At the moment, when searching for ‘gay Muslims’ on Google, the anti-gay website ‘gaymuslims.org’ is top of the search results. For a Muslim struggling with accepting their sexuality, coming across this website when searching the internet could be disastrous.
I want us to get the search result for ‘Imaan’ (a UK based LGBTQ Muslim support group) to the top of the list if we can.
To help, please do the following:
- search for ‘gay Muslims’ on Google
- Click on the result for ‘Imaan London’ (imaanlondon.wordpress.com) which is about 7 results down the list.
- Ask your friends to do the same
Hopefully, this ‘googlebombing’ technique will raise the search result for ‘Imaan’ to get to the top of the list and hopefully help LGBTQ Muslims looking for support.
After the meeting with my little brother and his worker, I bravely went into the men’s wash room :D
… Sure, it was after my other brother had just gotten out, and made sure there was no one else in there… But, um, still. I went in. And stuff.
I doubt anyone would have really cared anyway; we were right in the middle of “queer town”.
… Then I had trouble getting out of the room ‘cause of the weird locking mechanism ._.
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Some key revisions:
• Psychotherapy is no longer a requirement to receive hormones and surgery, although it is suggested.
“It used to be a minimum amount of psychotherapy was needed. An assessment is still required but that can be done by the prescribing hormone provider,” Bockting explained.
• A number of community health centers in the U.S. have developed protocols for providing hormone therapy based an approach known as the Informed Consent Model. These protocols are consistent with version 7 revisions of WPATH’s standards of care.
“The SOC are flexible clinical guidelines; they allow for tailoring of interventions to the needs of the individual receiving services and for tailoring of protocols to the approach and setting in which these services are provided,” Coleman explained.
“Access is more open and acknowledges transgender care is being provided in community health centers. This certainly makes it easier to access hormones,” Bockting added.
• There are now different standards for surgery, as well. For example, a transgender man who wants a hysterectomy no longer has to live one year as a male in order to receive the surgery. Likewise, a transgender woman who wants her testicles removed does not have to live one year as a female.
For people who want genital reconstructive surgery, however, the standards of care recommend living a year in the role of the gender they are transitioning.
• Another major change, Bockting explained, is that the standards “allow for a broader spectrum of identities – they are no longer so binary.”
“There is no one way of being transgender and it doesn’t have to mirror the idea of a change of their sex,” Bockting explained.
“These standards allow for a gender queer person to have breasts removed without ever taking hormones,” he said.
… Now if only CAMH wasn’t my only hope for OHIP coverage.
There’s been a bit on tumblr about transgender individuals and public restrooms, specifically, outrage over schools, restaurants, and other institutions having transgenders go to the bathroom of their appropriate sex. But, you know what?, I have to agree with the building managers on this one. Let me elaborate.
Public restrooms are not divided by gender. They are divided by sex. If you are a post-op transsexual, who was born a woman but now have a penis, you should go to the male bathroom. But if you were born a woman, regardless of identity, and still have your vagina, you should go to the female bathroom. These aren’t distinctions made for identity, they are made because of your genitals. It’s a fucking toilet.
Of course, this would all be solved if we didn’t separate public restrooms by sex at all - which I am totally for - but with the current system in place, I cannot agree with the LGBT community on this.
A person should not have to feel like their life is in danger every time they go to use the can. If a trans person enters the restroom of the sex they’re not presenting as, (a trans woman presenting as female entering the men’s room, or a trans man presenting as male entering the women’s room) they are essentially being forced to tell complete strangers that they are trans*, and there’s a pretty good chance that they will be harassed and/or assaulted simply for that fact.
Transsexuals are required to live full time for about a year before they can be approved for SRS. That means going out in public, to work, etc, dressed appropriately for their gender, not their sex. So it’s not like we can just not go out dressed up to avoid the washroom issue entirely.
Just what do you propose we do in the mean time to avoid harassment?
I got a letter from the Gender Identity Clinic. Says I got an appointment for October 21st at 10:45 with a Dr. N. Brown, and another 12:45 with a Dr. C. McIntosh.
On one hand: Yay, it’s about time.
Other the other hand: I can barely speak to people I’ve known for years let alone a couple therapists I’ve just met, so I don’t know how I’m going to tell them anything… The RLE is impossible because I’m terrified of people to the point that I can’t work… This will never turn out… God I hate my life, I don’t know how I’m going to do this…