Black History Month (US and Canada)

I feel terrible! I’ve been so wrapped up in myself lately, that Black History Month has just flown straight over my head. In the US and Canada, this happens in February, and in the UK and Ireland, it takes place in October. I would love to have on Australia, I just don’t think Australia is ready for that though =/

So for the rest of the month, I am going to make mentions throughout. This post is mainly about how you can support Black History Month, and I will probably repeat it in October. However, for this month, I am going to focus on America’s Black History.

We’re all here to read, learn and create. So I am hoping that you will help me learn throughout this month as well. If you feel I am over stepping my place, please let me know. Just as I am not trans, am I also not a person of colour, so please, let me know if and where I might be going wrong. I want to do this as respectfully as I can.

1. Support Black-Owned Businesses:

2. Learn About Noteworthy Black Figures and Their Contributions:

3. Donate to Charities That Support Anti-Racism Equity and Equality:

4. Purchase, Read, and Share Books by Black Authors:

5. Support and Learn About Black Women:

6. Listen to or Read “The 1619 Project” by the New York Times:

7. Participate in Online Events:

8. Attend Virtual Black History Month Celebrations:

At the moment, the US, is still very much in the COVID pandemic. So the more you/we can do at home, the better.

The creation of the month-long celebration stems back to 1915, when noted historian and scholar Carter G. Woodson created a themed week to honor Black history. In 1976, February was officially recognised as Black History Month, which over time graduated from being nationally celebrated to globally like it is in current day. 

I wanted to start this off with something fun! What could be more fun, than dolls! This for the young ones, or the collectors or the “child at heart”. For boys and girls! But that will be my next post =D

What a beautiful woman, there’s so much beauty in those eyes ❤

Thursday FACTS – Trans gender History (Pt2)

When I left my last post, I was talking about the ancient History of trans gender people and I left off with

Troy-Anthony also told The Hook Up that Aboriginal people suppressed or hid their sexuality as a survival mechanism after Christianisation and colonisation.

I did that on purpose, hehe … I did it, because today what this LONG post is going to be about, is the more modern History to trans gender History. I left it off with that quote, because like a LOT of other groups of people. Christianity and colonisation did a lot of bad things to good people. But included in that, are also the Nazi’s…

The Nazi’s…Are you shocked and surprised?

Before I do that though, I want to apoligise for using the term trans gender people in my previous. Trans gender is actually a modern term. The reason I’m apoligising though, is because a lot of transphobes will that trans gender people weren’t called trans gender as some sort of “proof” that trans people just didn’t exist.

Back to the Nazi’s

Institut für Sexualwissenschaft

On May 6, 1933, Nazi demonstrators raided the libraries of the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft, a German name that roughly translates to the Institute of Sexology. The Institute was a privately operated research space for studies of human sexuality. More than 20,000 books were taken from shelves and burned days later in the streets by Nazi youth groups.

It was a devastating blow to the life’s work of Magnus Hirschfeld, the institute’s founder. Hirschfeld, who was Jewish and gay, was a pioneer for rights and liberation in Berlin’s thriving LGBTQ community

LGBTQ Institute in Germany Was Burned Down by Nazis

BY LUCY DIAVOLO SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

In 1973, a new Institut für Sexualwissenschaft was opened at the University of Frankfurt am Main (director: Volkmar Sigusch), and 1996 at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

 The West German courts found that the foundation’s dissolution and the seizure of property by the Nazis in 1934 was legal. The West German legislature also retained the Nazi amendments to Paragraph 175, making it impossible for surviving gay men to claim restitution for the destroyed cultural center.

But you know being trans, being gay is a “fad”.

In 1885 the Criminal Law Act was passed in the UK, which made all homosexual ‘behaviour’ illegal. One of the first public trials for transvestite behaviour was that of Ernest (Stella) Boulton, and Fred (Fanny) Park, arrested in 1870 for indecent behaviour. The authorities based the prosecution on their transvestism and their soliciting of men as women, rather than the act of sodomy. No conviction could be obtained on these grounds and were acquitted of the charge of conspiracy to commit a felony by cross-dressing. One of the largest organisations for transvestite men in the US today is the Boulton and Park Society.

