International Transgender Day of Visibility

Thursday, March 31, 2022

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International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV) is once again upon us! TDoV is an annual day (March 31) to celebrate and show support for our transgender and gender-expansive communities. It’s a day of empowerment, celebrating the lives and accomplishments of these communities while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to combat discrimination.

So let’s start with the good news, rare as it might seem sometimes: the last couple of years have shown us that the needle is moving in the right direction. According to Pew Research Center, more than 42% of US adults in 2021 said they know or are friends with a transgender and/or gender-expansive person, an increase from 37% in 2017. Authentic portrayals of transgender and gender-expansive people are increasing in popular culture, and we’re finally starting to see more transgender and gender-expansive politicians elected. There are so many reasons to celebrate our community’s growth and acceptance.

But this newfound visibility has brought ever greater and more serious costs. Being transgender or gender-expansive in 2022 also comes with fear, anger, and uncertainty, as the validity of our existence is under an unprecedented assault. 2022 has already seen over 240 anti-LGBTQI+ bills filed with 34 states, with the overwhelming majority specifically targeting transgender people; this is roughly the same number of anti-LGBTQI+ bills filed over the entirety of 2021. Over the past few years, these bills have mostly focused on limiting discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation in schools, limiting or preventing transgender athletes’ participation in sports, limiting bathroom access, and preventing the changing or elimination of gender markers on licenses and birth certificates.

Though the sheer number of these bills is already cause for concern, they’re also getting more aggressive. The authors of these bills now seek to completely cut off access to life-saving gender affirming care and criminalize the parents of transgender and gender-expansive youth and the providers of their medical care. Two of the most egregious recent examples of this have been in Texas and Idaho. In February, Texas Governor Greg Abbott directed the Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate parents who provide gender-affirming medical care to their transgender children for potential child abuse. Not to be outdone, a bill passed by the Idaho House of Representatives (HB 675) would make it a felony, punishable by life in prison, not only to provide gender-affirming treatment, but to provide permission for a minor to receive it, or to permit a minor to travel out of state to receive it.

Clearly, the transgender and gender-expansive community is quite visible right now—to the extent that one might ask why we need a specific day for visibility. The answer is simple: people who are questioning their identity or working towards coming out publicly need to see transgender and gender-expansive people who are happy, thriving, and living their best lives. The more we are seen and accepted, the louder our voices can become.

I’m proud to be a visible and publicly transgender person. This month will mark 9 years since I came out as transgender. I was lucky to have a caring family that helped me at each stage of my transition, but even with their unwavering support, I would very likely not have been able to come out and find acceptance with myself if it wasn’t for the courage of other transgender and gender-expansive people showing me that it was OK to be me. I’m alive today because of those people being very loud and very proud about who they are.

So how do we keep transgender and gender-expansive people visible, and how do we counter this recent wave of hate directed at people who only want to live a fulfilling life? To my transgender and gender-expansive friends and colleagues: continue to have the courage to make yourselves as visible as possible. Continue to live your best lives and serve as inspiration for others who are about to embark on that journey, who are struggling in their transitions, or who just need to see someone rocking it to help them find inspiration to get through a tough day. Keep your heads up, be loud and proud of who you are, and keep fighting like hell.

To our allies: don’t get complacent. For those of you who don’t know, aside from TDoV, the other main date the transgender and gender-expansive community observes is November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance, memorializing those we’ve lost. Before the recent wave of legislation targeting transgender and gender-expansive people, the attempted suicide rate among people who identified as such was around 50%. Unfortunately, with the current attempts to deny gender-affirming care, this number will likely only go up.

So I say this: to hell with keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. Don’t wait until you lose a friend or colleague forever before deciding to act. Transgender and gender-expansive people alone can’t win this fight. We need your help in amplifying our voices, educating yourself and others, donating to supportive groups, volunteering, voting out politicians driven by hate and ignorance, and listening and providing love and support to the transgender and gender-expansive people in your lives.

