November 20 was Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Science has discovered that by turning off one single gene, the ovaries of mice turned into testes. If this is something they can eventually use in/with/for humans as well it would pave the way for easier gender reassignment than the surgeries that are now needed. Read the article here.
About gender identity, how about identifying as Fabulous? 🙂
In an interview, Project Runway’s Tim Gunn recently came out as asexual, sort of. He doesn’t seem to fully see it as an/his orientation, but it is nice to have an asexual famous face. Quotes from the interview he did to be found here.
“In my twenties, I was madly in love with the same man for almost a decade. It was fabulous. [Then] one night he told me he’d been sleeping around. I could hardly breathe from grief, humiliation and despair. Much of my boyfriend’s “I’m over this” was about sex. I’ve always been kind of asexual. That breakup was a cold shower to last a lifetime.”
“When people hear I haven’t had a boyfriend since 1982, they often whisper, “Does he not have sex?” That’s right! Could I get Psychiatric help? Probably. It’s a little late.”
He’s also written a book, Gunn’s Golden Rules, which Gray Lady reviews here. Here’s another quote, this one from his book. I’m getting really curious about it now, I might have to go and read it.
“Sometimes people ask me when I figured out that I was gay. Well, for a very long time, I didn’t know what I was. I knew what I wasn’t: I wasn’t interested in boys, but I really wasn’t interested in girls. A lot of it was denial, but it was also that I didn’t feel unsatisfied. I’ve always loved working and have made that my priority. For many years, I described myself as asexual, and that’s probably still closest to the truth.”
Some videos to end with:
When Did You Choose To Be Straight?
The Trevor Project has been making a lot of It Gets Better videos as shout outs to LGBTQ youth who are getting bullied and harassed on a daily basis, to let them know that it will get better. Pixar has made a heartwarming video of their employees talking about their struggles, and how it does get better.