People who identify under the genderqueer umbrella often have difficulty finding community, learning about different forms of gender diversity, and accessing legal and medical resources. What’s more, their friends and families often have a lot of questions about gender that can be frustrating and tedious to answer again and again. In this post, I’ll share some online resources created by and geared towards folks who identify as some flavor of genderqueer.
Gendered Intelligence is a UK-based organization with the mission to provide arts programming and support groups for transgender youth and deliver workshops on gender identity at schools and other settings. The trans youth group meets twice a month in London and offers travel reimbursement. There have been a few conferences, but since the last one was in 2011, it’s unclear if there will be more in future.
For those outside London, the website is still worth a look—there are resources for trans youth (and adults), family, and professionals. The “projects” tab has a list of arts projects, most of which have a link to an outside website. I was particularly intrigued by GI’s Anatomy, a life drawing project focusing on the medicalization of transgender and intersex bodies. In addition, there are several tabs with resources, including legal and medical information, coming out guides, information on responding to bullying and transphobia, guides for family members, and an online discussion group for parents of trans children.
Genderqueer Identities is a comprehensive website with the mission to “provide awareness, information, and resources for genderqueer, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people and their allies” (Marilyn Roxie). Besides tabs-a-plenty, the site also features regular blog posts on the home page (that apparently move into the appropriate tab for findability). As of this writing, the top blog post is a HUGE list of links and books.
Tabs include a fantastic FAQ, a history of the term genderqueer, a terminology list with definitions of various identities under the genderqueer umbrella, a health page with information about the 2011 WPATH Standards of Care, academic research links, information about the site creator, and links to other genderqueer blogs and websites. Many tabs have not been updated in some time, but the homepage always has the most recent posts, and most resources listed are still highly relevant. This site is complex and has a lot of information and resources, and it’s organized well.
Life Outside the Binary is a Tumblr (microblog) support network for nonbinary folks and allies. Administrator Newt and moderators Micah and Sean/Jess post language resources, medical and legal information, coming out resources, comics and images about identity, stories, advice, and art.
Under the links tab there is a wealth of resources, including a glossary, information for friends/family to understand and better support their nonbinary loved one, a question form, and a resource page with other blogs, organizations, and helpful links.
Neutrois Nonsense is a blog documenting the social, medical, and surgical transition of a neutrois-identified person. Posts are thoughtful, interesting, honest, and generally have images. It’s a great resource for anyone considering transitioning in any way. (Important note: not everybody wants to transition or has the ability to. This is just one person’s experience.)
Tabs on the left are tags, if a reader wants to explore all posts about a specific topic. The horizontal tabs at the top include an about page, transition history, resource links, resource articles, advocacy and press information, and a question form.
Practical Androgyny is a site dedicated to practical resources for folks who feel uncomfortable in the binary gender system. According to Nat, the editor: “This site does not focus on the details of identity but on the practical aspects of living with, or obtaining, an appearance that defies gender classification.”
Posts include advice on attaining an ambiguous speaking or singing voice, examples of inclusive language, information about Census data and inclusive documentation, and critique of media representations. The blog is infrequently updated, but has an ambitious goal of covering the following subjects: gendered spaces (changing rooms, bathrooms, etc.), identity and documentation (forms, social networks, etc.), language and pronouns, physical changes (hair, hormones, surgery), and presentation (packing, binding, tucking, body language, etc.). Even if these future posts don’t materialize, though, the current posts are thought-provoking, and there’s a great blog roll and other resources.
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These are by no means an exhaustive list! In fact, if you explore these sites, you can find further resources under blog rolls, resource tabs, and links sections. Internet research can be tricky, since anybody can create a site, and that includes people who do not have your best interests in mind. You’ll no doubt stumble on hateful sites full of misinformation and bigotry. Luckily, though, there is strong community and plenty of interesting and useful sites. It’s important to note, though, that nobody speaks for all members of a community. We’re all unique and special, with our own experiences and opinions!
One strategy for finding resources is (as I already mentioned) to mine sites you already know and trust for related sites. Another strategy is to do a search on a specific platform, such as Tumblr or LiveJournal. Finally, you can do a broader search from your favorite search engine. Potential keywords could be identity words (genderqueer, non-binary, gender identity, transgender, neutrois, androgyny, etc.) paired with the type of resource you seek (community, history, forum, advocacy, legal, health). Good luck, and be sure to share any excellent resources here!