Each of the amazing gains our community has made has been opposed by people who would rather we stay hidden and excluded from society, or increasingly, would simply prefer us dead. These are, and have always been, the stakes. We celebrate (and fight for) Transgender Day of Visibility so there are fewer lives to mourn on Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Maggie Gallagher
Director of People and Culture

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Maggie, thank you for this very powerful and poignant blog post. This is definitely signifying a move in the right direction from where Paizo was just a handful of months ago, so thank you for your work and words there. Proud to stand with you today, visible and fighting.


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Thank you, Maggie!

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Thank you Maggie. Paizo is a better place with you here.

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Thank you for this post, Maggie. Well stated.

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We appreciate you, Maggie <3

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I am incredibly heartened by the truth and force of this statement. Thank you Maggie, I'm glad to see we are on the same page.

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Thank you for this powerful statement.

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Thank you for these powerful words, Maggie. The Paizo community is lucky to have you on board.

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Thank you.

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Very well said, Maggie! And thank you to all the amazing trans folks who help bring Pathfinder and Starfinder to life. <3

Grand Lodge Pathfinder Society Developer

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Thank you, Maggie, for your powerful words. <3


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It’s one thing to mention the date; it’s another to name the harm being done and the individuals behind it.

Thank you for this.


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Excellent post! Much respect for speaking real truths!

Thanks for fighting the good fight!

[Clenched fist salute]

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Give us our flowers while we're still here!

Dataphiles

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I'm a non-binary trans person and I've been in a lot of sections of the TTRPG industry before. Played many many games and been part of many different internal communities. This one's the first one I've ever truly felt to be a real family for me.


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Maggie Gallagher wrote:
So I say this: to hell with keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. Don’t wait until you lose a friend or colleague forever before deciding to act. Transgender and gender-expansive people alone can’t win this fight.

This part hit home. The silence of cis allies has hurt more than anything our enemies can do.

It often feels like a lot of people assume trans people are continuing to make gains. But in truth, lately? We're kind of just scrambling to hold onto the terrible status quo we have now, praying cis people don't get bored of helping us before the backlash starts to ebb. A lot of people only started talking about Don't Say Gay when a popular brand became implicated in it.

The great tragedy of our time is that as much as we talk like we can fight for everyone at once, feel for everyone at once, we... we can't. Nobody can. Everyone has issues they care the most about. The war in Ukraine is devastating, and I wish I had the bandwidth to focus on it. I can't blame anyone for having to tune out trans suffering to focus on other problems or to simply recharge their own batteries. At the same time, not everyone gets to tune it out, and that can sting.

The new trend of these legislators blocking access to puberty blockers and hormone therapy, of forcing young children to go through the wrong puberty, is a knife to the gut for me. Scaremongering about "what about the children" has been a favorite tactic of anti-queer action for decades. And then we get into the efforts to steal children from their families, the pointless cruelty towards trans athletes, and everything involving JK Rowling and her books' obnoxious lingering fandom. It's exhausting, and I don't get to tune it out, because all of it is also emboldening bigots in my area to be a lot more openly rude to us lately.

The honest truth is, this year has really sucked so far. Now, more than ever, we have to be loud. I know a lot of trans people will be--even when it puts us in danger--but cis people have to be, too. Normalize pronouns-sharing. Normalize calling out transphobic jokes (even the "cute" ones where no trans people are onscreen but the idea of AMAB people wearing dresses is mocked). Send mass emails out to your relatives telling them you support trans rights and are a safe person to come out to--yes, it's cringey, yes, it's virtue signally, but I know it can help some people. Normalize teaching children that gender presentation and gender identity are up to them to explore. Normalize acknowledging that women can have penises and men can have vaginas. Normalize making fun of people for still talking about Harry Potter. Buy a trans person you know dinner.

Every big cultural step forward for minority rights is accompanied by a brutal backlash that seeks to reset everything. The truth is, these backlashes only succeed when "allies" get distracted.


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Aaron Shanks wrote:
Thank you Maggie. Paizo is a better place with you here.

