What is gender dysphoria?

Gender dysphoria is the feeling of discomfort or distress that people whose gender identity differs from the sex assigned at birth or from physical characteristics related to sex may feel. Transgender and gender non-conforming people may experience gender dysphoria at some point in their lives. But not all people are affected. Some transgender and gender non-conforming people are comfortable with their bodies, with or without medical intervention. Dysphoria is often part of what prompts people to make a social or medical transition; to feel more comfortable in your own body. (We must bear in mind that it does not happen to all people who identify with a different sex).

Gender dysphoria is a term that describes the feeling of discomfort that a person may have due to the mismatch between her gender identity and the gender assigned to her at birth. This feeling of discomfort or dissatisfaction can be so intense that it can lead to depression and anxiety and have a detrimental impact on daily life. But why does it happen? This is clearly due to a matter of social expectations. Socially, we have been imposed on how men and women are supposed to be and what body they have to have; then there are trans people who, as a result of the expectations that are had in relation to each gender, fall into this. Gender dysphoria happens in large part because of the social context in which we live. If we did not live in a society in which social rules and norms are imposed on men and women, I might even think that each person could live her identity.

Although we can conceptualize gender dysphoria and body dysmorphia as two different things, they are often not mutually exclusive: trans and non-binary people can experience both simultaneously as they are interconnected. Someone can have a gender dysphoria and also have a body dysmorphia as a symptom. While feelings of body discomfort have to do with gender, trans and non-binary people often simultaneously face distress over their size and shape and control. Although body dysmorphia and gender dysphoria report each other, they do not cause each other.
Some characteristics or ways to identify gender dysphoria are:
• A marked difference between your internal gender identity and primary or secondary sexual characteristics, or anticipated secondary sexual characteristics in young adolescents
• A strong desire to get rid of primary or secondary sexual characteristics due to a marked difference from your internal gender identity, or a desire to prevent the development of anticipated secondary sexual characteristics in young adolescents
• A strong desire for the primary or secondary sexual characteristics of the other gender
• A strong desire to be of the other gender or of an alternative gender different from the assigned gender
• A strong desire to be treated as the other gender or an alternative gender different from the assigned gender
• A firm conviction that you have feelings and reactions typical of the other gender or of an alternative gender different from the assigned gender.

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Seasons of love

Today we are going to talk about what is for me one of the songs that have made me reflect the most in the face of discrimination, exclusion, love and acceptance. This song is Seasons of love a song written and composed by Jonathan Larson in 1996 for the musical Rent. This is a song that tries to talk about what is the ideal measure to calculate the value of human life, calculate the value of a life in 525,600 minutes.

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Seasons of love

Hoy vamos a hablar de lo que es para mi una de las canciones que mas me han hecho reflexionar frente a la discriminación, la exclusión, el amor y la aceptación. Esta canción es Seasons of love una canción escrita y compuesta por Jonathan Larson en 1996 para el musical Rent. Esta es una canción que trata de hablar de cual es la medida ideal para calcular el valor de la vida humana, calcular el valor de una vida en 525.600 minutos.

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¿Quién fue Marsha P. Johnson?

Marsha P. Johnson fue una mujer transgénero popular la comunidad LGBT+ y en el ambiente artístico de Nueva York entre las décadas de 1960 a 1990, activista del Movimiento de liberación LGBT. Marsha P. Johnson ha sido considerada como una de las activistas más importantes en los enfrentamientos con la policía durante los disturbios de Stonewall.  A principios de la década de 1970, Johnson y su amiga Sylvia Rivera cofundaron la organización Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR; Revolucionarias activistas travestidas callejeras); juntas participaron en las marchas a favor de la liberación gay y en acciones políticas radicales. En la década de 1980, Johnson continuó su activismo de la calle como organizadora respetada y marshall de ACT UP. Junto con Rivera, Johnson era “madre” de la Casa STAR, repartiendo ropa y comida para ayudar a drag queens, mujeres trans y jóvenes que vivían en los muelles de la calle Christopher o en su casa, en el Lower East Side de Nueva York. Su distintivo frente a la comunidad era lo que ha de parecer un segundo nombre, cada que le preguntaban que significaba la P en su nombre ella respondía “Pay it no mind” o “No le hagas caso”.

En el articulo anterior podrán encontrar un poco de que ocurrió en la rebelión de Stonewall, en la cual Marsha participo y fue una de las personas mas reconocidas en los disturbios, al igual que hacia parte de ACT UP, ACT UP es el acrónimo de la AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (Coalición del sida para desatar el poder), un grupo de acción directa fundado en 1987 para llamar la atención sobre la pandemia de sida y la gente que la padecía, con objeto de conseguir legislaciones favorables, promover la investigación científica y la asistencia a los enfermos, hasta conseguir todas las políticas necesarias para alcanzar el fin de la enfermedad.  ACT UP se fundó en marzo de 1987 en el Centro para la comunicad lésbica, gay, bisexual y transgénero de Nueva York. Se organizó una conferencia en la que participaron varios oradores. Estos son unos de los pocos movimientos en los cuales Marsha participo usando su voz para ayudar a su comunidad y a todos los que hacen parte.

