TransCuba: Photographer Mariette Pathy Allen Explores a Hidden Havana Subculture

For more than 30 years, New York based photographer and painter Mariette Pathy Allenhas been documenting transgender culture worldwide; in 2004 she won the Lambda Literary Award for her monograph The Gender Frontier. In her new publication, TransCuba, Allen focuses on the transgender community of Cuba, especially its growing visibility and acceptance in a country whose government is transitioning into a more relaxed model of communism under Raúl Castro’s presidency.
An excerpt from Mariela Castro Espin, who is the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education in Havana, is included in the book: “We dedicate this day to families because we want families to be conscious of their great social responsibility, so that all of our families, all of the people with the great social responsibility of being a parent, realize that their can’t be any form of discrimination in the family, discrimination based in the prejudice that we’ve inherited from dominant societies.”

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Book suggestion Dorothy Koomson

Book suggestion Dorothy Koomson - Rose Petal beach. Genre, fiction.

Its a banning book, she’s a banging author. I believe she’s black also and the main character in this book is a lesbian.



WATCH: The Official Trailer for “Assigned Sex,” a controversial story about gender and culture in America through the eyes of transgender people of color. MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OCTOBER 16! 



I used to spend a lot of time wishing I was thinner or lighter or manlier or sober-er but these days I just don’t have it in me. I mean, raccoons don’t waste time wishing they were lemurs, right?


Black Queer Mermaids


Black Queer Mermaids

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This weekend was pretty fucking awesome


Thoughts on being a queer, poly, POC.


For me, it’s been hard to be a poly queer poc. Seems to be more socially acceptable to be poly if you are white. It feels to me that it has something to do with the privilege of not having to represent their entire race and therefore an allowance to be seen as doing something deviant.

For me it has been difficult to find poc who are interested in me who are ok with me being poly. I have definitely found more acceptance with queers. Straight cis men of color seem down to hook up but not date. Queer cis woc seems super skeptical, because I am interested in hooking and being with other genders, as if I just want to use them. White poly people seem to just think is it natural to be poly and sometimes act glad to have met an “enlightened” poc. Color blindness bs and what not, which makes me not want to date them! All of this seems to me to be very tied in with social norms, privilege, tradition. As PoC we fight not only the violation of what is seen as normal, but also the perception that as a POC we already are a violation of the norm and our struggle to appear normal (aka, human)

Then there are the struggles of poly in and of themselves. There are 4 models of poly I know of. This site explains them rather well. I tend to stay away from people who do hierarchical relationships, aka Primary/secondary, bc I have no interest in having a relationship with someone who would see a relationship as disposable, be it with me or with someone else. This has been specially true to me for people who are married. The married couple is seen as the top priority, with the needs of the rest of everyone else constantly being put on the back burner and even ignored. Even if the needs of the Primary are not as urgent or even could accommodate the needs of the Secondary. For example, wanting to have dinner with your honey, but only being allowed to if the Primary has alternate plans that came naturally(like they are out of town or they have a friend from out of town they want to spend some time alone with, etc. And yes, I said allowed.

Anyway, I feel like I am going off tangent, so I am gonna quit here. For me it is hard, for me not something I can’t be without denying a part of myself, so it is worth it.

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Coming Out Simulator 2014 - a half-true game about half-truths

Coming Out Simulator is exactly what it says it is. It’s a free-to-play conversation simulator based on/inspired by the personal story of coming out of its creator, Nicky Case.

There’s no easy answer in Coming Out Simulator, no optimal ending to be achieved if you collect the requisite amount of points. Case based the game off a pivotal moment in his own life as a teenager. And just like in real life, the moment of “coming out” in this game is traumatic no matter which way the player chooses to approach it.

Ultimately, it’s liberating as well. But that’s not what the brunt of the experience playing Coming Out Simulator is actually like. […] There’s power in exploring a fantasy like the one in Mass Effect 3, but there’s also power in being reminded that “coming out” the way one does in that game is a fantasy, and a pretty far-fetched one for many people who faced far more difficult challenges when they actually came out.

Coming Out Simulator is a game about that second experience. It’s a painful one. But it’s also a necessary one, that I think more people who’ve never had to struggle with their own sexual identity should see for themselves. 

this game made me cry omfg

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[Leeds UK]: Earlier today (25 July), Edwards was detained after a routine sign-in at Water Side Court in Leeds, north-east England.

His family say he was given no warning and no indication to him or his family that he would be detained.

Orashia Edwards who is bisexual lost his asylum case earlier this month and is now threatened with immediate deportation to Jamaica West Indies… His family say Edwards was suicidal after losing the legal case, and his mental health has worsened considerably over the past few weeks. ‘They’re refusing to tell me where my son is. Something has changed. I am very, very terrified,’ a tearful Brown told GSN on the phone. 

After he lost his legal battle, he said he would ‘prefer to be a dead man than get on a flight to die. I have nowhere to go’.

Leeds for Change, an organization campaigning on behalf of LGBTI asylum seekers, successfully got a flight cancelled that was meant to deport Edwards last January.  The group alleges the Home Office decision behind who is granted asylum have been prejudiced.

Some activists also say the Home Office finds it difficult to grant bisexual people asylum, saying there is an attitude that they could ‘pass’ in their home country.

  • No Borders Leeds - Orashia was detained again for the 3rd time this morning as he went to sign on in Waterside. His most recent appeal was denied yesterday yet nobody was informed until today, again leaving little or no time for Orashia, his family or his legal team time to prepare. Please help inform others and pass on this latest news. Thank you
  • Petitioning Teresa May, Home Secretary; Ed Miliband, Labour Party; Nick Clegg, Lib Dems Don’t Deport Orashia SIGN PETITION HERE
  • The Home Office are really feeling pressure from support & publicity around Orashia’s campaign. Please keep the pressure on. Write to your MP using this template letter and send it to your MP here. More contact details on this page.
  • Please donate to his legal fund here. Orashia’s family are working every hour possible to raise funds which have already cost over £2000 so far. All of Orashia’s legal team are working pro bono :) so the costs are just covering his court fees.

Thank you so much for all the support so far

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