Insensitive language used in a recent episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race has enraged the trans community.

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The High Court in Australia this week ruled in favor of Norrie, a Sydney resident who identifies as neither male nor female.

The Court’s unanimous decision is that the New South Wales law does allow for a nonbinary or non-specific gender marker, though in its current state, it will only apply to people who have had gender confirmation surgery. The government is still considering the ruling and its legal implications, while the ACT has already passed a law recognizing a “third category of sex.”

Here’s a little more background: 

The case began in 2010 when Norrie applied for a name change and to be registered as being of non-specific sex.

The registrar at first agreed, but that recognition was revoked, with the registrar arguing it was beyond the power of the law to recognise options other than male or female.

Norrie went on to challenge the decision and last year the NSW Court of Appeal found the existing law could recognise additional options.

The registrar turned to the High Court in an attempt to have that decision overturned, but today the court dismissed the appeal.

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report from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey conducted by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality, found that transgender people faced double the rate of unemployment of the general population, with 63 percent of the transgender people surveyed reporting they experienced a serious act of discrimination that majorly affected their ability to sustain themselves. These numbers are even worse for trans people of color, especially trans women of color, the deaths of whom have been deemed a “state of emergency.” 

Trans women have been saddled with the responsibility of taking on trans-exclusionary feminists for far too long—but it’s not their issue to deal with alone. 

Read: It’s Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women by Tina Vasquez at BitchMedia.org.  Type illustrations by Michelle Leigh

Damn right

I really thought this article would have comments that would be safe to read. I don’t know why I didn’t think that through.

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Femininity in general is seen as frivolous. People often say feminine people are doing “the most”, meaning that to don a dress, heels, lipstick, and big hair is artifice, fake, and a distraction. But I knew even as a teenager that my femininity was more than just adornments; they were extensions of me, enabling me to express myself and my identity. My body, my clothes, and my makeup are on purpose, just as I am on purpose.

— Janet Mock, Redefining Realness (via alisonroseishere)

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