My Trans World



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"Image Credit: Carol Rossetti

When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, she had no idea how popular they would become. 

Thousands of shares throughout the world later, the appeal of Rosetti’s work is clear. Much like the street art phenomenon Stop Telling Women To Smile, Rossetti’s empowering images are the kind you want to post on every street corner, as both a reminder and affirmation of women’s bodily autonomy. 

"It has always bothered me, the world’s attempts to control women’s bodies, behavior and identities," Rossetti told Mic via email. "It’s a kind of oppression so deeply entangled in our culture that most people don’t even see it’s there, and how cruel it can be."

Rossetti’s illustrations touch upon an impressive range of intersectional topics, including LGBTQ identity, body image, ageism, racism, sexism and ableism. Some characters are based on the experiences of friends or her own life, while others draw inspiration from the stories many women have shared across the Internet. 

"I see those situations I portray every day," she wrote. "I lived some of them myself."

Despite quickly garnering thousands of enthusiastic comments and shares on Facebook, the project started as something personal — so personal, in fact, that Rossetti is still figuring out what to call it. For now, the images reside in albums simply titled “WOMEN in english!" or "Mujeres en español!" which is fitting: Rossetti’s illustrations encompass a vast set of experiences that together create a powerful picture of both women’s identity and oppression.

One of the most interesting aspects of the project is the way it has struck such a global chord. Rossetti originally wrote the text of the illustrations in Portuguese, and then worked with an Australian woman to translate them to English. A group of Israeli feminists also took it upon themselves to create versions of the illustrations in Hebrew. Now, more people have reached out to Rossetti through Facebook and offered to translate her work into even more languages. Next on the docket? Spanish, Russian, German and Lithuanian.

It’s an inspiring show of global solidarity, but the message of Rossetti’s art is clear in any language. Above all, her images celebrate being true to oneself, respecting others and questioning what society tells us is acceptable or beautiful.

"I can’t change the world by myself," Rossetti said. "But I’d love to know that my work made people review their privileges and be more open to understanding and respecting one another."

From the site: All images courtesy Carol Rossetti and used with permission. You can find more illustrations, as well as more languages, on her Facebook page.

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This gave me tears in my eyes, it’s so beautiful

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DEBI JACKSON, MOTHER OF TRANSGENDER CHILD, GIVES MOVING SPEECH

The best part of the video may be when Jackson addresses the comments she’s heard about her daughter and sets the record straight about statements like you “wanted a girl so you turned your child into one” and “kids have no idea what they want or who they are — my kids wants to be a dog, should I let him?”

So watch the full video to see her answers to those difficult questions here.

Chills down my whole body. This is how parents should react.

Chills too.

oh Jesus, what a loving parent

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Matt transitioned at 24 years old (now 35) and is from Los Angeles, CA.  He has one child who lives with him and was born after his transition.  Matt was featured in a documentary on trans parents and is quoted as saying:

For the most part, people don’t know that I’m trans. I’m just some single guy with a kid. And they don’t know that I’m Blake’s biological mom. and that I’m trans. And they don’t know a lot of stuff because it’s not relevant to our relationship. You know, I don’t ever lie if people ask me, but it doesn’t often come up, cause it’s really private stuff and people in work spaces tend to not talk about the gory details of their private lives.  One of the things about having a kid I didn’t expect was sort of this overwhelming, unconditional, positive regard that you get form people in public. That I had never experienced because I lived most of my life as a lesbian or you know in the queer community and so my interactions with the general public were not always positive. And I think that all of a sudden once I had a kid I was this perfect straight white man who had a kid and um wasn’t that sweet that he’s out – you’re so brave to be out in public with your child. I’m like brave what, who else is going to be out with my kid? I actually have had flight attendants say to me is it just the two of you, oh you’re so brave to be traveling alone, we don’t see men doing that very often. And I’m like how else are we supposed to get anywhere? I’m a single parent. I think that the other thing that’s interesting is whenever there’s a woman within 50 feet of me and I have Blake with me, she’s his mother and I’m the idiot pushing the stroller. Like if ever there is a woman in public with me and Blake is with me and they ask a question about Blake – oh how old is he? – they don’t ask me they ask them, whether she knows the answer or not.  I have no doubt that people’s big problem with me having my own kid was that I had been on hormones before I quit and got pregnant. I think that there are still people who think that I was on hormones when I got pregnant, which I was not. There are people who think I took hormones during my pregnancy, which I did not. But it’s really clear to me that those are people who haven’t bothered to ask me.

transsuccess:

Matt transitioned at 24 years old (now 35) and is from Los Angeles, CA.  He has one child who lives with him and was born after his transition.  Matt was featured in a documentary on trans parents and is quoted as saying:

For the most part, people don’t know that I’m trans. I’m just some single guy with a kid. And they don’t know that I’m Blake’s biological mom. and that I’m trans. And they don’t know a lot of stuff because it’s not relevant to our relationship. You know, I don’t ever lie if people ask me, but it doesn’t often come up, cause it’s really private stuff and people in work spaces tend to not talk about the gory details of their private lives.  One of the things about having a kid I didn’t expect was sort of this overwhelming, unconditional, positive regard that you get form people in public. That I had never experienced because I lived most of my life as a lesbian or you know in the queer community and so my interactions with the general public were not always positive. And I think that all of a sudden once I had a kid I was this perfect straight white man who had a kid and um wasn’t that sweet that he’s out – you’re so brave to be out in public with your child. I’m like brave what, who else is going to be out with my kid? I actually have had flight attendants say to me is it just the two of you, oh you’re so brave to be traveling alone, we don’t see men doing that very often. And I’m like how else are we supposed to get anywhere? I’m a single parent. I think that the other thing that’s interesting is whenever there’s a woman within 50 feet of me and I have Blake with me, she’s his mother and I’m the idiot pushing the stroller. Like if ever there is a woman in public with me and Blake is with me and they ask a question about Blake – oh how old is he? – they don’t ask me they ask them, whether she knows the answer or not.  I have no doubt that people’s big problem with me having my own kid was that I had been on hormones before I quit and got pregnant. I think that there are still people who think that I was on hormones when I got pregnant, which I was not. There are people who think I took hormones during my pregnancy, which I did not. But it’s really clear to me that those are people who haven’t bothered to ask me.