Fanny and Stella

Throughout the 1920s and 30s medical provision was rare, but transsexual people managed to find doctors who would help them. At Hirschfield’s infamous clinic, the first sex change operations were performed by Dr Felix Abraham: a mastectomy on a trans man in 1926, a penectomy on his domestic servant Dora in 1930, and a vaginoplasty on Lili Elbe, a Danish painter, in 1931. Lily died less than two years later from complications.

In the UK, Michael (formerly Laura) Dillon managed to obtain gender reassignment treatment during the war. In the late 1940s he even had a penis constructed by the plastic surgeon Sir Harold Gilles, who later became famous for his work with burns victims. Michael Dillon trained and worked as a ship’s doctor until he was outed by the Sunday Express in 1958. He withdrew to India where he became a Buddhist monk and writer until his death.

April Ashley – April Ashley: Model, actress and trans trailblazer dies aged 86

Ashley became only the second Briton to undergo male-to-female gender reassignment surgery, in 1960. She had the operation in Casablanca, Morocco, and later said becoming a woman made her the happiest she had ever been. Once back in England, she obtained a passport and driving licence which identified her as female.

She was later photographed for British Vogue and appeared opposite Joan Collins in the film Road to Hong Kong.

Ashley was made an MBE in 2012 for her campaigning work for the transgender community.

Again, April Ashley was not well known to be transgender, and in 1961 her career was cut short, when she was outed. However, she carried on. So NO, you can’t “always” tell.

There is only one day left to make your voice heard and ban conversion therapy in the UK. To find out why this consultation is so important, head over to the Mermaids website where you’ll find information, survivor stories and more. 

I hope, one can see over the two posts that being trans is not new, nor is it a modern fad. Most of what transphobic people say, is as we say “recycled” homophobia. Meaning, that what’s happening now to trans people, is what has also happened to the gay community. Especially times from the 80’s and 90s. Some of the people right now who talk about

“Its a fad. They’ll grow out of it”.

“How can you have children”

“Trans people are mainly predators”.

I wish that I could find it, but someone posted two news article from the same newspaper, a couple of decades apart. Apart from the word homosexual and trans, it was all pretty similar, derogatory wise.

Thursday FACTS – Transgender History (Pt1) Let’s start at the beginning…

I feel like I am constantly having to do this, and I shouldn’t have too. But you know, if other people with much more powerful and bigger platforms wont, I will.

First though, some lovely music, by the wonderful Billy Porter with “back up” singing by the Pose actors.

The ironic parts

One thing I have noticed about TERFs, especially is that they are really into Yoga and mediation, both of which come from Hinduism. Now, if you know much Hinduism. In Hinduism, there are diverse approaches to God and gender. Many Hindus focus upon impersonal Absolute (Brahman) which is genderless. Other Hindu traditions conceive God as androgynous (both female and male), alternatively as either male or female, while cherishing gender henotheism, that is without denying the existence of other Gods in either gender.

Also the God of Yoga, is Shiva, who is MALE. Yoga does not come from a female Goddess. The is just one of the things that happens, when you don’t know what you’re talking about. Personally, I LOVE being able to tell TERFs this. What I don’t tell them though the use of icons is not restricted to male forms. It takes various forms and shapes. The Shaivites and Vaishnavites worship God in non-anthropomorphic, symbolic male-female images as well, such as the lingayoni and Saligram respectively. In their literature, the principle of God’s true nature as sexless.

Basically, Hinduism (which was only given it’s English definition recently), doesn’t have a “dogma”. Hindu beliefs are vast and diverse, and thus Hinduism is often referred to as a family of religions rather than a single religion. Which is probably why a lot of their Gods, sex and gender are swappable.

Sumerian and Akkadian texts from 4500 years ago document transgender or transvestite priests known as gala and by other names. A grave of a possibly transgender person in Europe has been identified from 4500 years ago, and likely depictions occur in art around the Mediterranean from 9000 to 3700 years ago.