This, 10000%. Thank you, Maggie. I realize I just sort of went off on a rant there and wanted to emphasize that.

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I'm trans, and although the exact specifics of the situation in the States (or someplace like the UK) don't apply to me, I live in Poland, a place that's no more friendly to queer folk of any sort.
Cis silence results in trans death.

I know we live in hellish times, with seemingly countless ongoing crises and tragedies of all sorts all over the world, but this is one of those that cannot be ignored - especially not now, when the vitriol from people in power who would rather see folks like me dead and gone is at an all-time high.

Paizo may be a relatively small company in a hobby industry, but y'all and the games you make have been an important source of joy and hope for me these past few years - keep at it.

Second Seekers (Jadnura)

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This is great Maggie - thank you so much for posting and all the work you do!

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Beautiful post. Thank you very much.


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Thank you Maggie! This is an excellent post. I hope more and more people will step up to protect trans people.

Silver Crusade

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Thank you, Maggie.

*offers hugs to anyone who needs or wants some*


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Thank you Maggie!

I was concerned because you had not interacted with the forums at all. But I'm overwhelmed (in a good way) by your call to action.

Welcome to Paizo boards! It's so good to hear your voice.


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Very glad to hear from you, Maggie, and to catch a glimpse of your strength and eloquence. I am thankful you have joined this Paizo family.


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As someone that is transgender that follows plenty of LGBT YouTubers, I am seeing more people within the community withdrawing from wanting to talk about it, because they are saying they are more than just trans and they want to make more content representing the other aspects that make them who they are. I am not going to name names, but it is extremely disheartening to see these content creators not wanting to make content about being trans or the about the trans community.

We need more people to be vocal about what is going on, and I applaud Paizo for pushing the envelope. Should I ever have the means, I fully intend to make Transgender visibility and activism a huge part of my life. We need more people that are LGBT to push through the government and be seen and heard. I want that for myself, but right now I do not have the capability...I see myself in about three years being able to start making a difference.

I have my own YouTube channel (Angel Tarragon), and while I don't talk about being trans much, that is just because I am currently pre-everything so I don't have much to draw on...in addition my channel is relatively small. I do plan on talking about trans stuff on my channel, but I would like to have experience to draw from. Right now talking about politics on my channel could be a death sentence for it, I've already gotten my comments on other peoples channels removed for "badwrongthinking"

Here's a link to my channel for anyone that might want to check it out:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkMwPM-RVAAuGi_G5ddBaZw

Second Seekers (Jadnura)

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Very heartened to see this timely message from Paizo - thank you, Maggie.


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Read this, thank you for your words and thoughts. Very much appreciated :D

Looking forward to more visibility on Paizo's stances and seeing what actions they can take to expand inclusivity.


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You are not alone Maggie, DISNEY has also made a huge push to make transgender visible. They have promised to make half of their new characters belong to the lgbtqia2s+ spectrum :-) Great things to come indeed :-)


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mordigo wrote:
You are not alone Maggie, DISNEY has also made a huge push to make transgender visible. They have promised to make half of their new characters belong to the lgbtqia2s+ spectrum :-) Great things to come indeed :-)

Disney has repeatedly thrown queer people under the bus in the name of their own profits; we’re gladly put into minor roles or outright edited out of overseas releases. You can hear a dizzying number of stories about queer storylines being shut down by Disney’s management.

Taking an article about the imminent threat trans people are under and using it to hype up a cruel corporate near-monopoly is not the play, IMO.


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Paizo,

An action item for you... On my Scout uniform I have a badge, I've had it for years it's a rainbow reef knot, a mark for Inclusive Scouting (https://www.scoutsforequality.org/isa/). I would love a coin or badge that I can have, something that is recognized in the industry, not just by Paizo but industry wide. I want this to be something that I can put 'On the Table' when I'm gaming or DMing. Not to be nasty or overt, but to be a gentle but open ally an Inclusive Gamer my table is not only Open to All but is a place to 'Be Welcome', as and where you are. I'm not sure what it would look like but I think making this statement is of value?

