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.
- Never wear a binder so tight that you have a hard time breathing in it.
- Never wear a binder or binding device that doesn’t have a form of elastic within the fibers. Your binder must allow you to breathe in and out without any trouble.
- Never wear a binder for more than 12 hours in a single day. Optimum wearing time is between 8 to 10 hours, and less is always better. Bind as little as you can stand to.
- Never wear a binder when you sleep. Your breathing slows when you sleep and your muscles relax. The binder could become too tight and cause apnea symptoms (you could stop breathing in your sleep) and could cause fluid to build up, resulting in a form of pneumonia.
- If you hear a rattling or wheezing in your lungs when you breathe in or out, take off your binder NOW and cough hard a few times to loosen up fluid. This means you have been wearing your binder too long or too tight.
- If you continue to hear rattling of fluid in your lungs for more than 24 hours, see your doctor. Do not ignore this; you could be heading toward pneumonia.
- Always cough hard a few times when you take off your binder for the day. This will loosen any fluid that has built up in your lungs or the pleura of your lungs. Be sure to follow with a few deep breathing exercises to open the lungs.
- If your muscles under your binder twitch or spasm, take off your binder and give them a rest. Muscle spasms are likely due to a diet poor in magnesium. Many people using testosterone have reported muscle spasm problems, which are helped with a good magnesium supplement. Always consult your doctor before starting any supplement!
- In the long term (over months and years), binding can make the breast tissue less dense, which causes the breasts to sag/droop. This may or may not bother you, but it’s something to be aware of. It is permanent. The less dense the breast tissue is, though, the less it will resist and try to stick out when you bind.
- Buy a binder that compresses the breasts just enough to hide them, but does not compress your rib cage.
Saw someone asking about sleeping while binding, so looked around for this, and figured I’d post it here also.
if you’re really doing this just to be more ‘like a man’ then you’re an idiot. transitioning isn’t supposed to be about altering everything about yourself to live up to every stereotype to fit in to a gender role. it’s meant to be about being yourself. if you think you need to change yourself for the worse to be a man you need to grow up and think about what you’re actually doing with your life.
and what’s wrong with people thinking you’re gay anyway? why is that a problem?
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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.
“On September 10th, 2011 three transgender individuals were running a booth at the Trails End Farmers Market in London, Ontario, Canada. These individuals were working for another non-LGBT business owner selling incense and candles. Business was running smoothly throughout the busy day. Later that evening the owner of the booth received a call from the manager at the farmers market telling her that she needed to remove the transgender individuals from her booth or she could take her booth elsewhere. Their justification was that this was a family-friendly business and they didn’t want that sort of ‘population’ in their establishment and that they made people uncomfortable (the manager did not provide proof of these claims when asked repeatedly). Sign this petition to tell the Trails End Farmers Market that we live in a diverse society and that it is discriminatory to forbid certain individuals from running booths in their establishment. Transgender individuals are not ‘unfamily-friendly’ and they were merely selling candles. Feel free to also give them a call or send them mail and tell them you disagree with their practices!
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Please reblog, guys, gals & non-binary folk!
I just wrote a whole ranty post about asexuals and using the word “queer” but then my internet decided to fuck with me and refreshed and I lost everything
summary of argument:
- denying aces access to the community [I guess I can’t call it “queer community” if we aren’t allowed to be queer] on the basis that we have different experiences is shitty because otherwise it would just be the LGB community with no trans* people or intersex people or polyamorous people [etc].
- usually sexual queers who make the “asexuals can’t be queer/aren’t oppressed” argument generally ignore the existence of any asexuals except hetero-romantic aces, who obviously benefit from straight privilege. [sarcasm]
- denying aces the ability to use the word “queer” is also kinda shitty. sexual queers can’t know aces’ experiences, whether the word “queer” has been used against them, and if only people who have been called “queer” maliciously can reclaim the word then that excludes the transgender community [at least in my experience, “queer” isn’t a trans-specific slur; correct me if I’m wrong] so it’s all around a complex/problematic argument.
@ “denying aces access to the community [I guess I can’t call it “queer community” if we aren’t allowed to be queer] on the basis that we have different experiences is shitty because otherwise it would just be the LGB community with no trans* people or intersex people or polyamorous people [etc].”
Actually, much of the LGBT community only acknowledges the LG part as it is. Bis are “indecisive sluts” trans* are “eww gross!” Pans “don’t exist because “there are only two genders” and of course, aces “can’t exist” because “everyone wants sex”. Therefore we (anyone who isn’t LG) must be either lying or mentally/physically ill.
… God, it’s ridiculous.
I’m just a regular guy. All these ideas that children shouldn’t watch me…it’s crazy. For all of those kids and teens out there with gender dysphoria i think it’s going to have a really positive impact. I know that when I was growing up if I had seen someone like me on a show like this it would have made all the difference in the world. People who don’t have gender dysphoria are not going to catch it from watching me dance on television.~
Chaz Bono’s response to Dr. Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and Fox News commentator, who recently wrote that watching Chaz compete on the ABC serie Dancing With The Stars as the first transgender, would be ‘toxic’ for children.
It shouldn’t be allowed for a medical professional to say things like that in the media without pointing out that it is his personal opinion and not based on anything he was ever taught in med school! And he just told all the kids out there who feels they were born in the wrong body that they are toxic!
Fire his ass!