Wikipedia – Transgender History

How long has the Hindu religion been around for?

Hinduism is the world’s oldest religion, according to many scholars, dating back more than 4,000 years. Hinduism is the third-largest religion behind Christianity and Islam. Roughly 95 percent of the world’s Hindus live in India.

Witches and Transgender.

Now TERFS LOVE to appropriate Witches and their lives for their transphobia. Why? Because a woman author wrote about magic, that’s it. This is why you will find a lot of ACTUAL Witch communities, accept trans people. Witches, generally, “uprise” against the patriarchy. Witches have always been persecuted for being women who are “different” not part of the “norm”. Or COURSE, trans people and witches can relate to one another.

TERFS are honestly more to be the type of women, who do this…TERFs are more likely to be the Abigail Williams of Salem, rather than the women she “helped” be burned, hanged and tortured to death.

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Photographer explores rituals and traditions of Romania’s modern witches

“Although many would say it’s just a coincidence, this really did happen,” Romanian photographer Virginia Lupu wrote to me shortly after, recalling the incident. Lupu, previously known for her images of transgender Romanians, has befriended the witches and captured them in intimate photographs.

Alina Cohen, Updated 28th October 2020

Romania has had Witches for CENTURIES, and the Romanian people truly believe in their powers as well. If you want a curse, they’ll do it and it might just be coincidence, but it does seem to work, lol.

Some VERY Ancient History:

Ancient Egypt had third gender categories, including for eunuchs. In the Tale of Two Brothers (from 3200 years ago), Bata removes his penis and tells his wife “I am a woman just like you”; (before his body is restored) .MutSekhmet and other goddesses are sometimes represented androgynously, with erect penises, and Anat wears clothes of both men and women.

The Nuba peoples of Sudan (including the Otoro NubaNyimaTiraKrongo, and Mesakin), have traditional roles for male-assigned people who dress and live as women and may marry men, which have been seen as transgender roles. However, trans people face discrimination in the modern Sudanese state, and cross-dressing is illegal.

North America

Prior to western contact, some Native American tribes had third-gender roles, like the Diné (Navajo) nádleehi and the Zuni lhamana. European anthropologists usually referred to these people as berdaches, which Indigenous people have always considered an offensive slur. In 1990, some Indigenous North Americans, largely in academia, adopted the pan-Indian neologism two-spirit, as an attempt to organize inter-tribally. Though acceptance of this term in traditional Native communities which already have their own terms for such people has been limited, it has generally met with more acceptance than the slur it replaced.

There is archaeological evidence that trans- or third-gender individuals existed in California 2500 years ago at rates comparable to those at which they exist among indigenous peoples there in the modern era, and archaeological and ethnographic evidence suggests third-gender categories may be of great antiquity in North America overall; suggests they may go back to the first migrations of people from eastern Asia and Siberia over 10,000 years ago.

Doesn’t really sound like being trans is just a modern “fad”. In FACT, sounds like trans people, in some language or another have been around before even Christianity. 10,000 years ago. Doesn’t sound really that recent to me…How about you?

However, sexuality has been quite repressed in Indigenous culture since colonisation.

“Colonisation, in a sense, silenced that kind of expression and behaviours,” said Troy-Anthony.

Troy-Anthony also told The Hook Up that Aboriginal people suppressed or hid their sexuality as a survival mechanism after Christianisation and colonisation.

Do you? Wednesday Wisdom

I had an “interesting” conversation with an American, and again, saw how Americans have no idea about their own History.

The topic came up about the 1Amendment is outdated, old and didn’t include everyone. Of course this white American just had to speak up and say “I don’t think you understand the Constitution”.

Let’s take a quick little look:

The Constitution (including the 1A) was written in 1787 (I think) Americans still had slaves. Was this AMERICAN saying that slaves had the right to free speech? I don’t think that’s how it worked.

The 13th amendment was passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified by the required 27 of the then 36 states on December 6, 1865, and proclaimed on December 18. So from 1787 until 1865, having a slave was legal.

