People assume that I was in the closet because I didn’t disclose that I was assigned male at birth. What people are really asking is ‘Why didn’t you correct people when they perceived you as a real woman?’ Frankly, I’m not responsible for other people’s perceptions and what they consider real or fake. We must abolish the entitlement that deludes us into believing we have the right to make assumptions about people’s identities and project those assumptions onto their gender and bodies.Janet Mock, Redefining Realness. (via queerbookclub)
It is not a woman’s duty to disclose she’s trans to every person she meets. This is not safe for a myriad of reasons. We must shift the burden of coming out from trans women, and accusing them of hiding or lying, and focus on why it is unsafe for women to be trans.
LGBTI People Face Harsh Laws In Both Free and Unfree Countries | Margaret Marshall for Freedom House (via gaywrites)
Laws that criminalize the LGBTI community still exist in 76 countries, and several states are moving in the wrong direction, enacting even harsher restrictions. Meanwhile, efforts to legalize the status of transgender people and ensure their access to public services are making almost no headway outside of the few (no more than 20) countries that have adopted favorable laws. In nearly all cases, the problematic countries conflate transgender and intersex people with gay people, failing to distinguish between gender identity and sexual orientation.
Democratic governments and activists around the world face a difficult challenge in fighting for the human rights of LGBTI people in authoritarian states, where most citizens are denied their basic rights, and gay and transgender people are particularly vulnerable. Nevertheless, supporters of LGBTI rights should not overlook the democracies that continue to exclude some of their citizens from the equal protection of the law.