ACLU website: https://www.aclu.org/free-speech/know-your-rights-demonstrations-and-protests

 

3.) Get out there and be strong. You may see counter-protesters. You may see rain. You may get tired. That’s okay. Just know that you’ve done your part by taking a stand against an injustice for a couple of hours.

 

Things you may not want to forget:

Sunscreen

Water

Literature

Comfy Shoes

Signs

Trashbags/Ponchos (if over 30% chance of rain)

Snacks

Any necessary permits

Chants/Songs

 

Individual Activities:

 

But what if I am really, really, really the only one?  Well, that’s cool too. There are ways you can express your displeasure all on your own–even if they may not seem as powerful as they might in a group. Here are some ideas to get you started.

1.) Mail it in:

Write your local/state/federal government representatives and let them know what you stand for. They can’t necessarily overturn this ruling, but they can create and maintain local policies that support your reproductive rights. Bitch magazine has some awesome ideas on how to make a vintage postcard to let your representatives and senators know you won’t let them take you back to 1959.

http://bitchmagazine.org/post/eight-new-lobbying-hobbies-that-fight-against-hobby-lobby

 

2.) Shop and Drop:

If you really can’t find anyone in your vicinity who wants to stage a protest, or are blocked from doing so, you can always enter your local Hobby Lobby and pick out several things you would buy if the Green family weren’t out to take your rights. Walk it up to a register. Flash enough cash to show you’d buy the stuff, and say “This is what I would have bought today if you weren’t after my/my uterus having friend’s reproductive rights.” Then walk off.

 

3.) Shop everywhere else:

Buy an awesome craft haul! Take a picture of it and your receipt, and tweet that at Hobby Lobby.

 

And it doesn’t end there. There are so many things you can do. Just scope out the resource links below to get more ideas on how to make your protest an effective one.

 

Resources:

 

How to Protest

 

http://www.wikihow.com/Protest

 

40 Best Protest Signs

 

http://www.buzzfeed.com/angelameiquan/the-40-best-protest-signs-of-2012-70fn

 

How to Organize a Protest – Occupy Together

 

http://www.occupytogether.org/blog/2012/06/15/how-to-organize-a-protest/

 

How to Publicize an Event

 

http://www.ehow.com/how_135427_publicize-event.html

 

How to make a Press Kit

 

http://advertising.about.com/od/publicrelationsresources/a/presskitstools.htm

Reproductive Justice Fight!

 

Are you so mad at the recent SCOTUS rulings that you literally can’t even?
Are you filled with rage and don’t know what to do with it?
Well start to Can Even!
Join us, as we Lobby Hobby against Hobby Lobby!

JULY!

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Through out the month of July, we are organizing local protests across the United States outside Hobby Lobby Stores.
We will pass out pamphlets explaining why we’re there. These pamphlets will also have a listing of other crafting stores
in the area, as well as information about activities in August.

AUGUST!

buyallthethings

In August we are planning “shop-ins”. We will go to Joanne’s, Michael’s and other crafting stores and buy crafting supplies
for the September activities. We will have new pamphlets made for August to hand out to customers and employees explaining
our August activities and upcoming September activities, and also inviting them to join us in D.C. in October!

SEPTEMBER!

craftallthethings

September is the month we get our craft on!
Glue, knit and decoupage your rage into a package/letter to send to your congressperson and Supreme Court justices!
Let them know we’ll be in D.C. in October, we’re pissed and WE VOTE!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11th

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This is the day all of our work comes to a head. We will rally together in D.C. outside the Supreme Court and our voices
will be heard! Speakers and events for the day are in the works right now. Drive, ride, walk, or bike to D.C. and have the
chance to have your voice heard!

If you want to be involved or volunteer, join the facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1447137122206524/?ref_notif_type=event_mall_comment&source=1

Plan local protests for July and post them to the page. Then plan local shop-ins and post those as well. Get together with
friends for crafting in September. Share ideas and stories and give support. Invite friends to the event!

We need your voice! We want your voice!