Others?


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Thank you for this.


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Casamir Lucano wrote:

Paizo,

An action item for you... On my Scout uniform I have a badge, I've had it for years it's a rainbow reef knot, a mark for Inclusive Scouting (https://www.scoutsforequality.org/isa/). I would love a coin or badge that I can have, something that is recognized in the industry, not just by Paizo but industry wide. I want this to be something that I can put 'On the Table' when I'm gaming or DMing. Not to be nasty or overt, but to be a gentle but open ally an Inclusive Gamer my table is not only Open to All but is a place to 'Be Welcome', as and where you are. I'm not sure what it would look like but I think making this statement is of value?

Others?

I don't play PFS and might not be the best person to give suggestions, but I think name/pronoun tents might be a good unofficial way to signal support? "Pronouns in bio" is basically the quickest way for me to gauge if somebody is okay with trans people.


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Just adding my voice in 100% support of this blog post. Thank you Maggie and Paizo for taking this stand.

Grand Lodge

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Maggie, thank you for this powerful, poignant, and profound call to action. More education is needed among our politicians (especially) and our hobby (particularly). It's comforting to see Paizo and others in our hobby coming together to celebrate transgender visibility. Thank you for helping us raise our voices in solidarity and advocacy of our transgender friends.

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Kobold Catgirl wrote:
"Pronouns in bio" is basically the quickest way for me to gauge if somebody is okay with trans people.

This is worrying to me, because I am very not out with the people I play in real life with. I don't want to lie by claiming the pronouns I live with, and I don't want to make people uncomfortable by not announcing pronouns.

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Casamir Lucano wrote:
On my Scout uniform I have a badge, I've had it for years it's a rainbow reef knot, a mark for Inclusive Scouting (https://www.scoutsforequality.org/isa/). I would love a coin or badge that I can have, something that is recognized in the industry, not just by Paizo but industry wide. I want this to be something that I can put 'On the Table' when I'm gaming or DMing. Not to be nasty or overt, but to be a gentle but open ally an Inclusive Gamer my table is not only Open to All but is a place to 'Be Welcome', as and where you are. I'm not sure what it would look like but I think making this statement is of value?

Well, there is this. Echoing what Kobold Catgirl said as well, clear and obvious declarations of one's own pronouns is a good sign, too - there's lots of stuff available in that domain online! Finally, if you want to focus on the TTRPG aspect of that, you can similarly check into like, a rainbow d20 pin, or lanyard, or similar? At bigger conventions, I've also seen a group called Tabletop Gaymers offering pride merch, 'ally' ribbons, lanyards, etc. - may be worth checking them out!

Just as a word of advice for anyone, though - make sure you're taking the occasional moment to be self-critical and introspective. Check in with yourself to make sure you're actually being an ally.


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AceofMoxen wrote:
Kobold Catgirl wrote:
"Pronouns in bio" is basically the quickest way for me to gauge if somebody is okay with trans people.
This is worrying to me, because I am very not out with the people I play in real life with. I don't want to lie by claiming the pronouns I live with, and I don't want to make people uncomfortable by not announcing pronouns.

This is a good thing to bring up! I don't suspect people who don't "put pronouns in bio"--it's just a useful signal, especially for cis people. There are other ways to signal you're safe to be around.

Personally, I'd love to see a LGBT/trans flag colors DM screen. ;D

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Kobold Catgirl wrote:
AceofMoxen wrote:
Kobold Catgirl wrote:
"Pronouns in bio" is basically the quickest way for me to gauge if somebody is okay with trans people.
This is worrying to me, because I am very not out with the people I play in real life with. I don't want to lie by claiming the pronouns I live with, and I don't want to make people uncomfortable by not announcing pronouns.

This is a good thing to bring up! I don't suspect people who don't "put pronouns in bio"--it's just a useful signal, especially for cis people. There are other ways to signal you're safe to be around.

Personally, I'd love to see a LGBT/trans flag colors DM screen. ;D

I think a LGBT/trans flag colors DM screen could be made by anyone based on the OGL? As a charity fundraiser too, if it paid for itself.

