Mashable: The trans meme community on Reddit is about so much more than jokes. “There’s r/asktransgender, dedicated to people’s questions about the community, r/transgender, a subreddit for trans news, and r/transtimelines, where people can document their transitions. These are large and vibrant groups, with followers in the tens of thousands. But for some folks who are just coming out as trans, memes and GIFs — not traditional, location-based support groups or advice-based subreddits — are where they first find community.”
Dazed: The Instagram shining a light on trans masc history and culture. “‘Before I started this research, I could barely think of any historic or pop cultural trans masculine figures,’ admits artist and bookmaker Izzy Kroese, … While individuals like spoken word poet Kai Isaiah Jamal, artist Chella Man, and upcoming model Krow are paving the way for greater visibility, the trans masculine experience and its history are still largely absent from the media.”
Think Progress: Transgender guidance disappears from Office of Personnel Management website. “Under President Obama, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which oversees all federal employees, issued detailed guidance protecting transgender people in the workforce. As of Friday, that guidance has disappeared and been replaced by generic language with no content specific to transgender people.”
Tubefilter: As Pride Month Begins, YouTube Faces Criticism For Allegedly Demonetizing The World “Transgender”. “June 1 marks the start of Pride Month, which in previous years has come with a flurry of pro-LGBTQ+ activity from YouTube. As the 2018 edition of the annual celebration rolls around, however, at least one queer creator is upset with a YouTube over a restriction that seems to be targeting his identity. Chase Ross, whose content often discusses his experience as a transgender man, shared a series of screenshots that show his videos being demonetized for using the words ‘trans’ and ‘transgender.'”
The Verge: Transgender YouTubers had their videos grabbed to train facial recognition software . “Individuals undergoing HRT often document their progress and post the results online, sometimes keeping regular diaries, and sometimes making time-lapse videos of the entire process. ‘I shared my videos because I wanted other trans people to see my transition,’ says Danielle, who posted her transition video on YouTube years ago. ‘These types of transition montages were helpful to me, so I wanted to pay it forward,’ she tells The Verge. The videos also happen to be gold for AI researchers, as each contains dozens of varied, true-to-life photos.” This is appalling.
Mic has assembled a database of information about the murders of transgender people, going back to 2010. “Working with the New York City Anti-Violence Project, transgender advocacy organizations, activists, academics and the loved ones and friends of victims, the Mic journalists gathered a wealth of demographic, multimedia and biographical information that the website has posted online for the world to see.”
In development: a Web site aggregating legal resources for transgender people. From the front page: “Trans Law Help is an online database of trans-positive legal resources for people living in the United States.” It has just started within the last week or so, so it’s not fully fleshed out. The front page does note a Twitter hashtag which is being used as a pointer for new resources before they’re entered into the database.
Now available: a digital archive on transgender issues. “The DTA is designed to increase the accessibility of transgender history by providing an online hub for digitized historical materials, born-digital materials, and information on archival holdings throughout the world….The collection is built by more than 20 different archives and organizations from around the world. Eight are universities including, Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library, Cornell University, Duke University, the University of Victoria, and the University of Michigan.”