News and items of interest (July 11, 2019)

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Here’s some of the news and items of interest from the past ten days. Please share anything that caught your eye.

NOTE: There’s no news with a content warning this time because I was having an emotional few days myself. Everyone needs a break from the news sometimes.

Items about or affecting trans, nonbinary and intersex people

The second annual Trans Pride Dublin was last Saturday. It was an incredibly successful and well-organized protest event attended by over 1,000 trans people and allies. With eloquent and moving speeches at the rally and conclusion and a lively march through the city, this was a protest because that’s what we need.

Scientific American delves into the science of sexual characteristics in a brilliant article titled “Stop Using Phony Science to Justify Transphobia“. Spread this one far and wide. The science is complex but it’s well explained and the quote that they put in bold is a perfect summary: the science is clear and conclusive: sex is not binary, transgender people are real.

Scottish politician Mhairi Black spoke out strongly against the arguments against trans people using self identification. More allies like this, please! (Trigger warning for the r-word; the video doesn’t specifically talk about that topic, but the word is used)

Finding the U.K.’s Gender Recognition Act confusing? Here’s a well-written FAQ about it.

The New York Times profiled some transgender opera singers. I have to admit that I haven’t read the whole thing yet, but it seems like a great piece, with well-informed writing.

Items about or affecting people with disabilities

The creator of the Netflix series Special, Ryan O’Connell, was interviewed on RuPaul’s new show. He talks about cerebral palsy, how it’s different for everyone, and how he channeled his experiences into his book and show. And if you haven’t watched Special yet, definitely give it a watch. It’s very honest and funny.

In a challenging (and familiar) moment of doubt about her future, Emily Linka on twitter asked for people with disabilities who are in happy, loving relationships to share a snapshot of their lives. She got over 2,000 replies and it’s really a beautiful thread.

I’d never heard of the energy accounting method for teaching self-regulation skills to children and adults with autism. It is really interesting — and it feels very applicable to my own physical disabilities and neurodivergence. Honestly, I think it could work for a lot of people who don’t consider themselves to have any disability or neurodivergence.

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