Then too finish the Civil Rights Act wasn’t about until the 1960’s.

Basically what this AMERICAN was saying that in 1787ish…Slaves had Free Speech.

Thursday Theories – The Grim Reaper: Bad or Good?

Let’s talk about the Grim Reaper. I feel like it was a good theory for around Halloween time.

The poor Grim Reaper, they probably have the worst job in history. They can’t help that their only job is to essentially “end life”. Its a important job and someone has to do it. Can you imagine if no one ever died, and we just kept living. What a horrific life that would be! It wouldn’t even be a “life” really. You’d have like 50 people to a house, a virus could come and go, but you still suffer.

What do you think though? Is the Grim Reaper just a misunderstood creature, who actually has the most important job on the planet? Like the below video says, the Grim Reaper doesn’t actually do the “killing”, the Grim Reaper is just there to “help” guide you as you die.


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I actually think it’s kind of nice for someone to be there, even if they don’t really say a word too you.

Thursday Theories – If a Alien life exists, that’s older than human life … Would they be progressive?

Would they be more civilized? Would they be smarter and kinder?

Judging by human beings … I say no. You can say yes, but here’s why I think no.

One, Aliens would have to be VERY different from humans, and I don’t mean “Dr Who” Time Lord type “alien”. It’d have to be completely different.

You take a look at current countries, like the UK, like Scotland, like the US, like China, even Afghanistan. These are all countries that have a LONG…LONG…History behind them. Yet, they are probably some of the worst countries “human rights” wise. How, as an example, does the UK, with such a long History behind them, still end up with Boris Johnson? How does in 2021, the UK and Scotland, end up with such rampant racism, transphobia, sexism, hypocrisy in BOTH major parties? HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN!

Like Churchill was a old racist, but at least, he got his people through. Johnson is racist and so is his party, but also he’s not gotten the UK through literally ANYTHING, without it being a complete fiasco.

How does a country like the US, whose entire reason to leave the UK was because they wanted to practice their religions freely and without persecution. All these years later, end up electing people who want their people to be like the people they were escaping in the first place? That’s why the forefathers had the “FORE”-sight “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”

But then you look at a young country like New Zealand.

Strongly progressive with a lot of modern issues. The amount of people who want to live there, would probably be more than any other country.

So would a older culture than human beings, and possibly older than the Earth, be more progressive? Be kinder? I personally don’t think so, haha. If we judge anything to do with Earth and Human Beings, then no. This is why I’m saying for “aliens” need to be more and completely different than human, to be progressive.

Thursday Theories – Trans “Ideology”

This is probably one of the last times I am going to talk about this. Because all too often “people” call being trans a “ideology”. This same people are normally always from a Religion … which makes me

Also, it is very EASY and simple to find out about trans History. It’s not that difficult. So either, you don’t want to know because you love being a bigot, or you just really don’t care what trans people have to go through.

Literally the first time I wanted to learn, so I went to Google and put in trans, History.

There is no excuse under the sun, to NOT go and have a look. IF you care, if you don’t care. Then yeah, maybe MTG is a reliable “source” Also though…No.

So here as some Facts:

We’ll start with where the term comes from.

1897 – Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld founds the first gay liberation organization in Germany: the Scientific Humanitarian Committee.

1907 – Magnus Hirschfeld is introduced to Harry Benjamin.

1910 – Magnus Hirschfeld coins the terms ‘transvestite’ and ‘transsexual’.

1919 – Magnus Hirschfeld becomes one of sexology’s founding fathers when he opens the world’s first sexological institute, the Institute for Sexual Science in Berlin. It becomes the first clinic to serve transgender people on a regular basis.

1949 – Harry Benjamin begins to treat transgender individuals in San Francisco with hormones.

Source: Trans History – The Proud Trust

Wikipedia Sources

1)The Gala (Sumerian: 𒍑𒆪 galaAkkadiankalû) were priests of the Sumerian goddess Inanna. They made up a significant number of the personnel of both temples and palaces, the central institutions of Mesopotamian city states. These were thought in modern times to have been individuals with neither male nor female gender identities.  In addition, some gala priests were women.