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I was recently called 'the penultimate SJW' (among other things) by a group of OSR-loving chaps because my bio includes my pronouns. It's... kinda amazing that people still get so upset about such things. It's also super easy to know the type of people never to game with.


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Alison-Cybe wrote:
I was recently called 'the penultimate SJW' (among other things) by a group of OSR-loving chaps because my bio includes my pronouns. It's... kinda amazing that people still get so upset about such things. It's also super easy to know the type of people never to game with.

Ahhhhhh............................ Those are Nazis. Lets not mince words here. You were harassed by Nazis.

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I first saw this blog at a bad time, and tried to take a mental note to come back to read it when I had more energy, and failed.
Great first big messaging you did here Maggie. Based on this, you seem to be a great addition to the team, and I’ll be happy to read more in the coming years!

Alison-Cybe wrote:
I was recently called 'the penultimate SJW' (among other things) by a group of OSR-loving chaps because my bio includes my pronouns. It's... kinda amazing that people still get so upset about such things. It's also super easy to know the type of people never to game with.

Ugh. *hug*

Seriously they are horrible.
There have been a long time where I was very lucky and didn’t experience any discrimination for being non binary… but this last year, I not only saw an uptick in the people I saw being attacked online, but I started getting some too, mainly people saying that “it’s impossible”.
But at the same time, I’m making more and more connections with very diverse queer people of all ethnicities, and it legit makes my life much more… colorful. :3
I legit cannot understand how people can prefer living in a desaturated life full of racism and bigotry.


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MadScientistWorking wrote:
Alison-Cybe wrote:
I was recently called 'the penultimate SJW' (among other things) by a group of OSR-loving chaps because my bio includes my pronouns. It's... kinda amazing that people still get so upset about such things. It's also super easy to know the type of people never to game with.
Ahhhhhh............................ Those are Nazis. Lets not mince words here. You were harassed by Nazis.

Those "chaps" sounds like dinguses for sure (dingi?), but hyperbole like this only serves to shift people more toward dingus-ry. Can we maybe not be so quick to sling around the name of the most devastatingly genocidal group in modern history because someone got called a pretty mild epithet? Deep breaths, woo-sah.


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Sandal Fury wrote:
MadScientistWorking wrote:
Alison-Cybe wrote:
I was recently called 'the penultimate SJW' (among other things) by a group of OSR-loving chaps because my bio includes my pronouns. It's... kinda amazing that people still get so upset about such things. It's also super easy to know the type of people never to game with.
Ahhhhhh............................ Those are Nazis. Lets not mince words here. You were harassed by Nazis.
Those "chaps" sounds like dinguses for sure (dingi?), but hyperbole like this only serves to shift people more toward dingus-ry. Can we maybe not be so quick to sling around the name of the most devastatingly genocidal group in modern history because someone got called a pretty mild epithet? Deep breaths, woo-sah.

They're harassing Alison from a a website whose run by a person whose friends with a guy who tried to make a living off the suffering and torture of minorities. There are riots in the city of Boston that have connections to the harassment Alison has received. The word is pretty apt in this situation.

Though yes you are right. I should have been a bit more explanatory but I also know how stalkery and creepy they are.

EDIT:
Sorry moderator. I am a bit heated right now.


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Sandal Fury wrote:
MadScientistWorking wrote:
Alison-Cybe wrote:
I was recently called 'the penultimate SJW' (among other things) by a group of OSR-loving chaps because my bio includes my pronouns. It's... kinda amazing that people still get so upset about such things. It's also super easy to know the type of people never to game with.
Ahhhhhh............................ Those are Nazis. Lets not mince words here. You were harassed by Nazis.
Those "chaps" sounds like dinguses for sure (dingi?), but hyperbole like this only serves to shift people more toward dingus-ry. Can we maybe not be so quick to sling around the name of the most devastatingly genocidal group in modern history because someone got called a pretty mild epithet? Deep breaths, woo-sah.

