Post Tagged with: "gender"

Photo Credit: Clare Masson
Books / Culture

How Does your Library Stack up?

I loved sorting our books as a joint activity. It was really insightful to hear how my daughter determined whether characters were boys or girls.

I Love Rock and Roll
Family / Kids / Parenting

I Love Rock and Roll

I once overheard her say to her brother, “I just want to be a different kind of girl.”

The Beauty in Difference
Identity / Life

The Beauty in Difference

It is not easy to be visibly queer in a space that is not. My short-cropped hair and my androgynous style are often out of place where long hair and dresses are common.

Lee Free, Charmin Ultra, and Mor Erlich, of Sez Me. [PHOTO CREDIT: MOR ERLICH]
Culture / Media

TGIF Video: Sez Me!

My kids watch stuff on screens, as do many, many kids. Before I was a parent, I was convinced they never would – you know, because they’d be busy doing macramé, carving quill pens out of bird feathers we’d have found on a hike, writing poetry in iambic pentameter, and […]

Book Review |  Chasing Rainbows: Exploring Gender Fluid Parenting Practices
Books / Culture / Family / Kids

Book Review | Chasing Rainbows: Exploring Gender Fluid Parenting Practices

Chasing Rainbows: Exploring Gender Fluid Parenting Practices (Fiona J. Green and May Friedman, eds. Demeter Press, 2013) was a thoroughly enjoyable book, featuring a mix of articles ranging from academic studies to personal reflections on parenting practices surrounding gender self-determination. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that it also […]

Combatting gender stereotypes
Family / Kids / Parenting

Combatting gender stereotypes

I’ve written a bit about my desire to temper some of the stronger (more ridiculous) messages about gender to allow my son to understand how he relates to gender on his own. My main goal is to encourage him to be exactly who he is. The truth is I don’t […]

Never Forget the Nail Polish: Queering Up the Costume Asile
Culture / Kids

Never Forget the Nail Polish: Queering Up the Costume Asile

Before I even knew that transition was a thing, when I was but a wee queer, my best friend* lived across the street. He and his sister had more or less free rein of their basement. There were a lot of Legos, and a lot of discarded wedding and prom […]

Girls will be girls, unless they are not
Culture / Kids

Girls will be girls, unless they are not

Dana Delgardo is a Family Nurse Practitioner, and a gender variant who has lived life as a gender non-conformist; identifying her birth sex as female and gender variant. Dana is a parent of two, a nurse practitioner, a Captain in flight medicine in the US Air Force Reserve for over […]

Me, out as trans to my friends but not really my family.
Life

VQ Comes Out: Third time’s the charm

Next up for VQ Comes Out – our series of  coming out stories in honor of National Coming Out Day and LGBT History month – is Dylan’s story.  Like C.J.’s this morning, Dylan’s coming out story has included multiple layers and several iterations.  One interesting difference? Dylan’s parents had a point where they hoped […]

Adventures in heteronormativity
Family / Identity / Parenting

Adventures in heteronormativity

Picture the scene, if you will. I come home from work and Little Bear dashes over and clambers into my lap with a book to read. It’s one of those word flap books where each room is a room in a hypothetical house, you lift a flap and the word […]