2) Because the galli castrated themselves and wore women’s clothing, accessories and makeup, some modern scholars have interpreted them as transgender.[Firmicus Maternus said “they say they are not men… they want to pass as women.” He elaborated, “Animated by some sort of reverential feeling, they actually have made this element [air] into a woman [Caelestis, the goddess]. For, because air is an intermediary between sea and sky, they honor it through priests who have womanish voices.”

3) Roman emperor Elagabalus (d. 222) preferred to be called a lady (rather than a lord), sought sex reassignment surgery, and has been seen as an early trans figure

4) Today, at least half a million hijras live in India and another half million in Bangladesh, legally recognized as a third gender, and many trans people are accepted in Thailand. In Arabia, khanith today (like earlier mukhannathun) fulfill a third gender role attested since the 600s. In Africa, many societies have traditional roles for trans women and trans men, some of which survive in the modern era amid recent widespread hostility. In the Americas prior to European colonization, as well as in some contemporary North American Indigenous cultures, there are social and ceremonial roles for third gender people, or those whose gender expression transforms, such as the Navajo nádleehi or the Zuni lhamana.

5) In colonial America, Thomas(ine) Hall in the 1600s adopted clothes and roles of both men and women, while in 1776 the genderless Public Universal Friend arose. 

Trans people have literally been in EVERY SINGLE CULTURE. Including those who knew nothing about the other cultures. Does that REALLY sound a ideology? Its not like Christianity, where certain Cultures and certain races of people embraced it and then ENFORCED it on others. In NO culture though, have they even been close to the majority. Just like the LGB community, they are not the majority.

WHAT IS TRANS HISTORY? From Activist and Academic Roots, a Field Takes Shape : Kritika Agarwal | May 1, 2018

So to the Christians, and any other Religions that persecute and harass trans people. If your Gods makes no mistakes, why would YOU call trans people a mistake? Maybe trans people are here to TEACH YOU a lesson? For once, it might actually be about you,lol. But you’re learning all the wrong lessons.

It’s perfectly fine to not understand. What is not fine is to just dismiss trans people, despite trans people being around before your “perfect, who makes no mistakes” creator. Especially when you have all this information at your fingertips. There’s no excuse for bigotry in the day and age, it’s just lazy, quiet frankly.

The Science behind the Trans brain

Is actually quiet new. The Nazi’s actually burnt down the first ever LGBT Science center, and a lot of the research was burned with it. (See above).

The Search for a ‘Cause’ of Transness Is Misguided : By Nat Mulkey on March 23, 2021: Scientific America

Most of the investigation into the biological basis of transness has been in the field of neuroscience. Postmortem studies conducted by Dick Swaab of the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience suggested multiple differences in brain structure between transgender and cisgender individuals. These differences seem to indicate that transgender that transgender women and men have brain structures more similar to the brains of cisgender individuals of the same gender identity than cisgender individuals of the gender they were assigned at birth.

More recently, the field has moved from postmortem brain analysis to functional MRI studies. Cisgender men and women have previously been shown to have different brain areas engaged during a spatial-reasoning task. This research team found that both cisgender boys and transgender boys (assigned female at birth and on pubertal suppression therapy) had similar activation patterns during the task, compared to cisgender girls.

An individual should not need to justify their gender identity any more than someone would need to justify their eye color. 

Nat Mulkey – transgender nonbinary writer and fourth-year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM).

Gene variants provide insight into brain, body incongruence in transgender

Date:February 5, 2020

Source: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Summary: Some of the first biological evidence of the incongruence transgender individuals experience, because their brain indicates they are one sex and their body another, may have been found in estrogen receptor pathways in the brain of 30 transgender individuals.

Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. “Gene variants provide insight into brain, body incongruence in transgender.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 5 February 2020. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200205084203.htm>.

Transgender brains are more like their desired gender from an early age

Date:May 24, 2018

Source: European Society of Endocrinology

Summary: Brain activity and structure in transgender adolescents more closely resembles the typical activation patterns of their desired gender, according to new research. The findings suggest that differences in brain function may occur early in development and that brain imaging may be a useful tool for earlier identification of transgenderism in young people.