En julio de 1992, el cuerpo de Johnson fue encontrado flotando en el río Hudson, no lejos del muelle del West Village, poco después de la Marcha del Orgullo. La policía consideró la muerte un suicidio. Los amigos y seguidores de Johnson dijeron que no tenía tendencias suicidas y una campaña de pósteres más tarde afirmaba que Johnson había sido acosada el día de su muerte cerca de donde se encontró su cuerpo. Las demandas para conseguir que la policía investigase la causa de la muerte fueron infructuosas. Después de una fuerte campaña dirigida por la activista Mariah López, el departamento de policía de la Nueva York reabrió el caso en noviembre de 2012 como un posible homicidio. En 2016, Victoria Cruz del Anti-Violence Project de Nueva York (en español: proyecto antiviolencia), también trató de reabrir el caso de Johnson y logró obtener acceso a documentos y declaraciones inéditas de testigos. Buscó nuevas entrevistas con testigos, amigos, otros activistas y oficiales que habían trabajado en el caso o habían estado en la Policía en el momento del probable asesinato de Johnson. Su muerte despertó en mucha gente ganas de luchar, de salir adelante y de no permitir que su comunidad fuera oprimida de esa manera.

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Qué fue la rebelión de Stonewall?

En algún momento en nuestra vida nos ha pasado o nos pasara que nos vamos a encontrar en un punto en el que algo suficiente, en el que tocamos el final y no queremos tolerar algo que ocurre, algo que nos dicen o hacen. La rebelión de Stonewall es un momento histórico para una comunidad que ha sido excluida e ignorada durante los años, la comunidad LGBT+.

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What happened in Stonewall?

At some point in our life it has happened or will happen to us that we are going to find ourselves at a point where something is enough, in which we touch the end and we do not want to tolerate something that happens, something that they say or do to us. The Stonewall rebellion is a historic moment for a community that has been excluded and ignored over the years, the LGBT + community.

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Drag culture

Today I’m going to tell you something about me that all my family and people close to me know: I love drag culture, it seems like an art to me, I enjoy watching programs and series related to drag culture like RuPaul’s Drag Race, my plants have had names from Drag Queens and I feel that it is an expressionist art that allows not only to transform a person’s appearance but to create a new identity from the outside to the inside. It is a subject that has become well known especially for programs like Drag Race being recognized worldwide and how multiple shows have been created in many cities popularizing this art. To understand this topic a little more, I want us to see a definition that we would commonly find on the internet when looking for what is drag or what is a drag queen.

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¿Qué son los pronombres?

Estamos en un mundo que evoluciona cada día, cada que nos despertamos hay una nueva noticia, una nueva perspectiva de la humanidad. Esto es algo que nos permite expresarnos, constantemente estamos en un estado evolutivo, y gracias a esto debemos encontrar la manera de adaptarnos y de entender los cambios a los que nos enfrentamos. En ocasiones hay cambios a nuestro alrededor de los que no nos damos cuenta, por ejemplo, el día de hoy vamos a hablar de la importancia de los pronombres y porque es importante dirigirnos a una persona con su pronombre correcto, no hablo del pronombre simplemente como algo que nos enseñan en clase de español, sino como un complemento a la identidad de género de una persona. En los últimos años se ha vuelto algo mas hablado y mas importante, ya que muchas personas quieren sentirse ellas mismas en todo momento, en solitario y con otras personas. Personalmente es algo de lo que apenas estoy conociendo, pero me encanta la idea de conocer, entender, aprender y respetar a las personas y su individualidad. Es por esto que el día de hoy vamos a hablar un poco de los pronombres, de su importancia y de como la generalidad en nuestra humanidad se debe acabar para que no acabemos con la identidad de los demás.

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What are pronouns?

We are in a world that evolves every day, every time we wake up there is new news, a new perspective on humanity. This is something that allows us to express ourselves, we are constantly in an evolutionary state, and thanks to this we must find a way to adapt and understand the changes we face. Sometimes there are changes around us that we do not realize, for example, today we are going to talk about the importance of pronouns and because it is important to address a person with their correct pronoun, I am not talking about the pronoun simply as something that they teach us in Spanish class, but as a complement to a person’s gender identity. In recent years it has become something more talked about and more important, since many people want to feel themselves at all times, alone and with other people. Personally it is something that I am just getting to know, but I love the idea of ​​knowing, understanding and learning and respecting people and their individuality. That is why today we are going to talk a little about pronouns, their importance and how the generality in our humanity must end so that we do not end the identity of others.

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What is inclusion?

What comes to mind when we talk about inclusion? The idea of ​​community occurs to me, of being part and letting be part, I have to believe that at some point we have all felt as if we did not belong, or even someone has made us feel as if we did not belong. Well, this is something that goes hand in hand with inclusion, the idea of ​​being part of it, that we are not prevented from developing our social being in a space, feeling safe, accepting and comfortable as part of a community. In a formal way according to UNESCO, inclusion is an approach that responds positively to the diversity of people and individual differences, understanding that diversity is not a problem, but rather an opportunity for the enrichment of society through active participation in family life, in education, at work and in general in all social, cultural and community processes. Technically, inclusion is to ensure that all individuals or social groups can have the same possibilities and opportunities to fulfill themselves as individuals. Regardless of your characteristics, abilities, disability, culture, or health care needs.

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