Why are you so harsh on communists? They did a couple of things good, like electricity in every village and universal health care, something the West still struggles with.


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[Tiny clenched rat fist salute]
for Alison-Cybe!

If they are the the penultimate SJW, I can't help but wonder who the Ultimate SJW is?

Oh come on Not Gorbacz, what did the communists ever do to Poland?
[Checks History]
Uh, nevermind...


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Hello Alison.

Hello Fergie.


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I have no idea how us communists got dragged into this we're literally just over here minding our own business trying to grill

Anyways, I do try to be careful with terms like "nazi" and "TERF", but less out of any concern that calling someone a Nazi will turn them into one (come on) so much as just, well, I value those words more for their specific nuanced meanings than just as catchall terms for "bigot". I don't want to lose the nuanced meanings. Not every racist or homophobe is a Nazi. They just tend to, you know, eventually wind up on the same sides as the Nazis if they don't grow up first.

I don't know the OSR politics, but anyone objecting to "pronouns in bio" is clearly angry about increased trans visibility and acceptance. It's an objectively transphobic and often misogynist position. It's also such an absurd thing for those people to get mad at that you can tell they really want an excuse to yell at a trans person.


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Kobold Catgirl wrote:

I have no idea how us communists got dragged into this we're literally just over here minding our own business trying to grill

Anyways, I do try to be careful with terms like "nazi" and "TERF", but less out of any concern that calling someone a Nazi will turn them into one (come on) so much as just, well, I value those words more for their specific nuanced meanings than just as catchall terms for "bigot". I don't want to lose the nuanced meanings. Not every racist or homophobe is a Nazi. They just tend to, you know, eventually wind up on the same sides as the Nazis if they don't grow up first.

I don't know the OSR politics, but anyone objecting to "pronouns in bio" is clearly angry about increased trans visibility and acceptance. It's an objectively transphobic and often misogynist position. It's also such an absurd thing for those people to get mad at that you can tell they really want an excuse to yell at a trans person.

"Fascist" is generally more applicable than "Nazi" unless the person in question is using specific Nazi terminology or symbolism. It's probably still not useful, even if accurate, unless it's blatantly clear. More likely to provoke sympathy for the person being accused than anything. In the "Liberals will call anyone they disagree with a Nazi" - which is a fascist talking point, but one that works.

That said, a lot of these groups, even informal ones, are at least fascist-adjacent. With people with actual fash connections feeding talking points and sometimes funding. Even if most of the people involved wouldn't think of themselves as fascist, they can still be being used by fascists.

In this case it sounds like MadScientistWorking knows more about this harassment and the specific group involved than we do. I'll accept their judgement. It's not like transphobes having Nazi sympathies is all that surprising. I certainly wouldn't extend it to all OSR players are even Nazi-adjacent. Or even all transphobic OSR players. It definitely exists in that community, but overt Nazism still isn't common.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Hello Alison. Hello Fergie.

Freehold!

Only a little over a month before Jacob Riis Beach officially opens!
While I usually don't get out there until later in the season, I hear there is a good time to be had during Pride day/week/month.

I'll post in the LGBT thread to invite Paizo folks in the Fall, but don't wait for an invitation, there is always a party, and you're always welcome!

EDIT: Last June there was a big event for Trans Youth organized by Brooklyn Liberation. Brooklyn Liberation is a QTPOC grassroots collective that organizes in the name of Black Trans Liberation. While an event for 2022 hasn't been announced yet, check the website brooklynliberation.com for an event later in the Spring or early Summer.

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I get asked a lot why I wear my pronouns on my lanyard. "'She, her'? Isn't it obvious you are a 'She, Her'?" library patrons ask me.

"Actually, pronouns aren't always obvious just by looking at someone. And if I share mine, other people know they can safely share theirs."

I look at this as a small thing, but something that makes the fabric of my community stronger, like putting out a welcome mat in front of your house, or planting a few pretty flowers for the neighbors who walk by. Little things like this make a difference.

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