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Legalize Trans Stamp by Spookeriffic Legalize Trans Stamp by Spookeriffic
I made a stamp for Legalize Trans, because what with all the emphasis there is on the LG and B, the T tends to get a little bit forgotten a lot of the time.

Before I get preachy and "tl;dr", I just want to say if you pick up anything from their store you'll be aiding with my transition costs, and every dime would be much appreciated. They've got tshirts, buttons, and a bunch of other cool swag.

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While some of us are thrilled about the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the strides made in regards to marriage equality, we still struggle to get states to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that will prevent employers for firing transgender employees simply based on their gender identities.

Trans people are more prone to violence, job loss, homelessness, poverty and suicide. Trans people have been beaten in public while simply trying to use a restroom. There are states with laws in place putting ridiculously high milestones for changing one's drivers license, birth certificates and legal documents for those who are post-transition. That is of course, if you can transition at all, since despite the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric association both agreeing that transition is the proper course of treatment for trans patients, medical insurance still refuses to aid in the cost.

Please remember, while great strides are being made for the gay, lesbian and bisexual community, the trans community still needs your support, for our rights are lagging a bit further behind. Thanks.

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For those that are interested in more information on transgender issues, please check out:

:bulletgreen: The National Center for Transgender Equality
:bulletpink: Transgender Network Tampa - My website, with info and news. You can subscribe for updates by either email or Facebook
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bcollins39302 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Not disagreeing with your message but unlike LGB, trans is already legal in most countries, and is legal in places, like India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Nepal, and even Iran upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… where, in all of those countries, same-sex intercourse is punishable by death, life imprisonment, or castration en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rig… In some countries, like Ireland, or Albania, where it is illegal to change the gender on your birth certificate, it is still legal to change your name and gender on your passport.

I'll admit there could be an easier process for people to change their legal gender in the U.S. but it is not covered by insurance because medically speaking the surgery itself is a form of cosmetic surgery. In the U.S. there is more violence to transgendered individuals than LGB individuals, but that isn't the case worldwide. Federally in the US, I think you can change your gender on your federal documents of ID even in states that prohibit it.

Hmmm.... I'll grant that there is a general consensus in the AMA, but there isn't exactly a consensus in the American Psychiatric Association that transition is the best option. Many somewhat controversial, or in some cases very controversial psychiatrists, and psychologists say it is applying surgery to a psychological dysphoria. The consensus and diagnosis guidelines are to only to have surgery and hormone treatment as an option for those who have been experiencing the feeling for longer than 6 months www.dsm5.org/documents/gender%… There are alternative treatments listed as well because there is no consensus. 
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Born-of-Wolves Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I think it might be a long time before the US takes that final step, but it will happen soon, I'm sure. Luckily Canada is much kinder, trans people already have full rights up here. When gender dysphoria is diagnosed, our system covers the transition surgeries, and the hormones are affordable, $80 for a vial that lasts about three months according to a trans friend of mine.
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TheStalkerBunny Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
I whole heartedly agree-people have the right to do what they feel they need to do for their bodies if that is what makes them happiest.
I've seen so many lovely nice wonderful and talented people put down and hurt by those who are against it.
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bloedzuigerbloed Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: Thank you so much. How can anyone fire someone for their gender identity? It's not like they'd be any better or worse at their job, and their employer would be totally depriving them of the money they have the right to earn! And publicly beating people? I can't even... :iconjackiechanmemeplz: just... what?
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streeter05 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Thanks for making this.bthis will bring awareness and help raise support for  trans rights. Being trans myself I appreciate this :)
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CraftyPixel Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
trying to come out is as hard as being accepted...
It is hard being in a body you are uncomfortable in, very depressing.
Completely glad you made this :3
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VampireHunterAmanda Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As an FTM, thank you for this stamp. While my financial situation is dire, I do wish all the best for you
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Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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nonconformistboat Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU. SO MUCH.
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rancioxd Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
in chile (my country) is legal <3
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ILoveLilyLilac Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Where I'm from a transman is allowed to change his legal gender. The same for transwomen.
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Haxtress Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I was just randomly scrolling through pages, and managed to find this. I agree with it completely, being a male-to-female myself. I'm struggling just to get anything done at this point, thanks to my completely unsupportive parents. I've come out to them three different times but alas, somehow no matter how strong I stay with it, how much I explain, how much common ground I try to find, it never sinks in, and inexplicably they manage to "forget", and just act like everything is normal again two weeks later. Starting to think all the years of stress and problems have driven my mum mental. I digress, this is truly a wonderful stamp, and I applaud it's form and statement! :+fav:
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Ita-Chi-Biismine Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
ehhh... I'm sorry but when ever I see this icon all I can think of are the poor Scandinavians who have to get sterilized before allowed to continue their transition.
it terrified me and now I'm (indirectly) terrified of that icon.
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Yamitora1 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It great you know what gender you are/want to be ^^

