Rocker Laura Jane Grace, who made news when she came out as transgender in a Rolling Stone interview in early 2012, has regrouped with her band, Against Me! and put together the group’s most cohesive release to date. The record, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, just over 29 minutes long, is stunningly consistent, and the band sounds reinvigorated. Front woman Grace, despite her reputation for writing brutally honest and often political lyrics, in the past simply hinted at transgender-specific themes. This is no longer the case, and on Transgender Dysphoria Blues, she seems to pour herself into the record, leading the band through 10 tracks of pain and personal growth, holding nothing back in the process.
For many trans people, the lyrics will hit close to home. For everyone else, the record serves as a brief glimpse into the oft-tortured mind of someone living with gender dysphoria. Transgender Dysphoria Blues will be released January 21 and can be pre-ordered here. Stream the entire record here.
This is for those who grieve,
Who cry for the body
They should have been given
But fate has denied them.
This’s for those who suffer
From crippling dysphoria,
For whom their reflections
Are more than they can bear.
This for those who’ve lost
Their friends, their…
Transgender Stories Blog/ Project.
This blog has been up for a few months now, and there’s still lots of room for more contributions - so I thought I’d explain more about the project for anyone thinking about getting involved.
The idea is to give other transgender people hope for their own future, and possibly eliminate some fears they have about transitioning.
A lot of people think that they’ll never be able to live a ‘normal’ life if they go through with transitioning. So the aim is to show them that positive things can come out of it, and that it is possible to live happily and comfortably, if you do decide to transition.
Anyone can contribute, stealth or not. You don’t have to provide pictures of yourself, or pictures at all. The purpose of the pictures are to show that everyone is different. But, if you feel uncomfortable showing your face, you can take pictures of your interests, scars you have, drawings, makeup, anything you like. Or, I can find some pictures for you.
There are 6 questions to answer, you can talk as much or as little as you want, if you feel uncomfortable with one of the questions - just leave it out. These are the questions:
When did you realise you were trans?
How did you come out & what was your response?
What are some of the difficulties you’ve faced with being trans?
What are some of the highlights?
How do you cope with dysphoria?
Do you have any advice for other trans people?
So, if you want to get involved, send me an inbox with your email (so I can send you the info) - either on this blog, or on the transgender-stories blog.
I have not felt very positively about my body lately, but tonight was different, so I decided to take and post some photos.
[Click the link above to check them out - 18+ only].
I mean, I realise that dysphoria differs from person to person - with varying definitions, triggers, etc. However, lately I have been seeing a lot of trans* folks - specifically white trans* guys - use it in an attempt to excuse problematic and even hostile behaviour of sorts.
(The same thing goes for triggers in general, actually.)
If anyone has been privy to this sort of behaviour in the community and/or a relationship, friendship, etc. would you care to share your experience(s)?
Anon is on. Thank you, folks.
Are you feeling dysphoric, insecure, depressed, and/or anxious? Do you need a place to vent but feel you don’t have anywhere to go? The Thoughts Room is a website that allows you to get your feelings out and type everything you need to say. Get out your insecurities, your negative feelings, everything you need to say and watch your words crash away and disappear. The calming music also helps soothe anxieties as you vent. It may not make everything all better, but it certainly seems like an effective tool for self-soothing, venting, and calming down.
SUBMISSION RESPONSES: Dysphoria & Personal Identity
In response to the ask located here: http://projectqueer.tumblr.com/post/13181341385/is-there-such-a-thing-as-identifying-as-the-gender-you
- Anonymous asked: To the other anon - it’s entirely possibly and I’ve been through three therapists in order to try and find some kind of reason for my dysphoria. I identify as female and physically I am a female, but my entire life I have felt like that’s just not it. Recently it’s been suggested that I’m agendered, and my female identity comes largely from having grown up being *told* that female is what I am. Try and seek out a therapist or speak to your GP about a referral for one, you’re not alone! <3
- Anonymous asked: i think i have similar feelings as that anon. i’ve always identified as the gender i was born into but have always wondered about being of the opposite sex as well. to the extent that if i were in a sexual relationship i think i would be very interested in the use of a harness. but i’ve never known what to call it. i almost assumed it was a natural curiosity until i got shamed about it in conversation.
- v3ga5 asked: I sort of understand anon, i think. I was both male, and i love being a male… but i would love to have a female’s body :s i don’t know how to explain it
Thank you so much for sharing your personal stories and ideas for the anon who inquired about their personal identity. Let’s keep this discussion open.
If you would like to share YOUR personal story or advice relating to this issue, please do so, and I will add it here.
Riley (PQ creator/editor)
(TRIGGER WARNING: discussion of dysphoria due to menstruation, personal body-shame)
NOTE: My last trans* update discussed my dysphoria in general.
The trans* update linked above shall be dedicated to one topic in particular that causes me a great deal of dysphoria.