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transgender love

This video is the cutest thing that I’ve seen all week, and I simply must share it.  There’s such a void in mainstream media of depictions of queer couples (much less successful, happy ones), and so I adore when I find items like this.  You can learn more about its creator Warren by checking out his youtube channel, “sillyyetsuccinct“.

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QMR: tipping the velvet

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Tipping the Velvet: This three part series follows the life of a young lesbian in 19th century England as she struggles to find a relationship and career. Based on the novel by Sarah Waters.

Country: UK, 2002

Original Language: English

Rating: 4/5

Available for purchase on Amazon.

Zavi thinks: ‘Made for television’ movies are a totally different thing when done by the BBC rather than Hallmark or Lifetime.  This film is a fascinating fantasy trip and is very well made.  The first time I watched it was quite late at night, and I had decided I would just watch one segment – yeah right.  Even though each part is an hour long, I just couldn’t stop watching.  Each of the three sections have a totally different feel to them, ranging from light to dark to surreal, yet they fit together quite well.

Panda thinks: Weird at times and somewhat dark, this film contained a lot of elements that I wasn’t expecting, such as BDSM.  I …

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a feel good story

Times are tough for lovers these days, and all the news articles that pop up on my dash seem to only dwell on the negative.  Here’s a gem in the rough:  an article about true love that defies gender norms.  It really is an interesting find.  Featured on oprah.com of all places, “Falling in Love With a Transgender Man” is well written and handles trans issues with an unusual sensitivity and eloquence. Here’s an excerpt from it that I particularly liked:

“But normal has always felt like a lie to me, a too-tight sweater we force ourselves to wear. Normal has never been too kind to women, to children, or people of color, people mired in poverty, anyone different in any way. Normal is good for no one, really. It is a lie we all decide to believe—after even the most cursory look, no one is actually normal; it is a plastic bag we wrap around our own heads.”

Best wishes to all of you out there, dear readers. <3

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happy almost v-day!

I hope this upcoming St. Valentine’s Day finds you healthy and happy and loving yourself (and others). Gender-Panic would like to ring in the occasion with a quick to reminder to get out there and support your local performances of “The Vagina Monologues”. It’s a great opportunity to take a lovely somebody out for a moving, hilarious, and informative show, while supporting local women’s groups in the process. You can find a show near you by visiting the events section of the V-Day website here.  If you’d rather spend the night in, GP highly recommends the Logo special “Beautiful Daughters”, a short documentary piece about an all trans production of “The Vagina Monologues”.

I’d like to close with a short note on the recent wave of controversy following the hyper-masculine, “hen-pecked” men theme made very present in the Super Bowl ads this past weekend.  The main ad of concern was the Dodge Charger ad entitled “Man’s Last Stand”.  The premise of the ad is that because men put up with their mothers, sisters, girlfriends, and wives, they should be allowed to drive an expensive sports car.  Because being a man is hard…  And …

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