However, while i think it bs that people have to go through all the red tape to change their license, birth certificates, legal documents and be put through all that other crap, it isn't the responsibility of health care or insurance companies to get you there.

there are lower cost in other countries. 9 out of 10 times a passport and a plane ticket costs less than just walking into most clinics in the us. If I were you, I'd go to India. They practically invented the field of rhinoplasty and have a booming plastic surgery trade.

I wish you luck ^^
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Yukira-Hotoshi Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
I have a friend who's trans. She(he at the time) was among the first friends I made when me and my family first moved to the states. I used to have to talk her out of suicide more times than I care to remember. Thankfully, her family's really supportive, which helped her out a lot. :D

And she never had to worry about changing her name since her name is Jordan. Unisex names are useful in situations like that lol. Now she's married :la:

Sorry, I tend to ramble.:XD:

You can probably tell from this that I'm all for Transgender Equality:meow:

(I use too many emoticons ._.)
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011   Writer
Honestly, I'm a little between on this issue.

I'm an equalist. I believe in equality for all, whether that person be male, female, child, lesbian, gay, or bisexual. I believe no person is higher than any other person of the same or different sexuality. No. Being straight and a Roman Catholic, I still don't believe that homosexuals and bisexuals are going to burn in hell. I don't believe in gay marriage, but that's not what this post is about, lol.

So.

Honestly, despite how civil I'm trying to be here, I know I'm going to get flamed for this, but it's my opinion, so here goes: I don't believe people can change gender. A man can get a vagina and a uterus and everything, but, no matter what, he was never born that way. By nature, and by the fact that he was a boy, then he was always be male, no matter what. That can't be changed. And also, I wonder why people are unhappy with the way they're born in the first place? I don't understand why people can't be content with just being that gender. It doesn't mean you have to embrace your gender's stereotypical behavior, interests, etc. You should respect and love your body enough to stay in that body. I know a lot of girls who hate being female, but won't go as far as to becoming a guy. They just accept it. There's this saying, that people sometimes 'aren't born into the right body.' How does that work? Were their souls misplaced in the baby-making factory or something? In my opinion, loving yourself means loving who you are, no matter. That includes whether you are male or female. That shouldn't be something anybody would want to change. Like, if you're a boy in a girl's body, okay then. Or if you're a girl in a boy's body. Live with that. It won't kill you or make you miserable. And if it does, there's another saying, that 'Life is unfair.' It doesn't always give you exactly what you want.

And, in today's society, transgenders have to understand why sometimes don't accept them. There are plenty of people in my church who don't accept changing gender. I agree, though it's not because I believe transgenders are abominations of God. I believe they don't follow the rules of science. I don't hate transgenders. I don't think they should be treated any less fairly than a straight person. I just don't believe in it, or agree that it is possible to go from being male to being female. I will not call a man-to-female 'she' because they are a 'he.' They will always be a 'he.' It's how you're born, it's how you die.