Spread the word, use: #JoinTheDissent #ChallengeScotus #BeTheBuffer #LobbyHobby

Counter Protest: Activate! Form of: Queer Rights

Dirty Nerdy here to tell you about an exciting opportunity to tell Texas politicians to respect Queer Rights!

As many of you know, Federal District Court Judge Orlando Garcia recently ruled the Texas Marriage Amendment, which banned anything other than straight marriage in the state of Texas, to be unconstitutional!

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Don’t get too excited yet, because politicians are seeking to reverse the decision.

June, 5th, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. there is going to be a “Defense of Texas Marriage Amendment Rally” held at the Omni Hotel, Fort Worth Ballroom. There will be speakers from Republican politicians to talk, presumably, about how the gays are out to destroy the American way of life.

Queer Texans will not stand for this. We are gathering outside the Omni Hotel tomorrow to protest this bigoted “rally”, and we’re inviting all other Texans to stand with us for equality.  Follow the link to join the counter protest!

Go here to click on map for directions

Go here to click on map for directions

Shethinkers 39 – Safe Words

Secret Word

SecretWord

Troll

OKCupid Has Some Transphobic Issues

Bonus Troll!

MichFest Sucks Ass

Boss

Summer camps for trans/gender-variant kids!

Campu Aranu’tiq and You Are You Camp

Safe Words

Expressing Consent

Checking In

Verbal and Nonverbal

Upcoming Show: The Safe Word

Everyone’s a Critic

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is awesome from a fangirl perspective…but terrible from a feminist perspective.

Stupid Sexist Song

“One Way Or Another” by Blondie

Shethinkers 38 – Single Moms (Happy Mothers’ Day!)

Secret Word

SecretWord

Troll

Occupy Protestor Sexually Assaulted by NYPD, Convicted of Felony Assault

Bonus Troll!

Arkansas Clerk Refuses to Issue Legal, Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Troll Update!

Alaska Thunderfuck Apologizes for, and Removes, Transphobic Video

Boss

Our moms, because it’s Mothers’ Day!

Bonus Boss!

Genderfuck Drag Queen, Conchita Wurst, Wins Eurovision

Single Moms

Pregnancy Discrimination

Divorce

Custody Myths

Obstacles

Defending Single Moms

Our Moms Are Awesome

Do You Even Science, Bro?

The Laws of Thermodynamics: Why They Don’t Justify Woo

Stupid Sexist Song

“Ya Mama” by Butterfingers

Shethinkers 36 – Infertility Awareness with Beth Presswood!

Secret Word

SecretWord

Troll

Huffington Post and Alaska Thunderfuck Find Trans Activism and Trans Violence Hilarious

Boss

Stone Cold Steve Austin says Support Marriage Equality…Or Else!

Infertility

1-in-8 people are infertile, so it’s kind of a big deal

Social Stigmas

Treatments (Shit is expensive)

Birth Alternatives

Shit fertile people say

 

How Do I Sex?

Myths About Masturbation

Secret Subversive Song

“King For a Day” by Green Day

Shethinkers 35 – Easter Eggs and Orgies

Secret Word

SecretWord

Troll

67 Louisiana Lawmakers Refuse to Lift Sodomy Laws…Even Though the Supreme Court Already Did

Bonus Troll!

The Occupy “Pepper Spray Cop” Receives $38K From University of California for “Emotional Suffering” and 8-Months Paid Leave

Boss

Laverne Cox Wins GLAAD’s Highest Honor

Bonus Boss!

GLAAD Gets RuPaul and Logo to Drop Transphobic Slurs

Easter Eggs and Orgies

Modern Christian and Jewish Celebrations

The Pagans (Who gave us eggs, beans, bunnies, and all the other fun stuff)

The Easter Bunny

Dori’s Stories of Teaching Sunday School

Myth of Ishtar – You’re Doing It Wrong

Eostre and Pascha

Chicks and Bunnies are not Starter Pets

Other fertility festivals and rituals, like the “Watering of the Girls” in Hungary

Atheist Bible Study

What Would Jesus Do? Throw a Temple Tantrum!

Stupid Sexist Song

“Layla” by Eric Clapton