Wall Street Journal: Data Scientists Grapple With How to Ask, ‘What’s Your Gender?’

Wall Street Journal: Data Scientists Grapple With How to Ask, ‘What’s Your Gender?’. “Adults under age 30 are especially likely to say they’re transgender—as high as 3-5% in recent surveys from Gallup Inc. and the Pew Research Center. But with many surveys only giving the options of male or female, such individuals might answer incorrectly, or not at all. That means the data might be inaccurate, and those individuals’ needs go underserved.”

Resources for Resilience: Introducing the Digital Transgender Archive and the Homosaurus (UC Irvine School of Humanities)

UC Irvine School of Humanities: Resources for Resilience: Introducing the Digital Transgender Archive and the Homosaurus. “The Digital Transgender Archive (DTA) is an open-access, primary source digital archive that [Dr. K.J.] Rawson created to address the barriers that researchers face when conducting historical research on transgender topics. This presentation will discuss those barriers and the new possibilities for historical discovery that digital archives like DTA can open up for researchers.”

Erasing 76 Crimes: Activists launch website to document trans and intersex African history

Erasing 76 Crimes: Activists launch website to document trans and intersex African history. “A group of activists has launched an initiative to document and preserve the history of trans and intersex Africans and their struggle for equal rights. The web site Trans and Intersex History Africa is a labor of love for the four principal curators, who come from South Africa and Uganda.”

WIRED: Trans Researchers Want Google Scholar to Stop Deadnaming Them

WIRED: Trans Researchers Want Google Scholar to Stop Deadnaming Them. “[Tess] Tanenbaum is one of many academics that have urged Google in recent years to give people more agency over how their names appear on its service. She and other critics of Google Scholar say it subjects trans academics and researchers to deadnaming, the unwelcome and even traumatic mention of a transgender person’s name from before they transitioned.”

Belfast Telegraph: Queer today, but what about yesterday?

Belfast Telegraph: Queer today, but what about yesterday?. “This LGBT+ History Month, Damian Kerlin chats with those leading LGBT+ organisations and their volunteers behind their History Project NI which maps out key pivotal moments in Northern Ireland’s queer history, the key movers and shakers who pioneered for change, the strides made and how monumental shifts in history has opened the door for further equality today.”

Bob FM: Fashion Nova’s Huge Contribution To Support Black Trans Femme Artists

Bob FM: Fashion Nova’s Huge Contribution To Support Black Trans Femme Artists. “Black Trans Femme Artists (BTFA) collective, a community-based organization, revolves around art production and preservation by Black trans nonbinary femmes and Black trans women. It provides them the support and resources they need to thrive. This organization received donations to the tune of $25,000 from Fashion Nova’s Women on Top.” According to this article, a database of Black Trans Femme artists around the world will soon be launched by this organization.

Fermilab: Scientific publishing organizations and national laboratories partner on transgender-inclusive name-change process for published papers

Fermilab: Scientific publishing organizations and national laboratories partner on transgender-inclusive name-change process for published papers. “All 17 U.S. national laboratories and many prominent publishers, journals and other organizations in scientific publishing announced today the beginning of a partnership to support name change requests from researchers on past published papers. Previously, individual researchers shouldered the burden, administratively and emotionally, of initiating name-change requests with each publisher of their past papers…. This partnership streamlines these previously ad hoc processes and offers an official validation mechanism to all involved by enabling researchers to ask their respective institutions to pursue name changes on their behalf directly with the publishers and journals.”

BuzzFeed News: Six Trans People Talk About Their Pandemic Bodies

BuzzFeed News: Six Trans People Talk About Their Pandemic Bodies. “That said, not everyone is experiencing positive or affirming changes to their gender because of the conditions created by the pandemic, especially those who feel most affirmed within their communities. Still, many people are taking time to think more deeply about their gender and how it plays out in the world at large, whether that means not shaving for a prolonged period of time, choosing different clothing, or adjusting their pronouns in their Zoom window. I opened my inbox to people who are experiencing changes in their gender during the pandemic. Here are a few of their stories.”

PinkNews: Queer Black students are being failed by universities. This non-binary academic has a plan to change that

PinkNews: Queer Black students are being failed by universities. This non-binary academic has a plan to change that . “Queer Black students are being failed by UK universities, says Melz Owusu, who has a plan to decolonise the system. Owusu, a 25-year-old decolonial theorist and activist about to embark on a PhD at Cambridge, is the architect of the Free Black University, a plan to ‘redistribute knowledge’ among Black students with the needs of those who are also queer and trans at its very heart.”

Washington Post: Pennsylvania governor blasts ‘vile acts’ against transgender official leading pandemic response

Washington Post: Pennsylvania governor blasts ‘vile acts’ against transgender official leading pandemic response. “The man sitting in a Pennsylvania carnival’s dunk tank at a fundraiser last weekend was going for a Marilyn Monroe look, he said, styling himself in a floral print dress and a long blond wig. But on social media, the organizers of the Bloomsburg, Pa., event said he resembled a more local public figure: Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine, an openly transgender woman who has risen to prominence in recent months leading the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.”

SF Bay Times: FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL of Transgender & Queer Performance Goes Online!

SF Bay Times: FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL of Transgender & Queer Performance Goes Online!. “June 18–27, the 19th annual festival of transgender and queer performance comes into your home—offering five programs of dance, theater, and live music. All programs will be viewable on Vimeo, and all programs will be Closed Captioned for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing audiences…. What can audiences expect? Jaw-dropping vogue, gender-bending boy bands, transgender opera, sizzling hip-hop, gay ballroom stars, queer bomba dance & music, wordsmith poets, disabled dance pioneers, gravity-defying trapeze and more will take center stage at the 2020 FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL.” The festival is free.

Dear Queerantine: A Virtual Archive For Queer Stories (Curve)

Curve: Dear Queerantine: A Virtual Archive For Queer Stories. “Dear Queerantine is a digital writing project for women & non-binary/trans people who are queer, questioning, or curious, however we self-identify (or don’t). Our goal is to crowdsource stories from around the world through writing prompts on our website. Anyone who writes a letter receives one from someone else in the community. Everyone can read excerpts on our Instagram and newsletter. Here’s the thing. Desire is complicated. We can’t be what we can’t see, and it’s hard to express what we don’t know we can feel. By writing, you make it easier for other people not just to share their story, but to let themselves feel in the first place. We hope that you’ll be moved and inspired by others in turn, as we’ve been.”