I'm really sorry if I offend anybody, but that's just my opinion.
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writeNo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"It won't kill you or make you miserable."

Hello, I am a trans man, and I went through a suicide attempt and years of depression because of my body and how other people perceive me. It can certainly kill you and make your life more or less a living hell. I spent most of my childhood not noticing the difference between boys and girls and once I learned that there was one I realized that I was put into a category that made me uncomfortable because I didn't identify with it based on my genitals. Which brought years of trying to conform and be something I'm not out of confusion and fear, along with dysphoria and ultimately depression. I honestly forgot that I was 'actually a female' until someone pointed it out, i.e by using female pronouns or my name. There are people that feel more comfortable, confident, and more like themselves in certain clothing, in certain surroundings, so why can't I? Even with treatment for depression I still cannot reach my full potential and be myself because of how my body is and how people treat me for it simply because they misgender me. It might not be so bad if it prevented me from living a happy lifestyle of which I can be myself completely. There is nothing changing besides my body, as I have always been male, only this time my anatomy and biology will begin to match the category of male that you describe. This also doesn't mean I don't love my body, sure there are a lot of parts I do not like about it and parts that cause overwhelming dysphoria for me, but it is apart of me and I would be lying if I said I did not love it. Perhaps not in a conventional way though.

Also refusing to address a transperson by the correct pronouns (for example, you would call a trans woman a she and a trans man a he) is really one of the worst and hurtful things you can do in my personal opinion, besides outright attacking them. Even if your opinion does not recognize it you should at least respect them and address them in the way that they ought to be addressed. If not you might as well go around calling all black people niggers and Asians orientals.

I apologize if this sounds harsh, I did find what you said to be very offensive, though it is your opinion and respect that. Though that doesn't mean I will hold back on sharing my own thoughts, with the hope that you will begin to become more open minded, as of my nature.
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Fenris-Star Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with this!
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PyroKey Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011   Writer
Well, in all honesty, I cannot relate simply because I am not transgender. I apologize that your childhood was rough trying to fit the gender boundaries. I would give you advice, but it's over now, and I don't want to appear more hateful than people probably already perceive me as. :/

I'm sorry, but I'll have to disagree with that, or at least the examples you used. The word 'nigger' or 'oriental' are defined by a different category entirely; they are not used out of disrespect, but are used, in today's society especially, purely out of hate. Addressing somebody who was born, say, male, with male pronouns is not necessarily a sign of hate. It's a mere matter of opinion and thought, so, in a way, it's a two-way street, as it is not necessary for somebody outside of the trans community to have to automatically respect somebody who is transgender. Saying that I 'should' respect a transgender person is implying that they are higher, and do not have to earn respect, but are automatically warranted it from everybody. That sounds cold, yes, but it's true. People are slammed with racial slurs and invectives all the time, and it's treated as a social norm. Just saying. :shrug:

No need to apologize; I can understand if what I said or am saying right now make me look like a LGBT-hating jerk. I just felt a need to address this and, like you, express my opinion. :)
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HaikuRequiem Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Student Writer
Also -- there is very strong scientific evidence that the brains of transgender people resemble the brains of the sex they identify as. Several studies have shown this, but here's one of them: [link]

So, clearly, we do follow the "rules of science". We embody them, actually. We ARE exactly how we're born. I just wanted to point that out.
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011   Writer
I suppose that makes more sense than saying somebody's soul is born into the wrong body. :) That was an interesting article, by the way. And thank you for being civil about this.
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HaikuRequiem Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Student Writer
You're welcome. Trans* is basically a regular old birth defect, in the end.
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Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
While you are entitled to your opinion there are things you have to realize. There is a high rate of suicide amongst transgender people because living in a body that's not correct for your gender is not only uncomfortable on a physical level, it's jarring and dysphoric on a psychological level. It's not as simple as "just live with it". Sure, it's not something anyone should *want* to change, but in a percentage of people, it simply is. That's what transsexual, transgender, and gender identity disorder are all about. Having lived with these feelings for 32 years, it's a torment I wouldn't wish on anyone.