European Society of Endocrinology. “Transgender brains are more like their desired gender from an early age.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 May 2018. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180524112351.htm>.

As you can see, there is more to trans people than what MTG “opinion” of them is.

Do I have to do this again?

The only thing that’s new is the term “trans” itself, that doesn’t mean though they just didn’t exist before then.

Lady Jane Grey Removed From The Throne Of England

468 years ago today, the Lady Jane Grey (and technically England’s first Queen) was removed from the Throne. Lady Jane Grey was appointed the ruler of England but her accession to the throne lasted only a mere nine days.

The execution of the sentence was suspended, but the participation of her father, in early February 1554, in Sir Thomas Wyatt’s rebellion sealed her fate. She and her husband were beheaded on February 12, 1554; her father was executed 11 days later.

If it hadn’t been for her father, the Lady Jane would have more than likely been released, or at the very least kept in “jail” or would have been transferred to a smaller castle or home to be watched. Either way, she more than likely would have lived. #DeadbeatDads.

Out of all the Royals in History, personally, I feel sorry for Lady Jane the most. A lot, if not all, happened to her, because of OTHER people. She was executed because of her father and brother, not because she actually did anything wrong. Let’s be honest, I don’t think she was ever brought up to be Queen. And it’s not like she would have had a choice to say “No”. I mean, some men today still think “No” means “Yes, please”. At the same time we know so little about her, even though she was technically she was the first Queen of England (and the others, haha). If Mary hadn’t of won (which the Lady Jane was again, not aware of anything. She was trusting her advisers) Lady Jane Grey would have been the first Queen of England (and the others, haha) for a long time.

She was only 16 when she was executed.

Lady Jane Grey aka “The nine day Queen”

World Yoga Day

The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated annually on 21 June since 2015, following its inception in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice which originated in India.

The theme for the International Yoga Day 2021 is ‘Yoga for well-being’. This theme has been conceived to stress on the importance of the role of yoga in the care and treatment given to Covid-19 patients during the quarantine period.

I have to admit though, I probably will not participating this year. I went and hurt my pubic bone! We have…HAD…a mop that broke ages ago, but I used it this one LAST time. The handle keeps going up and down, the stopper, isn’t stopping it. So it’s really horrible to handle. Last time it made my back ache for a while. This time my back ached for a while AND I’ve somehow hurt my pubic bone…

So new mop.

In the meantime though. I can’t…it’s a weird feeling,lol

Did you know: Some facts about Yoga

Yoga is not a religion, it is connected to religion, and stems historically from Hinduism, but also to Jainism and Buddhism.

The practice of Yoga was started during the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. It was first mentioned in Rig Veda, a collection of texts that consisted of rituals, mantras, and songs which was mainly used by Brahmans, the Vedic priests.

Shiva is also known as Adiyogi Shiva, regarded as the patron god of yoga, meditation and arts.

The funny about Shiva being the God of Yoga, meditation and arts. Is how many white women, TERFs, especially practice Yoga, Meditation and consider themselves artsy or crafty. It’s funny because the God Shiva, has both Male and Female features. THE MORE YOU KNOW.

After May the 4th and May the 5th

Comes May the 6th!

Here’s a few things that have happened on May the 6th (over different years).

  • 2004 The final episode of Friends is aired
  • 1994 The Channel Tunnel linking the United Kingdom with France is opened
  • 1992 Marlene Dietrich passes
  • 1976 A massive earthquake hits northeast Italy
  • 1957 The last episode of “I Love Lucy” aired
  • 1937 The Hindenburg zeppelin filled with hydrogen goes up in flames – killing 36 of the 97 persons aboard.
  • 1915 American baseball player Babe Ruth, hit his first major league home run; he finished his career with 714 homers, a record that stood until 1974.
  • 1877 Crazy Horse, a leader in the Sioux resistance to European Americans’ invasion of the northern Great Plains, surrendered in Nebraska.

Learn, will you