Again, you're entitled to your opinion, but it won't stop anyone from getting their proper medical diagnosis and undergoing transition. Most likely, you've met post-operative people and never even knew it. Have a pleasant holiday. Namaste.
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011   Writer
I suppose I can see the reasoning behind that. And also, thank you for the civil reply, I appreciate that.

And same to you. :D Ciao.
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lady-warrior Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
I wasn't aware sex changes were illegal.
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Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Scroll up and read what was posted.
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lady-warrior Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
I was trying to make a joke. =3=
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CaptainVigilante Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hell yeah I totally support Trans rights!
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Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
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Arrin-Wolf Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
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Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
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rav3ncald Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I love it! Great stmap great cause! It's going on my userpage! Thank you for making it!
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Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :aww:
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Xallamax Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
As a MTF Transgender, I appreciate the support. I've spent years just trying to get my case for reassignment heard by the powers that be, but I'm being listened to now, so it's a little closer.

I'm lucky, in that, I have access to some (albeit, expensive) insurance policies that aid in the cost of transitioning, but it is absolutely shameful that more aid is not given. I grieve for my transitioning brothers and sisters with financial concerns, and even those without... I thank my lucky stars that, at the very least, my particular transition is less costly than one who is heading in the opposite direction.

Added it to my collection, and I'll take a look at the store too, I'm still saving for my own transitioning along with other things, so I have little to give, but I'd feel awful not helping out others not as fortunate.
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Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I appreciate you taking the time to at least look. I understand the costs of transition are very high. Glad to hear you've at least got some coverage for your transition. I know I can get coverage for hormones and such, it's the surgery that I can't get coverage for. :(
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soulalcatraz Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the section on your website about "How to Respect a Transgender Person." The second person I dated in high school was a trans-woman (though she had not yet had her reconstructive surgery at the time) and at first I was always worried about exactly what I should say and whether it was rude to ask which pronoun she preferred. It's great that you provide a clear resource that explains how to be in that situation without accidentally offending!
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Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad my site can be helpful. :aww: Pronouns can be a really awkward thing.
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InvaderPiecleIrken Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
<3 :) Thankyou for making this stamp
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Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :aww:
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Silverlion Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Sadly, I don't have google+ "+1" to this statement. It is appalling how Trans people get treated. I live in small city Texas, so its still bad for a lot of the LGBT "group."

I'm a Christian. (I am pretty liberal it seems...*LOL*) I fully believe in loving people, treating them with respect and dignity. Treating people in the cruel ways some treat Trans-people? Excuse the language but fuck that. Stand up for someone with love in your heart, that's important.
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Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, hon. :hug:
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Silverlion Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Just my nature. I also try and refer to people with the gender they wish to be, or represent themselves to me.
So if I say it wrong, just correct me! I'm alright with that.
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OMGEESHOEZ Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
It really makes me sad that trans people aren't really recognized much in the LGBT community, and when they are it seems like its just for laughs and entertainment. Love the stamp though and love the site. :)
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Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I put a lot of work into the site. Hopefully I can get the support/social group up and running too. :aww:
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PainfollowedbyHate Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
If I had any extra money lying around I would donate, but alas, I don't. I can offer my undying support, though.
It really is disgusting how closeminded some people are about these things - I have read one too many articles about trans getting beaten in public. It's quite a sad thing.
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Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the sentiments. It really is. Nobody should be beaten that way.
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PainfollowedbyHate Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're quite welcome. :heart:
I remember one particular article complete with video that made me vomit in my mouth, it was so horrid how the poor woman was being treated just because she used to be a man. :c
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Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Most likely that was the Baltimore McDonald's video. I'd been keeping an eye on that one for a while.
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